10 Jul 2009 00:00 - 12 Jul 2009 00:00
Petra Ernyei at Birmingham International Jazz Festival
Czech jazz singer Petra Ernyei and guitarist Marek Rejhon will perform at the 25th Birmingham International Jazz Festival.
Friday 10 July
13:00, Barber Institute of Fine Arts
19:30, The Waters Edge in Brindley Place
Saturday 11 July
12:00, Cannon Hill Park-Taste of Birmingham
Sunday 12 July
13:00, Hotel Du Vin
Petra, born 1975, is a Czech citizen, growing up in a jazz-conscious family. She made her debut in America in the Sacramento Jazz Festival when she was 18. Back in Prague she immediately joined the Original Prague Syncopated Orchestra led by Jan Matousek, with whom she still performs.
She also works with smaller groups, including the quartet of Jakub Šafr with whom she is currently recording a CD.
She released her debut CD in 1999- “Who Loves You”-in an authentic 1930s style while her second CD  “Blue And Sentimental” was more classic 1940s-resonant of her main influence, Peggy Lee. She featured at the 2003 Birmingham International Jazz Festival with the J.J. Jazzmen of Prague. She now regularly appears in Prague at jazzclubs Zelezna, U Stare Pani and the Be Bop Bar of The Radisson Hotel.
About the festival
From July 3rd to 12th, the Birmingham International Jazz Festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary-a quarter of a century that has seen over 4000 performances most of them free, entertaining some two million people, both residents and visitors and stimulating significant inbound tourism.
Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council said; “The Birmingham International Jazz Festival is one of Birmingham’s premier cultural events and has a world-wide reputation. Now in it’s 25th year we want to build on our success in previous years and make this anniversary year an event to remember for the city and our guests. I am supporting Jim and his team in their efforts and hope to see you at the festival!”
In 2007 the festival presented over 200 performances in 60 venues with more than 90% of them free to the public attracting an estimated 115,000 people. The figure was down from the 141,000 of the previous year, attributable to the rain on 7 days out of ten.
The festival’s policy of total accessibility sees an extremely wide range of jazz blues and swing styles largely presented in situations not normally nominated with music. These include the city’s streets, squares, shopping centres, bars, hotels, restaurants, cafes, shops, museums, churches-even on the canals, buses and trains.
The festival has been sponsored by Birmingham City Council since it’s inception, contributing around 17% of the total budget. The remainder is made up of contributions from all the venues and specific support for individual events and projects.
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From: 10 Jul 2009 00:00
To: 12 Jul 2009 00:00