The Birmingham Jazz Orchestra was founded in 2014 by director Sean Gibbs, with an aim to showcase the composing and improvising talents of some of the best jazz musicians from the Birmingham scene and beyond. They released their critically acclaimed debut album Burns in 2015, featuring compositions of Sean’s inspired by the poetry of Robert Burns. In addition to the material featured on this album they began collating a constantly growing repertoire of brand new music penned by members of the orchestra and special guests.
2016 began with an exciting project featuring the arrangements of Hans Koller and guest soloist John O’Gallagher. Later in the year, they released their second album Rough Boundaries, featuring the music of Jacky Naylor, which received rave reviews. Towards the end of the year, they recorded a live album (due for release in the summer of 2017) featuring the music of Tom Haines. In what is shaping up to be another great year for the band, 2017 will also feature a collaboration with composer Trish Clowes.