Way back around 1978 saxophonist Barbara Thompson was the first guest of the newly formed Birmingham Jazz Society, an institution that is still going strong today. I was at that first gig and it was one of the first jazz gigs I ever attended. The group was ‘Paraphernalia’ and it is a testament to the quality of the music that I still remember the event all these years on. Thompson’s music has weaved itself in and around my own journey into jazz.
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