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Jazz On Tap

appearing at

Mary Stevens Park Bandstand

Stourbridge, West Midlands

14:30 - 17:00

Jazz On Tap

Genre

Jazz

Description

Think of your favourite jazz standards, and then add the energy and vitality of contemporary modern jazz - That's Jazz on Tap.

Harry Warren, Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Billy Strayhorn and other phenomenal jazz composers from the last century are the foundation on which Jazz on Tap builds its repertoire.

Drawing its influences from across the modern jazz spectrum, Jazz on Tap owes its inspiration to world-class virtuosos such as Gene Harris, Scott Hamilton and Stan Getz.

Mary Stevens Park Bandstand

Venue Type

Public Bandstand

Description

Mary Stevens Park is a well loved community asset in Stourbridge. The park receives approximately 1 million visitors per year. Dudley Council ha just completed a heritage lottery project which has involved £3.1 million being invested in improvements to the park. The improvements have included restoration of the grade 2 listed park gates, bandstand, War Memorial, Heath Pool, and the creation of a cafe. The park is a hive of activity throughout the year, with daily health and fitness activities, community group events and regular heritage and wildlife activities. Mary Stevens Park was gifted to the people of Stourbridge in 1931 by Ernest Stevens and has deed of gift restrictions in place.

The park has extensive facilities including:
- Outdoor gym
- Activity centre
- Large play area
- Toilets, and disabled access WC
- Café in the tea gardens
- Water play feature (seasonal)
- Tennis courts and multi-use games area (MUGA)
- Heath Pool (duck food available from activity centre and cafe)
- Crown Green bowls and croquet (charges apply)
- Free car parking subject to availability
- Stourbridge War Memorial
- Bandstand

The Mary Stevens Park bandstand is made of cast iron and was manufactured by Hill & Smith* Ltd of Brierley Hill in 1929.

Although the initial bandstand design was rejected in favour of a more elaborate and expensive structure, architectural historians
believe that the chosen version was picked from a catalogue, since it is strikingly similar to many others from that time.

Unfortunately, none of the original design drawings for the bandstand are available. It is likely that it was enhanced by some bespoke features, though, such as the materials for the roof.
Architectural historians John Bolton and David Mitchell indicate that the original roof material of bandstands like the one in Mary Stevens Park was usually zinc sheeting on timber joists and sarking or occasionally on an iron framework.

The bandstand also contained a number of glass panels located inside the cast iron supports. A narrow ring of iron on the roof of the bandstand may be the only remnant of these glass panels and may have been the method of securing the panels to the frame.
The existence of the glass panels within the bandstand is confirmed by a report in the Stourbridge Improvements Committee Minutes from 12th July 1944.

Summer will hopefully still be in full swing for this musical feast.

Stanley Road,

Stourbridge, West Midlands,

DY8 2AA,

Disabled AccessParkingChild FriendlyPublic ToiletsDisabled ToiletsCafe Nearby

Seating Available Limited Seating, Bring your own chair / blanket

Admission Fee: Free

Whilst every effort goes into ensuring this gig listing is accurate and up to date, always check with the venue before you travel.

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