Author links up with festival

TODMORDEN jazz historian Bill Birch will be talking about his book Keeper of the Flame at a book store event in collaboration with this year’s Manchester Jazz Festival on Sunday (July 24) from 11am to noon.

This year’s festival runs at a number of venues from July 22 to 30, and this tie-in event will find Bill speaking about his book at Waterstone’s on Deansgate.

In September Bill will also give a guest presentation on modern jazz in Manchester from 1946 to 1972 to the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors, whose annual convention is being held this year in Manchester.