Manchester Jazz Festival is under way for 10 days of unmissable musical moments across the city!
From May 20-29, mjf2022 will see gigs taking place across the city, celebrating the latest up-and-coming talent from across the North and the best names in UK contemporary jazz, including Nubya Garcia, Secret Night Gang, Tim Garland, Anthony Joseph, Zoe Rahman, Rum Buffalo and Daniel Casimir.
The festival opens on Friday with a free weekender at Escape to Freight Island, followed by weekday gigs at St Ann’s Church, and at The Yard with partners NQ Jazz, nightly gigs at Matt & Phreds, events at Forsyth Music, and closes with an extended weekend-long party at Band on the Wall from May 26-29.
Free performances from Lara Jones and Ruby Tingle will take place in Piccadilly Station and Barbirolli Square, as part of new work commissioned through the festival’s mjf originals scheme.
Budding pianists will also have already spotted the 13 pianos placed on the mjf piano trail across the city, courtesy of Forsyth’s Music. Musical maestros and enthusiastic beginners are being urged to share their performances for a chance to win some top prizes – including a piano!
Highlights of the festival programme are as follows:
Escape to Freight Island, 20-22 May
Secret Night Gang, Daniel Casimir, Xhosa Cole Quartet, Intergalactic Brasstronauts, Emma Johnson's Gravy Boat, Dirty Freud, Jasmine Myra, Dilettante, Sarah Heneghan: Power Out, Kara, Nguvu, The Deportees, Abbie Finn Trio, Timeline, Ain't Misbehaving’, family friendly activities, DJs all weekend.
The Yard, presented in association with NQ Jazz, 23-25 May
Anthony Joseph, Emma Rawicz Quintet, Alex Hitchcock's Dream Band.
Jeremy Sassoon Quartet, Heavy Beat Brass Band, Alligator Gumbo, Honey Bee Jazz, Rum Buffalo, Baiana, Nonunonu, Shapeshifters, M&P x mjf Open Jam night.
Band on the Wall, 26-29 May
Nubya Garcia, Mulatu Astatke, Tim Garland Group, Gary Crosby Sextet: Mingus Moves, Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club, Ayanna Witter Johnson, Hackney Colliery Band.
Forsyth Music, 27 May
The Ronnie Scott’s Trio featuring James Pearson - Remembering Oscar Peterson: A portrait of a jazz legend.
mjf originals performances from Lara Jones and Ruby Tingle
Sax player and electronic musician Lara Jones will stage her new work Ensō in a specially-constructed geodesic dome in Manchester Piccadilly station from May 19 – 22. Audiences can enjoy free performances of the immersive, cinematic audio-visual experience based on Lara’s field recordings of train journeys to loved ones.
On May 27 and 28, audio visual artist and performer Ruby Tingle will present Fountainia, her new music inspired by Manchester’s unique relationship with water, particularly its public water features. The free, evening performances will take place in Barbirolli Square next to the Bridgewater Hall.
mjf piano trail, in partnership with Forsyth Music
mjf and Forsyth’s music shop are on the hunt for Manchester’s most entertaining street pianist as a trail of 13 street pianos are placed across the city until May 29.
There's a whole raft of prizes up for grabs, including a Yamaha P-45B piano, a return ticket for 4 anywhere on the Northern Rail Network, a gift package and vouchers worth over £100 from Quayside Media City UK and a £30 Wagamama voucher for each prize winner.
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