Joshua Redman, Phronesis/Engines Orchestra and Cottonopolis for Manchester Jazz Festival line-up

The line-up has been announced for this year's Manchester Jazz Festival, which takes place over 10 days and nights from 28 July to 6 August at concert halls, clubs and public spaces around the city.

The 22nd edition of the festival is set to mark this year's celebration of a century of jazz, taking up the #Jazz100 campaign with 100 gigs and 100 hours of music to mark this musical milestone. With its distinct focus on nurturing new talent and commissioning new works, the MJF programme only includes one big US name in the form of sax star Joshua Redman and his Still Dreaming Quartet. They will play their only UK gig at the RNCM Theatre on 4 August. Consisting of trumpeter Ron Miles, bassist Scott Colley and drummer Brian Blade, they reinterpret Redman's father, Dewey's music from his 1970s and 1980s Old and New Dreams quartet.

The festival also features the second performance (after its premiere at Cheltenham Jazz Festival) of powerful Scandi-Brit trio Phronesis' dazzling jazz-into-classical collaboration with the Engines Orchestra on composer Dave Maric's 'Decade Zero'. Other UK stars appearing include Denys Baptiste's Late Trane Quintet and trumpeter Laura Jurd's post-Bitches Brew four-piece Dinosaur. Adventurous music making runs across the rest of the programme with appearances by Mancunian jazz-rock-ambient crew The Breath; cello and voice duo Leïla Martial and Valentin Ceccaldi; a rarefied vocal/piano collaboration between Lauren Kinsella and Kit Downes; a mass saxophone mash-up led by Andy Scott who fronts the talent-packed 14-piece sax colossus Group S that includes John Helliwell and Mike Hall among the massed horns, as well as stellar pianist Gwilym Simcock.

International interlopers include danceable punk-edged Belgian band BLOW Trio; Copenhagen-based septet Horse Orchestra's raw blend of free improve and anarchic theatricality; plus Latin-American sextet Toco Madera who whip up an Afro-Caribbean rhythm storm. The global grooves continue with superlative all-female septet Nérija; Indo-jazz fretless bassist/tabla maestro Shri's brass-driven Just A Vibration big band; plus a small army of horn-heavy groups bringing the Mardi Gras to Manchester, including Back Chat Brass, Heavy Beat Brass Band, Loud Noises Brass, The Big Brass Love-In, Locking Horns Brass Jam, Brass Gumbo, Northern Monkey Brass Band, New York Brass Band and the kicking Riot Jazz Brass Band.

The festival impressively spotlights new talent once again with names to watch out for including Skeltr; Perpetual Motion Machine; Dan Whieldon Quartet; Rebecca Nash's Atlas; Andre Canniere's Darkening Blue sextet; genre-splicing seven-piece Collocutor and chamber-jazz quartet Tiptoe. And capping things off is this year's Irwin Mitchell MJF Originals commission that has been awarded to pianist/composer Andy Stamatakis-Brown, a former Peter Whittingham award winner, whose 'Cottonopolis' will form a 'a jazz, video and dance-music experience' at a surprise location in the city.

– Mike Flynn

For full listings and tickets visit www.manchesterjazz.com

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website

If you do not change browser settings, you consent to continue. Learn more

I understand

Breaking News

Brad Mehldau Trio, Georgie Fame and Camilla Beeput shine at Bath Festival

Brad Mehldau Trio, Georgie Fame and Cami…

Brad Mehldau, Georgie Fame with Guy Barker's Big Band and...

Read More.....
Tenth edition of Made in the UK rolls up to Rochester

Tenth edition of Made in the UK rolls up…

This year's 10th edition of the Made in the UK...

Read More.....
Django Bates Salutes Sgt. Pepper’s 50th anniversary with album and six nights at Ronnie Scott’s

Django Bates Salutes Sgt. Pepper’s 50th …

Jazzwise can exclusively announce that Django Bates, cover star of...

Read More.....
John Surman scoops Ivor Novello Jazz Award

John Surman scoops Ivor Novello Jazz Awa…

Brit-jazz sax great John Surman has won the Ivors Jazz...

Read More.....
Polly Gibbons gets passionate at Pizza Express Jazz Club

Polly Gibbons gets passionate at Pizza E…

Having been a fan of Polly Gibbons' vocal and songwriting...

Read More.....
Sax Star Stetson Plays Historic Brighton Picture House

Sax Star Stetson Plays Historic Brighton…

  Sax powerhouse Colin Stetson plays a one-off solo show in...

Read More.....
LUME Launch Follow-Up London Fest

LUME Launch Follow-Up London Fest

  Those genre-bending bastions of the UK's new jazz wave LUME...

Read More.....
Global Fusions and 25 for 25 Commissions Fire-Up EFG London Jazz Festival

Global Fusions and 25 for 25 Commissions…

Some exciting international jazz names are among the latest additions...

Read More.....
Joshua Redman, Phronesis/Engines Orchestra and Cottonopolis for Manchester Jazz Festival line-up

Joshua Redman, Phronesis/Engines Orchest…

The line-up has been announced for this year's Manchester Jazz...

Read More.....
Harpist Bzhezhinska strums up whole-hearted homage to the Coltrane legacy

Harpist Bzhezhinska strums up whole-hear…

  One of the capital's lesser known jazz venues, Toulouse Lautrec...

Read More.....
Norma Winstone and Interplay show how it’s done

Norma Winstone and Interplay show how it…

When a top vocalist is in such high demand and...

Read More.....
Andrew McCormack accelerates with Graviton album launch

Andrew McCormack accelerates with Gravit…

Award-winning pianist Andrew McCormack is set to make a dramatic...

Read More.....
Corea Crowns Host Of Cheltenham Charms

Corea Crowns Host Of Cheltenham Charms

A successful jazz festival is made in the mix: the...

Read More.....
The Rolling Stones give Jazz FM Awards the blues

The Rolling Stones give Jazz FM Awards t…

Rock'n'roll icons The Rolling Stones walked away from last week's...

Read More.....
Penguins Flip Filmic Treat At Bristol's Colston Hall

Penguins Flip Filmic Treat At Bristol's …

GoGo Penguin have always had one eye on the dancefloor...

Read More.....
Intakt Fest Goes International At The Vortex

Intakt Fest Goes International At The Vo…

  Given the fact that Swiss record company Intakt has been...

Read More.....
Shabaka Hutchings, Donny McCaslin and The Rolling Stones among Jazz FM Awards winners

Shabaka Hutchings, Donny McCaslin and Th…

The fourth edition of the Jazz FM Awards, presented by...

Read More.....
Special London Screening Of Ascenseur Pour L'échafaud

Special London Screening Of Ascenseur Po…

As part of the global celebrations for International Jazz Day...

Read More.....
Norma Winstone’s Interplay line-up for Leamington Spa

Norma Winstone’s Interplay line-up for L…

To coincide with International Jazz Day, Leamington Spa-based promoters In...

Read More.....
Alice Zawadzki and Gwyneth Herbert sing with Sam Lee’s Nightingales

Alice Zawadzki and Gwyneth Herbert sing …

Adventurous Mercury Prize-nominated folk singer Sam Lee's nature-bound concert series...

Read More.....
Empirical Pop-Up Jazz Lounge Bops to Birmingham, London and Liverpool

Empirical Pop-Up Jazz Lounge Bops to Bir…

MOBO Award-winning Brit-jazz four-piece Empirical are set to take their...

Read More.....
Freddie Gavita Quartet Make Lasting Statement At Transient Launch

Freddie Gavita Quartet Make Lasting Stat…

Ostensibly a CD launch gig to promote his new album...

Read More.....
Jazz Em Agosto 2017 Line-Up Announced

Jazz Em Agosto 2017 Line-Up Announced

  Lisbon's annual summit of sonic adventure Jazz em Agosto returns...

Read More.....
Sounds of Denmark dances back to Dean Street’s Pizza Express Jazz Club

Sounds of Denmark dances back to Dean St…

Making a splash with its inaugural weeklong run in 2016...

Read More.....
Lakeside Luminaries: Møster!, Ståle Storløkken and Sheila Jordan all shine at Vossa Jazz

Lakeside Luminaries: Møster!, Ståle Stor…

  To begin with, Vossa Jazz has the advantage of its tranquil...

Read More.....
The Necks Head For Brighton

The Necks Head For Brighton

Those fabulous folk at Dictionary Pudding Promotions and Brighton Alternative...

Read More.....
 Auand Label's Bisceglie Breakout Strikes Right Balance Between Freedom And Finesse

Auand Label's Bisceglie Breakout Strike…

  Since its inception in 2001 the Auand imprint has emerged...

Read More.....
Jazz-Rock Guitar Genius Allan Holdsworth Dies Age 70

Jazz-Rock Guitar Genius Allan Holdsworth…

The passing of Allan Holdsworth on Easter day has robbed...

Read More.....
Kamasi Washington Divulges Truth With Young Turks Global Deal

Kamasi Washington Divulges Truth With Yo…

Hot-shot saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington has announced the release...

Read More.....
Freddie Gavita for Ronnie’s album launch – Transient Video Exclusive

Freddie Gavita for Ronnie’s album launch…

Fast rising British trumpeter Freddie Gavita is set to launch...

Read More.....
Ethan Iverson to leave The Bad Plus and Orrin Evans steps in

Ethan Iverson to leave The Bad Plus and …

Minneapolis piano trio pioneers The Bad Plus have announced, after...

Read More.....
Mancio/Broadbent Seduce With Sensuous Songbook At Ronnie's

Mancio/Broadbent Seduce With Sensuous So…

Introduced by the great Ian Shaw, a sold out Ronnie...

Read More.....
Jazz FM Awards to honour Charlie Watts and feature performances from Donny McCaslin, Georgie Fame and Laura Mvula

Jazz FM Awards to honour Charlie Watts a…

This year's Jazz FM Awards are now set to take...

Read More.....
ACT 25 Magic Years Birthday Concert gets Berlin buzzing

ACT 25 Magic Years Birthday Concert gets…

Twenty-five years and still going strong is some achievement, especially...

Read More.....
Sun Ra Arkestra surf the spaceways at Lewes Con Club

Sun Ra Arkestra surf the spaceways at Le…

  It's a long way from Chicago's East Side to the...

Read More.....
Jasper Høiby's Fellow Creatures Unleash Their Inner Beast At The Spin, Oxford

Jasper Høiby's Fellow Creatures Unleash …

  Jasper Høiby's new band announced themselves with a bass riff...

Read More.....


 

Qobuz-ad

 

Subcribe To Jazzwise

Advertisement

Call 0800 137201 to subscribe or click here to email the subscriptions team

Get in touch

Jazzwise Magazine,
St. Judes Church,
Dulwich Road, 
Herne Hill,
London, SE24 0PD.

0208 677 0012

Latest Tweets

Great event coming up in Cleethorpes between 23-25 June 2017 @theculturehouse @GeorgiaMancio @DenysBaptiste… https://t.co/saGWQbStTA
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
Brad Mehldau Trio, Georgie Fame and Camilla Beeput shine at Bath Festival https://t.co/d7S5mOFGa9 https://t.co/gPxcWPLg9C
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
@MusicClerk @screwgub @ECMRecords @vortexjazz never heard of them ... are they on @EditionsMego ?
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
That Awkward Moment you realise you've forgotten David Torn's b'day. Many happy returns fella @ECMRecords @screwgub… https://t.co/5aq2nE0cIe
Follow Us - @Jazzwise
Digging into the belting Mike Westbrook Concert Band reissues on @CherryRedGroup https://t.co/bqQ47ILJX8 @vortexjazz @jazzfm @RecCollMag
Follow Us - @Jazzwise

Newsletter

Sign up to the Jazzwise monthly E-Newsletter