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

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