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Click the link here to apply! Deadline 30th October, 10 am. mjf was the first festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and, with over 30% of our programming coming from these submissions each year, it still very much informs our work today. As a  contemporary jazz festival, we champion and prioritise: artists playing […]

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The hunt for Manchester’s best street pianist is over as we have announced our winner of the mjf 2023 piano trail! Delivered in partnership with both Yamaha and Forsyth the trail saw 13 pianos dotted around the city over the month of May to be enjoyed by the community. And we are delighted to introduce […]

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For those of you that are new to mjf and our talent development programmes we have three stands and are looking for artists at all stages of their careers and musical journey to apply. Soundcheck  mjf soundcheck is for musicians who want space to try out new things and be supported to grow creatively. The […]

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The reviews are in! mjf was 2023 was an outstanding success! It ran from the 19 – 28 may 2022 at venues and sites across Manchester, including a free opening weekend at First Street, weekday gigs at St Ann’s Church, nightly gigs at Matt & Phreds, events at Forsyth Music , Blues Kitchen and at The Yard with partners NQ Jazz, but we wrapped it […]

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Nestled within the heart of first street and situated just opposite our main stage, you really can be on the doorstep to the jazz festival this weekend. In their own words, INNside is: “Contemporary architecture, avant-garde British style and a dash of Spanish warmth and friendliness combine to perfection in a city hotel in one […]

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It looks like it’s been a busy 5 years for the Julie Campiche Quartet, touring all over Europe! Do you have any highlights from previous tours? And are you excited about getting back on the road again? Yes, the last years have been very busy ! I have so many highlights and amazing memories with […]

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mjf’s piano trail will return for 2023! The mjf piano trail is back for its second year (April 27 – 28 May 2023) where 13 pianos are dotted throughout Manchester, available for all passers-by to play. Delivered in collaboration with our friends at Forsyth Music shop and Yamaha, we will also be running a competition to […]

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How does it feel to have such a buzz round the album ? I feel privileged that songs I wrote for the song’s sake – with not much vision as to what I might do with them on release – have allowed me to experience so many things and meet so many new people over […]

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We are back! #mjf2023 is taking shape with our full line-up announced this morning and on sale via Eventbrite. And what a strong line-up it is from, as always, the best new emerging UK jazz artists (Rosie Frater-Taylor, Romarna Campbell, Marcus Joseph) to actual living jazz legends (Billy Cobham, Fred Wesley & The New J.B’s).  […]

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Hothouse is now in its seventh round and we are delighted to welcome 6 of the best Manchester based jazz musicians to the fold. Featuring a  Mercury nominated saxophonist to the unruly prince of electronica and one of Vini Reilly’s collaborators, click HERE to discover our artists.

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