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We are delighted to announce that Mica Millar will be at mjf 2023, playing Band on the Wall, on Thursday 25th May. Get your tickets HERE  “A star with intense emotional sincerity is born. ‘Heaven Knows’ is an outstanding debut album” (Blues & Soul Magazine) “There’s nothing remotely tentative about any of this. The songwriting […]

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THEMORY is an audiovisual installation presented by Manchester Jazz Festival, drawing from the subjective and fluid forces of family and history, place and time. Telling a collective story through a collage of memories, heard and seen, the audience will be propelled through a thematic narrative, bound together by a backdrop of past and present Manchester. […]

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manchester jazz festival is delighted to share news of our successful bid for ongoing Arts Council England funding for a further three years, as part of the new NPO portfolio. This funding means we can support and deliver: Artists, audiences and the creative sector to deliver our annual festivals New commissions Our cherished artist development […]

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Soundcheck is now in its third year and we are once again opening our doors to the best young Jazz Musicians. Click HERE to learn more about each as well as the programme itself.

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On the 23rd October, our 10 soundcheck artists gathered at The Met, Bury to work on their pieces for the programme. The day ran from 3-10, testing the soundcheckers’ stamina, stealth & skill. In groups of three, each had a designated 2 hours with Ed Kainyek & his talented band to practise, improvise &…JAM! For […]

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We are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty The Queen. HM The Queen was a steadfast supporter of the arts, and of music in particular, and was, surprisingly, a noted jazz and blues fan. She met and honoured many of our music’s leading exponents, from Duke Ellington to Dame Cleo Laine, […]

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mjf2022 piano trail competition winners We’re delighted to announce the winners of the mjf piano traill 2022, delivered in partnership with the world renowned Forysth’s Music Shop of Deansgate! The top prize winner is nine year old Leo Cheung from Beswick who performed his own composition. On receiving his prize Leo said “Fantastic! I never dreamed […]

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We’re delighted to reopen applications to 3 of our artist opportunities – mjf soundcheck, hothouse and originals.   We support and champion creative musicians – from Greater Manchester, across the north and internationally. mjf offers tailored development schemes and performance opportunities for every career stage, both at the festival and throughout the year. If you’re […]

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mjf 2022 ran from 20 – 29 may 2022 at venues and sites across Manchester, including a free opening weekend at Escape to Freight Island, weekday gigs at St Ann’s Church, nightly gigs at Matt & Phreds, events at Forsyth Music and at The Yard with partners NQ Jazz, and close with an extended weekend-long party at Band on the Wall. Some highlights from […]

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The #mjfpianotrail competition with Forsyth Music Shop is now closed. It’s been a great month of music-making around Manchester city-centre, and it’s really brightened our moods – much as we hope it has yours. Now we just need to decide on some winners… to be announced late June 2022. Thanks to all of our piano […]

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