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Mangorata

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Miles Pillinger drums / Olivia Cuttill trumpet / James Absalom tenor saxophone / Liam Mason keyboards / Chris Williams double bass / JJ Petrie percussion 

Opening the mjf celebrations at First Street, Mangorata’s sound is characterised by wild and inventive improvisation in a jungle of Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, swing and funk grooves. Using an array of textures, the players are unafraid to convey their musical stories via fully-fledged bustling rhythm, or via stripped-back intimacy. 

The band draws inspiration from the works of legends such as Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Wayne Shorter, and Hermeto Pascoal.

Having made their mark on the Leeds circuit, the band is attracting attention further afield: their eponymous EP was described as “first class” by Jazz FM’s John Osbourne, and it signals the burgeoning new wave of exciting young UK players who are spreading the word of jazz to new and younger audiences. 

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 5:00 pm - 5:45 pm

Time: 6:45 pm - 7:30 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Gaz Hughes Trio

mjf @ First Street (HOME Stage)

Gaz Hughes drums / Andrzej Baranek piano / Gavin Barras double bass  

With a refreshing take on the piano trio format, Gaz Hughes uses the canon of Bluenote-infused, driving swing and be-bop to forge an original contemporary repertoire that blends heritage with a modern twist, striking the perfect balance between tradition and innovation. 

The results are thoughtfully funky, agile, intelligent – and fun. Their latest opus, Nuclear Bebopalypse, evidences their tight ensemble sound, achieved not only through extensive touring but through a deep understanding of and commitment to the genre from each of the players – all esteemed soloists in their own right.  

With three acclaimed albums under his belt, Hughes has built a reputation for solid playing and an engaging affinity with audiences, establishing himself as one of the premier jazz drummers in the UK.  

Building on the success of “Beboperation” and “Beboptical Illusion,” “Nuclear Bebopalypse” stands as a testament to The Gaz Hughes Trio’s commitment to create new music and continue to develop their identity in the boundaries of Swing and Bop. 

In a short space of time, Gaz Hughes has established himself a one of the premier jazz drummers in the UK.With three acclaimed albums under his belt, Hughes has built quite a reputation with audiences around the country, not just for his drumming but also for his engaging personality both behind and in front of the kit.Positioned at the vanguard of the new wave of British jazz talent, the Gaz Hughes Trio are a group to take note of for 2024. 

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm

Time: 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Secret Night Gang

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Kemani Anderson vocals / Callum Connell saxophones, conga / Elias Atkinson, Aaron Wood trumpets, flugelhorns / Jack Duckham guitar / Nicola Guida keyboards / Mani bass / Ruben Edwards drums 

Secret Night Gang is a joyful slice of jazz-inflected soul, reflecting today’s genre-blending sensibilities in a heavy mix of gospel, R&B, soul, and jazz, led by the songwriters/musicians Kemani Anderson and Callum Connell. “We describe our sound as limitless; it’s not set in one genre but pays homage to our favourite music and musicians,” says Anderson. 

“We write open-ended tunes to allow the listener to find themselves in the music. But most of all, it’s not music to think to – it’s music to dance to,” adds Connell.

Handpicked from Manchester’s vibrant live music scene in 2021 by legendary broadcaster, DJ, producer, and label head Gilles Peterson, the band has been championed by a wide range of tastemakers, including Rolling Stone, Clash magazine, Jazz FM, Jamie Cullum, and Bandcamp.  Later that year saw the release of their first self-titled album and a nomination for Breakthrough Act of the Year at the Jazz FM Awards, as well as a nomination for the Worldwide FM Awards for Track of the Year.

Selling out shows at Ronnie Scott’s and Jazz Café in London and appearing at festivals such as the North Sea Jazz Festival, Montreux Jazz, and Primavera Sound, they have built a reputation as a must-see live act with memorable performances, including a date at London’s Alexandra Palace supporting Khruangbin on their UK/EU 2022 tour. 

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 8:30 pm - 9:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Gypsies of Bohemia

Matt and Phreds

Martin Connor voice / Jim Wallace guitar / Andrzej Baranek piano / Danny Hibbert bass / Andy Hibbert drums

As the UK’s leading original covers band, Gypsies of Bohemia pride themselves on having written at least half of their complete catalogue of original cover versions. Something of a paradox?

Well, that sums these guys up. These five musically literate, well-groomed individuals can bring a party like no other to the bandstand and turn the most sophisticated of settings into an all-out guitar-style rave, with their inventive and superbly crafted renditions of popular contemporary songs from the modern era. Whoever said you can’t polish a turd was wrong. Fronted by the phenomenal vocalist Martin Connor, expect all your all-time guilty pleasure bangers given the gypsy treatment… If you’ve not come across these guys before, you’re going to want to see this. If you have, you know they’re worth seeing again… 

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 9:30 pm - 12:30 am

Price: £7.00

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Beck Pocket

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

Viv Griffin bass, voice / Samantha Baxter guitar / Jasper Clarke keyboards / Louis Reilly drums 

Beck Pocket melds left-field pop with electronic dance, sprinkling influences from disco and glitch to jazz and breakbeat. Former mjf soundcheck artist Viv Griffin and Jasper Clarke formed the project whilst studying music in Manchester. Both sharing writing and producing duties and seeing electronica through a live musician’s lens, the duo layer lush synths over relentlessly groovy bass, whilst discussing change, growing up and nostalgia.

Since releasing their first single in July 2022, the duo has played multiple venues across Manchester such as Band on the Wall, Aviva Studios and 33 Oldham Street. Beck Pocket’s set at mjf2024 will see them at their most experimental, combining instrumental and electronic improvisation, whilst sprinkling in their new music set to be released in the first half of this year.

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.

 

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 6:00 pm - 6:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

BITEZ

mjf @ First Street (ask Garden Stage)

Princess Arinola Adegbite voice / James Holt keyboards / Khalid Mwambakale DJ 

Multi-award-winning poet and musician and mjf Soundcheck artist 2022, BITEZ uses music as a form of expression and activism.  Awarded MCR Young Creative of the Year (Culture Awards) and praised as an “inventive polymath” – Marco Sebastiano Alessi -, her music is heavily influenced by jazz, nu jazz, neo-soul and electronica. BITEZ’ songs explore the interior world, the human need for love and validation, technology’s influence on the collective, and her lived experiences as a woman navigating the world with chronic illness, making music to help people feel less alienated and more celebrated.

Her debut project, Eat My Heart, funded by MOBO Help Musicians Fund, is a jazz and soul-inspired mix of organic instruments with electronica sounds. The tracks explore love and the need to perform for love as an artist. The debut track, Performative Love, explores interactions of false love. Her music has garnered support from Factory International (MIF), Youth Music, Help Musicians, and the MOBO Awards. She’s also received radio plays from BBC Radio Manchester, Pie Radio, Reform Radio, and Amazing Radio.

The Ask Garden Stage is proudly sponsored by Ask Real Estate.

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Date: friday 17 may

Time: 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required