The Vinyl Steppers

Matt and Phreds

Kate Peters voice / Tom Sharp trumpet / Tom Smith trombone / Harry Orme guitar / Sam Jackson bass / John Arnesen drums

The Vinyl Steppers put a twist on chart-hits with music that’s unexpected, giving pop classics a throwback feel with swing and jazz.  Expect sultry sounds that make any dancefloor irresistible for quick steppers and slow dances.

Call 0161 273 5495 to reserve a table

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 9:30 pm - 12:30 am

Price: £7.00

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Close Counters

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Band on the Wall (bar stage)

Naarm/Melbourne-based Close Counters’ diverse soundscape sits at the crossroads of house, neo-soul, broken beat and disco. Their 2023 Music Victoria Award-winning and Australian Music Prize-nominated album, SOULACOASTA II, is a sample-infused expedition that further secured their spot as one of the top talents in their class, with the duo tirelessly sourcing niche samples from films and records on trips across the globe. The LP was touted by tastemakers Gilles Peterson, Folamour, Jamz Supernova, Jyoty Singh, Jaguar, Tarsza, DJ Mag, Bandcamp, and landed Album Features with Australian stations Double J, 3RRR, PBR and 2SER. Breakout singles from the pack were originally released by Melvo Baptiste’s The Remedy Project, an imprint of Defected Records. 

Their collaboration Rollout with Young Franco featuring UK rappers Scrufizzer and Jay Prince, won over new fans across the globe and was added to the Official Soundtrack for acclaimed video game FIFA 23. In the past year the band have also performed or provided mixes for triple j, 3RRR, Defected Radio, FBi Radio, Soho Radio NYC, Baked, and interviewed on BBC Radio 1Xtra when hotly tipped as their After Dark Discovery and ‘EP of the Week’ (FLUX, 2022). 

A true live act at heart, the duo expands to include featured musicians and vocalists from their wider collective. 

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Price: £13 Advance

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Nu Genea (DJ + Keys), Mr. Scruff, Me Gusta: Keep It Unreal

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Band on the Wall (main venue & bar stage)

Join Mr. Scruff for a manchester jazz festival 2-room special with Nu Genea (DJ + Keys) playing for 2 hours on the main stage, as well as getting involved in some B2B action, digging from a box of Soul / Jazz / Disco / Funk / House / Techno / Afro/ Latin / Reggae/ Hip Hop / Breaks / Balearic and lots more. Atiké, Léna C & Obeka take charge in the bar stage for a 6-hour Me Gusta throwdown. All welcome, regardless of age, nationality, mobility, gender or sexuality. Regulars and first timers getting down together… mixed up music for a lovely mix of people!

Nu Genea is the artistic project from musicians/DJs Massimo Di Lena and Lucio Aquilina. Inspired by obsessive record digging, their infectious, feel-good live project brings music from the past and reignites it in an original groovy equation inspired by disco, funk, boogie, electronic, dub, folk and the Napoli music scene. At Band on the Wall they will be sharing their inspirational music discoveries, adding live keys for a fruity cocktail.

Ninja Tune recording artist & DJ Mr. Scruff has been running his regular Keep It Unreal party in Manchester for nearly 25 years, sharing a massive range of music with a keen sense of fun & surprise.

All 6 artists bring a sense of musical discovery, shared with fun and passion. We can’t wait to see what they cook up together on the night!

Me Gusta Collective:  Atiké + Obeka + Léna C 

Me Gusta is a multicultural collective based in Manchester UK. Through music, dance, unity and art they form events to expose these rich identities from continent to continent creating a basis for all to connect as one. With roots from Ecuador, Togo, Bermuda, Kenya and Norway – a dedicated selection exposing the sonic boundaries of Afro-Latin, Caribbean and Middle Eastern musical diaspora.

Léna C hosts a regular show on Liverpool’s Melodical Distraction called Ecléctico and has appeared on My Analog Journal, NTS, Worldwide FM and more. She has also played at We Out Here Festival, Gottwood and across the city of Manchester.

For more information about venue access, please visit: https://bandonthewall.org/visit/access

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 9:00 pm - 3:00 am

Price: £20 Advance

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Tim Garland’s Lighthouse Trio

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The Stoller Hall

Tim Garland saxophone / Gwilym Simcock piano / Asaf Sirkis drums 

Twenty years ago, Tim Garland launched his Lighthouse Trio – a truly unmatched and formidable acoustic band where interplay is paramount. 2024 sees the 20th anniversary of this international trio that also features pianist Gwilym Simcock and Asaf Sirkis on drums and percussion.

Garland’s association with the prodigiously talented and much-praised Simcock goes back a long way. Both share a broadly similar musical approach that’s informed by a blend of fusion, folk, and classical forms, while the formidable Sirkis, a drummer and percussionist with a well-deserved reputation as one of the best in the business, seems at home in any environment, but here masterfully employs a bespoke kit of middle eastern frame drums perfect for the setting.

The anniversary concerts in 2024 will feature works from a project entitled Moment of Departure created by Turkish painter and printmaker Esra Kizir Gokcen to complement new music, which will also be released on a new album in May recorded with the Britten Sinfonia and violin virtuoso Thomas Gould.

The trio’s three albums (If the Sea Replied, Libra and Lighthouse) capture their stunning agility and lyrical sensibility, with both Garland, whose seventeen-year association with Chick Corea made his name widespread, and the now-world-renowned Simcock (Pat Metheny Band) sharing compositional input.

Venue Access and Accessible Seating

If you have any venue access or accessible seating requirements, please contact Stoller Hall direct to arrange this by emailing boxoffice@chethams.com or call 0333 130 0967 during opening hours (1.30pm-4pm, Tuesday-Thursday). On the evening of the performance, you can make yourself known to Front of House staff who can show you to your seats. Stoller Hall cannot offer on-site parking for customers with access requirements, but there are a handful of blue badge parking spaces just outside Victoria Station and a drop-off zone which can be used.

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 9:45 pm

Price: £20.00

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Julian Joseph

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Forsyth Music Shop

Julian Joseph solo piano

Julian gives a rare solo recital from across the canon of the jazz piano repertoire, in the intimate surroundings of Forsyth’s Showroom…

Acclaimed as one of the finest jazz musicians to emerge this side of the Atlantic, Julian Joseph has devoted his long career to championing the music across the British Isles and into the far corners of the globe.

He has forged a reputation beyond his formidable skills as a composer and performer, and is universally recognised as a highly knowledgeable and engaging broadcaster, musical ambassador and cultural advocate. His charitable work and generous skills as an educator have made a major contribution to Britain’s cultural landscape and heritage. He is a greatly admired and respected figure in British Jazz, celebrated for his service to others and for sharing all the benefits of his life in music to inspire the musicians of the future.

For more information about venue access and getting to Forsyth’s visit: https://www.forsyths.co.uk/content/37-about-us and if you have any accessible seating requirements or queries please email festival@manchesterjazz.com

Presented in association with Forsyth Music Shop and with the generous support of Yamaha




Date: friday 24 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Price: £25.00 (Includes a glass of Prosecco)

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Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley

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St Ann's Church

Trish Clowes saxophone / Ross Stanley piano

Trish Clowes and Ross Stanley have been carefully crafting their incomparable soundworld over several years, which includes their own material, arrangements of music from jazz, folk and church organ traditions, and free improvisations. The duo’s performances include Wigmore Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Royal Festival Hall (with Stanley making use of the organ), Galway Jazz Festival, Symphony Hall (Birmingham), Buxton International Festival, and Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

This concert will feature music from their new album Journey to Where (out March 8th 2024 on Stoney Lane Records), which was recorded at Wigmore Hall, London.

Clowes & Stanley enjoy working with material from anywhere. Their concerts often include music by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Osvaldo Farrés, Nikki Iles, Antonio Carlos Jobim, as well as original compositions, two of which are dedicated to Clowes and Stanley’s respective heroes, Wayne Shorter and John Taylor. At the heart of their ever-evolving programme of music lie interpretations of a Marcel Dupré prelude (Prelude III from Trois Preludes et Fugues) and Herbert Howells’s Gloucester Service – two beloved works from Stanley’s time as an organ scholar at Marlborough College. 

“Captivating duo” – Jazzwise 

These two musicians are a formidable partnership… Both players are gifted with an extraordinary musical intelligence allied to a prodigious technical ability… It was a fascinating evening… There really was something for everybody.” – Andrew Petch, The Shropshire Star 

“An impressive duo set… interacting brilliantly with both energy and delicacy” – Tony Dudley-Evans, promoter & writer 

Trish Clowes
Saxophonist and composer Trish Clowes has been described as “an improviser to be reckoned with” (Downbeat Magazine) and “one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times” (The Guardian). Lauded for her imaginative approach to improvisation and composition, Clowes has released seven critically acclaimed albums, and she is currently an Associate Artist at Wigmore Hall.

Ross Stanley
Pianist and organist Ross Stanley is a Yamaha artist, Hammond endorsee and two times winner of a British Jazz Award in the organ category. After being awarded an organ scholarship to Marlborough College, Stanley studied at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and since then his musical skills have kept him in high demand, seeing him work with musicians and ensembles such as Eddie Gomez, Seamus Blake, the Hamish Stuart Band, BBC Concert Orchestra, Nostalgia 77 Octet, Tom Jones, Alfie Boe, Maceo Parker, and Pino Palladino.

Venue Access & Accessible Seating

For information about venue access please visit: https://stannsmanchester.com – if you require any reserved seating or have any access requirements please contact festival@manchesterjazz.com

Date: friday 24 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:45 pm

Price: £12.00

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