M&PxMJF Open Jam: Led by Craig Hanson

Matt and Phreds

For this extra special Jam Night, Matt & Phred’s are teaming up with Manchester Jazz Festival to give all singers and musicians the opportunity to come down to our little backstreet Jazz Club and get on stage to perform. We are happy to announce that this year’s Open Jam will be led by the prolific drummer Craig Hanson, whose band is comprised of equally reputable musicians. The stage is open to all musicians to get up and play with the house band and fellow jammers.

With the genres for the night surrounding Jazz, Neo-Soul, and R’n’B, whether musicians want to play a standard, a unique twist on a popular tune, or simply see where the beat takes them, all is welcome. Bring along your vocal cords, guitars, brass, strings, and whatever other instruments you play, and play alongside like-minded music lovers.

Over the years, the Matt & Phred’s Jam Nights have attracted the likes of Chuck Perkins, Lonnie Liston Smith, Benn Clatworth, as well as members of Riot Jazz Brass Band, GoGo Penguin, and the Beats & Pieces Big Band, to name but a few… Who knows who might be in the audience and on stage tonight. You can certainly expect to see some familiar faces from the rest of the Manchester Jazz Festival line up, as well as those who have built a stellar reputation among the Northern music scene.

More of a listener than a player? No problem, there will be plenty of room for you to kick back and watch the evening unfold. It’s fair to say anything could happen.

A little on Craig Hanson, jam leader: Craig is an acclaimed musician on the Manchester scene. He performs and tours with many artists including 6x Grammy-nominated artist Yola. He was one half of spiritual funk jazz duo Skeltr, winning various awards and releasing two successful records. Craig is now working behind the scenes on his own brand new project (all to be revealed). He is very excited to be leading the MJF Jazz Jam ’23!

Doors 6pm
Gig 9pm – midnight
Free entry – to reserve a table, call 0161 273 5495

Date: monday 22 may

Time: 9:00 pm - 12:00 am

Price: Free

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Donovan Haffner

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The Yard (NQJazz)

Donovan Haffner alto saxophone Francisco Garcia De Paredes guitarJay Verma pianoHarry Pearce bassHarry Ling drums

A young artist who very much embodies the current generation of emerging UK jazz talent, Donovan Haffner has already established himself as an individual voice on the busy London scene. Following in the footsteps of numerous British jazz luminaries, Donovan has been at the forefront of the world famous Tomorrow’s Warriors programme for ten years, with the last 2 years seeing him forge his own career as an in-demand saxophonist, sharing the stage with the likes of Moses Boyd, Shane Forbes, Kamaal Williams and Jay Phelps and leading his own band at venues & festivals including Ronnie Scotts, Love Supreme, We Out Here and more.

His quintet draws together like-minded young musicians, sharing their passion for American Contemporary Jazz, capturing & sharing its evocative spirit and emotional drive through the lens of their own experience. In addition to his formidable saxophone playing, Donovan is also an accomplished composer and arranger, with his quintet presenting his original compositions at the festival, influenced by the greats both old and new – citing Joe Henderson, Immanuel Wilkins, Kenny Dorham and Walter Smith III. This is a rare chance to catch Donovan in an intimate venue as his star is rising…

Presented by NQ Jazz in partnership with mjf

Date: monday 22 may

Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Price: £14 full (advance), £10 students (advance)

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