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Knock Out Brass Brand

Matt and Phreds

Gwyn Owen, Graham South trumpets /  Owain Roberts, Rich McVeigh trombone / Pete Cowlishaw sousaphone Lestyn Jones drum kit 

Knock Out Brass Band bring a heavy dose of drums and brass to get the party going! With a varied catalogue of popular tunes and the perfect combination of energy and feel-good vibes, they are the perfect band to bring the house down on a Saturday night at Matt and Phreds!

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Date: saturday 25 may

Time: 9:30 pm - 12:30 am

Price: 7.00

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Lili Miller

Matt and Phreds

Lili Miller vocals, piano

Lili Miller – originally hailing from Manchester – is a seasoned musician whose work has ranged from fronting a funk band on a European tour, to piano-vocal residencies in London’s Soho. Taking music from all genres, she can morph it seamlessly into smooth soul/jazz renditions on the keys. Lili’s original music can be found on all digital platforms – produced by Grammy Award-nominated Bryan Wilson (who also produced John Newman, Lianne La Havas & Emilie Sande).

Doors, 5PM. Free entry, tables will be on a first come first served basis on the evening. Happy Hour will be available from 5-6.30 PM.

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Date: saturday 25 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Price: Free

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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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Kemani Anderson

Matt and Phreds

Kemani Anderson voice, piano

Kemani Anderson is a 23 year old vocalist from Manchester, and also 1 of the co-founders and singer/songwriter of the band Secret Night GangHe is influenced by an array of genres including jazz, funk, soul, R&B, hip hop and gospel, and by a whole host of artists.  

This evening, Kemani will be live on stage singing and playing keys, performing all sorts of tunes that he holds dear.  

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Free entry. Tables first come first served, then standing.  

Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Price: Free

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M&P x MJF Open Jam, led by Johnny Hunter

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 and artist Johnny Hunter, 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.  

Whether musicians want to play a jazz standard, a unique twist on a popular tune, or simply see where the beat takes them, all are 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 Clatworthy, 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.  

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Date: monday 20 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free

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Slow Down Motion

Matt and Phreds

Joe Brown guitar / Laurie Agnew drums / Graham Clark violin / Joel Rojas Arriaga percussion

Slow Down Motion was formed by long-time friends and collaborators Joe Brown and Laurie Agnew. This band is a unique blend of jazz, electronica and folk music and has been inspired by artists such as The Cinematic Orchestra, Thom Yorke and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. They work alongside the software Ableton to create vast soundscapes which guide each listener on a journey made up of beautiful melodies, giant bass lines and hard hitting beats.  

Joining SDM for the Manchester Jazz Festival will be jazz veteran and master violinist Graham Clark, who has worked closely with the boys of SDM for many years. Graham’s free-form approach and virtuosic playing means that each performance moves differently to the last. Alongside Graham is Venezuelan percussionist Joel Rojas Arriaga, who’s short time on the Manchester music scene has already had a huge impact. Combining traditional Venezuelan rhythms with Afro-Cuban inspired grooves, Joel adds a deep rhythmic connection to the music.  

Combining pieces from their up-coming album alongside improvisation and explorational song form, this performance for the Manchester Jazz Festival will be a special night.  

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Date: tuesday 21 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free

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The Mudez Project

Matt and Phreds

Lucy Camba Bermudez voice / Luc Phan guitar / Tom Chapman bass / Christian Fields keyboards / Joe Wood drums

Fronted by charismatic vocalist Lucy Camba Bermudez (f.k.a. Lucy Mae) and multi-instrumentalist Luc Phan, The Mudez Project bring you an eclectic fusion of jazz, neo-soul and progressive experimentalism.  

Having played at various jazz venues across the country since 2012, the quintet will showcase songs off their ‘Lucy Mae’ EP from 2016, as well as debuting new material, delving into intimate covers and venturing into expansive atmospheric improvisations.  

Accompanied by the fantastic Christian Fields, Luc Phan, Tom Chapman and Joe Wood, you can expect Lucy’s deep, soulful and haunting voice to radiate intimacy and warmth across the Matt & Phreds stage. Order your Rioja bottle and be seduced. 

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Date: wednesday 22 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free

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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.

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Date: friday 24 may

Time: 9:30 pm - 12:30 am

Price: £7.00

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The Gelatos

Matt and Phreds

Siena Lloyd saxophone, clarinet, voice / Bex Hughes piano, voice / Peter Riley bass, voice / Stuart Smith drums

The Gelatos are a high-energy, all-singing jazz quartet playing the all-time classic songs of the 40’s and 50’s with an Italian twist. The 4-piece ensemble never fails to put a smile on every audience member’s face as they play their masterful mix of tunes guaranteed to get you dancing in your seat. Playing favourites from the likes of Louis Prima, Benny Goodman and Count Basie.  

From beautiful, laid back, slow and more romantic numbers, all the way through to high-tempo, quick-stepping jump jives, The Gelatos are a truly electric and fun collection of musicians who will take you on an unforgettable journey through the music of the time period. 

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Date: thursday 23 may

Time: 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Price: Free

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The Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra – M&P’s Big Band Brunch

Matt and Phreds

James Boyes, Anna Chandler-King, Emma Johnson, Laurence Mason, Rose Sharp saxophones / Toby Brazier, Felix Burling, Ciarán Diston, Tom Sharp, Stuart Wilson trumpets / Tom l’Anson, Chris Burge, Adam Chard, George Hardwick, Pat Martin trombones / Will Powell guitar Joe Boyes piano / Mick Bardon bass / Josh Smout drums

Join this superb 20-piece line up performing classic Big Band Jazz of the 20th Century, whilst enjoying a special brunch pizza menu!

The Tom Sharp Jazz Orchestra began life as a rehearsal big band in Leeds, but has cemented its place as one of West Yorkshire’s most celebrated large jazz ensembles.

The band started by performing at the legendary Seven Arts Christmas Concert, shortly after went on to win the prestigious Great North Big Band Competition (2016), and have moved from strength to strength ever since.

With Tom Sharp as musical director, the band plays music from all across the big band repertoire of the twentieth century, focusing on the big swingers of the 50s, as well as showcasing arrangements from members of the orchestra.

Even more exciting: for this performance, TSJO invites you to play BIG BAND BINGO with them! Pick a number between 1 and 200 (yes 200) when you arrive, and it will be entered into a draw which aligns that number with a song the band can play. That means YOU get the chance to influence a portion of the band’s setlist; and there’s some pretty fun tunes in that list of 200…

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Under 16’s go free, when accounted for with a paying adult’s ticket
Please see Skiddle for full ticket info, and food options. 

Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:45 pm

Price: £5 - £10

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