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Maja Mannila Trio

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Maja Mannila vocals, keyboards / Johannes Granroth bass / Severi Sorjonen drums  

Maja Mannila is an impressively talented young jazz-soul singer, pianist and composer from Helsinki, here making her mjf debut. Together with her band, she performs her own songs in English, in a style combining r’n’b, soul, jazz and gospel. The band’s electrifying energy and stage presence captivate audiences from the very first notes. 

Maja grew up in a musical family and has an impressive command of the piano, but at the same time she celebrates the importance of freedom and fun when creating and playing music. Maja’s talent has also been spotted by English drummer Richard Spaven and singer Anthony Strong, who have invited Maja to perform with them. The trio was selected to represent new Finnish jazz for the 2023 Nordic Jazz Comets showcase, and the band has also performed in Germany, Slovenia and Estonia.

The future looks bright as Mannila heads for international touring and recording, both with her ensemble and as solo artist. In 2023, she performed as soloist in her own material with the Kaunas Big Band in Lithuania, she’s a member of fast-rising ensemble Peela and in 2021-22 Maja played and sang in pianist Iiro Rantala’s new trio Flock, which toured throughout Central Europe. 

Maja’s debut album Up & Down (2022) was well-received by the media and her second album Seasons was released in November 2023. 

“The band, playfully combining new age soul with jazz, offers an international soundscape that would certainly appeal to those aforementioned youngsters.” 

“In a performance by a talented trio, the spotlight is on Mannila herself, whose deep and honeyed voice is one of the best to be found in this country. Mannila’s vocal delivery is natural and effortless, suveneer in its skill.” 

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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:10 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Bryony Jarman-Pinto voice, flute / Geoff Bartholomew trumpet, backing vocals / Tom Werkha guitar, keyboards / Alley Lloyd bass, backing vocals / Jenny Walinetski drums

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Lancaster-based singer, songwriter and musician Bryony Jarman-Pinto seamlessly blends enchanting vocals and spellbinding jazz-infused melodies with intricately crafted and personal lyrics. Bryony grew up surrounded by music, attending singing workshops with her mum and BlueJam Arts from a young age. Bryony’s sophomore album Below Dawn (out 10th May) explores sentimental themes of societal change, untapped emotions, and the profound journey of pregnancy and motherhood. 

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Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Ceitidh Mac

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Ceitidh MacLeod voice, cello, tenor guitar / Will Hammond vibraphone, synthesiser, percussion / Francesca Knowles drums 

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

With a progressive twist to her music, Ceitidh Mac is an alternative singing/cellist, tipped by Jude Rogers as a “Fascinating Welsh-born, Tyneside-dwelling singer-songwriter and cellist, with an unusual, stunning voice.” Absorbing in its originality, Ceitidh Mac creates songs that soar with contemporary arrangements and unusual instrumentation. A mesmerising live show, expect to be drawn in by bold songs and cello basslines. In Adam Walton’s (BBC Radio Wales) words: “Sublime & absolutely outstanding.” 

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Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Dirty Freud

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Danni Skerritt aka Dirty Freud keyboards, voice / Ruby Tingle voice / Jono Allen saxophoneRob Andrews guitar 

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Hotter than Hendos! 

The unruly prince of electronica and Ninja Tune fave Dirty Freud is an electronic live and recording outfit whose music contains elements of dubstep, 2-step, garage, soulful vocals and jazz. It is simply Dirty Cinematic Electronica.  

Over the years, they have played headline slots at UK festivals including Glastonbury, All Points East, Citadel, Boomtown, Beat-Herder, as well as at gigs across the US and Europe.  

“Wonderfully wonky that, isn’t it?” – Nemone (BBC 6Music) 

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Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Tom Harris

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Tom Harris electric piano / Lucy-Anne Daniels voice / Olivia Cuttill trumpet / Anna Chandler-King alto saxophone / Josh Vadiveloo double bass / Miles Pillinger drums  

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Tom Harris is a northern pianist who tries his best to make interesting music with kind people. 

His heartfelt compositions explore mental health, masculinity, acceptance, and joy, all filtered through the musical influence of his favourite artists (Nina Simone, Snowpoet, Cécile McLorin Salvant). 

Tom’s latest offering takes inspiration from Buddleia – the vibrant purple shrub which thrives in ‘ugly’ places. It’s tough, beautiful, and a reminder that some version of life will always persevere… 

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Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Vipertime

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Ben Powling tenor saxophone / Matias Reed bass guitar / Josh Smout drums / Luke Reddin-Williams drums, percussion

mjf partners with Jazz North to present a showcase of the latest northern artists to be selected for the groundbreaking touring programme Northern Line. 

Vipertime explores the borders of jazz, post-punk, dub and Afrobeat to create a sound that is simultaneously unique to the band and a microcosm of the thriving UK scene. Since their birth in Leeds basement parties, they have released many albums and singles, including 2023’s critically-acclaimed Arise. The group has also made a name for itself with a series of incendiary appearances at UK venues and festivals, pushing their line-up of saxophone, bass guitar and twin drum sets to its sonic limits. 

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Date: sunday 19 may

Time: 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

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

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

A Hologram Maze

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

David Austin Grey piano, keyboards, electronics / Xhosa Cole saxophone, flute / Sam Wooster trumpet, electronics / Shivraj Singh double bass / Nathan Jones drums, percussion 

Warm, reflective, open-hearted and lyrical jazz – A Hologram Maze (AHM) is led by Birmingham-based pianist/composer David Austin Grey.

The band features five of the UK’s finest improvisers, all close friends, who bring a deep sense of understanding and common purpose to each composition.  AHM’s music unfolds in equally gently weaving turns and dynamic sweeps, as the band navigates different moods and emotions; from sweet and tender, through to frenetic, assertive energy.

2024 sees the release of their debut album The Beauty Of A Co-Pilot. Features in Jazzwise Magazine, radio play on Jazz FM and sold out shows at some of the UK’s best-loved jazz venues all reflect how well AHM’s music has been received.

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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 3:15 pm - 4:25 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required

Amy Gadiaga Quintet

mjf @ First Street (Main Stage)

Amy Gadiaga vocals, double bass / Joseph Oti trumpet / Luke Bacchus electric piano / Solomon Kola guitar / Simon Lamb drums  

Amy (pronounced Ah-Mi) is a bassist, vocalist, composer and dancer from Paris, now based in London, where she recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a Royal Philharmonic Society prize. 

Connecting the old-school jazz tradition of musicians such as Betty Carter and Wayne Shorter with her own style, Amy gives performances that celebrate artistry and freedom. 

She won Best Jazz Newcomer prize at last year’s Parliamentary Jazz Awards, and her debut, Everything I Do, was track of the week on Jazz FM and is a firm favourite on Jamz Supernova’s Selector Radio programme. 

With shows at EFG London Jazz Festival, Jazz Café and We Out Here behind her, a label deal with Jazz re:freshed and a partnership with Fender, Amy gives her Manchester debut at mjf and is clearly one to watch. 

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Date: saturday 18 may

Time: 5:30 pm - 6:40 pm

Price: Free admission, no ticket required