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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