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Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival

Tip tapping its way into town later this month is the Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival 06, with eight days of events, nearly 50 artists and 9 venues spread across the city

Published on July 10th 2006.

Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival

Tip tapping its way into town later this month is the Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival 06.

With eight days of events running from Saturday 22 July – Saturday 29, it all kicks off with a full day of free music in St Ann’s Square. Starting with danceable Latin grooves and moving on to a fully fledged latin diva before a special RNCM double-bill featuring the Tony Kofi plus 1 (tipped as the Summer’s top jazz album), and legendary pianist Monty Alexander, the day will be a perfect introduction to the near 50 bands that will be performing across 9 venues in the city. Since the majority of events are free you should definitely get yourself down for a listen.

Highlights include two events looking at how Manchester’s brass band tradition has influenced two of the UK’s best jazz trumpeters. The evocative acoustic venue of St Ann’s Church will be the venue for Neil Yates’ Sketches of a Northern Town, a musical travelogue of Manchester’s recent transformation written specifically for this year’s festival. And Richard Iles brings his Miniature Brass Emporium to the Green Room, mixing big brass with the melting pot of jazz and northern soul that is so central to the region’s music scene.

Now in its 11th year, the festival promises to delight even the most discerning jazz palate as well as be the perfect place for first-timers to discover a new world of music. It’s amazing how many people realise they like jazz having spent a lifetime thinking they wouldn’t.

With something for everyone there’s no better time to dip into a jazz concert, whether whilst enjoying lunch in the Bridgewater Hall Foyer or an afternoon coffee at Starbucks in St Ann’s Square.

The festival concludes on the 29th with the biggest outdoor jazz event in the country; a free all day grand finale in Albert Square featuring salsa, Afro-beats and funk to jazz-folk, blues and 50’s swing.

Steve Mead, Artistic Director of the Festival, says: “The festival’s goal is to put our musicians on an equal footing to those in London, bring cutting edge international stars to the city and give everyone in Manchester a chance to hear some of the best jazz coming out of the UK. It’s the ideal opportunity for everyone to come out and experience something different.

Tristan Welch
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Starbucks Manchester Jazz Festival runs from Saturday 22 July – Saturday 29 July at the following venues:

  • St Ann’s Square
  • Albert Square
  • Bridgewater Hall
  • Royal Northern College of Music
  • Green Room
  • Starbucks St Ann’s Square Coffeehouse
  • St Ann’s Church
  • Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club
  • Zion Arts Centre

For more information on events click here

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