Impossible Gents and Tim Garland for 21st Manchester Jazz Festival

The 21st edition of the Manchester Jazz Festival runs from 22 until 31 July, with 88 gigs at key venues and jazz clubs around the city and at the central Festival Pavilion in Albert Square. Known for its innovative blend of quality international headliners, original commissions and new talent, this year’s 10-day programme includes a headline appearance by Anglo-American supergroup The Impossible Gentlemen, who launch their new album, Let’s Get Deluxe, at the RNCM Theatre on 26 July, with the band featuring the expanded five-piece line-up of guitarist Mike Walker, pianist Gwilym Simcock, bassist Steve Rodby, drummer Adam Nussbaum and newly recruited multi-reedist Iain Dixon.

The RNCM also plays host to this year’s Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission, this year composed by Beats & Pieces bandleader Ben Cottrell, entitled New Seeingthe work receives its world première. Inspired by the Stan Getz’s influential and classic album, Focus, the piece is orchestrated for trumpet (played by Graham South), 12-piece string ensemble and double rhythm section featuring drummers Findlay Panter and Johnny Hunter and bassists Mick Bardon and Stewart Wilson.

British sax titan Tim Garland brings his top-notch electric band of Ant Law, Jason Rebello and Asaf Sirkis to the festival and is one many diverse names performing at the Festival Pavilion that also include Empirical, Graham Massey’s Toolshed, Jeremy Sassoon’s Ray Charles Project and the final night double bill of Perhaps Contraption plus Abstract Orchestra. Another one-off concert includes a compelling hook up between Kit Downes and Tom Challenger who form Vyamanikal which will be alate night concert using the pipe organ of St Ann’s Church along with immersive visual projections. International acts making their debuts include the renowned Polish Atom String Quartet who combine jazz and classical sounds in vibrant, energised ways and France’s Thomas de Pourquery’s Supersonic project unleashes his wild exploration of the music of Sun Ra.

Nearby Leeds College of Music marks its 50th anniversary year with performances by two of its large ensembles plus bebop-led set from Mintons Playhouse that’s comprised of many of the college’s talented faculty. The festival’s MJF Originals series once again showcases new and emerging artists, with ANDCHUCK!, Lieko Quintet, Pareidolia and Odd Poets all appearing this year as well the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Jazz Award,trumpeter Alexandra Ridout, who appears with her Quartet. Festival venues include Band on the Wall, Matt & Phred’s, Portico Library, RNCM, St Ann’s Church and The Midland Hotel plus arts and music centre, HOME.

Early bird tickets are available with a 10% discount on all tickets purchased via www.manchesterjazz.com by 30 June 2016 – see the website for full venue listings and times.

– Mike Flynn

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