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Ipswich Jazz Festival
22 June 2018 - 24 June 2018
The third Ipswich Jazz festival takes over Ipswich for one weekend in June, bringing a crescendo of culture to to venues dotted across the town.
Starting with Rumba de Bodas from Bologna, Italy, you can hear a heady mix of high-octane gypsy-swing, Latina, Balcanica, reggae, soul and folk. The band appear at St Peters by the Waterfront in Ipswich on Friday 22 June, and they are just one of the visiting gems among the best on the UK Jazz scene.
On Saturday 23 June at St Peter’s, singer and pianist Ian Shaw will perform with saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenopoulos and the local Chris Ingham Trio. Their show will include a new piece of music specially commissioned by the Festival based to reflect Suffolk’s musical heritage and which will be a musical legacy for the town. The young players of the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble will also impress the crowds.
To end the festival singers Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood will be on St Peter’s on the evening of Sunday 24 June.
Want to hear more? Local jazz followers can enjoy free jazz performances on the Sunday at The Duke of York on Woodbridge Road, The Arbor House on High Street and East Anglia’s top big band, Horn Factory, will also play at St Peter’s that afternoon.
All singers and musicians can take part in workshops to hone their jazz skills with classes for guitarists, drummers, singers and ensemble players. For photographers, jazz snapper John Watson returns with a workshop on special effects to photograph musicians. John’s international photographic exhibition The Jazz Moment will also be on show at Sub Arts in St Nicholas Street while there will be an exhibition of jazz-themed art at Ipswich Town Hall.
Need to know where Jazz began? Listen to music professor Martin Hathaway lecture about the history of jazz at Ipswich Institute, while film fans can watch performances at Ipswich Film Theatre of Beware of Mr Baker and Whiplash – two stories about two very different jazz drummers.
Tickets are now on sale from the New Wolsey Theatre. Call 01473 295900 or visit the website..