Tickets are selling fast for the fourth Ipswich Jazz Festival from 21st to 23rd June. Have you bought yours yet?
This year’s festival, which is supported by the Borough Council, Attwells Solicitors and the Arts Council, has something for everyone, low ticket prices (some are free), music workshops and a great line-up.
Most events are at St Peter’s by the Waterfront Arts Centre in Ipswich.
Kicking off with a party, the Brass Funkeys bring their lively mix of funk, gypsy jazz and marching music on the evening of Friday 21st June.
The afternoon of Saturday 22nd June sees a free family jazz show by singer Becki Biggins for primary school age children and their families and a performance by Cliff Lane Primary School’s orchestra. That evening, the club-style Stars at St Peter’s features Suffolk’s international singer Polly Gibbons, top saxophonist Alan Barnes and young-up-and coming jazz violinist Ben Holder along with acclaimed trumpet player Neil Yates, ably supported by the local Chris Ingham Trio.
On Sunday 23rd June at 2pm, there’s a free Brazilian jazz concert by Samba Azul at St Peter’s followed by an evening gig by dark jazz trio Mammal Hands who have been hard at work touring internationally.
There are also free jazz gigs at local pubs on the afternoon of Sunday 23rd June – Andi Hopgood and Jim Watson at the Arbor House, High Street, nu-jazz guitar band Bigger than Home at The Grand Old Duke of York on Woodbridge Road and the lively Red Ruby and the Bakelites at the Halberd Inn, Northgate Street.
Full details, including how to buy tickets, are on the festival website www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk