Preview: Cambridge Jazz Festival

The fourth Cambridge International Jazz Festival, 13 to 17 November, features more than 420 musicians including Ian Shaw, Claire Martin and Madeleine Peyroux

The 14-day Cambridge jazz festival presents its wide-ranging programme at venues across Cambridge, opening at Cambridge Junction J2, where Ian Shaw and Liane Carroll are joined by the London Gay Big Band, and closing with Madeleine Peyroux (pictured right) at the Corn Exchange. In between the festival is packed with gigs, workshops, jam sessions, films and family events.

The festival’s extensive list of headline acts includes Tony Kofi & The Organisation, Alec Dankworth’s Spanish Accents, Orphy Robinson’s interpretation of Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks (featuring vocalist Sarah Jane Morris), Claire Martin with the Dave Newton Trio, Phronesis, Yazmin Lacey (pictured below left), and the Blues & Roots Ensemble with the music of Charles Mingus.

Singer and composer Fini Bearman presents This Is Not America – featuring the songs of David Bowie. At Gonville and Caius College, Kit Downes will play organ music from his ECM album, Obsidian, with tenor saxophonist Tom Challenger. The Ridout Family, featuring BBC Young Musician Jazz Award finalist Tom and winner Alexandra as well as their father, guitarist Mark, play the Espresso Library.

Workshops include an improvisation workshop led by the members of Phronesis, violinist Tim Kliphuis’s Django workshop (improvising in the style of Django and Stephane Grappelli) and a Learn To Swing session led by the Cambridge Lindy Hoppers.

Free events include a showing of the Chet Baker biopic Born To Be Blue, starring Ethan Hawke. Family events include a Schools Big Band concert and a Disney music concert from the Alley Cats. Festival venues range from well-established music venues such as Cambridge Junction to Cambridge University colleges, pubs, coffee bars and Anglia Ruskin University’s Mumford Theatre.

Artistic director Roslin Russell says "Every year we celebrate jazz and this year we go further to celebrate women in jazz, global connections in jazz and tributes to the masters of jazz. Our fourth Cambridge International Jazz Festival continues our developing mission to advocate and celebrate talent and excellence in jazz. Whether it’s established masters, or rising talent on the London jazz scene, there is a place for everyone in this year’s programme."

For more information and to book tickets please go to the Cambridge International Jazz Festival website.

Bruce Lindsay

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