Live Music, Art, Film & Workshops

23RD-25TH JUNE 2017

The second Ipswich Jazz Festival will run from 23rd to 25th June 2017. Put the dates in your diary.

We are planning an exciting mix of club-style and pub gigs, workshops, film, art shows and big name shows. It's shaping up to be a great weekend.

Tickets will be on sale in the New Year - check out this page, where we will also be posting further details of all the events.

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South African Jazz Band Headlines First Night

The stunning South African style jazz band, Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band, will be performing at The Manor Ballroom, Cobbold Street, Ipswich, on Friday 23rd June. Doors will open at 8pm.

This will be a night of lively, upbeat jazz, so get your dancing shoes on!

Tickets will be on sale in the New Year, via the New Wolsey Theatre Box Office and website.

Back to Basie Orchestra

Six times winner of the British Jazz awards, Back to Basie, the renowned jazz big band will be at The New Wolsey Theatre on the evening of Sunday 25th June.

"Terrific…not to be missed!" Malcolm Laycock BBC Radio 2

"Truly staggering performance…world class" Humphrey Lyttelton BBC Radio 2


Dance East will host a jazz dance workshop and performance on Saturday 24th, and there wlll be a club night at St Peter's by the Waterfront that evening together with various other events.

There will be a bass workshop with the excellent José Canha who is building a great reputation nationally, and a drum workshop with local drum supremo, Bob Airzee. Other events are also in the pipeline.

Aspiring photographers might like to attend a session run by John Watson whose experience of photographing musicians is second to none.

Be a sponsor

If your company would like to sponsor the festival, send us a message. For a modest sum, your organisation's logo will be put on all our publicity. For just a bit more, you can sponsor one of the events. Be seen to be supporting the local arts scene, and promote your business at the same time.