Live Music, Art, Dance, Film & Workshops

23rd-25th June 2017

Welcome to the Ipswich Jazz Festival 2017

Ipswich’s second jazz festival promises to be another lively mix of live music, film, dance, art and musicians’ workshops. There will be a wide range of local, national and international jazz artistes to see – ranging from the young and up-and-coming to the more established and well-known – all packed into a summer weekend.

Many of these events are free – and as a not-for-profit venture, we have kept ticket prices as low as possible. Buy in advance to get discounted prices on tickets for gigs!

Come and enjoy a fantastic weekend of live music in Ipswich.

Friday 23rd June at 8pm
Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band
Manor Ballroom, Cobbold Street, Ipswich IP4 2BP

Saturday 24th June at 7pm
Stars at St Peter's
St Peter's by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich IP1 1XF

Sunday 25th June at 7.45pm
Back to Basie
New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

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Many thanks to our sponsors:

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  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • Arts Council
  • Ipswich Town & Waterfront

Live Music at St Peters by the Waterfront

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Saturday 24th June 7pm–10.30pm

Stars at St Peter’s

St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF

A whole evening of music with John Etheridge, Vimala Rowe, Art Themen and The Chris Ingham Trio. Plus a short opening set by Suffolk’s jazz musicians of tomorrow – the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble. 30 minute interval.

A great gig featuring top names, playing both alone and together. An absolutely unmissable, unique club-style night.

The night features guitarist John Etheridge, singer Vimala Rowe (whose recent CD with John “Out of the Sky” was rated as one of the top ten jazz CDs of 2016), Art Themen saxophonist along with local stalwarts The Chris Ingham Trio featuring Chris Ingham (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and George Double (drums). Your ears will be treated to some of the best of new and standard jazz, each artiste playing a mix of solo and ensemble. The evening builds to a grand finale.

John Etheridge rightly enjoys a glowing reputation throughout the jazz world and beyond and has been described by Pat Metheny as, "One of the best guitarists in the world". He is a prodigiously gifted and creative player whose approach to music refuses to accommodate or even acknowledge artificial musical boundaries. John’s willingness to engage with so many styles is matched by his ability to excel in any of them.

In her early teens Vimala Rowe left England for the Far East where she quickly established herself as vocalist and recording a hit album. She then spent a year studying Hindustani classical vocals in India, which profoundly influenced her future style. Since then she has established herself on the London jazz scene as a remarkable live performer. Her performances have captivated audiences. Her mix of jazz sophistication and swing, soulful passion and a hint of Indian exoticism is enthralling.

Art Themen, a previous winner in the tenor sax category of the British jazz awards, toured the world fronting Stan Tracey's quartet for 20 years and has been featured with virtually everyone on the UK jazz scene. Outside the jazz scene he has accompanied such diverse artists as Mick Jagger, George Harrison, Rod Stewart, Jack Bruce, Joe Cocker, Chuck Berry, Alexis Korner and, even Bing Crosby!

Chris Ingham. Piano, his CD Hoagy was a Sunday Times top 10 jazz album of 2014. The musical director of popular film song quintet Jazz At The Movies, Chris was jazz piano and voice tutor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge for 20 years. He leads the house trio at Jazz the Hunter Club and the Sunday Songbook sessions at the Apex, Bury St Edmunds.

George Double. George is a busy freelancer and respected published drum educator, notably for Trinity College, London. He tours regularly with vocal legend Jack Jones and has played with Marc Almond, Ruthie Henshall and Kym Mazelle as well as on West End shows. He drums with Jazz At The Movies, the Georgina Jackson Quartet and curates Hadleigh and Southwold Jazz Clubs in Suffolk where he has accompanied many top jazz musicians.

Arnie Somogyi. One of the UK's outstanding bass talents - musician, bandleader, composer, presenter, and music lecturer - Arnie Somogyi is much in demand among leading US and European musicians. Featured on over 30 top albums and film tracks.

South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble, directed by Christopher Neary, will perform a selection of big band and jazz classics. Aged 12-18 years old, these accomplished young jazz musicians meet weekly to participate in the Suffolk Youth Music programme.

Licensed Bar as well as catering by Rose House Butchery (includes vegetarian options!).

Tickets £18 (£17 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre). Buy Tickets

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Friday 23rd June 4.30pm–6.30pm

Lindy Hop workshop with Temujin Gil

Dance East, Jerwood Dance Centre, Foundry Lane, Ipswich IP4 1DW

Learn some great social, partner and solo dance skills in this two hour Lindy Hop workshop with one of the most experienced Jazz and Lindy Hop dancers in the UK; Grounded Movement's Temujin Gill (www.groundedmovement.com) Temujin will teach Lindy Hop, the original Swing dance from 1930s Harlem, brought bang up-to-date in this friendly workshop suitable for those with some dance experience. No partner required.

Temujin choreographed and directed the NHS section of London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. He's trained and performed with some of the world’s best Lindy Hop performers and loves to share his knowledge with others.

Tickets: £12 from DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich, IP4 1DW Box Office 01473 295230

Then move onto the gig at the Manor ballroom to try out some steps!

Saturday 24th June 10am–4pm

Suffolk Music Education Hub Jazz Workshop with Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band

Suffolk County Music Service, Northgate Arts Centre, Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DF

Township Jazz course for young people aged 10 to 19 who live in, or attend school in Suffolk. For instrumentalists and vocalists with a skill level of grade three or equivalent and above.

Tutored by Claude Deppa and the Clare Hirst Band, Township Jazz is the music of South African Townships. It is a danceable mix of African rhythms and swinging jazz. It is hugely melodic and accessible to everyone. (Think, Paul Simon's “Graceland”).

The tutors will aim to teach four songs which will include some original tunes from the band’s Friday night set as well as improvisation which forms a large part of this music.

The workshop concludes with an informal show for family and friends.

Applications to attend should be made via Northgate Arts Centre, county.musicservice@suffolk.gov.uk.

Tickets £12.00 (usual remissions applied)

Saturday 24th June 10am–6pm

Jazz workshops at St Peter's by the Waterfront

St Peter’s by the Waterfront, College Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF.

10am–12pm: Jazz Drumming with Bob Airzee

Get to grips with being a jazz drummer. Topics covered include: Jazz Co-ordination & Independence, applying rudiments to the kit, feathering the bass drum, soloing ideas, song form.

Snare drums and cymbals will be provided. Please bring your own sticks and brushes. Some (free) literature will be available. Tutor Bob Airzee is a well-known local bandleader, teacher and plays with many local jazz groups.

Tickets £15 from New Wolsey Theatre. Maximum 15 places. Buy Tickets

12pm–2pm: Jazz Bass playing with José Canha

A workshop for bass players who wish to learn to play jazz or to improve what they already know about jazz. Topics will include: general double and electric bass technique, set up and amp adjustment for venue, walking bass lines, playing in a rhythm section, studying a standard, theory and real time re-harmonisation, transcribing and developing your own language/identity and bop improvisation. Tutor José Canha has been playing professionally for over 20 years. He studied Jazz at Escola Superior de Musica de Lisboa and Évora University in Portugal. He performs widely in London, Cambridge, Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk.

Tickets £15 from New Wolsey Theatre. Maximum 15 places. Buy Tickets

2pm–4pm: Jazz Ensemble Playing with John Seeley

Work on playing as a group and improvisation. The workshop will cover what to listen to while performing, improvisation through pieces and understanding how counter melody parts come together. This will be achieved by taking jazz pieces, de-constructing them and then performing them complete.

For background information on John please check out his biography pages at www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk

Tickets £15 from New Wolsey Theatre. Maximum 25 places. Buy Tickets

4pm–6pm: Music Photography with John Watson

Learn special low-light photography techniques, as well as finding out how to get truly dramatic pictures of musicians in action. You will then have a chance to photograph musicians at a sound check.

Open to all photographers - whether inexperienced or advanced. You don’t need a professional camera, but for live low-light work you must have a camera which can photograph at 1,600 ISO or higher and you must be able to switch off automatic flash because the use of flash is not permitted.

John Watson is an award-nominated photographer whose work is frequently published in Jazz Journal magazine, as well as many other publications including Jazzwise and national newspapers. www.jazzcamera.co.uk

Tickets £15 from New Wolsey Theatre. Maximum 15 places. Buy Tickets

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Saturday 24th June 7.30pm

Finding Fela! (15)

Dir: Alex Gibney,US/UK/Nigeria, 2014, 119 mins

Ipswich Film Theatre, Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HD

The story of Afrobeat pioneer, multi-instrumentalist and human rights activist Fela Kuti is told in the joyous, moving Finding Fela! by Oscar-winning documentary maker Alex Gibney (ENRON: The Smartest Guys in the Room, We Steal Secrets).

Born in Nigeria in 1938, Kuti rose to fame in the 1970s by creating Afrobeat, which fused jazz, funk, high-life, psychedelic rock, and traditional West African chants; a polyrhythmic sound that became the backdrop to Africa‚ postcolonial activism and quest for freedom. He founded a commune and recording studio for his extended musical family named the Kalakuta Republic; but while his music gained international renown, its lyrics‚ promoting revolutionary ideals, modernity and openness‚ enraged Nigeria's ruthless military regime; and with each successive album their attacks on the Republic and specifically on Kuti himself became ever more extreme.

Eleven years after Kuti's death, Gibney records the rehearsals and performances of a Broadway musical in 2011. Fela!, which magnetised new audiences to Kuti‚ work; and sets the musical against his own non-fiction exploration of a truly extraordinary man‚ offering us new insights into a complex, provocative and undeniably brilliant performer.

Ticket: £7.50 / £3 under 26. Available from the IFT box-office or www.iftt.co.uk

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Sunday 25th June 2.30pm

Stormy Weather (U)

Dir: Andrew L. Stone, US, 1943, 77 mins. Bill Robinson, Lena Horne, Cab Calloway and Fats Waller

Ipswich Film Theatre, Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP1 1HD

Dancing great Bill Williamson sees his face on the cover of Theatre World magazine and reminisces: just back from World War I, he meets lovely singer Selina Rogers at a soldiers' ball and promises to come back to her when he "gets to be somebody." Years go by, and Bill and Selina's rising careers intersect only briefly, since Selina is unwilling to "settle down." Will she ever change her mind? A musical like no other, Stormy Weather celebrates the African-american stars of the day in all-star extravaganza of music and song.

Ticket: £7.50 / £3 under 26. Available from the IFT box-office or www.iftt.co.uk

Sunday 25th June 1pm–6.15pm

Sunday afternoon pub gigs

Enjoy an afternoon of multiple free jazz gigs in some of Ipswich’s best watering holes with some top local bands and all within a stone’s throw of each other.

Lord Nelson

81 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JZ. 1pm – 3pm

Enjoy lunch with Twofold. Julie Locke (vocals) and Neil Saint (guitar). Stylish timeless jazz with a flavour of sixties popular classics.

Julie Locke is no stranger to either big band, duo or musicals, having performed and directed many of the classics of our time locally. Neil Saint has played in jazz fusion bands, trios and 5 piece jazz outfits in Suffolk and London. Together they are Twofold.

Isaacs on the Quay

7 Wherry Quay, Ipswich IP4 1ASI. 2pm – 4pm

Sunday afternoon will see Cinquenta bring some exciting Latin sounds to Isaacs on the Quay as part of this year's Ipswich Jazz Festival.

This five piece band features some of the finest jazz musicians on Suffolk's east coast jazz scene playing a selection of music from Latin America. With salsa, mambo, bossa nova, cha-cha-cha and more, Cinquenta is sure to get everyone up on their feet and promises to be a fun way to spend an afternoon on Ipswich's historic waterfront.

Briarbank Brewery

70 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1LB. 3pm – 6pm

The Parker/Virley Quartet. Playing a selection of tunes from the Great American Songbook but occasionally travelling forwards a few decades to play numbers like the Theme to Thunderbirds and Blackbird by the Beatles.

Spread Eagle

1 Fore Street, Ipswich, IP4 1JW. 4.15pm – 6.15pm

The Frank Weatherley Trio playing original compositions by Frank-Sebastian Weatherley (saxophone), inspired by his travels around Europe and his move to Harwich in the early 90s. Together with Elmer van der Hoek (drums) and José Canha (bass), the three have developed their own fresh take on the compositions, with lyrical saxophone, punchy drumming and a rich, double bass sound

BBC Radio Suffolk

BBC Radio Suffolk is delighted to be media partner. The Ipswich-based radio station will be previewing all the events in the festival with Drivetime presenter Stephen Foster talking to the big names well in advance of their performances. There will also be regular updates from festival organisers on who’s playing where. BBC Radio Suffolk will also be recording the Claire Hirst and Claude Deppa show at The Manor Ballroom on 23rd June for future broadcast.

Thursday 22nd June 8pm–10pm


Jazz Grooves hosted by Gerry G.

A special festival preview show on Thursday 22nd June to ease you into the Jazz vibe, with sneak previews and interviews with some of the stars of the weekend.

Also Jazz on Sunday hosted by Barry Hart 12 noon – 2pm for the best of jazz from all eras.

Ipswich Community Radio (ICR) 105.7 FM,
www.icrfm.com, or via the TuneIn app.

Sunday 18th June 8pm

Osian Roberts and Mark Nightingale

California Club, 195 Foxhall Road, Ipswich, IP3 8LB.

A Pre-Festival Gig: The Music of Cole Porter

This is an opportunity to hear  the music of Cole Porter with a selection of his classic songs which have been given new arrangements by members of the band.

The band is co-led by Osian Roberts who is a big toned tenor saxophonist based in Cardiff who is influenced by Sonny Rollins. 

The other co-leader is trombonist Mark Nightingale. A graduate of Trinity College of Music. Mark has appeared on over 60 CDs with his latest being “The Sound of Jay & Kai” with Alistair White on Woodville Records.

Also taking the stage at The Club will be, Jim Watson on keyboard, Simon Woolf on bass and Sebastiaan De Krom on drums.

Tickets £14 on the door.

Ipswich Jazz Club is supporting Ipswich Jazz Festival.

5 June–1 July 10am–4pm

Jazz Art and Artefacts Exhibitions

Subterranean Arts Gallery, 21 St Peters Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF.
Town and Tea at Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich IP1 1DH.

Exhibitions hosted by Subterranean Arts throughout the Ipswich Jazz Festival

Subterranean Arts are proud to once again be supporting Ipswich Jazz Festival, with two exhibitions of art and artefacts at Subterranean Arts Gallery, 21 St. Peters Street and Town & Tea exhibition space, at Ipswich Town Hall.

Both exhibitions showcase local and national artists’ responses to jazz, including some commissioned art works. We will also be exhibiting some unique artefacts and memorabilia from private Jazz collections.

Subterranean Arts Gallery has an array of jazz books, music and more, available to purchase, not just throughout the festival, but all year round.

On 29th June 5pm - 8pm in Subterranean Arts Gallery garden, join us for live Jazz with Johnny Sax and we will be spinning some contemporary Jazz vinyls.

Ipswich Jazz Festival would like to thank our sponsors for their support:

Ipswich Jazz Festival Ltd is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales. Registration number 9778435.

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