Live Music, Art, Film and Workshops

21st–23rd June 2019

Ipswich Jazz Festival – we’re back with another great weekend of jazz

2019 marks 100 years since the first tour of the UK by a jazz band and so 100 years later, the fourth Ipswich Jazz Festival will run from Friday 21st June to Sunday 23rd June 2019.

We’ve got a great line up of events – even more than last year with tickets at just £15 for our gigs because of a grant by Arts Council England. And thanks to funding by Ipswich Borough Council’s Area Committees, some gigs are free and there are concessionary tickets for Ipswich residents who are full time students or who receive certain benefits.

Find out more about Concessionary Tickets.

There are gigs by national and international jazz performers, workshops for people who play an instrument or who sing, a lecture, jazz-themed film, pub gigs by local jazz bands, a course for young people, a family jazz show and an art show.

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Friday 21st June at 8pm
The Brass Funkeys

Saturday 22nd June at 7.30pm
Stars at St Peter's

Sunday 23rd June at 8pm
Mammal Hands

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Saturday 22nd June 3pm–4pm

Becki Biggins’ Big Family Show

Free – just turn up and enjoy!

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

Award-winning jazz singer and educator Becki Biggins brings her Big Family Show to this year’s festival. With tons of energy and an infectious passion for music, Becki takes us on a whirlwind tour of the Blues.

Becki is a much-respected vocalist and songwriter.  With writing partner Paul Hardcastle (19, The Wizard) she has had three No.1 US jazz albums and the pair were nominated for a Grammy Award. She is also a qualified teacher and a Mum to two small, feral boys.

This interactive workshop, aimed at ages 4-12 and their grown-ups, is totally performance-led and a great way for little ones to blow off some steam; expect clapping, singing, dancing, percussion instruments by the bucketload and, most importantly – SINGING!

Following sold-out performances at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Birmingham’s Symphony Hall we’re expecting this workshop to be very popular.

This is a free event because of funding by Ipswich Borough Council’s Area Committees. (Please, children must have an adult parent or guardian with them).

Followed by a short performance by Cliff Lane Primary School orchestra playing some jazz.

Live Music at St Peters by the Waterfront

Alan Barnes, Ben Holder & Polly Gibbons
Alan Barnes, Ben Holder & Polly Gibbons
Saturday 22nd June 7.30PM–10.30PM

Stars at St. Peter’s

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

A return of our acclaimed Stars at St Peter’s club style show. This year we feature top singer Polly Gibbons, sax supremo Alan Barnes, violin king Ben Holder, trumpet maestro Neil Yates with the great Chris Ingham Trio with Chris Ingham on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and George Double on drums. Plus the popular opening set by tomorrow’s jazz musicians, the West Suffolk Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Stars at St Peter’s is a unique and special long night of jazz, featuring top players all performing together as well as in duets and trios. If you like jazz it is a night not to be missed with a unique line up of players you never see in this combination.

Polly Gibbons is a growing presence in the UK Jazz scene. She has already been nominated twice as "Best Jazz Vocalist" by JAZZ FM and the BBC. Fully embracing the inspiring expansiveness of American Jazz, Blues, Soul and R&B, her career as a vocalist, composer and live performer is influenced by these genres. But Polly is hesitant to define her music as strictly Jazz; her wide repertoire and the ease and style with which she performs it, have led her to appear at a variety of music festivals and venues: from the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London opening for George Benson and Gladys Knight, or for Bozz Scaggs at the famous Montreal Jazz Festival. Her music and her voice have a broad appeal to music lovers – and her ongoing touring over the last few years in the USA has gained her many new fans. Polly's third album on Los Angeles based label, Resonance records ‘All I Can Do’ released in February 2019. Listen to Polly Gibbons.

Alan Barnes is a prolific international performer, composer, arranger, bandleader and touring soloist. He is best known for his work on clarinet, alto and baritone sax, where he combines a formidable virtuosity with a musical expression and collaborative spirit that have few peers. His range and brilliance have made him a “first call” for studio and live work since his precocious arrival on the scene more than thirty-five years ago. His recorded catalogue is immense and he has made over thirty albums as leader and co-leader alone. Listen to Alan Barnes.

Ben Holder is one of the most gifted and exciting young jazz violinists in the UK. Taught classically from the age of six, he studied at the Birmingham Conservatoire. During his classical studies, Ben began listening to Jazz – classic masters such as Benny Goodman and Oscar Peterson and of course the great jazz violinists including Grappelli, Joe Venuti and the awe inspiring Stuff Smith. Ben's innate sense of swing rhythm, (something which often eludes classical players), stems from those early listening sessions - and his various awards bear testimony to his abilities. A first call jazz violinist for many of the UK's top bands and studios. Listen to Ben Holder.

Neil Yates is a renowned trumpet player, composer, arranger and educator. Now resident in North Wales, he spent the formative years of his career in London, as a jazz trumpeter with the BBC Big Band and John Dankworth Orchestra amongst others, and working on the London session scene where he recorded with top pop artists including Supergrass, Robbie Williams and Alison Moyet.

He has lectured in music at Leeds College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Northern College of Music and The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and his commissioned composition include an hour-long suite for brass called “Sketches of a Northern Town” and “Undivided” – a suite for jazz orchestra and ceilidh band which premiered at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of Celtic Connections 2015.

He is the winner of Arts Council Wales' Creative Wales Award 2012 and is Artistic Director of Llandudno Jazz Festival. Listen to Neil Yates.

The Chris Ingham Trio are one of the UK’s leading rhythm sections. Described by Art Themen as "like being driven around in a Rolls Royce", the group which consists of pianist Chris Ingham, bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer George Double are regulars at Ronnie Scott's club and have received high praise in both the national and specialist jazz press.

Doors open at 7:00pm.

Tickets: £15 in advance, £16 on the door. Concessionary tickets are available. Book via St Peter’s by the Waterfront  or the New Wolsey Theatre. Buy Tickets

Sunday 23rd June 2:30pm

Samba Azul

Free – just turn up and enjoy!

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

Brazilian jazz band Samba Azul is a rhythm-centric, Brazilian-inspired jazz outfit that brings the spirit of Brazil to Ipswich.

American drummer and bandleader Adam Osmianski formed Samba Azul in 2012 while on tour in Malaysia with singer/pianist Joy Ellis. In 2013 the pair moved to London where Adam quickly fell into the city’s Brazilian music scene, first by joining the F-IRE Collective’s founding ensemble, Rhythms of the City. It was here that he met Jeremy Shaverin and Alex Talbot who would become staples of the band. Members of Samba Azul have performed in Brazil with some of the country’s best samba schools.  Everyone in the band has their own unique connection to the music and bring that personality to the group.

Samba Azul highlights many of the rich musical landscapes found throughout Brazil from Samba to Forró, Candomble, Maracatu and Tropicália. The band will perform some of their favourite Brazilian classics as well as material from the new album. Listen to Samba Azul.

This is a free event because of funding by Ipswich Borough Council’s Area Committees.

Chris Ingham, Arnie Somogyi & George Double
Chris Ingham, Arnie Somogyi & George Double
Saturday 22nd June 1.00–4.00pm

Suffolk Music Education Hub Jazz Workshop: Many Kinds of Blue

A Workshop for Young Musicians

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

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.

Trumpeter Miles Davis was one of the most influential musicians of the 20th Century and 2019 marks the 60th anniversary of Kind of Blue, probably Davis’ best known and a classic jazz recording.

Using Kind of Blue as a starting point, this workshop will introduce young musicians to the concept of modal jazz – an easily understandable gateway into jazz improvisation.

Participants will have the chance to play alongside top professional jazz musicians – all of whom are renowned performers, experienced educators and enthusiastic communicators. The tutors are Neil Yates (trumpet), Arnie Somogyi (double bass), Chris Ingham (piano) and George Double (drums).

Concludes with an informal show for family and friends at 3.30pm.

Applications via Suffolk County Music Service online www.suffolkmusichub.co.uk/jazz.

Tickets: £15 (remissions considered).

For more information please visit our website or email us county.musicservice@suffolk.gov.uk

Saturday 22nd June

Jazz Workshops at the Town Hall

Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill, Ipswich

9.45am–11.45am: Experimental Improvisation with Ian Buzer

A fun improvisation workshop suitable for all ages and musical abilities. The workshop is based on the teachings of John Stevens, one of the founders of the British free jazz movement from the early sixties. Activities will explore rhythm, sound colours, the use of silence, musical interaction, energy and structure. They are designed to be equally valuable to complete beginners as well as experienced improvisers. Beginners should have a basic command of their instrument but don’t need any knowledge of improvising. Experienced jazz musicians will get the opportunity to put aside their obsession with chords, scales and modes and focus on other equally important aspects of musicianship, while having fun at the same time!

Ian Buzer developed a passion for improvisation from an early age, having discovered jazz via the rock influenced sounds of Miles Davis in the 80s. Also heavily influenced by Chet Baker, Art Farmer and Tom Harrell, Ian has a spacious, laid back melodic style of playing. He currently plays in cool jazz quartet Morphology, the energetic big band Horn Factory and is a regular at many other local gigs and jam sessions. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

12.00–2pm: Singing with Polly Gibbons and accompanist Keith Monk

We will look at basic breathing and warming up, explore different vocal styles/techniques and improvising. Communicating/leading your accompanists with confidence and the use of microphones. This will be a positive space for anyone who would like to sing a song with the accompanist, and play with new ideas. If you'd like to sing a solo piece, please bring a lead sheet. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

2.30–4.30pm: Improve your Jazz Saxophone Techniques with Alan Barnes

Looking at how to improve your actual saxophone playing, getting a sound and how to establish a good technique. After that we’ll be investigating ways to become aware of and improve your grasp of time-feel, note choice, harmonic awareness and stylistic choices. The idea is to get everyone playing as much as possible – so it’s not all talk! Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

Tickets for all workshops £10 from St Peters by the Waterfront, 01473 225269.

Saturday 22nd June

Jazz Workshops at St Peters

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

10am–12pm: Jazz Rhythm with Mark Sewell

This workshop is for instrument and  rhythm section players of all abilities and anyone else interested in the art of the jazz rhythm section. The workshop will include ‘comping’ rhythms and patterns, working together as a section and feel and groove in a variety of styles including swing, blues and funk.

Mark Sewell is a Jazz & Contemporary Music Graduate of the City of Leeds College of Music and is the head of Percussion at Suffolk County Music Service as well as a regular on the Suffolk jazz scene. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

12.15–2:15pm: Jazz Ensemble Playing – Performing in a Group and Improvisation for all Levels

Led by John Seeley the workshop will cover performing Jazz in an ensemble and improvisation through Blues, Latin and Jazz standards. This will be achieved by taking Jazz compositions, de-constructing them, learning how to improvise on them, and then performing them as a whole piece. It will also include musicianship skills that will enhance the individual and group performer. This includes music theory, methods of practise, sight reading, aural work and specific concepts to increase your knowledge and motivation.

For information on John please check out his biography on his website www.johnseeleyjazz.co.uk. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

Tickets for all workshops £10 from St Peters by the Waterfront, 01473 225269.

Sunday 23rd June

Jazz Workshops at St Peters

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

10am–12pm: Brazilian Jazz

Led by Adam Osmianski and Joy Ellis of Samba Azul, the workshop will focus on the rhythms and melodies of Brazil, with an emphasis placed on rhythm and percussion. Participants will learn Brazilian rhythms on native percussion instruments, and explore traditional approaches to classic Brazilian melodies and songs. All instrumentalists and vocalists are welcome. Previous experience in percussion is not necessary in order to participate. Everyone will have the opportunity to play percussion as well as their main instrument. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

12:15–2:15pm: Music photography: Jazz in Black and White

Specialist music photographer John Watson leads a popular workshop aimed at all levels – from photography beginners to those with more advanced techniques.

This year, Watson will concentrate on creating dramatic black and white images, with advice on creating photographs of live performances and then processing them digitally in monochrome. There will then be a chance to practise by photographing a live band. Participants do not need to have professional equipment, but their cameras should be able to be set to at least 1600 ISO and they must be able to turn off any built-in flash.

John Watson contributes to many magazines in the UK and abroad. He has been nominated for photography three times in the New York-based JJA Jazz Awards. His work can be seen on his website: www.jazzcamera.co.uk. Buy Tickets Maximum 25 places

Tickets for all workshops £10 from St Peters by the Waterfront. 01473 225269 Maximum 25 places.

Saturday 22nd June 2.30pm

Cold War (15)

Dir: Paweł Pawlikowski, UK, 2018, 88 mins, Croatian, French, German dialogue with subtitles

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

Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc

Pawel Pawlikowski follows up his much celebrated film Ida with this striking romantic drama following the love life of a mismatched couple (her a singer, him a jazz pianist) in the Soviet era over 15 years across Poland, France and Germany. Shot in visually ravishing black & white, this is a passionate, heart-breaking portrait of ill-fated love inspired by the true story of the director's late parents.

Tickets: £7.50 / £4.00 (25 & under). Available from the IFT box-office or online at www.iftt.co.uk.

Saturday 22nd June 2.00–3.00pm

Kind of Blue: a 60 year retrospective

a talk by Dr Graham Platts

Birkbeck Room, Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street, Ipswich, IP1 3AA

Miles Davis's Kind of Blue was recorded exactly sixty years ago, in Spring 1959, and is considered by some the greatest jazz album of all time, marking the decisive break between bebop and modal jazz. This presentation celebrates Davis’ achievement, some of the developments that led to it and some aspects of its legacy. Dr Graham Platts.

Tickets: £5.50 (£5 for Institute members). Available in person from the Institute (can be reserved by phone on 01473 253992 or email library@ipswichinstitute.org.ukwww.ipswichinstitute.org.uk.

Thurs–Sat 20–29 June

Jazz: a Gathering

Sub Arts Gallery, 21 St Peters Street Ipswich IP1 1XF

A Collection of all things Jazz, artefacts, collectables, art, prints, books, films, music to view and purchase.

Poetry & Jazz Event on Friday 21st June, 5.30–8pm.
This event has been cancelled. The Exhibition is open as usual.

30 May–2 July 10am–4pm

Aspects of Jazz – A Group Exhibition

Coffee Cat, Gallery 1, Ipswich Town Hall, Cornhill IP1 1DH
Open: Mon–Sat, 10am–4pm

This exhibition is from an open callout by Sub Arts to artists all over the country to respond and interpret jazz using their personal practices, by doing this we have created an exhibition representing a diverse mix of art forms and jazz styles.

Sunday 23rd June

Free pub gigs

Various locations

Enjoy free jazz gigs with some top local bands.

Andi Hopgood and Jim Watson

The Arbor House, 43 High Street, Ipswich, IP1 3QL. 3pm – 5pm

Andi Hopgood has been performing around the UK for many years and her passion for jazz and improvising is clear. Her duo plays a selection of standards and American Songbook choices often with a twist of interesting arrangements and solos. 

Jim Watson is a world class musician. Recent work includes playing keyboards in the Strictly Come Dancing House Band, M.D for Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet), Keyboards and Piano with Katie Melua, and performing with Manu Katche’s band (Sting, Peter Gabriel). His recent work with singer Kurt Elling led to a live album The Questions. 

Andi is a member of the London Vocal Project run by Pete Churchill and runs choirs herself such as Suffolk Soul Singers and the Cambridge jazz festival choir. She is also a tutor at Anglia Ruskin University and has many other projects such as Hoppi and the Hopefuls a soul and blues outfit. Andi has released two albums under her own name and is hoping to make a third this year.


Red Ruby and the Bakelites

The Halberd Inn, 15 Northgate Street, Ipswich, IP1 3BY. 4.30pm – 6.30pm
With varied backgrounds and years of experience that include chanson, country, blues, rockabilly and more, Ruby Red and the Bakelites are a five-piece band with a style that mixes swing, blues and gypsy jazz.  Drawing on the works of Hoagy Carmichael and Nat King Cole through to Kurt Weill, Leonard Cohen and many more, Ruby and the band have a range of great songs that span the decades, and that can work for any event or audience.

Concessionary Tickets

Thanks to funding by Ipswich Borough Council’s Area Committees, we can offer a limited number of tickets for just £1 each to any of our three paid gigs (Brass Funkeys, Stars at St Peters and Mammal Hands).  You can buy up to two concessionary tickets if you are a full time student living in Ipswich or you live in Ipswich and you also receive at least one of the following benefits:

Universal Credit, Jobseekers Allowance, Employment & Support Allowance, Carers Allowance, Pension Credit, Income Support, Housing Benefit.

To buy a concessionary ticket go to the New Wolsey Theatre Box Office with evidence that you live in Ipswich and that you are also either a full time student or you also receive one of the above benefits.

Derek Nash
Derek Nash
Sunday 16th June

Derek Nash + Ipswich School Big Band

Ipswich Jazz Club, California Club, 191 Foxhall Road, Ipswich IP3 8LB

Top saxophonist Derek Nash leads a trio and the Ipswich School Big Band in a helter skelter ride through some of the great jazz tunes. This evening's gig follows a workshop during the day by Derek with the school's Big Band. Part of the 2019 Ipswich Jazz Festival.

Tickets: £18 available at the door.

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