Live Music, Art, Film and Workshops

22nd-24th June 2018

A Great Weekend of Jazz

Ipswich’s third jazz festival features a mix of live music, film, art and musicians’ workshops. There will be a great mix of local, national and international jazz artistes – ranging from the young and up-and-coming to the more established and well-known – all packed into a summer weekend together with film, art, lecture and workshops for musicians.

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

Enjoy a great weekend of jazz in Ipswich.

Friday 22nd June at 8pm
Rumba de Bodas

Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm
Stars at St Peter's

Sunday 24th June at 8pm
Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood (with Chris Allard on Guitar)

Many thanks to our sponsors:

Live Music at St Peters by the Waterfront

Saturday 23rd June 7.30pm–10.30pm

Stars at St. Peter’s

A whole evening of music by top jazzers playing solo, duet, trio and together.

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

Singer and pianist Ian Shaw, saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenoupoulos supported by 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. It also features the first performance of a new jazz composition commissioned by Ipswich Jazz Festival to reflect Suffolk’s musical heritage.

Ian Shaw is one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers that the UK has produced, as well as being a talented pianist, songwriter, presenter and record producer. He is delighted to be performing both solo at the piano and alongside these other great artists this evening. Expect some songs from his current album “Shine Sister Shine”. “Beloved Brit jazz vocal star”–Time Out; “An impassioned and versatile artist”–The Guardian.

Originally from Perth, Australia, Brandon Allen relocated to London in 2000. Since arriving in the UK, he has become established as a top-rated performer and has worked with many varied artists and groups/ensembles as a saxophonist. Brandon is also busy as a session musician, composer and arranger for commercial music and films. He has performed with Eric Clapton, Mica Paris, Jools Holland, Paloma Faith, Kyle Eastwood, Neil Diamond among very many others. 

Saxophonist and composer Vasilis Xenopoulos is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. London became his permanent home after graduating from the infamous Berklee College of Music, and gradually established himself as one of London’s up and coming jazz saxophonists. He has worked with some of the best musicians in the British jazz scene.

The Chris Ingham Trio featuring Chris Ingham (piano), Arnie Somogyi (bass) and George Double (drums). The Trio are one of the UK's leading rhythm sections and are regulars at Ronnie Scott's club and have received high praise in both the national and specialist jazz press. The trio will perform a new piece of music specially commissioned by Ipswich Jazz Festival.

Chris Ingham leader of the Trio since 2013, whose CDs have been highly acclaimed and is musical director of popular film song quintet Jazz At The Movies, Chris is also a record producer and was jazz piano and voice tutor at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge for 20 years. Arnie Somogyi is one of the UK's outstanding bass talents – musician, bandleader, composer, presenter, and music lecturer – and is much-in-demand among leading US and European musicians. Featured on over 30 top albums and film tracks. George Double is a busy freelancer and respected published drum educator. 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.

A great gig featuring top names and a repeat of last year’s unmissable and unique club-style night which we were told was: “One of the best jazz gigs I’ve been to”.

Tickets: £18.50 (£17.50 if bought in advance from New Wolsey Theatre 01473 295900). Buy Tickets

Saturday 23rd June 2pm–5pm

Suffolk Music Education Hub Jazz Workshop with Ian Shaw

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

Vocal jazz course for young people aged 10 to 19 who live in, or attend school in Suffolk. Tutored by Ian Shaw who will be performing later that day at St Peter's by the Waterfront. Concludes with an informal show for family and friends.

Applications via Northgate Arts Centre, county.musicservice@suffolk.gov.uk, 01473 281866

Tickets: £12.00 (remissions for those receiving Free School Meals).


Saturday 23rd June

Jazz Workshops at St Peter's by the Waterfront

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

10am–12pm: Jazz Ensemble Playing with John Seeley

For all levels. This will cover performing Jazz in an ensemble and improvisation using Latin and Jazz standards. This will be achieved by taking Jazz compositions, de-constructing them and then performing. It will include musicianship skills to enhance the individual and group performer, music theory, methods of practice, sight-reading, aural work and specific concepts to increase your knowledge. Buy Tickets

12.15–2.15pm: Jazz singing with Andi Hopgood

A great opportunity for vocalists – to learn from and spend time with Andi Hopgood, jazz educator with a wealth of experience in vocal coaching and performing – delve into the wonders of jazz singing. Explore things like phrasing, feel, scat singing and timing. The workshop is suitable for singers of all ages and experience and will involve a mix of individual and some group singing. Buy Tickets

2.30–4.30pm: Drum Kit Masterclass with George Double

Drummers, of any style come and perform in the festival! Players are invited to take part in this masterclass event and receive top tips from Ronnie Scott's regular George Double who will also play and run a Q & A during this two-hour session. Spectators very welcome too. George will be performing later that day at the Stars at the St Peter's gig. Buy Tickets

Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900 Maximum 25 places.


Sunday 24th June

Jazz Workshops at St Peter's by the Waterfront

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

10.30am–12.30pm: Jazz guitar with Chris Allard

Chris has performed at many prestigious venues and festivals, including the Royal Festival Hall, Montreux Jazz Festival, The O2 Arena in London, Duoro Jazz Festival in Portugal, BBC Proms in Hyde Park, Beiteddine Arts Festival Lebanon, the Royal Albert Hall. He has performed/recorded with Jacqui Dankworth, Russell Watson, Charlie Wood, the BBC Big Band, Alison Balsom and Dame Cleo Laine, amongst others. Chris also leads his own band, which has played all over the UK and in Europe. Buy Tickets

12.45–2.45pm: Music photography with John Watson

Music photographer John Watson leads a workshop for the second year running. The emphasis will be on creating dynamic images and developing an imaginative approach to photography. For both beginners and experienced photographers. Professional-level equipment is not essential, but you must have a camera which can be set to at least 1600 ISO, and you should know how to increase or decrease exposure levels. Includes a chance to photograph a band. Buy Tickets

Tickets for all workshops £16 from New Wolsey Theatre. 01473 295900  Maximum 25 places.


Sunday 24th June 3pm–4.30pm

Lecture on the History of Jazz

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

British Jazz Explored An illustrated lecture providing a whistle-stop tour of British jazz since the War, including Ronnie Scott, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Humphrey Lyttleton, Joe Harriott, Stan Tracey, Michael Garrick, Norma Winstone, John Surman, Courtney Pine, Loose Tubes, the young British jazz 'collectives', Yazz Ahmed … and many more!

Martin Hathaway, saxophonist, composer and educator, is a highly respected member of the British jazz scene and professor at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama and has performed with many of the country’s leading musicians. 

Tickets: £8 (£7 for Institute members) from Ipswich Institute, 15 Tavern Street, IP1 3AA Contact: library@ipswichinstitute.rog.uk

Jazz Films

Saturday 23rd June 2.30pm

Beware of Mr Baker (15)

Dir: Jay Bulger, US, 2013, 92 mins

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

With Ginger Baker, Eric Clapton, Stewart Copeland, Jack Bruce

Legendary Cream drummer Ginger Baker is one of the original Wild Men of Rock and Jazz. Blessed with a preternatural musicianship, which he condenses down to being all about timing, but cursed by a self- destructive drive which has seen him wrestle a prodigious drug habit, family implosion and penury. A searing portrait of a man in free fall doing his best to destroy any human relationship he can as he drums on into personal oblivion, this is a stunning film.

Tickets: £7.50 / £6.50 Friends / £4.00 25 & under. Available from the IFT box-office or online at www.iftt.co.uk.

Sunday 24th June 2.30pm

Whiplash (15)

Dir: Damien Chazelle, US, 2014, 106 mins

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

Miles Teller, Melissa Benoist, J.K. Simmons

A return showing of the academy winning film.  A precocious young Jazz drummer clashes with a monstrous tutor at an elite music conservatory. Whiplash is ultimately about a rivalry not between Andrew and his instructor, but between the promising teenage drummer and himself.  Adversity helped create Charlie Parker, and this diabolically entertaining spellbinder of a movie asks whether such rejection breeds greatness, and if so, at what cost?

Tickets: £7.50 / £6.50 Friends / £4.00 25 & under. Available from the IFT box-office or online at www.iftt.co.uk.

Sunday 24th June

Free Events

Various locations

Enjoy free jazz gigs with some top local bands.

St Peters by the Waterfront

College Street, Ipswich, IP1 1XF. 3pm – 5pm

Horn Factory East Anglia’s premier Big Band. Nineteen of the top local musicians who create their own brand of fast moving, hard hitting, toe tapping contemporary jazz.

The Arbor House 

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

Guitarist Simon Hurley and double bass player Rob Palmer are two of the region’s leading musicians and mainstays of Felixstowe's Jazz East at The Alex. They have performed alongside some of the UK's finest soloists The duo format gives these master musicians an opportunity to perform an intimate set of arrangements of popular standards and less known but equally beautiful tunes.

Duke of York

212 Woodbridge Road, Ipswich, IP4 2QP. 2pm – 4pm

AdHoc Jazz is a Suffolk based trio with Johnny Herbert (alto sax), Vincent Jewell (guitar) and Edward Morgan (bass). The band will be putting their own spin on a selection of classic jazz & contemporary material.

BBC Radio Suffolk

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.

Thursday 21st June 8pm–10pm


Jazz Grooves hosted by Gerry G.

A special festival preview show on Thursday 21st June to ease you into the jazz vibe, with sneak previews and interviews with some of the stars of the weekend.

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

Image by John Watson
Image by John Watson
22 June–7 July 6pm–8pm

The Jazz Moment

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

An exhibition of photography by John Watson

The Jazz Moment exhibition was staged to great acclaim at the EFG London Jazz Festival, and a selection of prints from it will be displayed during the 2018 Ipswich Jazz Festival. It features images of jazz legends and rising stars by award-nominated photographer John Watson, whose photographs have been published by many magazines and newspapers in the UK, the USA and in many other countries.

His photography book The Power Of Jazz is in its third edition, and has won extensive critical praise. Watson has been nominated three times for photography in the JJA Jazz Awards in New York.

31 May–26 June 10am–4pm

Beat Bop

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

An exhibition of collaged paintings by Paul Fisk Plus, Jazz archive.

Beat Bop is a collection of large scale abstract collaged paintings influenced by the artist’s love of Be-Bop and Free Jazz, creating a visual improvisation that could equal the great sounds that the maters of these jazz forms created.

Sunday 17th June 8.00pm

A Pre-festival Gig by the Ipswich Jazz Club

Fish Tales: Alan Barnes with the Pat McCarthy Octet and Josie-Anne Moon (Poet)

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

A commission of new original music reflecting on the rich heritage of our fishing ports, using diverse musicians to create a dynamic suite of music arranged and led by Alan Barnes and interspersed with insightful verse by Josie Moon.

It is a powerful and exciting evening of jazz and poetry completely evocative of any fishing port, and guaranteed to stir the memories of fishing communities.

Alan with Pat McCarthy has delivered another of his fantastic themed compositions with an all-star quality octet line up of Alan Barnes, Dean Masser and Gilad Atzmon on saxophones, Neil Yates on trumpet, Dave Green on double bass, Pat McCarthy on guitar, Mark Nightingale on trombone and  Sebastiaan de Krom on drums with poet Josie Moon.

Tickets: £18 on the door.

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