In 2018, with nearly 1,000 people attending an event and performances by 52 international, national and local musicians, the Ipswich Jazz Festival came of age.
Packed audiences enjoyed performances by Italian cross-over band Rumba de Bodas at an opening party night on Friday 22nd June, followed on Saturday by vocal maestro Ian Shaw with sax supremos Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenopoulos and the ever reliable Chris Ingham Trio of Chris Ingham (piano) Arnie Somogyi (bass) and George Double (drums).
A highlight of the evening was the specially commissioned jazz version of an old local folk song “The Ipswich New Town Hall Polka.”
Sunday saw a stellar performance by big band Horn Factory which was free to attend and a closing gig by singer Jacqui Dankworth, pianist Charlie Wood and Chris Allard on guitar.
In between, there were workshops on ensemble playing, jazz singing, drumming, jazz guitar and music photography. As well as a lecture on the history of Post-War British jazz and a course for young people led by Ian Shaw.
Two films were shown at Ipswich Film Theatre – Whiplash and Beware of Mr Baker and there were jazz themed art and photography exhibitions.
It was a great weekend. Thank you to everyone who came to an event, thank you talented artistes and thank you all our volunteer helpers.
A huge thank you to our sponsors; without their support, the festival could not happen: Arts Council England, Coes, ColourPlan Print, Music World, Ipswich Borough Council, Ipswich Town and Waterfront and BBC Radio Suffolk.
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