Manchester Jazz Festival at First Street

Manchester Jazz Festival
First Street
17th May 2024 – 26th May 2024

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Back of Engels statue at First Street Manchester

Building on the success of last year, Manchester Jazz Festival begins with a spectacular free opening weekend at the vibrant neighbourhood of First Street. There will be three event stages: Main Stage, Ask Garden Stage and HOME stage, each celebrating the breadth and individuality of our home-grown scene and beyond: bands emerging through our artist development programmes, alongside national and international talent, plus family-friendly activities and food & drink.

There are three new venue partners for this year: The Deaf Institute, Stoller Hall and The Carlton Club in Whalley Range, alongside mjf regulars and returning venues: St Ann’s Church, Matt & Phreds, RNCM, Forsyth Music Shop and the festival closes with an extended weekend-long party at Band on the Wall. mjf is also hosting a new mjf originals commission Séance – a moving musical performance, transforming The Deaf Institute into a space for connection. Built around voicemail messages from lost loved ones, artists Verity Watts and Rosie Parsons, will invite audiences to come together over shared experiences of loss and grief.

The mjf piano trail is also making a comeback! Manchester Jazz Festival and Forsyth Music Shop have joined forces once again for the mjf2024 piano trail: to find Manchester’s hidden talents across a trail of 12 street pianos at locations across Manchester city centre. From 18 April – 26 May, the mjf piano trail encourages everyone to get creative and share their talent and for those who want to take part, there’s a chance to enter a competition to win a Yamaha P-45B piano and many more prizes.

Ticket prices range from FREE to £30 but there’s plenty of free-to-access music and activities taking place at locations across the city centre, including the whole of the opening weekend at First Street.

Part of this season

MJF: Seance + Testament & Matthew Bourne
The Deaf Institute | 16 May 2024

A moving musical performance, transforming The Deaf Institute venue into a space for connection. An MJF Trailblazer.

Part of Manchester Jazz Festival

MJF: Nikki Iles Jazz Orchestra
Royal Northern College of Music | 18 May 2024

Award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles takes her 20-piece Jazz Orchestra to RNCM as part of Manchester Jazz Festival.

Part of Manchester Jazz Festival

MJF: John Surman: Words Unspoken
Royal Northern College of Music | 25 May 2024

British composer, saxophonist and clarinettist John Surman will be 80 this year, celebrate with his latest release, Words Unspoken, live at MJF.

Part of Manchester Jazz Festival

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