Full Programme for Cambridge Jazz Festival announced (18-29 November)

The programme for the 6th Cambridge Jazz Festival has been announced. Most events are free to view and will be streamed online – see below for the full listing and more details – and a donate link to support the festival.

Roslin Russell, Festival Director, says:

“Like many arts, music and cultural organisations, it’s been a rollercoaster year for the Cambridge Jazz Festival. Nevertheless, we were totally committed to ensuring that the Festival went ahead in some form.

“As a result, we have embraced the virtual world  and are all set to present a concentrated number of digital events, including a mix of concerts, live painting (from artist in residence, Gina Southgate – image above), workshops, interviews, talks, live Q&As and film documentaries that will appeal to everyone and anyone who loves jazz.”

Roslin Russell

“The Andi Hopgood choir workshop is an incredible opportunity for all ages and abilities in the community to come together and be part of the Festival. A restricted number of people can also attend the live Tim Garland masterclass at the large, socially distanced space in Cambridge Junction J1. For those who can’t attend, the masterclass will also be held online. There are newly commissioned works from Alice Zawadzki and Rob Luft

“This year’s programme offers a fantastic range of local, national and international artists, all bringing a potent mix of high-energy performances to get the party started or more chilled sounds to kick back to in the comfort of home after a long day at work.”

“Most of the 28 events this year are free. We just ask that people consider donating a small amount so that we can come back bigger and bolder next year.”

Full listing here:

Opening: Ian Shaw – Wednesday 18 November: 8 – 9:30pm

Talk: Sandy Burnett: The Age of Jazz in New Orleans and Beyond + Q&A – Thursday 19 November: 8 – 9:30pm

Film: Back to the Source + Q&A with Robin Phillips – Thursday 19 November: 9 – 10:15pm

Live: The Brass Funkeys – Friday 20 November: 8 – 10pm

Family: Groove Baby presents Groove in the Woods – Saturday 21 November: 1 – 1:45pm

Workshop: Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir, Andi Hopgood – Saturday 21 November: 3 – 4:30pm

Live: Alice Zawadzki Group and Amika String Quartet – Saturday 21 November: 8 – 9pm

Live: Rob Luft Quintet and Amika String Quartet – Saturday 21 November: 9:15 – 10:15pm

Family: Groove Baby presents Groove in the Woods – Sunday 22 November: 1 – 1:45pm

Live: Q3 with Sam Miles – Sunday 22 November: 3 – 4:40pm

Big Band: Cambridge Groove Orchestra/ Linton Jazz Orchestra/ Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra – Sunday 22 November: 7 – 7:45pm

Introducing: Saffra – Sunday 22 November: 8 – 8:45pm

Introducing: Oscar Reynolds – Sunday 22 November: 9 – 9:45pm

Talk: Andrew Bowie: What can jazz tell us about philosophy + Q&A – Monday 23 November: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Live: The Gravy Train – Monday 23 November: 9 – 9:45pm

Sam Leak

Talk: Sam Leak – Tuesday 24 November: 7:30 – 8:30pm

Live: Sam Leak Trio – Tuesday 24 November: 8:30 – 10pm

Film: Richard Turner: A life in music + Live Q&A with Rob Cope – Wednesday 25 November: 8 – 9:45pm

Live: Re:Versed: The Lost Verses of The Jazz Standards – Thursday 26 November: 9pm -1am

Live: Native Dancer – Friday 27 November: 8 – 9pm

Family: Groove Baby presents Groove in the WoodsSaturday 28 November: 1 -1:45pm

Live: Better Than TV – Saturday 28 November: 3 – 4:40pm

Live: Secret Guest TBA – Saturday 28 November: 9 – 10:30pm

Family: Groove Baby presents Groove in the WoodsSunday 29 November: 1 – 1:45pm

Workshop: Jazz Improvisation with Tim Garland – Sunday 29 November: 2 – 4:30pm (In person participation £15 and online streaming £5)

Live: Cambridge Festival Choir (with an intro from Pete Churchill and Andi Hopgood) – Sunday 29 November: 6:00 – 6:15pm

Talk: Alyn Shipton ‘The Art of Jazz’ – Sunday 29 November: 6:30 – 7:30pm

Live: Toy Kofi Quintet ‘Portrait of Cannonball’ – Sunday 29 November: 8 – 9:30pm

Tony Kofi Quintet (Publicity Photo)


Festival Partners: Cambridge Junction, Stapleford Granary, The Gonville Hotel, University of Cambridge, Anglia Ruskin University

LINKS: To support the festival, donate here 
Cambridge Jazz Festival website
Interview with Roslin Russell, #IWD2016

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