Live jazz is back with Ipswich Jazz Festival

Things are looking up for the return of the Ipswich Jazz Festival on 26th – 27th June 2021 at St Peter’s by the Waterfront Arts Centre, Ipswich.

The festival will feature nine very different bands over the weekend with performances showcasing the wide range of music which is jazz today.

Tickets will go on sale during March online at St Peter’s and each performance will cost just £10 with a limited number of concessionary tickets for Ipswich residents on low incomes at just £1.

As things stand at the moment, audience numbers will be limited to just 30 people with ventilation, socially distanced seating and other Covid-safe practices in place. The organisers will carefully monitor advice and guidance about the pandemic and the festival will only go ahead if it is safe and legal to do so.

The festival acts are:

Tina May, Enrico Tomasso and the Chris Ingham Trio. Tina is renowned for her interpretations of the great jazz repertoire and Enrico Tomasso is a premier trumpeter on the jazz scene and has won the British Jazz Awards 6 times.

Kansas Smitty’s a joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful.

Award nominated Byron Wallen’s Four Corners will play music from their album ‘Portrait: Reflections on Belonging’.

Derek Nash’s Picante a really lively gig led by one of the UK’s top saxophonists.

Alina Hip Hop Harp internationally renowned harpist Alina Bzhezhinska and her trio draw from a variety of influences.

Xhosa Cole Trio playing the music of Thelonious Monk with some contemporary arrangements Xhosa was winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year.

Jimbino Vegan and the Swing Barbarians playing traditional New Orleans swing and jazz.

Motuz Group a great example of the exciting new style of jazz being created by young musicians.

Rosina Hepburn Band with a sound and style that conjures up the golden age of jazz.