Christchurch Park, Ipswich, IP4 2BX
1pm to 7pm, Saturday, 2 July 2022
Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival have joined forces to bring you this free festival in the beautiful surroundings of Christchurch Park.
There’ll be something for everyone in Ipswich’s colourful celebration of worldwide music and culture. Five stages will feature some of the world’s best musicians, and there’ll be fairground rides, a craft market, live music, art and food from across the globe.
There’s also a full programme of workshops throughout the day, where you can experience music, dance and culture, up-close and personal with some of the fantastic artists that perform at the festival.
Follow the links below for full programme details.
Ipswich Jazz Festival Stage
Near the War Memorial, Fonnereau Road entrance. [Map]
IJF favourites and Ronnie Scott’s regulars the Chris Ingham Trio are joined by vocal great Jacqui Hicks (Shakatak) and reedman Mark Crooks (John Wilson Orchestra) to explore the rich libraries of Stan Getz and Count Basie as well as arrangements from Jacqui’s critically acclaimed album A Child Is Born. With Chris Ingham (piano), Geoff Gascoyne (bass) and George Double (Drums).
Dreamers is the new project from British saxophonist and composer Mark Lockheart featuring Elliot Galvin (Dinosaur, Elliot Galvin Trio), Tom Herbert (Polar Bear, The Invisible) and Dave Smith (Robert Plant). Stylistically free and slightly psychedelic in nature, Dreamers signals a new trajectory for the musician who has already featured on a wide ranging and diverse catalogue of albums.
A Mercury-nominated, British Jazz super-group playing the compositions of bandleader and multi-award winning composer Laura Jurd, Dinosaur explore Laura's distinctive yet ever-evolving music with playful abandon and technical prowess earning them a reputation as some of the best UK jazz musicians of their generation. Laura Jurd – trumpet, Elliot Galvin – piano, Conor Chaplin – double bass, Corrie Dick – drums.
A celebration of women in jazz with music from female jazz composers from an all female group featuring some of the outstanding players on the UK jazz scene.
A mix of Andrea’s compositions and new takes on jazz standards. Featuring Paola Vera (vocals), Andrea Vicari (piano), Emma Rawicz (saxophone), Amy Baldwin (bass) and Chiara Spigariol (drums).
BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year (2018), Best Newcomer (Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019) and Jazz FM Breakthrough Act (2020), Xhosa Cole joins a long legacy of Birmingham Saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings. Xhosa has performed at the BBC Proms, composed music for string orchestra and recorded on Mahalia’s debut album, all while studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire.
One of the most recorded jazz composers of all time, Monk made numerous contributions to the standards canon, including ‘Straight No Chaser’, ‘Round Midnight’, ‘Blue Monk'. ‘The Thelonious Monk Orchestra at Town Hall’ is a seminal recording, released in 1959. Directed by renowned saxophonist Tony Kofi, the NYJO celebrates this powerful work with a stellar dectet of emerging UK talent.
Photo: Monika S. Jakubowska
Ipswich Jazz and Blues Club Stage (Blues) — hosted by Stephen Foster
Halfway up the park, near the children’s play area. [Map]
A recently formed East Anglian super group fronted by singer, harmonica player and guitarist Tim Aves. They perform a whole host of difference styles with the blues genre. They take their name from a song by blues legend Taj Mahal.
Firm favourites on the blues, r&b, rock & roll & swing dance scenes, The Cadillac Kings feature five of the UK's top roots musicians. Mike Thomas: vocals, harmonica, slide guitar, Mal Barclay: lead guitar, vocals, Tim Penn: piano, accordion, vocals, Jason Reay: drums and Paul Cuff: double bass & Fender bass. Inspired by early rhythm & blues styles with a distinctly modern take lyric-wise, this is a band that has earned a reputation for wowing audiences from night clubs to festivals, from theatres to dance halls, the length & breadth of the UK & Europe, from the Canary Islands to the Arctic circle.
A blues-based groove band with a unique sound that is influenced by New Orleans second line, soul, jazz and British funk. They are a vibrant, energetic group who really know how to entertain a crowd.
Sean Taylor’s unique songwriting fuses blues, Americana, folk, roots, spoken word and social commentary. Over the last twenty years he has toured the world and released eleven albums. Sean’s voice is a cross between John Martyn and Van Morrison and his guitar style sounds like an acoustic Stevie Ray Vaughan jamming with JJ Cale. Promoting his new album ‘Lockdown’ Sean Taylor is one of the most exciting names on the international roots and blues circuit.
Photo: Nick Barber
This seven piece group celebrate the songs associated with the Empress Of The Blues – Bessie Smith. Fronted by singer Julia Titus and featuring jazz great Claude Deppa on trumpet and Clare Hirst (ex-David Bowie) on saxophone, the band re-create the vaudeville sound of the 1920s and 1930s.
One of the UK’s very best blues acts fronted by British Blues Hall Of Fame’s Paul Lamb. Paul has been at the top of his game for well over 30 years and turns his hand to a variety of styles on a range of different harmonicas. The band have a big following on the continent too where their brand of Chicago and jump blues is extremely popular.
The Martin Burley Peppery Stage (World Music)
Just north of the Round Pond, near Christchurch Mansion. [Map]
Haunting vocals, old time fiddle, traditional driving accordion. Evoking the roots of down home, front porch unplugged style dance hall Cajun and Creole music. Two steps, waltzes, blues and ballads played by musicians who are among the most experienced in Cajun music this side of Louisiana.
Merging hard Dhol beats with funky horns is hard to resist – Bollywood Brass Band’s colourful costumes create the mood and their energy spreads a party atmosphere to the audience with contemporary Bollywood hits and classic favourites.
Photo: Nick Cattermole
With a unique reggae sound – fierce and soulful, with a wicked beat – Zeeteah transforms jazz standards, pop hits and soul classics into reggae anthems and writes and performs her own material. Reggae grooves, with extra ska and dancehall spice mixed in. It's music to stir your heart.
With the rhythms of the Sabar drums – a traditional form of Wolof drumming from Gambia and Senegal – at its heart, Fofoulah's music has evolved into an inspired cosmopolitan mélange that also incorporates elements of electronic music, dub, improvisation, afro-rock and Wolof dance.
Roots 8 will close the show on the Peppery Stage with their exciting fusion of sounds, combining the rhythms of Cymande's Caribbean funk groove with Osibisa's African back beats. Roots 8 features Osibisa's Gregg Kofi Brown and Cymande's Sam Kelly together with Grammy Award Winner, Phil Ramacon on keyboard/vocals.
Missile Sound Caribbean Stage (Reggae, Soca, Dancehall, Urban, Soul, RnB)
In the bowl, north in the park near the Arboretum entrance. [Map]
Your Host. Bubble is an international radio presenter (The Music Bubble Network, CCR 104.4 Fm) and editor of The 411 Magazine, a key publication in the music industry. With over 20 years of experience and hundreds of events under her belt, she brings a fun, professional flair to everything she does. Bubble is committed to ensuring that her audiences are educated, as well as being entertained.
It’s great when your younger family members come through the ranks and follow in your footsteps and put themselves forward to continue building on the legacy that was set. Come and see Dj Simz and his brother One-Seven representing Missile Sound in the park for the first time.
The strongest and most badass female dance troupe in the area, ConfiDance represent girl power, confidence, and an all-around power-house of a troupe. A strong unit that shows fearlessness in their movement and creations, they are all about empowering girls and women to be the strongest, most fierce version of themselves. “We believe that everyone should have access to the most powerful version of themselves”.
Chantz Marie also known as Chauntelle Sorhaindo born in Ipswich Suffolk, back- ground Dominican/ Jamaican. She has released hit singles such as Hero, Spoil you, Island and Different From The Rest. Chantz won a CA (CREATIVE AFRICAN) award for best upcoming artist 2018. Her music genres range from Dancehall to RnB and her music has gone from strength to strength.
Three-time award-nominated singer DeeVine (Denise Walker-Phillips) was born in London and raised in Barbados. DeeVine was singing and dancing from the age of eight, performing at local shows. At age 17 she joined Soca Band “Hide & Seek” be- fore returning to London to continue her studies. In April 2011, she burst onto the UK Soca scene with her powerful Caribbean vocals.
In October 2019 Skippa J celebrated his 30th Anniversary as a radio presenter. He said that he was overwhelmed with the love and support that he received at his anniversary party. When playing music he sees himself as an entertainer and not just a deejay. He says “It’s all about speech, delivery, vibes & energy to keep the crowd lively”. You can catch his reggae show on ICR 105.7 FM Sunday afternoons from 2 pm till 4 pm. Skippa J is also the Co-owner of Missile Sound Entertainment established in 1986.
Lion I Is a vocalist/ lyricist dancehall artist from Ipswich. He has made a statement on his local community with a catalogue of music videos, mix- tapes, and mini-documentaries. A conscientious songwriter. he speaks openly about past experiences and the culture he is surrounded in. Lion I is well known for his energetic stage presence. However he is most popular for his official debut single "Wine Up" (March 2017) which gained over 6 million views online.
If you know only one thing about Derek Pereira aka Dawg E Slaughter, know that he is a Warrior from Trinidad. One who is engaged in or experienced in battle. Breaking his way into the soca arena in 2001 with “Millennium Wine”. Then in 2002, with his most popular song to date, “Tic Toc”. Slaughter bypassed being just another soca artiste us among the finest in the industry.
“As long as there’s music I’m happy!” says Mervyn Henry, aka Daddy Turbo. The well known Ipswich DJ with his show on ICR FM has played reggae, soca and dancehall music for 40 years. He ran pirate station Flex FM, before joining the groundbreaking BBC Suffolk show “Ebony Eye”. He is joined on stage with his nephew Dusty bringing you Soca Jam featuring Miss Tiney Whiney dance contest.
The Hive Global Village Stage (Global acts by community performers)
Near the Cabmen’s Shelter, Westerfield Road entrance. [Map]
Khushi is a young emerging artist in Ipswich. She performs a fusion of western and traditional Indian dance forms. She has been trained in Indian classical dance Bharatnatyam. Original choreographies by an exceptional young local talent.
Jamal & Alaa play traditional Syrian and Arabic Folk songs and have performed together since they met in 2017. Before coming to the UK, Jamal was a professional musician in Syria, composing music for TV, playing with several bands and lecturing in universities as an expert on Arabic music. He has toured with Damon Albarn and Gorillaz as part of the Orchestra of Syrian Musicians in 2016.
The Ipswich Reggae Choir was started by Pat Bruce-Browne in August 2017. She loved to sing and loved reggae, there weren't any other choirs that sang what she liked so she set up her own group. Ipswich Reggae Choir are accepting new members, so if you like reggae and like to sing, come along and join us. It's free to join and there are no membership fees.
Guter Narciso was born in Sao Tome and Principe in West Africa. He began singing in 1996, as part of an award winning Catholic church choir. He later became popular as a singer of Kizomba Music, toured his solo show throughout England, and then created a band that has been followed around the world. For Guter, success with Kizomba music is just the start - he still has in his mind many musical projects to share.
Ebere is a Suffolk based Nigerian singer/songwriter, presently majoring in positive Afrobeats while reaching out to other music genres that catch her fancy. Ebere has to date, released two singles, one album, some covers, and lately a world-class 5-track meticulously put together EP.
Over the last decade, Afrikan Boy – otherwise known as Olushola Ajose – from Woolwich has cultivated a worldwide fan base. Now an established international artist, he effortlessly combines a spectrum of sounds and influences, from Afrobeat to Jazz and Spoken Word. Afrikan Boy has collaborated with the likes of M.I.A. and DJ Shadow and shared stages with Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Seun & Femi Kuti, Fatoumata Diawara and Mark Ronson to name just a few.
Indian Marquee on the lawn in front of Christchurch Mansion. [Map]
Global Rhythm Workshops are organised by Arts La'Olam and are completely free. Just turn up on the day.
Bollywood Brass Band is the UK’s pioneering Indian-style brass band, playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood. This workshop for all ages and abilities is a chance to experience this exciting music hands on. Bring your own brass or wind instruments or percussion or just bring yourself – some drums will be supplied. Participants will then have the opportunity to play with Bollywood Brass Band in a short town centre performance to announce the start of Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival. Free but booking essential.
Box Office: stpetersbythewaterfront.com
Abass Dodoo was born in Nsawam (Ghana) into an acclaimed family of drummers, dancers and healers. He will run a workshop using Boomwackers – cut lengths of plastic tubing creating a range of different notes. You will learn to play them with this master percussionist. Abass has led workshops throughout Europe (including WOMAD Festival). He magically creates an engaging, interactive, creative experience. You will experience rhythm, energy and joy.
Stefan has taught Circle Dance in the Eastern region and worldwide for over 30 years. Born on a kibbutz in Israel his family moved to the UK and he grew up in East London. Stefan teaches Circle Dance from Israel and the Middle East, Greece, the Balkans as well as Mediterranean and Celtic dances.
Isatu Randle’s samba carnival workshops are high energy and her teaching style is fun, highly dynamic and creative. She has a generous and motivational teaching style and she is passionate about bringing people together through dance-movement regardless of age and background.
ACCE is a regular Chinese group who meet together in Ipswich with members of the wider community and organise the Chinese Supplementary School, elders lunch clubs and special events. They teach Chinese drumming at regional and local events. ACCE is a multi-service regional organisation promoting Chinese Music and traditional culture, and national culture in Britain and by this interaction, aims to achieve mutual understanding.
Gloria and Yasmin are mother and daughter from southern Spain. They teach Flamenco and Seviliana dance in a celebratory and accessible way in schools and at events such as WAMFest, The Big 1 Multicultural Festival in Alexandra Park, Global Rhythm Festival and Ferry Fest. Expect an energetic introduction to learning this passionate dance style.
Capoeira is a slow motion fight disguised as a dance, a game of wits and agility. Combining unusual movements imitating fight styles of animals, alligators, monkeys and snakes, the accompanying song with afro-brazilian percussion tells the story of capoeira. This will be a fun introduction for complete beginners. Photo: Kat Mager
Satellite Events in and around Ipswich
At Signals Home Audio, St Cecilias House, 88, High Street, Trimley St Mary, Felixstowe Suffolk IP11 0SS. Tel 01394 672464.
Listen to recorded jazz by Blue Note and other great jazz labels with some of the legends of jazz including recent recordings all in audiophile quality. Signals Home Audio will showcase some great recorded classics on top quality HiFi equipment. A great way to enjoy recordings.
Box Office: www.eventbrite.co.uk
7:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Staunch anti-traditionalists, Ebi Soda thrive on this idea of contradiction, seeming more inspired by the atmosphere inside a rave than the sounds heard inside Birdland. Their only debt to typical jazz being to attempt to innovate and experiment at every opportunity.
Characterised by erratic drum breaks, multi-effect soundscapes and searing trombone lines, Ebi Soda keep a post-punk DIY ethic close to their hearts, with songs often birthed from sweaty smokey bedrooms rather than that of the big band hall.
Photo: Seb JJ Peters
Box Office: www.thesmokehouse.org
29th June – 2nd July
IODS Theatre Company are thrilled to be returning to the New Wolsey Theatre this summer with their musical production of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. Originally arranged for 2020, they are itching to get their show on the stage! With a cast of 40, a 12-piece orchestra and an extremely talented production team, this is set to be one of their most exciting shows yet!
Box Office: www.wolseytheatre.co.uk
Q: Will there be food stalls?
A: Yes, there will be a number of food stalls throughout the park.
Q: Can I bring a picnic?
A: Yes, please do bring a picnic and a blanket. Note that no glass may be brought on site. Also, you can bring alcohol but only enough for a reasonable level of personal consumption.
Q: Can I bring my own chairs?
A: Yes, you are more than welcome to bring your own chairs.
Q: Can I bring a dog?
A: Yes, well behaved dogs are welcome.
Q: Should I bring my children?
A: Children are also welcome! As well as a wide variety of music across five stages, we also have fairground rides and a craft fair to keep them entertained.
Q: Where can I get a programme?
A: There will be no paper programmes but you can see everything that's going on across all five stages on our web site at above.
There will also be banners in the park with QR codes, allowing you to check out the programme online throughout the day.