The Ipswich Jazz Festival takes place this weekend. There’s a great line-up and tickets are selling fast. The festival features some international, national and local stars and will run from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th June. Tickets for most events are available from the New Wolsey Theatre www.wolseytheatre.co.uk 01473 295 900. If you buy in advance, you get a discount.
On Friday there’s a real party with Rumba de Bodas from Bologna, Italy playing their high-octane mix of different styles of jazz with ska, salsa and other world music influences They are at St Peters by the Waterfront in Ipswich on Friday 22nd June form 8pm.
On Saturday again at St Peter’s, singer and pianist Ian Shaw will perform with top saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenopoulos and the local Chris Ingham Trio. Their show includes a new piece of music specially commissioned by the Festival based to reflect Suffolk’s musical heritage and which will be a musical legacy for the town. The young players of the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble will also impress the crowds. The show starts at 7.30pm.
To end the festival singers Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood will be on St Peter’s on the evening of Sunday 24th June.
Also on Sunday, there are free jazz performances during the afternoon at The Duke of York on Woodbridge Road, The Arbor House on High Street and East Anglia’s top big band Horn Factory will play a free gig at St Peter’s that afternoon from 3pm.
Anyone with an instrument or who sings, can take part in workshops to hone their skills with workshops for guitarists, drummers, singers and ensemble players. For photographers, jazz snapper John Watson returns with a workshop on special effects to photograph musicians. John’s international photographic exhibition The Jazz Moment will also be on show at Sub Arts in St Nicholas Street while there is an exhibition of jazz-themed art at Ipswich Town Hall.
On Sunday afternoon people can also listen to music professor Martin Hathaway lecture about the history of jazz at Ipswich Institute while film fans can watch performances at Ipswich Film Theatre of Beware of Mr Baker and Whiplash about two very different jazz drummers on both Sunday and Saturday.