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Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival 2019

Date Thursday 30 May 2019 - Saturday 08 June 2019
Time 12:00pm - 11:00pm
Location Various Locations, Preston, PR1 2PP
Cost £0 - £12.50

Musician performing on piano on stage during the Preston Jazz Festival.

Bringing Jazz music to life in the city...

The Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival is back for 2019, bringing you ten days of amazing music, with many events free to attend.

Expect local musicians, alongside international stars for a week of Jazz and improvisation like no other.

Thursday 30 May

Cold Bath Street with very special guest Carl Palmer

The Continental, 7.30pm - 10.30pm, £10 advance tickets

This evening at The Continental features Cold Bath Street, Logan & Manley, and Carl Palmer. Cold Bath Street will be joined by Carl on stage as they explore new musical territory with a trademark bespoke performance; whilst Logan & Manley will have you dancing to soulful vibes and irie beats.

For more details and how to book see Cold Bath Street with very special guest Carl Palmer.

Friday 31 May

MixrUPt Live Stream Workshop Jam

Theatre One, UCLan Media Factory, 6pm - 8pm, Free to attend and take part

MixrUPt is a collective of electronic musicians, artists, and producers working in the spectrum of the new digital music environment including platforms such as YouTube, Spotify, and SoundCloud. This workshop transmits the exploration of Jazz, anime, and lo-fi hip-hop into the digital realm in real-time.

Saturday 1 June

Jazz in the Museum

The Harris Museum, 1pm - 4pm, Free

1pm Aziz Ibrahim (1st Floor Balcony)
Aziz Ibrahim will also be showcasing his Museum piece Desi-Guitar and will perform innovative live guitar work with Indian improvisation techniques and experimentation with the cutting-edge guitar based digital technologies. 

2pm  Shades of Django (Harris café)
3pm  Trio Nay (Harris café)

Let Shades of Django transport you back to the 1930s with their authentic style of the great Quintette de Hot Club de France, whilst Trio Nay perform material from the Great American Songbook.

Jazz in the City

Preston Flag Market, 12pm - 4pm, Free

Jazz in the City brings performances outdoors, featuring Worldwise Samba Drummers, Harvey Brittain, and Lancashire School's Jazz Orchestra.

Jon Aveyard's Worldwise Samba Drummers have been bringing colour and music to Preston's streets since the first festival, and this year will be no different. Joining them on the Flag Market will be Harvey Brittain, Preston's answer to Jamie Cullum, and Lancashire School's Jazz Orchestra - one of Lancashire Music Service's county ensembles, providing inspiring opportunities for young musicians across the country.

Johnny Jay's Mixtape: Featuring Astrid, Aziz Ibrahim, and YOU

Preston Covered Market, 12pm - 4pm, Free to attend and take part

Johnny Jay is a British digital music composer, DJ, performer, and record producer. You are invited to join him for an afternoon of fun and participation. Feel free to come and watch or even grab the microphone and have a go. If you make music of any kind, Johnny wants you to get involved. So, don't be shy, the more the merrier.

Also joining Johnny will be Astrid, the UK's youngest Jazz singer with massive talent, and Aziz Ibrahim, former Stone Roses guitarist and 'Lord of the Strings'.

Jazz in the Park

Winckley Square, 4pm - 8pm, Free

Jazz in the Park will feature Zoë Gilby and Vels Trio.

Music fans are invited to join the Jazz in the Park event for four hours of uber-cool. There will be two amazing Jazz groups and a DJ set by Outbreak Collective. So, grab your picnic blankets and hampers and settle in for a mix of music, from Latin and Afrobeat to House and Hip-Hop, all interweaved with our beloved Jazz.

Fire Tower

The Ferret, 8.30pm - 10.30pm, Free

Fire Tower, plus four special guests, will be performing at The Ferret, creating the follow-up to Jazz in the Park.

Sunday 2 June

Simon Partridge and Cold Bath Street Improvisation Workshop

The Continental, 11am - 1pm, Free to attend and take part

Join leading improvisation expert Simon Partridge and Cold Bath Street for this workshop designed to open the door for players of any instrument, style, age, or experience level. No music reading is required, just a basic knowledge of an instrument.

A limited number of instruments will be available but please feel free to bring your own.

Jon Aveyard's Something for Everyone Workshop

UCLan Media Factory, 2pm - 5pm, Free to attend and take part

This afternoon of friendly and informal workshops will allow you to have a go at some of the regular activities open to the public. With a choice of which sessions to attend, professional workshop leaders will guide you through different styles of drumming, singing, dancing, and more.

All workshops are open to complete beginners but children must be accompanied by an adult.

Graham Massey & Toolshed

The Continental, 8.30pm - 10.30pm, £10 advance tickets

Graham is a multi-instrument musician, accomplished on keyboards, guitar, drums, and Soprano Saxophone. Founding member of the internationally successful electronic group '808 State', the prolific writer and producer has a rich ability to move between and blend genres, creating a set of wildly free ranging music.

Toolshed started as an electronica club in Manchester's Northern Quarter of the late 90s. Graham Massey ran the 'house' band made from a revolving line-up of local improvisers invited to jam. Twenty years later the project continues the idea, with a line-up of some of the north west's finest musicians performing a special set to be recorded live.

For more details and how to book tickets see Graham Massey's Toolshed.

Monday 3 June

The Social Fusion Funnel

Sound Skills, Brookfield Estate, 1pm, Free to attend and take part

Hosted by Jamie O'Connor, Daniel Squires, and BLKY as part of the #makeanoise initiative.

This is an experiment that anyone can join in and it doesn't matter if you have never touched a musical instrument before.

Come and create sounds with instruments available, whilst they are captured and put into the Fusion Funnel. Via technology these sounds are converted into playable sounds for you and special guest musicians to make music with.

Tuesday 4 June

Johnny Jay's Jazz Jam

The Ferret, 8pm, Free to attend and take part

Johnny Jay's Jazz Jam will trace the story of Jazz from its roots to the contemporary music genres it influences, facilitating performance from members of the public often excluded from traditional events.

Johnny Jay has a growing reputation as a producer of innovative community engagement events for music practitioners from under-represented groups. The event will be open mic themed so feel free to pop up on the stage at any moment and join in with Johnny and his surprise special guests.

Wednesday 5 June

Tea Time Jazz with Matt Wells and Willy Fluss

Bistrot Pierre, 7.30pm

Two of Preston's best guitarists, Matt Wells and Willy Fluss will take you through a journey of music from The Hot Club Repertoire to The Classics of Italy as you enjoy a meal at Preston's French bistro, Bistrot Pierre.

Thursday 6 June

John Wheatcroft and John Bailey

The Continental, 8pm, £10 tickets

This double header brings together two of the most exciting Jazz guitarists in the country, John Wheatcroft and John Bailey.

John Wheatcroft leads a busy double life as an educator and will be playing with his band 'The John Wheatcroft Trio'. The evening will also see critically acclaimed Jazz guitarist John Bailey - a well-known fixture of the Preston music scene.

For more details and how to book tickets see John Wheatcroft and John Bailey.

Friday 7 June

Day of Django

The Ferret and 53 Degrees, 5pm - 1am, £0 - £12.50

‘Day of Django’ is an annual tradition celebrating the music of the great Django Reinhardt, one of the first pioneers of jazz in Europe. Django played his first UK concert in Lancashire so it is only fitting that we celebrate his extraordinary music, which lives on in an international network of virtuoso musicians, many of who are (like Django himself) of gypsy and traveller heritage. This year's Jazz and Improv Festival aims to bring the very best of them to Preston.

Enjoy all day jams at The Ferret as well as the following:

  • 5pm, The Ferret, Lucy Lockwood and the Manouchetones - the American songbook with modern gypsy Jazz and an opportunity to grab some food. This is a free event.
  • 7.30pm, 53 Degrees, Stochelo Rosenberg and Paulus Schafer - this is a ticketed event, for more details see Stochelo Rosenberg and Paulus Schafer.
  • 10pm, The Ferret, Latchepen with Giacomo Smith (the after-show party). This is a free event.
  • 11.30pm, The Ferret, Late night Django Djam. This is a free event.

Jazz and Cultural Identity in and out of Europe Conference

UCLan Media Factory, 9am - 5pm, Free

This conference brings together the latest research in Jazz as it has been appropriated, assimilated, and created/recreated in European culture.

For more details see Jazz and Cultural Identity in and out of Europe Conference.

Saturday 8 June

Gondwana 10

53 Degrees, 8pm - 10.30pm, £10 advance tickets

Gondwana 10 is a mini festival celebrating ten years of one of the UK's finest labels, featuring Mammal Hands, Allysha Joy, Caoilfhionn Rose, and a Matthew Halsall DJ set.

For more details and how to buy tickets see Gondwana 10.

Gondwana 10 After-Show Party

The Ferret, 11pm, Free

The Gondwana 10 party continues at The Ferret with a DJ set from Matthew Halsall.

Matthew is a Manchester based composer, producer, trumpeter, DJ, and founder of Gondwana Records - one of the UK's most creative talents.

Map addresses for Preston Jazz and Improvisation Festival 2019

  • The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston, PR1 8JP.
  • UCLan Media Factory, Kirkham Street, Preston, PR1 2XY.
  • The Harris, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.
  • Preston Flag Market, Cheapside, PR1 2AP.
  • Covered Market, Preston, PR1 2JA.
  • Winckley Square, Preston, PR1 3JQ.
  • The Ferret, 55 Fylde Road, Preston, PR1 2XQ.
  • Sound Skills, 7-9 Langcliffe Road, Preston, PR2 6UE.
  • Bistrot Pierre, The Church, 83B Fishergate, Preston, PR1 2NJ.
  • 53 Degrees, Brook Street, Preston, PR1 7HN.