1. Global Grooves, under the directorship of Leon Patel and Holly Prest, will be working on a huge creative project over the spring involving musicians, dancers and makers, using entirely recycled materials – you can witness the culmination of their work in this spectacular performance in Albert Square.

    Junk Jam fuses a 40-piece percussion orchestra, a 15-piece wind ensemble, a 20-strong vocal collective and 16 costumed dancers. The procession and performance will bring together Afro-Brazilian, West African and South Asian percussion disciplines, using traditional rhythms and instrumental fabrication techniques, and a recycled horn section made from scrap materials, based on traditional brass and woodwind instruments. Singers and story tellers will use traditional melodies and tales drawn from the diverse participants, and dancers will combine traditional movements from Brazil, West Africa and beyond with American hip-hop, funk and contemporary grooves, specially choreographed to the musical arrangements.

    Junk Jam will pull together a new community of passionate volunteers who will demonstrate that it needn’t cost the earth to create new and ambitious street carnival performances.

    Global Grooves: Junk Jam
    Festival Pavilion | Sunday 15th July @ 16.30

    Duration: 30 mins

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  3. Dan and Alice both come from classical backgrounds, and have found their ways into jazz without feeling the need to leave their classical roots; this recital presents them in a very interactive duo, involving some freer improvising and their own compositions, but also exploring other areas of music such as hymn tunes and folk songs from Galicia, Taiwan and Poland. Dan Whieldon & Alice Zawadzki Wednesday 18th July, 13.00 St Ann's Church

    Interviewed by Jon Clements

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Manchester Jazz Festival

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at mjf we :

* present 9 days of live music each July
* typically have 400 musicians, 70-80 events, 7-10 venues
* present free gigs – lots and lots of them!
* stage concerts round the clock, day and night, indoors and out
* champion our regional…


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at mjf we :

* present 9 days of live music each July
* typically have 400 musicians, 70-80 events, 7-10 venues
* present free gigs – lots and lots of them!
* stage concerts round the clock, day and night, indoors and out
* champion our regional jazz artists
* bring the best contemporary jazz to Manchester from the region, the UK and abroad
* present mostly new and original material, with premieres and international debuts
* focus on musical innovation!
* encourage multiple genres of contemporary jazz and break down musical boundaries
* run unique strands to commission new work from talented regional artists with our mjf originals and mjf introduces schemes
* join forces with all Manchester’s leading music venues and promoters: RNCM, Band on the Wall and Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club
* work with partners including The Midland Hotel; BBC Radio 3; Instituto Cervantes and other Cultural Embassies

In 2011 mjf had in excess of 37,000 attenders visiting the Festival Pavilion site in Albert Square alone, with hundreds more listeners at the various concerts throughout the festival.

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