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Our information to the 2022 Cambridge Jazz Pageant, that includes Courtney Pine, Omar, Zara McFarlane and extra

The Cambridge Jazz Pageant is again with an enormous line-up of stars, together with headliners Courtney Pine, Omar and Zara McFarlane.

Tickets are already on sale for the seventh Cambridge Jazz Pageant, which takes place from November 10-27 and is supported by the Cambridge Impartial. It marks a much-welcomed return to a dwell, in-person pageant program that showcases native and world expertise alongside a celebration of jazz icons.

Cambridge Jazz Pageant: Brass Funkeys. Image: Dave Hamblett

This 12 months, the pageant has 44 occasions that includes greater than 150 performers and might be going down at venues throughout Cambridge, together with the Junction, Bar-Oh and La Raza to the LAB Cocktail Bar, the West Highway Live performance Corridor in addition to Jesus School and the College Arms Resort, and additional afield at Saffron Corridor.

Gil Karpas, the Cambridge Jazz Pageant’s co-director, mentioned: “Throughout all the pageant interval, there are days and nights filled with quite a few fringe occasions throughout the town centre; these provide alternatives for individuals to interact, educate and luxuriate in. We encourage everybody to take a look at the complete program on-line. There’s sure to be one thing that appeals to everybody, it doesn’t matter what their age or musical curiosity, and one thing new to find.

Alina Bzhezhiniska.  Picture: Tatiana Gorilovsky
Alina Bzhezhiniska. Image: Tatiana Gorilovsky

“As ever, the Cambridge Jazz Pageant is about celebrating excellence, variety (not merely in gender and ethnicity but additionally in style), and jazz tradition legacies. Now we have additionally targeted on the cross generational providing with the artists represented and the engagement alternatives for younger youngsters, households, via to adults and older generations who love the classics of the massive band period.

“Since 2019, we now have expanded the board, included new programmers, new administrators, new members of the group that mirror each the breadth of variety in Cambridge and past.”

Zara McFarlane.  Picture: Casey Moore
Zara McFarlane. Image: Casey Moore

The pageant boasts a massively eclectic vary of musical kinds, together with early and trendy jazz, Latin, soul, funk, blues, and rock. Alongside the concert events there may even be a collection of talks, workshops, jams and dwell portray.

Essentially the most broadly anticipated occasions embrace performances from multi-award-winning UK vocalist Zara McFarlane, the pageant’s artist-in-residence. Zara is a part of the brand new vanguard of UK jazz masters. That is completely one not-to-be-missed.

The pageant concludes on November 27 with its predominant headliner occasion, Omar + QCBA. Omar is among the best soul music abilities the UK has produced within the final 40 years.

Cambridge Jazz Festival: Omar, (Vocals, Piano) Quentin Collins (Trumpet) Brandon Allen (Sax).  Picture: Tim Dickeson
Cambridge Jazz Pageant: Omar, (Vocals, Piano) Quentin Collins (Trumpet) Brandon Allen (Sax). Image: Tim Dickeson

The pageant can also be welcoming Courtney Pine, the undisputed grasp of UK jazz, whose 1995 album Fashionable Day Jazz Tales was nominated for the Mercury music prize. He additionally gained greatest jazz act on the inaugural MOBO awards in 1996. Courtney has acquired each an OBE and a CBE and, in 2021, was honored with the Jazz FM Gold award.

To kickstart this 12 months’s programme, the pageant launches on November 10 with an unique preview evening, that includes pageant favorites The Brass Funkeys, who might be performing on the Cambridge Junction.

From November 17, a packed program of occasions will get underneath method with two occasions, beginning with Jasper Hoiby’s Planet B, plus Lydian Collective.

On Friday, November 18, The Mattan Klein Duo and Ashley Henry will play their world jazz music on the beautiful St Catherine’s School Chapel.

Alyn Shipton and New Orleans Friends.  Picture: John Watson
Alyn Shipton and New Orleans Buddies. Image: John Watson

There might be a spread of occasions for all of the household on Saturday, November 19, together with the Arts Council England developed storytelling efficiency piece, A Waltz in New Orleans. Legendary writer, musician and broadcaster Alyn Shipton is in dialog for the launch of her new e-book Alyn Shipton On Jazz. And there might be music with a efficiency of Alyn Shipton’s New Orleans Buddies.

The night of Saturday night sees Jazz FM’s Chris Phillips and Jez Nelson: Jazz in The Spherical ft Alina Bzhezhinska, Rouhangeze and Tomasz Bura, Ant Regulation and Alex Hitchcock for a packed billing of the very newest jazz sounds throughout essentially the most intimate of occasions. One of many UK jazz scene’s best younger drummers Jas Kayser might be taking part in at Clare School.

Sunday, November 20 is all about huge bands, giant ensembles and jazz orchestras with three occasions for individuals of all ages and in any respect levels of their profession: The Faculties Large Band live performance, Cambridge Groove Orchestra after which the unmissable CUJO (Cambridge College Jazz Orchestra ) ft Zara McFarlane.

All through the next week, the pageant has jam classes, actions for all ages, gigs and extra occurring throughout the town. Thursday, November 24 brings the momentum in direction of the second pageant weekend with Tim Boniface and Sam Miles: Remembering Dex&Getz.

Courtney and Zoe.  Picture: / Alfred Bailey
Courtney and Zoe. Image: / Alfred Bailey

Friday brings us a few of the UK’s most liked and celebrated jazz musicians: Tim Garland and Jason Rebello, and Courtney Pine.

Saturday, November 26 presents up a packed program of workshops, together with Jazz improvisation with Tim Garland, and a collection of household occasions together with Groove Child presents Grooving with Pirates.

The pageant additionally welcomes again the artist-in-residence Zara McFarlane for an unique duo efficiency of her award-winning repertoire on the intimate central Cambridge location of the Frankopan Corridor at Jesus School.

The closing weekend begins with a return to Jesus School for an all-day session, starring Jazz FM’s Ruth Fisher’s Prosecco Brunch with Immy and Pete Churchill. Loads of actions observe, equivalent to Sonit Alleyne OBE and Orphy Robinson MBE ‘Creating your Inventive Apply’ and a choir workshop with Pete Churchill.

For the complete line-up of artists, workshops, talks and movies go to the pageant web site at cambridgejazzfestival.information.


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