Manchester Jazz festival has ‘sax’ appeal

The Manchester Jazz festival is in full swing. The 9 day jazz festival is well underway and revellers have been visiting all weekend to see some jazz and just relax.

The Jazz festival in Manchester is being hosted in many different venues across the city centre and offers some new jazz talents along with some real legends in the scene.

The festival is running from 22-30th of July and entry to most of the festival is free. However, there are some special performances that charge more. Tickets for the event range from free to just under £40 to see Al Jarreau.

Why not get yourself down to St. Anne’s church in the city centre of Manchester to take a look at one of the venues and  what the festival has to offer.

The StudentMap team visited the festival yesterday (Monday 25th of July) to check out what all the hype was about. We were not disappointed one bit. As soon as we walked into the Festival pavillion in Manchester city centre we were greeted by the distinctive style of the Nick Malcolm quartet.

There was a great buzz around the place and the drinks and grub were not too expensive which was great. Also, entry to see the Nick Malcolm Quartet and Mwamba/Kane/Blackmore was completely free. Mwamba set the stage alight with his original vibraphone style and wowed the crowd by playing with 5 sticks at one time.

A great night was had by the whole team and we lounged outside in the lovely evening weather drinking our fairly priced pints feeling warm and happy with the jazz rhythm in our ears.

I would definitely suggest popping over to the festival before it finishes and just taking a look. Even if Jazz isn’t your style it is well worth checking out. What’s more, it’s free so you have nothing to loose.

For more information there is a Manchester Jazz festival calendar, brochure and website.

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