Top jazz performers from Italy and UK head line-up for Ipswich festival

Singer Ian Shaw will be performing at Ipswich Jazz Festival. Picture: JOHN WATSON

Singer Ian Shaw will be performing at Ipswich Jazz Festival. Picture: JOHN WATSON - Credit: John Watson

International, national and local stars are all on the bill for the Ipswich Jazz Festival next month.

The festival, being held for the third time, will run from June 22 to 24. It will start off with Rumba de Bodas from Bologna, Italy, who play a heady mix of high-octane, gypsy-swing to Latina, Balcanica to reggae and soul to folk, They will appear at St Peter’s by the Waterfront on Friday, June 22,

On Saturday, June 23, singer and pianist Ian Shaw will perform at St Peter’s with saxophone players Brandon Allen and Vasilis Xenopoulos and the local Chris Ingham Trio. Their show will include a new piece of music specially commissioned by the festival, based on Suffolk’s musical heritage, which will be a musical legacy for the town.

The young players of the South Suffolk Youth Jazz Ensemble will also be joining in on Saturday to impress the crowds.

Then, to end the festival, singers Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood will be at St Peter’s on the evening of Sunday, June 24.

On the Sunday afternoon, jazz fans can enjoy free performances at The Duke of York in Woodbridge Road and The Arbor House in High Street. East Anglia’s top big band Horn Factory will also play a free gig at St Peter’s that afternoon.

Festival organiser Neil Bateman said: “We are looking forward to another great little festival. There has been a lot of interest in the festival line-up, so grab your tickets before they go!” He added that tickets are slightly cheaper if booked in advance.

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As well as performances, the festival will feature workshops and talks. Anyone with an instrument or who sings, can hone their jazz 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, and there will be an exhibition of jazz-themed art at Ipswich Town Hall.

You can also listen to music professor Martin Hathaway lecture about the history of jazz at the Ipswich Institute, and see Beware of Mr Baker and Whiplash, films about two very different jazz drummers, at Ipswich Film Theatre.

Tickets for most events are available from the New Wolsey Theatre. For more details, visit the festival website.

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