The Cambridge Jazz festival returns for another year of smooth music.
Back for its fourth year, Cambridge International Jazz Festival features a huge, wide-ranging selection of acts to savour.
Opening the festival will be vocalists Liane Carroll and Ian Shaw – with four BBC Jazz Awards between them – supported by the London Gay Big Band at Junction 2 on 13 November, while the closing night star turn comes from vocalist and composer Madeleine Peyroux, at the Corn Exchange on 27 November.
Artistic director Roslin Russell is looking forward to the celebration of all things jazz. “Every year we celebrate jazz and this year we go further to celebrate women in jazz, global connections in jazz and tributes to the masters of jazz.”
She said the festival would continue its mission to “advocate and celebrate talent and excellence in jazz. Whether it’s established masters, or rising talent or the London jazz scene, there is a place for everyone in the year’s programme”.
From gypsy jazz with award-winning Dutch violinist Tim Kliphuis, drum ’n’ bass inspired jazz from drummer and producer Richard Spaven, Kit Downes’ church organ sounds to raise spirits and soothe souls to family-friendly shows with Groove into Space, featuring the Brass Funkeys, there truly is something for everyone.
“Within a fortnight Cambridge will host more than 60 events, with 72 artists, 428 musicians and thousands of audience members. One of the key themes that we have been developing over the past few years is both the contribution and leadership of women in jazz.
“From headliners to debutants, concerts to workshops, this year’s programme is a proud celebration of the creativity that female artists have given to jazz,” said Russell.
The events take place across numerous venues in and around Cambridge. And, as well as gigs, there will be several talks, films and workshops too.
Full details can be found on the festival website cambridgejazzfestival.info