The mjf team:

Steve Mead / Artistic Director
Mick Waterfield / Producer
Sunny Baek / Festival Manager
Diane Herrod / Marketing Manager
Charlotte Platt / Development Manager
Judith Grundy / Finance Officer
Amy McArthur / Festival Assistant
Maria Caruana / Festival Assistant
Ander Mancisidor / Festival Assistant
Susan Burnell / Marketing Assistant

In a nutshell, we:

  • present 10 days of live music each July
  • typically feature over 400 musicians and 80 events in 7-10 venues
  • present free gigs – 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 2014 mjf had in excess of 60,000 attenders visiting the Festival Pavilion site in Albert Square alone, with hundreds more listeners at the various concerts throughout the festival. In 2015 we will be celebrating the 20th manchester jazz festival.

“What a fantastic event mjf is. You should be very proud of what you have achieved year on year – it just gets better and better. It’s a brilliant showcase to prove how many amazing musicians Manchester is home to!”

Linda Cope, listener


“Thanks for a great festival. If all British promoters were as innovative and professional as you, this country would have the best jazz scene in the world. Thanks for all the brilliant music.”

Jamil Sheriff, composer & pianist


“Arts Council England is proud to support Manchester Jazz Festival in its role of promoting exciting emerging talent, and commissioning new work. The organisation’s annual festival serves to celebrate the amazing diversity of jazz, developing new audiences for the genre by showcasing high quality work across the city each year. Manchester Jazz Festival has received regular funding from the Arts Council since 1999, and it is with great pleasure that we will continue to fund the organisation as part of our new National portfolio, helping to sustain a valuable regional platform from which contemporary music can flourish.”

Chris Bye, Arts Council England NW

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