mjf_original_largemjf originals is our scheme that seeks out and pioneers new jazz. Every year musician-composers from the region are invited to propose ideas for a new work to be unveiled at the festival. The coveted support allows artists to reach new levels and offers mjf audiences an exclusive and memorable experience. mjf is proud to stage ground-breaking new jazz from talented creators.

Anton Hunter awarded the 2014 Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission

We are delighted that this years Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission has been awarded to fast emerging Manchester guitarist / composer Anton Hunter. Anton will create Article 11, a suite of music for an 11 piece ensemble to be premiered at MJF in July.anton

Anton, who is a key player in bands such as Beats n Pieces and Skamel, is one of many regional musicians who have been nurtured through mjf introduces. Now commissioned as a major artist, his ensemble brings North West and national players together with musicians from Finland and Norway within a truly innovative creative process.

Anton said: “This is amazing news for me and I’m tremendously excited to be given the mjf originals commission for 2014. It’s come at just the right time to boost my career as a writer and player. There aren’t many opportunities to try out ideas like this and MJF is a fantastic supporter of Manchester music and of new ideas. I can’t wait to get started!”
Anton’s idea for the piece struck us as an intriguing way of creating a new piece of work, which brings in the audience from the outset to share the process. Listeners can look forward to a new sound world fusing Anton’s interests in improvisation, rock and classical genres, with outstanding musicianship from the players in the ensemble. MJF is proud to stage ground-breaking new jazz from talented creators and we are delighted to welcome Irwin Mitchell on board as the new sponsors of the series.

Anton will be updating a blog in the run up to his performance. Check it out at www.manjazzfest.wordpress.com 

Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission

Manchester Jazz Festival is delighted to announce a partnership with Irwin Mitchell Solicitors. The Irwin Mitchell mjf originals commission 2014 focuses upon the commitment to support and commission completely new work, giving a platform to encourage and inspire talented young local jazz musicians of the future.

Grahame Codd, Regional Managing Partner at Irwin Mitchell’s Manchester office, said “Manchester Jazz Festival is a firm fixture in the city’s cultural calendar and Irwin Mitchell is delighted and excited to be sponsoring the mjf originals series. We have a close affiliation with the festival having most recently provided pro-bono legal advice for the relocation of its headquarters on Fountain Street, and we look forward to taking this relationship further during what is undoubtedly going to be hugely successful event later this year.”


This performance is now sold out.