Manchester Jazz Festival returns to Band on the Wall this May and we’re thrilled to present a stunning programme of shows to celebrate.
This year we present live performances from saxophonist Nubya Garcia, bassist, band leader and co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, Gary Crosby OBE who brings together his sextet to celebrate the legendary jazz innovator and composer Charles Mingus, plus funkster about town Craig Charles, London singer, songwriter & cellist Ayanna Witter-Johnson, saxophonist Tim Garland and boundary-pushing brass band Hackney Colliery Band.
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Nubya Garcia / Thursday 26 May 2022
Following the release of her worldwide critically acclaimed album SOURCE, saxophonist Nubya Garcia returns to Band on the Wall on 26th May.
Agbeko are an afrobeat-inspired rock-funk-psych collective from Manchester. They were born out of admiration for the enduring music of 1970s West Africa and have spent the past few years honing a singular, contemporary sound built upon its teachings. They deliver powerful songs packed with riffs, groove and lyrical prowess to move gig-goers, festival throngs and afro-funk afficionados alike.
Gary Crosby Sextet: Mingus Moves/ Saturday 28 May 2022
Bassist, band leader and co-founder of Tomorrow’s Warriors, Gary Crosby OBE brings together his sextet to celebrate the legendary jazz innovator and composer Charles Mingus, marking what would have been Mingus’ centenary year. Crosby will lead his sextet through Mingus Moves, his personal favourite Mingus album, plus more classic compositions.
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club feat. The Allergies (live) & Andy Cooper / Saturday 28 May 2022
After two long years, the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club is back with a bang at Band on the Wall, taking over our brand new stage and newly renovated venue. Join us as we take the flavoursome funk and sun-kissed soul far into the night with acclaimed BBC 6 Music DJ, actor, presenter and funkster about town Craig Charles manning the decks, plus the Allergies and Andy Cooper performing live.
Ayanna Witter-Johnson / Sunday 29 May 2022
A born and raised Londoner, Ayanna Witter-Johnson uncovers the hidden stories of her hometown through the lens of her Jamaican heritage. The singer / songwriter / cellist, with her unique blend of classically infused jazz, reggae and soul, presents a unique show of song and storytelling.
Tim Garland: The Vigil Songbook / Sunday 29 May 2022
Multi award-winning saxophonist Tim Garland has, over the last 25 years, garnered a formidable international reputation not only as a jazz improviser of fluency, power and grace but also as a composer and arranger of remarkable clarity and breadth.
Hackney Colliery Band / Sunday 29 May 2022
As one of the very first of the new wave of brass bands to appear, Hackney Colliery Band have consistently pushed the boundaries of what we think of as a ‘brass band’. Best known in their early days for their unlikely covers, including Toto’s Africa and Blackstreet’s No Diggity, HCB have nevertheless always had original music at their very core, producing four albums of almost entirely newly-penned music since 2011.