Manchester Jazz Festival is a highlight of the city’s cultural calendar. Its impressive programme takes in the full range of the genre’s purveyors, from polyrhythmic portrayals of classic jazz sounds to contemporary prodigies engaging with electronic production modes. Manchester’s home of cutting edge and world-facing music, Band on the Wall, is a natural fit, so we’re looking ahead to the venue’s 2018 offerings, with more to be announced…

Binker & Moses
One of jazz’s rising stars, Binker & Moses are the sax-drums duo responsible for blistering aural assaults. They arrive at Manchester Jazz Festival on the back of two acclaimed LPs released since 2015, including last year’s Journey to the Mountain of Forever in the mould of Coltrane and Rollins.
Fri 20 Jul, 7pm, £10-£14,

Richard Spaven
Spanning the scenes of drum and bass and jazz, Spaven has honed his craft while collecting fans both among his musician peers and from radio disc jockeys to dance floors. Local support comes from saxophone funkers Skeltr, joining the musical dots with Gilles Peterson’s record bag.
Sat 21 Jul, 7pm, £10-£14,

Davina and the Vagabonds
With Jools Holland among her admirers, the strikingly voiced Davina has united blues, jazz and soul connoisseurs in states of awe, whether on record through three acclaimed LPs or on stage from the Vagabonds’ native Minnesota to the world’s jazz festivals.
Sun 22 Jul, 7.30pm, £16-£20,

Free Jazz ft. Kinkajous, Plume + more
A free showcase featuring four free-thinking pebbles skimming sonic ripples into the new waves of jazz expression. Ambient headliners Kinkajous are welcomed from London’s fertile scene, with RNCM alumni Plume pushing the bounds of the instrument-led electronica.
Tue 24 Jul, 7.30pm, FREE,

Broken Brass Ensemble
The Dutch big band channel the spirit of New Orleans through an energetic European experience, fuelling the fires of festival dance floors from Shambala to Secret Garden Party.
Wed 25 Jul, 7.30pm, £10-£14,

Fri 20 – Wed 25 Jul, Band on the Wall, 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JZ, Tel: 0161 834 1786,

Fri 20 Jul - Sat 28 Jul
Ian Pennington
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Mon 25 Jun 2018