Manchester Jazz Festival

Manchester Jazz Festival:
  • presents 10 days of live music each July
  • typically features over 400 musicians and 80 events in 7-10 venues
  • presents free gigs – lots of them!
  • stages concerts round the clock, day and night, indoors and out
  • champions our regional jazz artists
  • brings the best contemporary jazz to Manchester from the region, the UK and abroad
  • presents mostly new and original material, with premières and international debuts
  • focuses on musical innovation
  • encourages multiple genres of contemporary jazz and breaks down musical boundaries
  • runs unique strands to commission new work from talented regional artists with our mjf originals and mjf introduces schemes
  • joins forces with Manchester’s leading music venues and promoters: RNCM, Band on the Wall and Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club
  • works with partners including The Midland Hotel; BBC Radio 3; Instituto Cervantes and other Cultural Embassies

Artistic Director:
Steve Mead
Manchester Jazz Festival
4th floor, 40 Fountain Street
M2 2BE Manchester
United Kingdom


#mjf2017 celebrates #jazz100 with 100 events in 100 hours of fantastic entertainment

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 12:26
The 22nd manchester jazz festival is announced – with 100 events in 100 hours of fantastic entertainment, a great line-up of local, regional and international talent and an exciting new Festival Square venue. mjf, the city’s favourite pioneering music event and Europe’s most adventurous jazz festival, will be creating new... read more

Artists’ submissions open for manchester jazz festival 2017

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Mon, 07/11/2016 - 11:08
Fancy a gig at mjf 2017? We’re a contemporary jazz festival, the only UK winner of the Europe Jazz Network Award for Adventurous Programming and we champion artists playing original work. We were the first UK festival to pioneer an open artists’ submission system and it still forms the basis of our programme today. Applications... read more

What to look out for at mjf 2016

by Manchester Jazz Festival on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 10:59
One of the joys of each festival is looking through the completed programme and looking forward to experiencing some of the one-offs, firsts and gems that you just won’t get anywhere else. Here are some of my highlights that I hope will inspire you to rethink, rehear, remix and rediscover jazz. Have you ever wondered What... read more