We hold monthly gigs in the spacious Willow suite at Venue 16, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich. The IJBC is a not-for-profit organisation run by jazz and blues enthusiasts whose sole aim is to bring the very best acts to Suffolk’s county town.read more
Tommaso Starace is an Italian alto/soprano saxophonist based in London. He has put together an all-star quartet for this special show. Bassist Alec Dankworth, pianist Jim Watson and drummer Chris Nickolls will join Tommaso as he tips his hat to the man known as Bird.
Support act ... Joyspring
One of the most exciting acts on the UK blues scene make their eagerly awaited Ipswich debut. Marco and Alessandro Cinelli front an outstanding band who delve into Chicago and Texas blues and add lots of soul and funk into the mix. They’ve been nominated three times for the British Blues Band Of The Year accolade.
Support act ... Tore Down
Ben Holder is the most acclaimed and exciting jazz violinist in the UK. Classically-trained, his introduction to jazz masters such as Benny Goodman, Oscar Peterson and Stephane Grappelli lead Ben to truly find his place as a musician. The ginger violin guy, as he’s been dubbed, fronts a group also featuring Chris Ingham on keyboards, Owen Morgan on bass and George Double on drums.
Support act ... The Parker / Hurley Guitar Duo
As the long-standing guitarist in Jools Holland’s Rhythm And Blues Orchestra, Suffolk-based Mark has shared stages and TV studios with many of the biggest names in music. His own music has its roots in blues and world music and features his distinctive, lived-in vocal style alongside his stunning guitar work. Backing him will be drummer George Double and the much-in-demand bassist Adam Double whose playing can be heard on the soundtrack to the Elton John movie Rocket Man.
Support act ... Luke Arnold
Guitarist Nigel Price, winner of a 2016 British Jazz Award, is a regular performer at Ronnie Scott's where he has appeared more than 500 times. He spent three years with the James Taylor Quartet and has performed with the BBC Big Band, Carleen Anderson and the legendary David Axelrod. His saxophone playing co-star Vasilis Xenopoulos Is one of the most accomplished Greek jazz musicians of his generation. He’s a genuine representative of straight ahead jazz as can be heard on his album Dexterity which, as the title suggests, is a tribute to Dexter Gordon.
Support act ... James Goodwin & Dave Thomas
Suffolk-based pianist and musicologist Chris Ingham has put the jazz of Dudley Moore firmly back in the spotlight. Chris brings us his acclaimed musical celebration of a man who was much better known for his comedic roles on the small and big screens. Dudley was an accomplished musician and much of his very best work will feature in this heartfelt appreciation by Chris and his rhythm section of George Double (drums) and Geoff Gascoyne (bass).
Support act ... Tim Ainslie
A free entry music festival in Christchurch Park, Ipswich featuring jazz, blues, world and Caribbean music will be held on Saturday 2nd July 2022. The full programme has now been launched.
Working with Ipswich Borough Council, the Global Rhythm and Ipswich Jazz Festival teams have created a varied and lively musical line-up across five stages including:
• Top jazz saxophonist Tony Kofi with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra
• Blues harmonica maestro Paul Lamb And the King Snakes
• Bollywood Brass Band playing the great tunes and compulsively danceable rhythms of Bollywood.
• International soca singer DeeVine
• Afrikan Boy plus community based bands.
As well as this banquet of musical delights, there will be music and dance workshops, a fun fair, food and craft stalls.
The festival forms part of Ipswich Music Weekend with satellite events in the evening including nu jazz band Ebi Soda at The Smokehouse hosted by Out Loud Music.
Ipswich Music Day, with opportunities for local bands to perform, is the following day. It’s a spectacular weekend packed with live music.
The festival programme can be seen at www.ipswichjazzfestival.org.uk/global/
The Willow Suite
312 Tuddenham Road
07732 022 396