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 22 - 30 JULY 2011

Now in its 16th year, mjf is a home-grown celebration of Manchester's vibrant music scene and unique personalities, bringing the coolest and newest contemporary jazz to the city centre. With 9 days of musical firsts and international debuts (plus most of the gigs are free), it's the ideal opportunity to sample exciting live music that you won't hear anywhere else.

2011 venues: Band on the Wall; Bridgewater Hall; mjf Festival Pavilion in Albert Square; Matt and Phred's Jazz Club; Midland Hotel; Royal Northern College of Music; St Ann's Church; Open Air Stage.

"For 9 whole days, jazz becomes the talk and tempo of the town as mjf makes its presence felt at the city's key music venues...but it's often the festival's choice of more unusual venues that attracts huge audiences: the Festival Pavilion, open air gigs, bijou gatherings in St Ann's Church or concerts among the lofty Victorian majesty of the Midland Hotel. Like Manchester International Festival, MJF sets its targets high by scheduling a programme of musical premieres and commissions -- a strategy that makes the festival a big local and international draw"
Manchester Evening News

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