Manchester Jazz Festival returns this month hosting 100 gigs across the city over ten days of music in some of our favourite venues. One of the festival’s most anticipated events is Cottonopolis, winner of the Irwin Mitchell MJF originals commission for 2017. Taking place on Thursday 3rd August, Cottonopolis is an evening celebration exploring the iconic aspects of Manchester’s colourful, industrial and cultural past, from jazz musician Andy Stamatakis-Brown.

The Irwin Mitchell commission provides a talented regional artist with an incredible opportunity to showcase new work to a receptive public, and has been responsible for some of the festival’s most exciting events over recent years. Following in these footsteps, Manchester-based pianist and composer Andy Stamatakis-Brown has been active on the local scene for over 15 years, and currently leads the Andy Stamatakis-Brown Trio as well as playing with cult favourites Gypsies of Bohemia and the Manchester Jazz Collective.

Cottonopolis will see a twelve-piece ensemble of northwest jazz musicians assemble to combine with industrial noise creating a unique club night atmosphere, in a mystery venue unveiled to crowds on the day of the event. No one is quite sure where this Cottonopolis will be held yet, but wherever you’ll end up, you’re recommended to wear “sturdy footwear & warm clothes”…

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Tickets to the Irwin Mitchell MJF Originals Cottonopolis by Andy Stamatakis-Brown, and all Manchester Jazz Festival events are available from their website.

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