There’s an abundance of jazz in town this week thanks to Manchester Jazz Festival, whose central pavilion stage on Albert Square features plenty of free events (check out our shortlist here or the full programme here), while heavier hitters are being hosted in ticketed venues across the city. Aside from those, we’ve cherry-picked a handful of compass points to map out your next eventful week in Manchester.
The starting point is on Tuesday 26th, when one of the MJF standouts, the drumming virtuoso Antonio Sanchez, travels with his Migration Band to Band on the Wall, which is unsurprisingly one of the beacons of activity again at this year’s festival.
Salford Uni Music graduate, Snarky Puppy residency participant and vocal collaborator with various soul-fuelled acts Chesqua is concentrating on her own material on Wednesday 27th, launching her debut EP, The Rain, at Gullivers.
Another MJF candidate for attention have set co-ordinates for a return to Band on the Wall. Piano-led trio Mammal Hands were scouted for Gondwana Records by local jazz alumni GoGo Penguin, who’ve since moved onto Blue Note Records. Glowrogues are making it a dual carriageway by supporting on Thursday 28th.
The best tribute night format in town detours towards the city’s bright lights for a larger show on Friday 29th. We’re talking of course about the Songwriter Sessions, which expands into The Wonder Inn and this time includes a Small price tag to catch the hosting band, plus Caoilfhionn Rose, The Handsome Devils and Robot Alien all tackling thier favourite tracks from The Smiths’ The Queen Is Dead album.
There’s a hip hop theme to Saturday 30th, particularly in Chorlton at Oddest for Taste The Diff’rence’s ‘Put It In The Air‘ all-dayer. The skilled turntablists, workshop leaders and promoters have invited TNC, The Bluntskins, Danny Diatribe and more to perform live, with a DJ cast including Peter Parker and Air Adam. It’s free entry all day to one of Manchester’s most thriving and open genre scenes. For a change of scene just outside the city centre at Salford’s First Chop Brewery, Tall Black Guy‘s record collection will be taken for a spin from 10pm, spanning his favourite niches of Motown, early hip hop and jazz, plus no doubt some surprises and rare treats.
The same night in indie rock, Public Access TV cross the pond to jam out their boisterous riffs at Soup Kitchen.
Trans-Pennine math rock expressionists Body Hound take on a headlining slot at Castle Hotel. Things this gig is guaranteed to be: 1. sweaty, 2. loud, and 3. on the last day of July.