With Manchester Jazz Festival 2015 set to launch on Friday 31 July, we take a look at where the action is to be found.

As normal, whilst the main hub of Manchester Jazz Festival is being hosted at the Thwaites Festival Square and Pavilion at  Albert Sqaure), MJF is also spread across several other venues (nine in fact) spanning the city centre, which will host concerts.

Venues are set to include established concert venues as well as some of the more unconventional spaces, Manchester Jazz Festival fans have come to expect.

Thwaites Festival Square and Pavilion

What’s on – The Thwaites Festival Square and Pavilion is set to be the main hub of Manchester Jazz Festival 2015 offering live music from lunchtime everyday, featuring 35 concerts as well as eateries, a bar and pop-up performances.

Highlights – New York Brass Band (31 July 5.30pm-6pm and 6.30pm-7pm); Bugalu Foundation (3 August 9.45pm); Arielle Besson Quartet (9 August 4.30pm)

Location – Albert Square, M2 5DB


Band on the Wall

What’s on – Band on the Wall hosts its two standout events the BBC Introducing Jazz on 3 as well as the excellent Mr Scruffs.

Highlights – BBC Introducing (31 July 7pm-late)

Location – 25 Swan Street, Northern Quarter, M4 5JZ


Central Library

What’s on – 7 concerts split across Central Library’s Performance Space and The Reading Room, with some free events.

Highlights – Matt Holborn Quartet (3 August 2pm); John Surman and Strings (3 August 8pm)

Location – St Peters Square, M2 5PD


Portico Library

What’s on – One of the more unusual venues, the Portico Library will host the Madwort Saxophone Quartet

Highlights – Madwort Saxophone Quartet (5 August 2.30pm)

Location – 57 Mosley Street, M2 3HY


Royal Northern College of Music

What’s on – 6 concerts are split across the RNCM’s Studio Theatre and Theatre, with some free and some ticketed events.

Highlights – Stuart McCallum and Alice Zawadzki (4 August – 8pm); Iain Bellamy ‘An Ape’s Progress’ world premiere (6 August 8pm)

Location – 124 Oxford Road, M13 9RD


Soup Kitchen

What’s on – Electronica meets rock with edgy horn sections as Soup Kitchen hosts the mjf international’s Efpi Records and Onze Heures Onze Collectives evening

Highlights – Efpi Records and Onze Heures Onze Collectives (5 August – 9pm)

Location – 31-33 Spear Street, Northern Quarter, M1 1DF


St Ann’s Church

What’s on – 6 concerts, a mixture of ticketed and free take place at St Ann’s Church.

Highlights – Iain Dixon/Les Chisnall Duo (3 August 12.45pm)

Location – St Ann Street, M2 7LF


Midland Hotel, The Wyvern

What’s on – 5 concerts accompanied by afternoon tea in the glorious surroundings of The Wyvern at The Midland hotel

Highlights – Zoe Kyott Trio (5 August 2.30pm)

Location – Peter Street, M60 2DS


Manchester Town Hall

What’s on – Manchester Town Hall hosts the MJF Originals 2015 performance by John Ellis and Antony Barkworth-Knight presenting the world premiere of Evolution: Seeds and Streams.

Highlights – MJF Originals 2015: John Ellis and Antony Barkworth-Knight: Evolution Seeds and Streams world premiere (7 August 10pm)

Location – Albert Square, M60 2LA


Matt & Phred’s Jazz Club

What’s on – The famous Matt & Phred’s in the Northern Quarter hosts 10 live events as a part of Manchester Jazz Festival.  Always guaranteed to be a good night, enjoy some jazz with a pizza.

Highlights – Charlie Cooper & The CCs (pictured) (1 August 9.30pm)

Location – 64 Tib Street, Northern Quarter, M4 1LW


The full Manchester Jazz Festival 2015 programme may be found at http://www.manchesterjazz.com/programme/

You may also be interested in

John Ellis awarded 2015 Irwin Mitchell mjf originals Commission
In Review: Arun Ghosh Sextet at Manchester Jazz Festival
In Review: Bugalu Foundation at Manchester Jazz Festival

image – Charlie Cooper at the Manchester Jazz Festival 2014