The Manchester Jazz Collective is a collaboration of northern musicians, prioritising the creation and promotion of original large scale jazz compositions. Evolving from a residency at The Wonder Inn, MJC offers a platform for northern musicians and composers to showcase new material for large ensemble. MJC’s founding ethos has been to maintain its fluid, multifaceted identity by defying stylistic categorisation. This ethos is reflected within our diverse range of genres and cultures, whilst remaining rooted in the world of contemporary jazz. Each composer’s individual influences and experiences are combined with the creative interpretation of our ten musicians, creating a dynamic and engaging live experience.
MJC has generated over 8 hours of original music, and has more recently been working on a project lead basis, collaborating with local and international guest soloists to create a melting pot of musical styles. Our collaborations have explored not only the depth and intensity of traditional jazz, but also encompass the diversity of our modern musical palettes of middle eastern harmonies, high energy, danceable afro jazz to heavy metal and rock grooves.
Kyran Matthews, Jeff Guntren & Emily Burkhardt // Saxes/Woodwinds
Graham South & Aaron Wood // Trumpets
Ellie Whitley & Rich McVeigh // Trombones
Andrew Stamatakis-Brown // Piano
Paul Baxter // Bass
Johnny Hunter // Drums
Doors 8 // Music 8.30 // Entry £5 / £4 students