Free ‘must see’ events at the Cambridge Jazz Festival

The Cambridge International Jazz Festival returns this month, with headline performances from jazz superstars Courtney Pine, Omar and Zara Macfarlane.

The festival runs from Thursday November 10 to Sunday November 27, with over 40 events taking place across multiple venues.

Broadcaster, writer and bandleader Alyn Shipton to speak with internationally renowned clarinetist Adrian Cox about his new book About Jazzfrom 6 to 7 p.m. on November 19 at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church.

Master of Jesus College Sonita Alleyne will host musician Orphy Robinson at the college from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on November 27, in a session on developing your creative practice.

Helena Debono will perform from 9-11pm on November 18 at Tipsy Vegan, and Brazilian band Cores Do Samba will perform at Bar OH from 8-11pm on November 19.

The Andie Bowie Quartet performs music by John Coltrane at Tram Depot on November 20, 8-10:30 p.m.

Cambridge-based band The Gravy Train will make an appearance at La Raza from 8-11pm on November 20, and duo Kevin Flanagan and Dave Gordon will perform at Tipsy Vegan from 9-11pm on November 25

Mingusology returns to Shepreth at the Hot Numbers Roastery with a Charles Mingus 100th birthday concert, from 7.30pm to 10.30pm on November 26.

From 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on November 27, The Tall Trees Jazz All Stars with Sam Miles will perform the music of Thelonius Monk and Wayne Shorter at The Tall Trees.

The Joseph Septet, which features student jazz musicians, will perform from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Jesus College on November 27.

Finally, the Phil Stevenson Trio will perform from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. on November 27 at La Raza.

Parket’s Tavern Bar at the University Arms will also feature live jazz performances every Friday night by the Sam Miles Trio and Andy Bowie Quartet.

Roslin Russell, co-founder and director of the Cambridge International Jazz Festival, said: “As a festival, our fundamental aim is to nurture new talent and promote jazz to as wide an audience as possible. We don’t want cost to be a barrier to anyone who has the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful musical art form.”

For tickets and the full line-up, go to

Willie J. Johnson