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Cambridge Jazz Festival is coming to Jesus College

For the first time, Jesus College will host a number of Cambridge Jazz Festival events, including  performances by multi-award-winning UK vocalist Zara McFarlane and master musician Orphy Robinson.

The Festival’s closing weekend will take place at Jesus, and all staff, fellows, and students will be entitled to concessionary prices to the events held in College.

The events:

  • Workshop with Tim Garland – Frankopan Hall – Saturday 26 November, 11am-1.30pm: Come to this in-person workshop with saxophonist and composer Tim Garland to hear him share his approaches and concepts for tackling pieces. Tim will discuss his musical life and answer questions, and there will be an opportunity for participants to play during the workshop.
  • MOBO Award Winning Jazz Vocalist Zara McFarlane – Frankopan Hall – Saturday 26 November, 7-9pm: Multi-award-winning jazz vocalist Zara McFarlane will perform an intimate evening concert of her own material with pianist for an exclusive performance in the Frankopan Hall.
  • Jazz FM's Ruth Fisher's Prosecco Brunch with Jazz Quartet  Forum Hall – Sunday 27 November 11am-1.30pm: Acclaimed jazz musician Pete Churchill will be joined by his daughter and musical sensation Immy Churchill alongside the A-team of rhythm sections, Steve Watts and Steve Brown. Together, this quartet will be paying tribute to the music of Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald.
  • Jazz Choir Workshop Forum Hall – Sunday 27 November, 3-5pm:  Join with jazz composer, performer, conductor and educator Pete Churchill for an accessible singing workshop for all abilities. He will teach the groove-based harmonies by ear so you don’t need any previous singing experience or an ability to read music - just enthusiasm and a willingness to try something new!
  • Sonita Alleyne OBE and Orphy Robinson MBE – Frankopan Hall – Sunday 27 November, 2.30-3.30pm: The Master will host a session with Orphy Robinson, discussing perspectives and experiences on developing creative practice. There will be live music and even livelier discussion, drawing on their knowledge and experience from their celebrated careers in both supporting and developing the arts and composition and performance.
  • UK Soul Legend - OMAR + QCBA  Frankopan Hall  Sunday 27 November, 7.30-10pm: Come and see Omar team up with his decade-long partnership of QCBA, featuring the outstanding trumpet player Quentin Collins and the tenor sax titan Brandon Allen, for an intoxicating musical cocktail of jazz, R&B, funk, and soul.
  • The Joseph Septet – Brewery Room – Sunday 27 November, 9-11pm.

For more information on the events above or for the full line-up of artists, workshops, talks, and films, visit the festival’s website.