The Manchester Jazz Festival was founded in 1996 by a group of musicians who wanted to hear and play interesting, innovative contemporary jazz - somewhere outside of London.
The ethos of the festival is to put the talented players of the northwest on the same footing as national and international jazz artists.
From a one day jazz showcase, the Manchester Jazz Festival has grown into a week long celebration of live music, new work, one-offs, special projects, first times, old favourites, unique personalities, Manchester and, of course, jazz.
Manchester Jazz Festival takes place at various venues including : Band on the Wall, Central Library, Matt and Phreds Jazz Club, Royal Northern College of Music, Soup Kitchen, St Ann's Church, The Midland, Thwaites Festival Square and Pavilion.
There are many free events included