What to see at Cambridge International Jazz Festival 2016

Cambridge International Jazz Festival returns this month from November 16 to 27.

With over 80 events at this year’s festival, from jazz, soul, blues, funk and hip-hop performances to workshops, poetry, talks and films, there is sure to be something for everyone.

Roslin Russell, festival co-founder, said: “Our aim is to introduce children to both the rich traditions and more contemporary styles of jazz music as well as providing an unforgettable and fun musical experience that brings the whole family together.

“The events at this year’s festival really help to inspire the next generation of jazz musicians, which is one of the core aims of the festival.”

Before it takes place, though, the organisers have picked five must-see events for all the family.

Laura Mvula (Thursday 24 Unitarian Church)

Setting a new standard for 21st century soul, Mvula released her second album ‘The Dreaming Room’ in June and was nominated for the 2016 Mercury Prize and the MOBO awards. She also stunned with her performance on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury this year.

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The Oxford Gargoyles (Friday 18, Great St Mary’s Church)

For the older children’s age range, visitors are advised to head down to Great St Mary’s Church where they can enjoy the beautiful sounds and slightly comedic experience of The Oxford Gargoyles. The Gargoyles are Oxford University’s internationally-renowned jazz a cappella group, made up of 10 to 14 students in Oxford.

Cadenza (Friday 18, Great St Mary’s Church)

Cadenza is the University of Cambridge’s premiere mixed a cappella group. Founded in 1998 as a 30-strong conducted jazz ensemble, they became a smaller, close-harmony a cappella group in 2002. Famed for their bombastic and beautiful arrangements and striking dancing, they perform genre-spanning arrangements of their favourite tunes, which is sure to get feet of all ages tapping.

The Big Band Bananza (Saturday 19, St Andrew’s Street Church)

For those aged 8–108, the The Big Band Bananza, in association with CAM Music Trust, on Saturday 19 November offers visitors the chance to party like it’s 1939. Harmony in Harlem will provide an exhilarating set of jazz and swing and there will be plenty of space for dancing. With a unique repertoire from the greatest jazz composer/bandleader in history, Duke Ellington, Harmony In Harlem has an inspiring selection of music ranging from the raw sounds of the jungle to vibrant foot-tapping swing.

Soweto Kinch and Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra (Saturday 26, Mumford Theatre)

Soweto Kinch is a double MOBO award-winning saxophonist and MC who unites jazz, hip-hop and spoken word. The Guardian describes him as, ‘A real tour de force’.

For more information about the festival visit www.cambridgejazzfestival.org.uk/family