NQ Jazz Festival


Byron Wallen at The Stoller Hall


Manchester’s growing reputation for live jazz music is set to be catapulted in 2021, with a line-up of established and emerging musicians and two new venue partners.

Manchester-based live music promoters NQ Jazz have established a brand-new partnership with two unique venues in Manchester; 500-seat music-venue, The Stoller Hall and new arts space, The Yard.

Their latest venture will bring some of the UK’s finest jazz musicians to Manchester for a series of socially distanced lunchtime concerts and masterclasses, evening concerts and live broadcasts. Through a mix of live in-venue performances and high-quality online broadcasts and performance archive, the programme will reach a global audience.

Amongst the artists involved are multiple MOBO award-winning saxophonist and composer Soweto Kinch, seminal vocalist Norma Winstone alongside long-term collaborators Stan Sulzmann and Nikki Iles, plus Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the Year 2016, Mark Lockheart — the renowned saxophonist and bandleader who rose to prominence with the influential big band Loose Tubes.

In addition to established artists, the partnership will champion rising stars and develop young talent, working with Manchester’s prestigious music school, Chetham’s, on a range of public Masterclasses, as well providing opportunities for Manchester’s student community to learn from leading jazz artists by working with the RNCM and the University of Manchester.

*The Covid-safe, socially distanced events will take place if Manchester is in Tier 2 or Tier 1 Covid-19 measures at the time of the event, with audiences given the option of rescheduled dates and online broadcasts if Tier 3 restrictions prevent concerts going ahead as planned.*

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Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2021 - 31 May 2021)

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