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Manchester Jazz Festival returns to the heart of the city centre – and opens with a bang

Manchester Jazz Festival has returned to HOME and will run until next weekend with a string of musical performances.

It was launched yesterday at the First Street venue with a speech from Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham, performances from two contemporary jazz bands Mangorata and Secret Night Gang performing on the main open air stage, along with more entertainment inside.

The festival will continue to feature some of the best local talent in the Manchester jazz scene.

Andy Burnham said: “It’s all happening and it’s all happening right here. Tonight, we are kicking off what will be a magnificent summer of music in Manchester.

“Music is not a peripheral concern for us. We prioritise it. We take music into our schools, into our care homes. We glory in not in Manchester’s musical past but we glory in the now and the future. I am committed that we continue to focus on the future.

“The Greater Manchester music export office is helping us get talent out into the wider world, and to counteract the damaging effect Brexit had on music.”

In 2019, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority published the Greater Manchester music review, which included ten recommendations on how to support and develop music in Greater Manchester.

Manchester Jazz festival will continue today and tickets are available here

Main image credit: Matthew Kliszcz

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