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Jazz by the Waterfront, live music in Ipswich to entertain and inspire

On the one hand, jazz is the music that many people claim to like, but actually know almost nothing about. On the other, probably as many people claim to dislike jazz without realising that many old classic tunes they might hear on the radio and hum along to are, in fact, jazz standards. Even “King of the Swingers” from Disney’s The Jungle Book is jazz, and we all like that don’t we?!

For the fearful – jazz is not all 40-minute-long free-form improvised tracks with no discernible melody. It can range from blues to “trad” jazz (think Louis Armstrong-style) through swing and big band sounds to very contemporary songs you probably know. In fact jazz has had a major influence on most popular music genres in the 20th century, including rock and hip-hop, as well as hugely-popular singers like Michael Bublé and Harry Connick Jr.

Whether you’re an aficionado or an amateur, you can now enjoy jazz on a regular basis in the intimate club-like surroundings of St Peter’s by the Waterfront. Their monthly performances have ranged from soulful singers to big bands, and are set to continue with a wide range of music from local and more widely known acts.

About St Peter’s by the Waterfront

St Peter’s by the Waterfront is a beautifully-refurbished church between Ipswich’s town centre and Waterfront, converted in 2008 into a heritage and arts centre, and a venue for music, theatre and other community events. As part of a registered charity the centre relies on bookings, ticket sales and donations and receives no ongoing external funding.

St Peter's by the Waterfront is an excellent music venue thanks to the great acoustics and, despite the stained glass windows and huge vaulted roof, in the evening it transforms into a much cosier place – rather less churchy and a lot more groovy!

Recent Acts at St Peter's by the Waterfront

  • The Kamao Quintet - fronted by singer and guitarist Jean de Talhouet, the band take their inspiration from the legacy of the great Django Reinhardt and traditional Gypsy and Romani music.
  • Essential Sounds – a full big band line up of 18 experienced musicians and singers from the East Anglia region, recreating the sounds of Glenn Miller, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble with classics like “In the Mood” and “Cry Me a River”.
  • Swing Machine - an Ipswich-based big band bringing to their audiences the music of Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Duke Ellington, with top-class vocalists covering songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Connick Jr., etc.
  • Jazz at the Movies - Fronted by acclaimed singer Joanna Eden this band has played successful shows at jazz clubs and venues throughout the country including sold-out appearances at London’s Ronnie Scott’s. Expect much-loved themes from films as diverse as The Aristocats, From Russia with Love and When Harry Met Sally.
  • Blue Town Jazz - a Colchester-based jazz band featuring the classic jazz line-up of vocals, saxophone, guitar, bass guitar and drums, playing modern jazz that is fun, moody, mellow and accessible.
  • Kol Paterson Band – an adventurous selection of modern jazz numbers with some self-penned numbers and a few classics too; something different for jazz enthusiasts to appreciate.
  • Andi Hopgood Quartet - Locally based Andi Hopgood presents a night of great jazz and improvisation with her talented quartet featuring alto saxophonist Martin Hathaway.
  • Hannah Horton Quartet – full of great musical energy and flair, this group brings originality to well-known numbers as well as presenting some of Hannah’s own compositions from her debut album “Forget Me Not”, which showcases her hallmark velvet tone and versatility.
  • Jazz Bazaar – a local group featuring a talented line-up of musicians on saxophone, guitar, bass and drums, fronted by vocalist Natasha Hodge. Expect a great range of jazz standards and covers of current jazz and pop sensation Caro Emerald.
  • Zoe Gilby Quartet - Zoë Gilby is an jazz vocalist and songwriter who, along with her accomplished quartet, has performed at prominent jazz festivals in the UK and abroad. Her modern jazz repertoire stretches from her own compositions to Pink Floyd and Kate Bush, and superb interpretations of classic jazz pieces from “The Great American Songbook”

Look out for new acts being booked each month, there’s bound to be something that takes your fancy whether you’re a traditionalist or a lover of the modern styles. For live music in Ipswich, St Peter's by the Waterfront is the place to go.

Buying Tickets for Jazz by the Waterfront

Tickets for Jazz by the Waterfront performances are £10 in advance or £12 on the door (price correct at time of submission). The easiest and quickest way to buy tickets is via the website - your ticket(s) will be sent by email and can be printed off and brought with you on the night.

If you would prefer to book over the phone then please leave a message on the answer machine on 01473 225269 and one of the team will get back to you to take payment.

St Peter’s by the Waterfront has a fully licensed bar available throughout each evening with very reasonably priced bottled lagers, ales, ciders, canned soft drinks and a variety of hot drinks.

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