Introduced by our guest compere Stephen Foster.
You’ll never hear Kansas Smitty’s play the same show twice. Theirs is a joyful, spontaneous jazz rooted in swing and blues that keeps the shows fresh and the crowds faithful.
Described by Jamie Cullum as ‘”one of the hottest live acts on the UK jazz scene”, the band originally began in 2014 as resident musicians of London’s hippest jazz bar, Kansas Smitty’s. As the bar grew, so too did the Band’s fame: residencies at Cheltenham Jazz Festival, twice-sold-out headliners at London’s iconic Ronnie Scott’s, as well as the acclaimed release Broadway 2018 culminated in a nomination for UK Jazz Act of the Year in the Jazz FM Awards and a win at the British Jazz Awards for ‘Best Small Group’ in 2018.
Ipswich Jazz Festival, 26th–27th June 2021
It’s nice to be back with live jazz!
After a terrible year for all of us, we’re back with a great line up of gigs for the 2021 Ipswich Jazz Festival.
This year’s festival will be different to past ones because we feature performances by nine very different bands showcasing the wide range of music which is jazz today. Each performance costs just £10 with a limited number of concessionary tickets for people on low incomes at just £1 (see below to find out who is eligible).
As things stand at the moment, the gigs will be limited to just 30 people in the audience with ventilation, socially distanced seating and other COVID-safe practices in place. For the same reason, there will be no bar, and the audience will leave the venue between each gig so we can clean. If things improve, we will make suitable changes. We will carefully monitor the advice and guidance about the pandemic and the festival will only go ahead if it is safe and legal to do so.
Ipswich Jazz Festival 2021 is dedicated to the memory of local jazz enthusiast, guitarist and Ipswich Hospital consultant haematologist, Dr Nick Dodd (27-06-1950 – 19-09-2020).
Date & Time
27th June 2021, 8:00pm to 9:45pm
St Peter's by the Waterfront - St Peter's Church, College Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BF
Tickets & Products
27th June 2021 - 8:00pmPerformance finished