Xhosa Cole Trio


Ipswich Jazz Festival

Unfortunately, we have just learned that Xhosa Cole who was booked to perform has had to withdraw because he has tested positive for Covid 19. The Festival organisers have managed at very short notice to book a replacement band, The Jim Watson Quartet who will perform a tribute to the late Chick Corea. Please click here to see the new event and purchase tickets.

Introduced by our guest compere Stephen Foster.

Playing the music of Thelonious Monk with some contemporary arrangements in the style of 1960s Sonny Rollins, Xhosa was winner of the 2018 BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year award and of the 2020 Jazz FM’s Breakthrough Act of the Year. Xhosa Cole is an embodiment of the success of numerous community arts programmes in Birmingham. Having grown up in Handsworth and first played the Tenor at Andy Hamilton's Ladywood Community Music School, he's now among a long legacy of Birmingham saxophonists including Soweto Kinch and Shabaka Hutchings.

Over the course of the past 12 Months Xhosa has performed twice at the BBC Proms, composed music for the Ripieno Players, a Birmingham based string orchestra, recorded saxophone for Mahalia’s debut album ‘Love and Compromise’, completed a 22 date UK tour, all alongside his studies as a scholar at Trinity Laban Conservatoire. Xhosa Also received the Parliamentary Jazz Award for ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2019. Also with Jim Bashford on drums and Josh Vadiveloo on double bass.

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, 2:15pm to 3:45pm


St Peter's by the Waterfront St Peter's Church, College Street, Ipswich, IP4 1BF

01473 225269 / stpetersbythewaterfront.com

Tickets & Products

27th June 2021 - 2:15pm

Performance finished