To this day, the ethos of the festival is to put the talented players of the northwest on the same footing as national and international jazz artists.
mjf also believes that more people would feel as passionately about jazz as we do... if only they got the chance to hear it!
From a one day jazz showcase, the manchester jazz festival has grown into a week long celebration of live music, new work, one-offs, special projects, first times, old favourites, unique personalities, Manchester and, of course, jazz.
From Friday 18 July to Saturday 26 July 2008, where ever and whenever you are in the city, Mancunian landmarks will come alive to the sound of jazz.
To find out more about this year's festival, visit our website.