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Joan Morrell founded Cambridge Modern Jazz Club in 1972 and ran it successfully until her death in November 2011.

Like Joan herself, the club has never been comfortable with the status-quo and over the years has inhabited no less than ten venues around Cambridge. These have ranged from pub rooms to restaurants, night clubs and even the idyllic surroundings of Kettle’s Yard, one of the country’s leading modern art galleries. The club now enters it’s fifth decade in robust good health at the Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane. As Joan was always quick to point out, CMJC is the longest standing jazz club in the East of England…and long may it continue!

Ever a modernist, Joan played a major role in developing the early careers of numerous fledgling players who went on to become internationally renowned artists. One such, Iain Ballamy, remembers Joan’s enthusiasm to programme new, experimental, imaginative and sometimes obscure acts. Joan’s guiding principle was to champion, respect and support the music rather than ticket sales.

Joan’s policies have earned the club genuine respect and credibility from the multitude of musicians who have played here and the numerous established and young artists seeking to use our platform today.

The club is now run by a strong committee which continues to promote the highest quality in creative music. CMJ has rightly earned its place as a prime venue for national and international touring artists. Truly the home of jazz in Cambridge.

Promotion/publicity/admin:
David Gower 07827012875 info (at) cambridgejazz (dot) org
Artists and booking:
John Blandford 01223362550 booking (at) cambridgejazz (dot) org

WATCH AND LISTEN selected music videos

Julia Biel – Live from the church

 

Motherboard Pinball

 

Watch and Listen – Loucin

 

VOTI – Newcastle Jazz Festival 2021

 

VOTI – Robert Mitchell’s 50th Birthday Concert

 

VOTI – Julian Siegel: Tales from the Jacquard

 

APPJAG Review of Jazz in England

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer #2

 

Watch and Listen – Queen Mab

 

Watch and Listen – Deemer

 

Watch and Listen – Ivo Neame

 

Watch and Listen – Eliza Oakes

 

Watch and Listen – Isobella Burnham

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Yazz Ahmed In Conversation

 

Watch and Listen – JazznewbloodTAPES

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 2

 

Watch and Listen – Open Conversations EP1 Part 1

 

Watch and Listen – DJ Ritu

 

- click here to add events, both online and in-person

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

 
Oct 22, 2021
  The Progress Theatre

Lara Eidi : Women in Jazz live @London Jazz Festival

 
Nov 14, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Andrew McCormack’s Graviton

 
Oct 22, 2021
  The Progress Theatre

Fiona Ross at Toulouse Lautrec

 
Oct 30, 2021
  Toulouse Lautrec

Fiona Ross at the EFG London Jazz Festival

 
Nov 19, 2021
  Karamel Club

Sarah Moule Quartet – EFG LONDON JAZZ FESTIVAL

 
Nov 18, 2021
  The Bull's Head

Orpheus

 
Nov 9, 2021
  Preston Conservative Club

Barb Jungr Sings Bob Dylan

 
Oct 21, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Xhosa Cole Trio

 
Oct 25, 2021
  The Cockpit

Together We Go Forward

 
Nov 14, 2021
  606 Club

Emma Rawicz Quartet

 
Nov 29, 2021
  The Cockpit

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