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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

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

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – JP Cooper

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Bellowhead

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Maati Baani

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – The Bengsons

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Trypl

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Randolph Matthews & Yaron Stavi

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Patchwork Jazz Orchestra

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Remi Harris

 

CONNECTSMUSIC LIVE – Ola Onabulé

 

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Irene Serra 4TET

 
Jun 17, 2021
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Faye Pattons Jazz Speakeasy

 
Jul 25, 2021
 

Jazz At The George IV – The Blues Engineers

 
Jun 17, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Janette Mason – D’Ranged featuring David McAlmont and Anna Ross

 
Jun 25, 2021
  Online only event

Jazz At The George IV – Trio Manouche Midsummer Special

 
Jun 24, 2021
  Boston Room at George IV

Daniel Casimir

 
Jun 28, 2021
  The Cockpit

Sarah Moule and Simon Wallace’s Stormy Emotions

 
Jun 30, 2021
  Pizza Express Jazz Club

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