Cambridge Jazz Festival is set to return for its ninth year - with YolanDa Brown, Incognito and A Certain Ratio among headliners.

The festival takes place from November 12 to 26 at venues across Cambridge and beyond, with over 40 events featuring more than 350 artists and performers.

There will be a range of musical styles for all tastes and ages, including early and modern jazz, Latin, soul, funk, blues and rock.

Royston Crow: Incognito will perform their mix of jazz, funk and soul.Incognito will perform their mix of jazz, funk and soul. (Image: Amanda Searle)

Headline performances include award-winning saxophonist YolanDa Brown, who will perform her fusion of reggae, jazz and soul at Saffron Hall on Friday, November 17.

Incognito will make a welcome return to the festival at the Cambridge Junction on Thursday, November 16. 

Since 1980, Jean Paul 'Bluey' Maunick and Incognito have played their blend of jazz, funk and soul, releasing their debut album in 1981.

The festival is also welcoming cult band A Certain Ratio to Cambridge Junction on November 17, with their unique sound of jazz, funk, dance, samba, post-punk and pop.

Alongside the headline concerts, the programme includes a series of recitals, instrumental and vocal workshops, Q&As with celebrated musicians, jam sessions, family events and live painting from visual artist-in-residence Gina Southgate.


Other performances include festival artist-in-residence Emma Rawicz, who is a multi-award winning young saxophonist and composer, contemporary jazz star Zoe Rahman, and steel pan jazz virtuoso Leon Foster Thomas.

The festival will open on November 12 with Leeds-based cult music ensemble Ferg's Imaginary Big Band, led by "eccentric" bass player, composer and bandleader Fergus Quill.

Cambridge Jazz Festival's co-director Gil Karpas said: "Over two glorious weeks we will celebrate jazz in every form with the very best artists, music, talent, diversity and creative legacies in our ninth edition."

Natalie Cargill from Cambridge BID, who are sponsoring the festival, said: "We are thrilled to be involved in an event that resonates with our vibrant city.

"The team at the jazz festival work tirelessly to make an incredible event come alive for the community and further."

Tickets will go on sale and the full line-up will be published from Wednesday, September 27 at