Cambridge Modern Jazz...the home of jazz in Cambridge

  • Solstice will play at CMJC on March 30, 2017
  • played at CMJC on March 16, 2017
  • LED BIB played at CMJC on February 23, 2017
  • Damon Brown played at CMJC on February 9, 2017
  • Trish Clowes (My Iris Qt) played at CMJC on January 26, 2017
  • Jim Hart (Cloudmakers Trio) played at CMJC on January 12, 2017
  • John Etheridge Vimala Rowe (Etheridge Rowe 2) played at CMJC on December 15, 2016
  • Soweto Kinch played at CMJC on November 24, 2016
  • Phronesis played at CMJC on November 20, 2016
  • Mads Mathias played at CMJC on November 17, 2016
  • played at CMJC on November 10, 2016

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.