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

  • Dan Forshaw will play at CMJC on June 6, 2019
  • Jonathan Gee (New Beginning Qt) played at CMJC on May 23, 2019
  • Alex Munk (Flying Machines) played at CMJC on May 9, 2019
  • Damon Brown played at CMJC on April 25, 2019
  • Henry Lowther (Still Waters) played at CMJC on April 11, 2019
  • Adam Glasser played at CMJC on March 28, 2019
  • Zoe Francis played at CMJC on March 7, 2019
  • John T played at CMJC on February 28, 2019
  • Ivo Neame played at CMJC on February 14, 2019
  • Mo Foster played at CMJC on January 31, 2019
  • Tori Freestone Trio played at CMJC on January 17, 2019

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

Like Joan herself, CMJ has never been comfortable with the status-quo and over the years has inhabited no less than eleven 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. CMJ is now in it's fifth decade in robust good health at the Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, Granta Place (Grad Pad). As Joan was always quick to point out, it is the longest standing jazz organisation 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 CMJ 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.

It 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.