The Roller Trio travel over the Pennines from Leeds to Liverpool to launch the city's first International Jazz Festival, followed by a free, late-night set from trumpeter Martin Smith's new band the Weave.
Friday has the raucous eclecticsm of Led Bib, plus a late, free set featuring GORP's "council estate prog".
Over the weekend, there's Robert Mitchell, the pianist Kit Downes and Denys Baptiste's Triumverate trio, who meld familiar songs into new soundscapes. Courtney Pine closes the festival with a band drawn from Africa, Europe and the Caribbean.
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