Over 40,000 expected at Cork Jazz Festival

Multi-award winner Courtney Pine, who’ll open the Festival with his band on Oct 25th, was guest of honor at the launch.
Multi-award winner Courtney Pine, who’ll open the Festival with his band on Oct 25th, was guest of honor at the launch.

Guinness & Co has announced full details of the of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival taking place from 25th to 28th October. Over 40,000 people are expected to descend on Cork city from all over the world to enjoy the jazz gathering featuring over 400 gigs in over 50 venues around the city plus a very impressive Fringe programme.



19 September 2013

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Renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival continues to grow year-on-year. This year’s line-up includes an eclectic mix of artists such as saxophone legend Courtney Pine, Danish Indie group Efterklang, soul and funk hit-makers Chic as well as double bills from major artists including Soul II Soul Sound System with neo-soul star Bilal, jazz drumming legend Billy Cobham with the Portico Quartet alongside Snarky Puppy with the Mingus Big Band.

Another big name – the alt-rock group Primal Scream.

Now in its 35th year the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has attracted some of the biggest names in jazz to Cork over the years including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock.

Multi-award winner Courtney Pine, who’ll open the Festival with his band on Oct 25th, was guest of honor at the launch.
“Playing alongside Billy Cobham, Nile Rogers and Soul11Soul’s Jazzie B will be incredible,” he commented, “As well as performing, we’re going to take in as many performances as we can and soak up the very special atmosphere of the Festival”.
Rory Sheridan, Head of Sponsorship at Diageo, added, “Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is now firmly established as one of Ireland’s flagship arts and culture events. Over the course of the weekend Cork city will play host to over 1,000 musicians from 22 different countries, creating a colourful and vibrant Festival feeling that can be enjoyed in every corner of the city.”

The launch event featured music from Dublin neo soul collective Butter with Georgia Cusack on vocals. Butter will make its Festival debut in Cork’s Triskel venue on Oct 26th. The Festival will also feature many other top Irish musicians including a special performance from Ronan Guilfoyle based on the works of James Joyce.

This year the pub will feature even more prominently in the festival with a top-notch line-up planned for the Guinness Music Xtra Trail. Acts including the Hot 8 Brass Band, Glen Hansard, Alice Russell, James Taylor Quartet and The Busquitos will play in pubs throughout the city over the Bank Holiday Weekend free-of-charge.

In addition to the music performances, a host of free events around the city take place throughout the weekend including The Jazz Festival Choir Directed by renowned UK jazz singer Lee Gibson, offering the chance for Festival-goers to participate in choral workshops for amateur singers.

Street bands will provide entertainment for those looking to soak up some of the atmosphere around the city where there will be a colourful array of performances from Swing bands from Wales, a 20s-style band from Copenhagen, a high energy brass band from Yorkshire and a nine-piece marching band from Berlin.

There’s also Jazz Camp for those looking to further immerse themselves in the art which includes a schedule of performances, workshops and masterclasses, all free-of-charge, at the state-of-the-art CIT Cork School of Music in the centre of Cork City. 
New this year are Open Mic sessions for budding jazz singers, called The Singers Corner, happening in The Everyman.
For full Festival details and to purchase tickets log onto www.guinnessjazzfestival.com.



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