Ireland's biggest Jazz event - don't miss it!
Enjoy Europe’s biggest jazz party as the Cork Jazz Festival celebrates its 40th edition. Featuring over 1,000 musicians in hundreds of music sessions citywide, it is one of the jewels in the crown of Irish festivals.
A special programme of world class jazz will be presented at The Everyman, the jazz centre of the event. See www.guinnessjazzfestival.com for the hot line-up.
SAT 28 OCT, 8pm
KENNY GARRETT QUINTET in a stunning double bill with NICHOLAS PAYTON – AFRO CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE
Over the course of a stellar career that has spanned more than 30 years, saxophonist Kenny Garrett has become the preeminent alto saxophonist of his generation. From his first gig with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (led by Mercer Ellington) through his time spent with musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers and Miles Davis, Garrett has always brought a vigorous yet melodic, and truly distinctive, alto saxophone sound to each musical situation.
As a bandleader for the last two decades, he has also continually grown as a composer. With his latest recording (and second for Mack Avenue Records), Seeds From The Underground, Garrett has given notice that these qualities have not only become more impressive, but have provided him with the platform to expand his horizons and communicate his musical vision clearly. Seeds From The Underground is a powerful return to the straight-ahead, acoustic and propulsive quartet format that showcases Garrett’s extraordinary abilities.
NICHOLAS PAYTON – AFRO CARIBBEAN MIXTAPE
Grammy Award-winning trumpeter, pianist, and composer Nicholas Payton is considered one of the top jazz musicians of our time. Hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school in New Orleans, his unbridled talent has earned him praise and accolades, as well as assuring his place in jazz history.
SUN 29 OCT, 2.30pm
Superb double bill with RONNIE SCOTT’S ALL-STARS and SCOTT HAMILTON & THE CHAMPIAN FULTON TRIO
Direct from London’s world-famous jazz club and combining world-class jazz, narration and rare archive images, The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars take to the stage of The Everyman to celebrate the Jazz Club’s exclusive linkage with the 2017 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Ronnie Scott’s is the most historic venue of its kind on this side of the Atlantic Ocean and has always been on the cutting edge; the first place to catch rising stars, visionary artists, and the best performers in jazz.
The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will be presenting their ‘Soho Songbook’ show at The Everyman, a musical glimpse into a unique world and its incredible history, led by the Club’s Musical Director and pianist James Pearson. It will feature many classics from the ‘Great American Songbook’ and is a ‘must’ for all jazz lovers. This concert will also be a celebration of the dry wit of Ronnie Scott, the Club founder and jazz sax legend who performed as the headliner at the first edition of the Cork Jazz Festival, forty years ago.
Line up: Natalie Williams – vocals, James Pearson – piano, Alex Garnett – sax, Sam Burgess – double bass, Chris Higginbottom – drums
SCOTT HAMILTON & the CHAMPIAN FULTON TRIO
If you like the beauty and joy of jazz standards interpreted with improvisation at the highest level, this concert is for you!
A native of Providence, Rhode Island, Scott Hamilton is one of the great swinging jazz artists, following in the footsteps of legends such as Ben Webster, Lester Young, Coleman Hawkins, and Stan Getz. With a fat, buttery sound, this tenor sax giant was at the forefront of the new generation of jazz musicians that helped revive the sophisticated sound of small-group swing.
SUN 29 OCT, 8pm
The fantastic DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER BAND in a double bill with MONTY ALEXANDER TRIO
Over the course of a multifaceted career spanning four decades, Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz icon DEE DEE BRIDGEWATER has ascended to the top echelon of jazz vocalists. Ever the fearless voyager, explorer, pioneer and keeper of tradition, the three-time Grammy-winner has always bridged musical genres.
Few singers successfully carry the torch passed on by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, and Betty Carter. Dee Dee has earned this distinction by mastering the same qualities as her predecessors: thinking more like an instrumentalist than a vocalist, and interpreting songs in an original and personal way.
She gained her first professional experience as a member of the legendary Thad Jones/Mel Louis Big Band, and throughout the 70’s she performed with such jazz notables as Max Roach, Sonny Rollins, Dexter Gordon and Dizzy Gillespie.
Dee Dee also pursued a parallel career in musical theatre, winning a Tony Award on Broadway. Her other theatrical credits include Sophisticated Ladies, Black Ballad, Carmen, Cabaret and the West End Production of Lady Day, for which she received the Laurence Olivier Nomination for Best Actress in a musical.
As well as touring extensively, Dee Dee is a Goodwill Ambassador to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and continues to appeal for international solidarity to finance global grassroots projects in the fight against world hunger.
MONTY ALEXANDER TRIO
In a career spanning five decades, Jamaican jazz piano virtuoso Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his homeland, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.
In the process, he has performed and recorded with artists from every corner of the musical universe and entertainment world: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Ray Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Rollins, Clark Terry, Quincy Jones, Milt Jackson, Bobby McFerrin, among others.
Born and raised in Kingston, his swinging, highly engaging styles draws on the classic inspiration of Oscar Peterson and Gene Harris, and he performs at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival with one of jazz’s great contemporary trios.
To date Monty Alexander has recorded over 70 albums as a leader and maintains a rigorous touring schedule, playing in jazz clubs, concert halls and at international jazz festivals in the USA and across the five continents. In 2000, the Jamaican government awarded Monty the title of Commander in the Order of Distinction for outstanding services to Jamaica as a worldwide music ambassador.