Jazz festival gets in the swing of things

ONE of Europe’s most renowned jazz festivals, the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, will celebrate its 30th year with a line-up featuring a mix of traditional jazz styles.

The festival — which will also feature some of the new breed of entertainers such as Jamie Cullum — takes place on the October Bank Holiday, which this year falls on October 26-29.

About 1,000 musicians from about 30 countries will entertain more than 40,000 fans this year in about 80 venues citywide and there will also be a host of fringe events.

This year the festival will add a new venue with Jazz at the Half Moon Theatre, which will focus on American jazz.

Among the established favourite acts set to play are the Phill Woods Quintet, the Zoe Rahman Trio and The Blind Boys Of Alabama.

Another favourite will be Amp Fiddler in the Opera House on Saturday, October 27.

The Detroit native’s 2005 gig at the festival was an instant hit with all who attended and is it is certain he will be given a welcome return.

Jamie Cullum, who has made a name for himself not just for his skill with the piano but also for his entertaining style, will join the Geoff Gascoyne Project on stage at the Everyman on October 27.

Other highlights will include the Esbjorn Svensson Trio at the Everyman Palace Theatre and the Skatalites at the Cork Opera House, both on October 26.

Renowned as Europe’s friendliest jazz festival, the event has hosted many of the greats of jazz in its 30-year history. Stars such as Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Cleo Laine have taken to the stage.

* Full details of the festival line-up is available at www.corkjazzfestival.com.

More in this section