Details of the Waterford Jazz Weekender were announced yesterday and the event will feature an eclectic mix of swing, bebop, New Orleans, jazz-funk, modern jazz, gypsy jazz, big band, and blues at 10 free gigs between September 5 and 7. All of the performances will be held at a number of outdoor and pub venues.
The festival is the brainchild of jazz musician and music lecturer at WIT, Phil Collins, who is hoping for “an amazing weekend of music” in the city.
“This festival will celebrate jazz in all its forms,” he said, “providing great quality entertainment.”
The entire line-up is ticket-free and main sponsor and venue is the Munster Bar. “We would really love to see everyone come out and enjoy the festival and get into the groove of it all,” said Mr Collins.
The festival kicks off on Friday, September 5, with an outdoor lunch-gig at Bailey’s New Street with The Waterford Jazz Weekender Festival Combo.
Guitarist Dylan Bible, tenor saxophonist Danny Pullman, and keyboardist Phil Collins will play a selection of popular jazz standards, funky blues, and latin vibes while joining the trio will be Dave Duffy on bass and new talent Cathal Ryan on drums.
The weekend will continue with a bass workshop that afternoon, while a vocal jazz session on Friday evening will be followed later by a performance by the Groove Merchants.
Gypsy jazz band Paris Swing get Saturday underway at 1.30pm on Bailey’s New St, and the Waterford Blues Club will be performing in the same street location that afternoon.
Two legends of the Cork jazz scene who helped found the Cork Jazz Festival, Harry Connelly and Len McCarthy, will be accompanied on Saturday at 8pm by resident Waterford musicians, while traditional blues will be on offer with Rue de la Coup.
Sunday will include New Orleans jazz from Dixieland Express; classic jazz and original music by Little Waits; big band music by Opus Pocus featuring guest singer Richie Hayes; and the Red Hot Jazz Trio.