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Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

In association with Guinness

It’s about that time of year again, when every nook and cranny of Cork City comes alive with the sounds of Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place from Thursday, October 24 to Monday, October 28.

And as Corkonians rush to polish glasses, sweep stages and tune guitars in preparation for the annual arrival of over 1,000 musicians and jazz fans from around the world, all that’s left for you to do is, check-in along the famous Guinness Jazz Trail.

Dust off your fedora, practice your jazz hands and let the trail do the talking.

Guinness Festival Club

The Metropole Hotel on MacCurtin Street is home to the famous Guinness Festival Club and this year it’s celebrating its 42nd edition.

Whether it’s at the beginning, middle or end of your trail, it’s a must for anyone who wants the complete Jazz experience.

Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

This year, the Guinness Festival Club is celebrating its 42nd edition and will once again play host to a top range of diverse artists and music on several stages throughout the Jazz Festival weekend.

Fans of swing, funk, groove, blues and dixieland will be well catered for, with an exciting mix of Irish and international acts.

Patrons may move from stage to stage to enjoy the special atmosphere and excitement of the Festival Club.

Entry for Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27, is €30 per person.

This will give you access to the entire hotel with jazz acts in four rooms including New York Brass, Pixie & The Gypsies, NC Grey and the Hyde Park Brass Band.

Free admission on Friday, October 25, Monday, October 28, and all afternoon sessions.

Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

Jazz on the Plaza

The locals will tell you that the most interesting things that happen often take place at the Fringe.

It’s the variety and unpredictability that makes the Plaza the perfect place to be, at anytime of the day.

Live music will take place on The Guinness SuperDome Jazz Stage on the Opera House Plaza, Emmett Place from 2pm on Saturday and Sunday, right through to the afternoon.

Cork Opera House

Booka Brass Band, Ireland’s first New Orleans style brass band will play Cork Opera House, Friday October 26 at 11:30pm.

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Jenny Greene returns with special guests Visuals by Generic People.

Following sold out shows at Cork Opera House in 2018, one of Ireland’s most successful DJs ever, Jenny Greene, returns to Leeside to play a late night headline show at 12am.

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No Strings Attached adds some of Europe’s finest orchestral players to a live band and performs a complete rendition of one of the best hip-hop albums of all time DR. DRE: 2001.

The group will take to the stage of Cork’s Opera House on Sunday, October 27, at 7pm.

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Jazz Food Fair

Now, what’s a trail without a food stop?

The Cork Guinness Jazz Monster Food Market in Emmett Place is open from 12pm - 5pm, Saturday, October 26, and Sunday, October 27.

Will there be live music? Come on, of course there will, it’s the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

The Everyman Theatre

British soul queen and platinum selling artist Mica Paris singing Ella Fitzgerald will play The Everyman on Friday October 25 at 8pm.

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One afternoon, one venue and three big brass bands means only one thing. The Big Brass Band Explosion.

Veterans of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, The OhnO! Jazzband, Hyde Park Brass, and Les Fan Flures play back to back at The Everyman Theatre on Saturday, October 26, at 12pm.

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American Jazz fusion band Spyro Gyra, whose 30 albums have sold over 10 million copies over four decades, will play The Everyman on Saturday, October 26, at 8pm.

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Cork City Hall

14-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling will pay tribute to jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson in Cork City Hall on Saturday, October 26, at 8pm.

Q & A with Kurt Elling

Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

  • Cork has hosted legends like Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich. Are you looking forward to playing the town, and paying tribute to your own jazz heroes? Very much so. I have fond memories of Cork from past occasions, and I know the audience will be enthusiastic.
  • Why have you chosen the songs of Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson for this performance? It seems to me that the world is spinning so fast these days - I've been dealing with it more and more directly in my shows for the past three years or so. Before diving in again with my next "serious" project I wanted to give myself and everybody else a break and point our attention to the joyful and swinging work of those great singers who preceded me and made my work possible.It's not right we forget the likes of Billy Eckstine, Eddie Jefferson and Joe Williams so easily. Moreover, writer/singers like Oscar Brown Jr and Jon Hendricks created pieces that have plenty to say about what we're going through.
  • Rather than sitting back passively, the crowd at Guinness Cork Jazz often engages with the spirit of the show. Can your audience expect to engage, perhaps even sing along to some of the big hits? I'll be very happy if they feel like swinging right along.
  • Having sung across a range of styles from Church music to orchestral, what is special about jazz for you?For me, Jazz is the perfect expression of heart, intellect, individuality, history and spirit in a form that is at once a challenge to preconceptions and a comfort and an antidote for the perplexed.
  • While jazz explodes into the mainstream interest at this time every year, the town has a fondness for it all year round. Is Chicago a jazz stronghold?Are you kidding? ;-)

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When looking for the perfect presentation of the Motown sound and style, few fit the bill as well as Martha Reeves & the Vandellas.

It was 1963 when they moved from being Marvin Gaye’s original backup singers to stars in their own right and on Sunday, October 27, they will take to the stage of Cork City Hall at 8pm.

Book your tickets here.

**Always drink responsibly. Over 18s only

Jazz-hand your way along the Guinness Cork Jazz festival trail

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