Guinness Jazz Festival

Guinness Jazz Festival is an exciting time for Cork. It is Ireland’s largest jazz festival and attracts many people around the country and world. It’s an annual festival in Cork City held every October bank holiday dating back to 1978. This year it falls on the 24th – 28th October. It wasn’t until 1981 that Guinness became a major sponsor and the festival became the infamous Guinness Jazz Festival. Check out some of this year’s headliner highlights below. Musicians come from all around the world so the variety of Jazz is amazing.




-British soul queen and platinum selling artist Mica Paris singing Ella Fitzgerald.  Friday October 25th, The Everyman, 8pm

-Booka Brass Band, Ireland's first New Orleans style brass band.
Friday October 26th, Cork Opera House, 11.30pm

-Prize winning saxophonist and composer Paul Booth followed by Tudo Bem’s celebration of the Music of Brazil at the much-loved Jazz at the Green Room sessions at Cork Opera House.  Friday 25 October 2019, 10pm and midnight


-Big Brass Band Explosion – Three amazing brass bands - The OhnO! Jazzband, Hyde Park Brass, and Les FanFlures - will play back to back in a gig guaranteed to knock your socks off. Saturday October 26th, The Everyman, 2pm

-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.  Saturday October 26th, Cork City Hall, 8pm.

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

-Renowned ECM artist John Surman, who is known for expanding the horizons of jazz, will present a special concert with pianist Vigleik Storaas. Saturday October 26th, Triskel Christchurch, 8pm.


-Ariellle Besson, Sebastian Sternal & Jonas Bergwinkel Trio – Leading the new wave of young European improvising trumpeters, Airelle Besson will perform with pianist Sebastian Sternal, and drummer Jonas Burgwinkel.
Sunday October 27th, Triskel Arts Centre, 2.30pm

-Northern Ireland’s famous Trumpeter Linley Hamilton is one of the most prolific figures in the jazz scene.    Sunday October 27th, The Everyman, 7pm

-Motown diva and Grammy Hall of Famer, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, who is listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s “100 Immortal Artists”.
Sunday October 27th, Cork City Hall, 8pm

-14-time Grammy nominee and 2018 Jazz Pianist of the Year, Fred Hersh, is flying in from the US with his jazz Trio.  Sunday October 27th, The Everyman, 8pm


Also, to mark ECM record label’s 50th anniversary, Triskel Arts Centre has curated a weekend of concerts and cinema during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival weekend.

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