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40,000 to attend the 2015 Cork Jazz Fest

Rachel Lavin

Published 23/09/2015 | 07:00

At the launch of the Guinness Jazz Festival were Jerry Fish and members of the CIT Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band - Liam O’Brien (saxophone), John O’Flynn (trombone) and Adrian Hanly (tuba). Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
At the launch of the Guinness Jazz Festival were Jerry Fish and members of the CIT Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band - Liam O’Brien (saxophone), John O’Flynn (trombone) and Adrian Hanly (tuba). Photo: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

More than 1,200 musicians will entertain 40,000 music fans as the Guinness Jazz Festival returns next month for its 37th year.

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Leading the line-up for the October bank holiday weekend event are The Coronas, The Drifters, The Darius Brubeck Quartet, Gary Numan and Marcus Miller.

The festival, which runs from October 22 to 26, will feature music in more than 60 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues in Cork city.

Renowned as one of the best jazz festivals in Europe, it has attracted some of the biggest names in the past four decades, including Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock.

This year, Cork's pubs will play host to acts including The Pearly Whites, The Busquitos, Divine Intervention, Blues Brothers Banned and The Jabronis while four of Europe's top street bands will perform on the main thoroughfares.

Visitors can also visit food markets, open-air jam sessions and a jazz parade on the Sunday evening at 3pm as part of the Jazz Fringe.

Cork School of Music will also host a Jazz Camp during the festival featuring workshops and master classes presented by many of the stars of the festival.

Guinness spokesperson Rory Sheridan, said "It has been fantastic to see the festival develop to become a key cultural event in the Irish music calendar and this year is set to be even bigger and better for 2015."

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