Monday 18 December 2017

Music fans enjoy all that jazz

Georgina O'Halloran

CORK is in full swing this weekend for the annual Guinness Jazz Festival.

More than 1,000 musicians from all over the globe will perform during the four-day event, with hip-hop trio De La Soul, who play the Cork Opera House tonight, among a long list of must-see acts.

Serious jazz fans flocked to The Everyman last night to hear a double-bill by acclaimed American trumpeter and Grammy award winner, Roy Hargrove, and singer Gregory Porter.

And The Hot 8 Brass Band from New Orleans blew crowds away with an impressive set at The Bodega Bar.

Today, Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and group Miles Smiles All Stars will bring the keen jazz fans out in force, while Hypnotic Brass Ensemble look set to woo crowds when they play at The Pavillion later this evening.

For those not lucky enough to secure tickets, there is a huge selection of free gigs taking place in pubs around the city as well as music on the streets by the New York Brass Band and Dixieland Crackerjack as part of the Fringe festival.

Other highlights of the Jazz Fringe include this morning's Jazz Gospel service at St Anne's Church in Shandon and a Jazz brunch at the five-star Hayfield Manor with music by AJ Brown.

Living, Page 22

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