Never too young to trumpet jazz fest
"IF you gotta ask, you'll never know" -- so said trumpeter Louis Armstrong when asked "what is jazz".
Those seeking a different answer should head to Limerick, which is staging its first jazz festival this September.
The Shannonside city, which launched its programme last night, promises a line-up of some of the most exciting live performance groups ever to play in Ireland. Headline acts include the Joe Locke / Geoffrey Keezer Group from the US and the Lianne Carroll Trio from the UK, while the Black Magic Big Band and Crisis Point are among the homegrown artists.
As well as the paid events at venues such as Lime Tree Theatre, Dolan's Warehouse, and the Belltable Arts Centre, there will be many free performances over the festival weekend from September 28 to 30.
The organisers are also promising lots of special events in the preceding week to get Limerick "in the mood" including a jazz trail of local venues.
The festival is being staged by Limerick Jazz Society and is supported by the Arts Council and Shannon Development.