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Van the Man to play jazz festival

Van Morrison will make a rare musical appearance in Ireland next month after a local jazz committee secured its biggest coup ever.

Now in its third year, this year's Limerick Jazz Festival will reach new levels to mark the city's National City of Culture designation with a line-up that also includes multi-Grammy award winner David Sanborn.

The city will swing its way through the weekend of September 25 to 28 as one of Ireland's leading jazz music festivals attracts thousands of fans.

The Festival has been organised by the Limerick Jazz Society, which has been keeping the jazz flame burning brightly in the city since its inception 32 years ago.

Top of the bill are Morrison and renowned US saxophonist David Sanborn, both of whom are returning to Ireland for the first time in many years.

"Having two multi-Grammy award winners in Limerick in one weekend is indeed a rare event in itself and Limerick Jazz is delighted with this," said John Daly, Chairman of Limerick Jazz.

Rated as one of the world's most influential saxophonists, Sanborn - who will play the Lime Tree Theatre on Saturday, September 27 - has recorded with artists as varied as Gil Evans, Stevie Wonder and David Bowie.

Morrison has performed and recorded with some of the world's best, including legendary blues man John Lee Hooker, guitarist Mark Knoffler and The Chieftans to name but a few.

Securing 'Van the Man' was a huge coup for the festival.

He will set the tone for this special weekend-long jazz celebration with a performance on Thursday night, September 25 at the University Concert Hall Limerick, an outstanding venue for both performers and listeners.

Other highlights include late night performances by Nigel Mooney, Richie Buckley, who has played with Van in the past, and UK saxophonist Julian Siegel, who is also acting as the festival's 2014 Musician in Residence. Richie, Julian and other special guests will join the Crisis Point Big Band on Sunday, September 28 to close the festival.

For more information, tickets and full listings visit www.limerickjazzfestival.com.