It’s almost that time of year again.
Guinness has announced that tickets for the 44th annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival will go on sale this Friday at 10am.
Organisers say the festival, which returns this October bank holiday weekend (27th – 30th), is stepping out with a new vibrant look this year, promising “new locations, pop-up events, late-night parties, secret gigs, boat trips, collaborations and on street activities”.
Sounds like now is the time to book an extra day off to recover.
A host of exciting acts will delight attendees and this year’s line-up boasts some of the biggest names in jazz, including Denise Chaila, who collaborated with Brazilian jazz-funk trio Azymuth in a performance that has set the tone for this year’s festival at the launch today in Cork.
Returning 32 years after they performed one of the most memorable gigs that Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh has ever witnessed, New Power Generation are back to celebrate their mentor Prince and perform something truly special in a tribute to one of the greatest musicians in recording history.
Brazilian living legend Hermeto Pascoal, who Miles Davis once dubbed as ‘one of the most important musicians on the planet’ also makes a return to Ireland for the first time in almost 20 years.
Winner of the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year for her mixtape ‘Go Bravery’, Denise Chaila is set to perform a special jazz flavoured performance as her final show of the year, having headlined festivals across Ireland and the UK this summer.
An expanded and improved program sees artists like GOGO Penguin, Seun Kuti and Fela’s Egypt 80 and Jazzanova presenting a new live project, performing in intimate venues around Cork City. You can also expect to see fresh musical talent from both up-and-coming and established Irish artists including LYRA, Toshín, Fehdah, Bricknasty and the return of Mas Exodus, plus many more.
To top it all off, a world premier photographic exhibition dubbed We Got The Jazz: The Music Photography of Chuck Stewart is taking place over the weekend. The exhibition is carefully curated by festival director Mark Murphy and Brian Cross B+ under their Choice Cuts/Mochilla monikers documenting a storyboard of never-before-seen jazz photos focussing on the work of Chuck Stewart in association with his family.
To purchase tickets to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2022 hit guinnesscorkjazz.ie.