The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival takes place each year over the May Bank Holiday weekend and Derry City Council promise a five-day programme, jam packed with festival favourites.
The line up this year features an impressive cast of talent including renowned bassist and composer Kyle Eastwood, son of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood. Kyle’s exciting contemporary style will have jazz fans queuing up for the fabulous Spiegeltent which this year will provide the sumptuous setting for a number of amazing gigs.
90’s music fans can also catch Curtis Stigers’ soulful blend of jazz and rock amidst the mirrored vaudeville splendour of the Spiegeltent, which is renowned the world over as a truly alternative festival venue.
Add to this the formidable talent of rising star Anthony Strong, Mercury Music Prize nominated folk star Kate Rusby, and the astounding voice of Frankie Valli soundalike Stephen James and you have one serious line up.
As well as the big names, the festival will provide a stage for some of the city’s most promising young talent as they enjoy some first class music mentoring, workshops and tutorials led by some of the best industry professionals, including none other than jazz maestro Neil Cowley. The Music Hothouse sessions will take place in the Nerve Centre, April 21 – 25, with a special showcase performance in the Craft Village on May 3.
The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is run by Derry City Council, and sponsored by Diageo, Department of Culture and Leisure and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.