Thousands get into the swing for jazz fest

Thousands get into the swing for jazz fest
Heavy funk brass band, Les Fanflures, transformed the streets of Cork city with vibrant jazz sounds.Picture: Clare Keogh

Thousands of people have taken to Cork’s venues, bars and streets to soak up the sights and sounds of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival as it takes the city by storm.

The festival, rated as one of Ireland’s top attractions, is welcoming an exciting lineup of world-class jazz greats as well as a variety of free entertainment over the weekend.

The Blind Boys of Alabama take to the stage at Cork City Hall
The Blind Boys of Alabama take to the stage at Cork City Hall

The city came alive on Thursday night for the start of the festival, which opened with a phenomenal Dia de Los Muertos Parade through the streets. Onlookers were dazzled by this bright spectacle of more than 100 musicians, artists and performers as they performed a New Orleans style parade, celebrating both the living and the dead through the ages.

Friday night saw thousands flock to popular Cork venues such as the Opera House, The Jazz and The Metropole.

The Blind Boys of Alabama put on a dazzling performance at City Hall while the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble performed at the Cork Opera House.

Meanwhile, in the first show commissioned by St Luke’s in the festival’s history, ‘Unity’, an immersive audiovisual experience, was performed by The David Duffy Quartet comprising four musicians on the fringes of Jazz.

There is also plenty on offer tonight as Irish stars All Tvvins will take to the stage at the Opera House at midnight after famous Corkman Brian Deady warms up the stage at 7pm.

Meanwhile, Paul Dunlea will play the Green Room at 11.45pm after Lauren Mvula performs at Cork City Hall at 8pm. Jazz lovers are invited to City Hall tonight at 10.30pm for the Swing Jive, to dance and celebrate the golden era of social dancehalls of a century ago.

With thousands set to flock to Cork over the coming days, Sunday will also have plenty to offer any jazz or music lovers.

Cork City Hall offers an exciting Sunday line up with both the Maria Schneider Orchestra and Jenny Greene set to take to the stage tomorrow. Cork’s own musical genius Talos performs the Opera House and The 4 of us perform at St Luke’s.

The Guinness Music Pub Trail will bring a variety of diverse sounds to the city, with hundreds of music sessions popping up across more than 40 locations during the weekend.

While thousands more flock to bars and clubs across the city to soak up the jazz vibes, a host of top free entertainment will be available on the streets of Cork throughout the weekend.

On stage, Unity, David Duffy Quartet, in Silhoutte with super white lights at St Luke's in Cork.
On stage, Unity, David Duffy Quartet, in Silhoutte with super white lights at St Luke's in Cork.

Visitors can enjoy a wider choice of fringe events this year with free entertainment in 70 city venues and on the city streets including a light projection show, flash mobs, swing jive, ‘Jazz Camp’ workshops and a Jazz bus circling the city. Sinéad Dunphy, Festival Director, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, said: “We are delighted to see so many visitors gathering from near and far as Cork transforms into a world-class Jazz hotspot. In our mission to grow the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival further and to emulate the success of major international jazz events like Montreal and New Orleans, we are striving to make the 2018 festival bigger and better than ever before.”

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