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26th Sep 2019

The Cork Jazz Festival Launched Yesterday – Here’s The Suss

Sarah Finnan

Guinness launched the full programme of events for the 42nd annual Cork Jazz Festival yesterday evening.

One of the longest-running events on the Irish music calendar, it will return to the Rebel county this October bank holiday (October 24 to 28).

Headliner acts announced for the weekend include Booka Brass Band, 14-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling, and John Surman amongst many others.

There will be jazz jamborees, food fairs, an audiovisual event in honour of Frank Sinatra as well as the sweet musical musings of over 1,000 musicians and creative artists from 20 different countries.

Speaking at the launch, Councillor John Sheehan, Lord Mayor of Cork, thanked the continued support of local businesses. “The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival attracts more than 40,000 people to cork annually and is worth millions to the local economy. Its continued success is a testament to the fantastic team ethos that has evolved over the years between Guinness, the festival committee, local government and the local business community”.

Over one million jazz fans have visited Cork since the festival began in 1978 to hear some of the biggest names in music, with past performers including Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson and Cleo Laine.

Always one for the books, plan your weekend here.

Come on babe, why don’t we paint the town…and all that jazz.

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