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Cork Jazz brings bebop pizzazz

Wednesday, 2nd October, 2019 4:31pm

It's almost time to get that fedora ready!

Guinness has launched the full programme of events for the 42nd Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, which takes place over the bank holiday weekend from 24-28 October. As one of the biggest and longest running events on the Irish music calendar, the event will feature over 1,000 musicians and creative artists from more than 20 countries.

This year’s festival will host a fantastic array of top international headline acts, including Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Kurt Elling, The Big Brass Band Explosion, Dr Linley Hamilton Quintet, Fred Hersch Trio, Mica Paris and Spyro Gyra.

At the programme launch, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said: “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 and I wish it every success once again in 2019.”

The Metropole Festival Club features a thrilling line-up, and there is an exciting fringe programme of free gigs and entertainment in over 70 city venues across the city.

This year will feature the Blaze of Jazz Parade, which will kick off the weekend on 24 October in spectacular fashion. This family-friendly parade will feature a mix of red-hot jazz bands with fiery Cork characters in a dramatic musical march full of flaming antics. Other highlights include the Jazz Jamboree, Jazz Food Fair and The Artistry of Frank Sinatra audio-visual event.

Headline acts include British soul queen and platinum selling artist Mica Paris who will sing Ella Fitzgerald, on 25 October, in The Everyman Theatre at 9pm. Saturday night will see 14-time Grammy nominee Kurt Elling pay tribute to jazz legends like Louis Armstrong, Nat 'King' Cole, Jon Hendricks, Shirley Horn and Nancy Wilson.

Motown diva and Grammy Hall of Famer, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas will perform on Sunday evening. Listed among Rolling Stone magazine’s 100 Immortal Artists, this is a show not to be missed. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas will take to the stage in Cork City Hall at 8pm.

You could spend your time wandering from venue to venue, taking in free on-street sessions or, to avoid missing must-see acts, book tickets at For the latest festival updates follow the festival social channels at or

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