The Playhouse are delighted to host a number of events as part of what has become Ireland's biggest jazz music extravaganza, featuring some of the biggest names in jazz, blues, jive, swing and dance. Last year saw over 35,000 music lovers take to the streets in pursuit of the perfect medley of music, which featured over 60 venues and over 100 musicians. 2015 is set to be even bigger and better with performances at the Playhouse from Jazz festival favourites Gay McIntyre, Paul McIntyre and David Lyttle to name a few.
For more details about the festival contact 028 71 376545 or visit www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com
This year featuring the return of the hugely successful
It's witching hour ... The cops ain't about, or are they? You arrive at the Speakeasy...
Do you know the Password? Cos you ain't gettin in kid unless you do...
The customer is granted access and transported back to the prohibition era Speakeasys of 1929. A speakeasy like no other with a higher class clientele. Don't tell noone neither, cos the Mayor drinks here. A smoking hot atmosphere, a bootleg bottle and the dulcet tones of resident Jazz Artist Ella Fitzgerald seduces all with songs from the era.
So come along, dress up and hang out in character, and hope there's not a police raid on the hottest House of Blues in town!
Entry : £5 bucks
Ambient Forces is a cutting edge music project that brings together three innovative, improvising composers, Alan Niblock (double bass) Rachel Musson (saxophone) & Roger Turner (drums/percussion).
The Paul McIntyre Trio, with Dave Fleming and Myles Drennan, and joined by special guests Gay McIntyre and singer Stella Bass who is one of Ireland's most accomplished and in-demand jazz singers, Stella mixes her classical chops with jazz (and a little theatre!)
The Film Music Project is a celebration of the work of the great composers of the silver screen. As an ensemble, the Tom Harrison band explores behind the scenes of film, using the music as a springboard for composition/ improvisation just as has more traditionally been done with songs for the shows.
Hot Press magazine describe David Lyttle as a 'one-man industry' for his work as a drummer, instrumentalist, songwriter, producer and record label owner. His third album faces blends soul, hip hop and jazz, and features diverse collaberations with hip hop legend Talib Kwell, Irish music star Duke Special and Grammy winning Blue Note jazz icon Joe Lovano.
Featuring special guests Gay McIntyre and Stella Bass.
Fresh from his 12 date '2 Quartets' tour of the UK in April, Tom Harrison brings a stellar quintet to The Playhouse. Expect some of the lesser known tunes from the hard bop repertoire and beyond.
Through communication, improvisation and an extreme closeness to the music itself, these young musicians (none of them is over 22) try to create something as a collective, rather than three individual musicians. With very own influences and experiences in vast range of genres, each member of the trio brings in his own input and colors to the canvas that contribute to the sound of their music.