City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2016 Thursday 28th April 2016 to Monday 2nd May 2016

The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is back!
The Playhouse will be home to some outstanding Jazz artists with performances from Jazz Legends such as David Lyttle, John Goldsby, Tom Harrison and Victoria Geelan.
For details about the festival contact 028 71253253 or visit


jazz speakeasy 2016

The return of The Playhouse Jazz Festival Speakeasy
Featuring diva Marlene Hill
Thursday 28th April- Sunday 1st May, from 9.30pm

The Speakeasy is back, but now The Playhouse take you forward in time on a journey into the Story of Billie Holiday and the Andrew Sisters!
Fresh from touring with the ‘Swinging At The Cotton Club' Theatre Tour throughout the UK, diva Marlene Hill will perform as the great Lady Day at the official bar of the Jazz Festival.
Audiences will be transported in a Vaudevillian underground with new surprise performances, divas and LOTS of dress up style.
Always sold out ahead of time, get your ticket and password for a completely different night of music, danger, excitement and old fashioned post war punch!

Ticket price £5 (includes £1 development contribution)

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Thursday 28th April, 8pm
McHugh & Talbot Sing Rodgers & HartMcHugh & Talbot celebrate the music of Rodgers & Hart. Ursula's warm personality, gentle humour and sensual interpretations of the classics navigate her audience on a journey of romance and reminiscence.

An enchanting experience of live music and performance.

Ursula McHugh & Joan Talbot vocals
Deirdre Doherty piano
Peter Doherty double bass
Mark Bradley trumpet
Musical Director Deirdre Doherty

Tickets £5

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Friday 29th April, 8pm
David Lyttle // John Goldsby // Tom Harrison

Born Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland, MOBO Award and Urban Music Award-nominated David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, songwriter, producer and record label owner. His latest album 'Faces' has commanded international attention since its release in March 2015, with Rolling Stone magazine USA describing it as 'one of the best, robust listening experiences you're likely to have all year'.

David has performed in over fifteen countries and collaborated with a range of music icons, including Joe Lovano, Soweto Kinch, Talib Kweli, Cleveland Watkiss, Jason Rebello and Duke Special. His jazz trio features young rising star British alto saxophonist Tom Harrison. Mentored by ex-Jazz Messenger Jean Toussaint, he has been described as 'one to watch' by Jazz Journal and 'fearsomely excellent' by All About Jazz.

Also featuring prominently is John Goldsby, bassist with the Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR) Big Band in Cologne, Germany, since 1994. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, he was active on the New York scene from 1980 through 1994 and has worked with Tom Harrell, Michael Brecker, Barney Kessel and John Lewis. In addition to his numerous albums as a leader and sideman, he is a highly respected educator. He has written three books, including the hugely successful 'The Jazz Bass Book'.

Tickets £8

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Saturday 30th April, 8pm
Jean Toussaint: Roots & Herbs

Celebrating the legendary Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers

Paying homage to the great drummer and bandleader, Art Blakey, who led the world acclaimed Jazz Messengers for over 35 years, tenor and soprano saxophonist Jean Toussaint, himself a Jazz Messenger in the 1980s, brings his quintet to North Wales to perform numbers by Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan from the iconic Blue Note Records album, Roots & Herbs, plus several more of the legendary Jazz Messengers' best-loved tunes.

"...class material, matured over the years and now bursting out of the cask." Jazz Express

Tickets £8

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Sunday 1st May, 2pm
Paul Mc Intyre & Friends

Paul McIntyre has already firmly established himself as a well known performer on the jazz circuit, having featured at numerous jazz festivals both nationally and internationally.

His trio has featured on live BBC radio programmes on many occasions, and he has accompanied and played alongside world-renowned jazz singers and instrumentalists such as Jacqui Dankworth, Norma Winstone, Gay McIntyre, Louis Stewart and Michael Neilsen.

Tickets £6

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Sunday 1st May, 8pm
Victoria Geelan:Nina Simone

Omagh-born singer Victoria Geelan sings the songs of Nina Simone in an intimate performance. Joined onstage by other outstanding local musicians, Victoria will tell the story of the life of one of her greatest inspirations, the late Nina Simone, through songs such as My Baby Just Cares for Me, Feeling Good, To Love Somebody and Ne Me Quitte Pas.

A wildly exciting musical feast which is sure - just like the lady whose music they celebrate this evening - to live on in the memories of all who hear it for many years to come.

Tickets £8

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Or CLICK HERE to see the full Jazz Festival programme



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