The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2018 Thursday 3rd May 2018 to Monday 7th May 2018

The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2018
Thursday 3rd - Monday 7th May


Kaz Hawkins and Sam York Duo
Friday 4th May, 8pm
Admission £8
Multi award winning singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins launches her new solo career with an Irish & European Tour in 2018 with special guest Sam York on piano and as her support act. Kaz will be taking her new material on the road, in a special show about her life in song. Her 2017 album ‘Don't You Know' introduced audiences in UK, Europe and America to the powerful, emotive new direction of a woman who owes being alive to the music she now performs.
An artist that truly connects with her audience on a personal level & Northern Ireland's very own Soul Superstar!

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Jazz Masterclass -Darren Beckett Drum Clinic
Saturday 5th May, 2-4pm
Adm £5
Open to all musicians, this world renowned drummer who has toured with Brandon Flowers and Madeline Peyroux, will impart his experience and knowledge on how to play dynamically and musically in a jazz setting.

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David Lyttle Band & Joseph Leighton Trio

Saturday 5th May, 8pm
Admission £6
Drummer David Lyttle is Ireland's most celebrated jazz musician of today. He's the island's only MOBO Award nominee and has made appearances in over twenty countries, including recent artist residencies in China and the U.S. Growing up in a prominent musical family in Co. Armagh, he's gone on to collaborate with global icons of jazz and hip hop, and his latest album was described by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘one of the best listening experiences you're likely to have all year'. At this year's festival he will perform with his new trio featuring two of the UK's jazz stars: Scottish pianist Steve Hamilton and U.S. bassist Michael Janisch.

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Jazz Masterclass- Meilana Gillard
Sunday 6th May, 12noon - 2pm
Adm £5
Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York jazz scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s.
She then worked with U.S. jazz icons Charli Persip, Christian McBride and Greg Osby, who released her debut album ‘Day One' on his Inner Circle Music label.
She also worked with Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the brilliant New York all-female big band DIVA.
Based near Belfast, she has now released her second album ‘Dream Within a Dream' on Lyte Records.
Meilana is inspired by legends such as Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson, Elvin jones, john Coltrane, and Branford Marsalis, and makes her eagerly awaited Guinness Cork Jazz Festival debut in the company of the Niall Marron Trio.

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Paul McIntyre & Special Guests
Sunday 6th May, 3pm
Admission £6
Jazz Pianist and Musicologist Paul McIntyre's trio perform regularly at international jazz festivals and for numerous broadcasters. McIntyre has held appointments as Lecturer in Music at several universities in Ireland and in the UK and continues his research interests both in his practice as a jazz pianist and in musicology.
Wonderfully creative and always entertaining Paul and his fellow musicians are sure to delight.

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Sunday 6th May, 8pm
Admission £6
Nominated for the 2017 Mercury Prize for their critically acclaimed debut album 'Together, As One', Dinosaur are back in action with some immensely colourful, new music - full of imagination and enticingly wonderful surprises. Led by BBC New Generation Artist 2015-17, trumpeter Laura Jurd, their highly anticipated second album 'Wonder Trail' sees the band further their exploration into the world of 'synth-pop meets jazz band' as they present a journey of mesmerising new compositions. Expect folk-infused grooves and glistening melodies - all tied together by a love for extemporisation and improvisation.

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The Ronnie Greer Organ Band with very Special Guest Jim Mullen
Monday 7th May, 8pm
Adm £6
Blues guitar legend Ronnie Greer presents the jazzier side of the blues on this date with his organ band, featuring John McCullough and Peter McKinney, and very special guest, guitar master Jim Mullen, one of the very best jazz and blues guitar players in the world

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The Playhouse FREAKeasy
Friday 4th- Sunday 6th May, 9pm
Feel the rhythm, check the rhyme , come on along and have a real good time...
Diana Ross and Tina Turner welcome you to join the groovers on the dancefloor, and experience an underground disco-era heyday.
In 1977, a theater in New York was transformed into a nightclub called Studio 54. And now The Playhouse theatre will transform into a chic and funky night of disco, travelling from the sensual, dramatic mid-tempo of Ross and Turner's Supreme days, bursting into her legendary up-tempo disco tunes.
With Chicago disco queen Gloria Miller fronting as Diana Ross and Motown's greatest madam Marlene Hill as Tina Turner, you're in for a hot Disco inferno.
Dress up and Don't freak out when the boogie starts to explode and folks are screaming out of control!

Entry £5
Or £10 Freakin' Special, includes entry, colourful disco wig and house cocktail, The Afro-disiac

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