The City of Derry Jazz & Big Band Festival 2019

Posted on: 1st May 2019

The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival 2019 at The Playhouse
2nd- 6th May

Ursula McHugh & Co presenting 'Starstruck- Judy, Barbra, Lady G & Me', Kaz Hawkins and Sam York Duo, Darren Beckett Trio Featuring George Colligan, Paul McIntyre & Special Guests, and Sid Peacock & Surge Orchestra all feature as part of this year's festival!

Ursula McHugh & Co presents
Starstruck- Judy, Barbra, Lady G & Me

Thursday 2nd May, 8pm
Admission £12

Musical Director Maurice Kelly 

Jazz Artist Ursula McHugh takes inspiration from the music greats she loves, Judy Garland, Barbra Streisand and Lady Gaga, all leading ladies in versions of the iconic love story ‘A Star is Born’.  Ursula pays homage to them in a brand new show ‘Starstruck’. For one night only she takes us on a musical journey to explore the lives and sensuous songs which make these three stars unforgettable leading ladies and extraordinary musical talents.


Kaz Hawkins and Sam York Duo 

Friday 3rd May, 8pm
Admission £15

Northern Ireland’s very own soul superstar!

Award winning Belfast singer songwriter Kaz Hawkins’ ‘My Life and I’ is an intimate and personal show about her life in song.

The show sold out in 2018 to audience across Ireland/ Northern Ireland/ Europe and UK, with fans having now been introduced 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. 

Probably one of the best blues artists to come out of Northern Ireland since Van Morrison” Belfast Telegraph

One of Northern Ireland’s musical treasures & one powerful woman” Ralph McClean, BBC


Darren Beckett Trio Featuring George Colligan


Saturday 4th May 2-4pm

Learn from two music greats – word renowned drummer Darren Beckett and multi-instrumentalist George Colligan.  The masterclass will cover verbal and non verbal communication in the rhythm section, whether for a trio performance or accompanying a vocalist or horn player.  Colligan will draw on his vast experience as an accompanist for many jazz greats.




Saturday 4th May, 8pm

Admission £8

Darren Beckett drums
George Colligan piano
Dave Redmond bass

Darren Beckett met George Colligan in New York around 1998. The two of them along with bassist Doug Weiss did quite a few records together for Steeplechase records, recording with the likes of Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. 

It was a trio record with the trio 'Agent 99' under Colligan's name that garnered quite a bit of attention. Finally George and Darren after many years reconnected in Portland Oregon where George resides and is a head professor at Portland state, and so a chance to play again this time with the wonderful Dublin based Dave Redmond whom Darren works with regularly since relocating to the U.K. 2 years ago from New York. 

The trio will bring a high energy mix of standards and originals to the Playhouse theatre. 


Paul McIntyre

with Special Guest Mike Nielsen on guitar. Featuring Dave Redmond on double bass and Darren Beckett on drums

Sunday 5th May, 3pm
Admission £6

Paul McIntyre (PhD, BMus, LTCL, PGCHEP, Dip Mus) performs regularly at international jazz festivals and for numerous broadcasters. 

McIntyre is a part-time Lecturer in Music specialising in jazz on the MA in Music programme at Dublin City University and continues his research interests both in his practice as a jazz pianist and in musicology. In support of his artistic practices he was select recipient of the Major Individual Award by the Arts Council in 2013. An interdisciplinary anthology titled Watching Jazz: Encounters with Jazz Performance on Screen published (June 2016) by Oxford University Press, USA, features his chapter Jazz Performance on Screen: Mediatizatiion of Gesture, Bodily Empathy, and the viewing Experience. 

McIntyre is joined by Special Guest Mike Nielsen on guitar. Featuring the fabulous rhythm section that includes Dave Redmond on double bass and Darren Beckett on drums.


Sid Peacock & Surge Orchestra 

Sunday 5th May, 8pm
Admission £6

A new project from composer and musician Sid Peacock bringing together musical traditions of Ireland. Commissioned by PRSF the concert will feature classical/Irish flautist Eimear McGeown, Congolese guitarist Niwel Tsumbu and Ulster Scots piper Darren Milligan to perform with Sid’s Surge Orchestra.

Expect a high energy performance from world class performers laced with traditional styles and infectious grooves. 

The concert will also feature support from the highly acclaimed When Traditions Meet project hosted by Culturlann and North West Community Partnership.

Wildy creative, the best stuff I’ve heard in an age” Independent on Sunday

"Eimear McGeown on Irish flutes sounded expert, bending notes in ways I have never heard before."Washington Post


David Lyttle and City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival presents

Rising Stars of Irish Jazz

Micheal Murray (saxophone), Conor Murray (bass), Joseph Leighton (guitar), Jack Kelly (bass) 

Monday 6th May, 8pm
Admission £6

Described by the Independent as 'representing the best in jazz coming out of Ireland', MOBO Award nominated drummer David Lyttle has performed around the world—stopping in China, the U.S., Canada, Holland, Spain and Switzerland since his appearance at last year's festival—and collaborated with a long list of jazz visionaries from Kurt Rosenwinkel to Joe Lovano. 

He brought jazz to new audiences in his much-talked-about U.S. coast-to-coast residency in 2017, performing for cowboys, bikers and UFO tourists, and more recently on his 50-date tour of Ireland, which included remote islands and villages. 


In this exciting jazz festival special, he will perform in a double bill presenting two trios with five exceptional, hugely promising young Irish talents who he has mentored over the past few years and featured on his recent tours.

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