Limerick Jazz has been promoting music in the mid-west of Ireland for over 35 years. We run spring and autumn seasons which feature the best of live Irish and international contemporary Jazz. The last five years have seen regular promotions of local artists by organizations such as Speakeasy Jazz, concert appearances by Wayne Shorter; Bobby McFerrin; and Bela Fleck and visits from Jazz greats like Chris Potterl; Thomasz Stanko; John Abercrombie; Manu Katche; Guy Barker; and Soweto Kinch.
2012 was the founding year of the festival and it was a terrific success, with worldwide performing talent, from the likes of Liane Carroll and Joe Locke/Geoff Keezer Group, as well as Irish groups Crisis Point and Black Magic Big Band, playing show stopping performances to large festival crowds.
2014 was a very special year for Limerick having being nominated as the Republic of Ireland’s City Of Culture. This accolade enabled Limerick Jazz Festival 2014 to bring some iconic figures to perform in Limerick. Multi Grammy Award winning artists Van Morrison and David Sanborn were just what was needed.
2015 saw Limerick Jazz Festival raising the bar once again with some more great Jazz performers showcasing their unique talents in the city; The Jost Project (USA) and Perico Sambaed (Spain) to name but a few. This was another hugely successful year for the festival.
In 2016 the festival hosted homegrown and international artists the Partisans; Spain’s Atchere; renowned Irish Jazz guitarist David O’Rouke; and the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.
Now in its sixth year, Limerick Jazz Festival 2017 will host the best in national and international talent, including The Soweto Kinch Trio; Ireland’s own Booka Brass; the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra ft. special guests Pia Dunne and Keith McDonald; renowned Jazz Funk band The James Taylor Quartet; Jazz Duo The Mysterious Mr. Valentine; and Joe O’Callaghan’s Electric Freeplay. September 21st – 24th, 2017 promises to be a spectacular musical event!
We are always keen to get volunteers involved in running Limerick Jazz and can particularly use help in promotion. Please email or phone if you can spare Limerick Jazz some of your time or get in touch if you have a suitable place for us to advertise promotional material for #LimerickJazzFestival2017.