Jazz Workshops

Limerick Jazz Workshop meets on Tuesday evenings at Learning Hub Limerick in Kileely and students are organised in ensembles under the guidance of expert teachers. Each session involves the students developing their skills by learning and performing some of the great standards in the jazz repetoire. There are also three specialist classes for singers, beginners and a little big band with more emphasis on reading than improvising (but always swinging!).

Our main ensemble classes run from 7.45pm to 9.45pm.Our specialist classes run from 6.45pm to 7.45pm.

We do our best to accommodate younger performers, but we sometimes dependent on having sufficient numbers to have a dedicated class for them.

We regularly perform in public as part of the course in Dolans and other city venues.  Our ensembles have supported performers such as Des Bishop and the Soweto Gospel Choir at the University Concert Hall, Limerick.  We have also appeared on the main stage at Africa Day in City Hall.

LJW can be contacted at limerickimprov@gmail.com or 086 602 5661.  For more information, check out some of the other pages in this area of the website.  You can see video of recent performances on our YouTube channel.  We are supported by the Learning Hub Limerick and the Peter Dee Academy of Music.

Workshop Teachers 

 – Joe O’Callaghan
Joe is mainly self-taught, although he has attended various classes over the years with Tommy Halferty and Ronan Guilfoyle.Joe has played with most leading Irish jazz musicians including Tommy Halferty, Louis Stewart, Ronan Guilfoyle, Richie Buckley, Michael Buckley and Justin Carroll.
He has also played with international musicians such as Julian Arguelles, Vincent Courtois, Dave Liebman, Tom Rainey, Martin Speake, Tanya Kalmanovitch, Paul Williamson, Nils Wogram and Dominique Pifalry. Joe is currently a member of the groups Metier, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and Microclimate.

– John Daly

John studied at Berklee College of Music Boston in 1979. He teaches and plays drums professionally in Limerick as well as touring when the need arises. He also studies vibes with Tony Miceli from Philadelphia.
John is chair of Limerick Jazz Society and a long-standing member of the society’s House Trio.The trio provides backing for leading Irish and international artists visiting Limerick.These have recently included Hugh Buckley, Michael Buckley, Myles Drennan, Linley Hamilton, Derek O’Connor, Guy Barker and Tony Miceli.

– Steve Hanks

Steve is originally from Yorkshire and studied at Leeds College of Music.His main instruments are saxophone, flute and percussion.He moved to Ireland to further his interest in Irish traditional music and is based in Co. Galway. His recent jazz activities include leading the Steve Hanks Quintet which recorded for Lyric FM, and a spell as music director for the Black Magic Big Band.

– Peter Hanagan

Bass player Peter Hanagan has over twenty five years experience with the ‘lowest form of music.’  He is an alumnus of the renowned UNT Jazz Studies program, and since 1999 has worked exclusively as a freelance bass guitar and double bass player, as well as a music educator. Peter is a native of the American Southwest, but has made ….Ireland…. his home since 2001. He is a veteran of a myriad of diverse genres: East Texas blues to West African percussion music, ..Caribbean.. folk to Twentieth-century art music.

– Steve McFarlane

Guitar player Steve McFarlane was one of the first students to graduate from Newpark Music Centre’s jazz degree programme.He subsequently completed an H. Dip in Music Education at the University of Limerick.  He now works as music teacher atColáiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick.He has played professionally in Ireland in a number of musical settings ranging from jazz to popular music, and has taught at both senior and junior LJW sessions.


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