The thirteenth Bray Jazz Festival, the longest-running and largest jazz festival in the Dublin area, is taking place on the 4 – 6 May, and features a host of international solo and ensemble acts.
Headlining the festival will be Peruvian singer Susana Baca, whose mastery of Latin jazz as well as Afro-Peruvian traditional song has made her a significant force in jazz performance. Baca has won two Grammy awards and in 2011 was named Peru’s Minister of Culture. Also featuring on the bill is the Tord Gustavsen Trio from Norway, who play contemporary jazz by the band leader Gustavsen, and the American Don Byron’s New Gospel Quintet. A number of Irish acts will also appear on the festival bill. ReDiviDeR, a quartet founded by drummer Matthew Jacobson, balance the festival’s experimental side, while Swoo-Beh Project gives singer Edel Meade a space for her improvisations.
The Bray Jazz Festival takes place in venues around Bray, including the Mermaid Arts Centre and the Town Hall, from 4 –6 May.
Published on 18 April 2012