Sligo Jazz Festival 2022 Programme Launch / Camilla George Quartet

Sligo Jazz Festival 2022 Programme Launch / Camilla George Quartet

Wednesday, 15 June 2022, 8.00pm

Sligo Jazz Festival returns this July 19-24 – Sligo Jazz Project will be launching the official festival programme on Wednesday 15 June at the Hawks Well Theatre, host to most of the main festival events. The festival programme launch at 7pm will be followed at 8pm by a concert in partnership with the Hawks Well Theatre and Music Network, featuring the Camilla George Quartet.

The Quartet features many of the leading lights of the UK Jazz Scene. Camilla’s love of fusing African and Western music has made her a unique voice on the international jazz circuit. She will be bringing her all-star band to Ireland for an unmissable 10 date tour mixing her hypnotic blend of afrofuturism, hip hop and jazz. She will be joined by Renato Paris (keys and vocals), Jihad Darwish (electric and double bass) and Rod Youngs (drums). Expect jazz grooves and afrobeat fusions. One not to be missed

Sligo Jazz Festival Programme Launch: 7pm: Drinks reception – all welcome

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The 2022 Sligo Jazz Festival line up is as always an eclectic mix of fusion, straight-ahead bop, modern & ambient jazz and funk with some of Europe and the US’s foremost performers.

Artist-in-Residence this year, award-winning UK composer and bandleader Nikki Iles is in performance with a specially assembled jazz orchestra on Thursday 21 July featuring amongst others guitarist Mike Walker, for whom Nikki has written several pieces of music. Her husband Pete Churchill is here too, one of the UK’s most celebrated jazz vocal educators and arrangers, so expect him to pop up where you’d least expect. They are joined by Irish and international artists making up the biggest teaching faculty yet – thirty strong - on the summer school.

Norwegian jazz tubist Daniel Herskedal brings his trio to Ireland for the first time with an exclusive Irish performance on Wednesday 19 July, rising star of the New York jazz scene Ashley Pezzotti performs on Friday 22 in one of the several double bills on this year’s festival, an all-star opening night treat with TRYPL (UK) and a stellar international rhythm section When combined with the annual summer school, Europe’s biggest and most inclusive, which takes place at ATU Sligo, this week always provides equal measures of education, entertainment and inspiration. As the festival’s artistic director Eddie Lee says “There will be hugs! We can’t wait to welcome our many returning summer school participants to Sligo again after a two year absence of physical events there will be a lot of love and joy about this year’s events”.

Download the programme at www.sligojazz.ie

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