Intensive trumpet lessons
During the festival, the CIT School of Music will hold the Cork Jazz Camp. Entry is free and open to all, musicians and non-musicians alike. David O’Rourke, Bruce Barth and Mark Hodgson will be some of the musicians who will be giving lessons.
American pianist Justin Kauflin will open the festival, accompanied by contemporary jazz star Jacob Collier. This first event will take place on the Friday, at The Everyman, one of the most famous theatres in the city, which, alongside Cork Opera House and Triskel Christchurch, will host the biggest concerts. Artists of the calibre of Robert Glasper, Sheryl Bailey, the Hot Club of Cowtown, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Jason Marsalis are all on the bill. The last of these is extremely excited about his first ever appearance at the festival. “I’m really looking forward to visiting Cork and playing for the audience there, as well as getting into the city and enjoying the festival for myself,” he says.
The Metropole Hotel
, meanwhile, will play host to artists from different genres, including funk, swing, groove, Dixieland and blues. The Guinness Music Xtra and Red Hot Music programs complete the wide range of concerts. Added to this are events like workshops, an experimental music space, and open-mic nights for singers (and those aspiring to become one).