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SJP 2017 will take place 25-30 July 2017…
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Summer School

Sligo International Jazz Summer School is a 6 day event (July 25-30, 2017) featuring workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions with some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians.

World Class Music

Jazz Festival

Previous festival acts have included Mike Stern/ Victor Wooten Band, Dhafer Youssef, Kenny Werner, Avishai Cohen, Yellowjackets, Christian Scott, The Bad Plus and many more.

Quality Sessions

Powerful Performances

Sligo Jazz Festival also features quality pub/hotel/cafe sessions with the best of Irish and international jazz acts, plus jam sessions featuring summer school participants and tutors alike.

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Programme Sligo Jazz Festival 2017

Official Programme for Sligo Jazz Festival 2017, which takes place from July 25-30.
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Festival Launch Session with David Lyttle & friends

Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine, MOBO and Urban Music Award nominated David Lyttle shifts seamlessly between the personas of jazz drummer, recording artist, composer, producer and record label owner. David will be joined by UK guitarist Mike Walker and Russian bassist Anton Davidyants.

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Ladies Night

Sensational songstress and pianist, Liane Carroll is joined by four phenomenal artists on this very special gig. A rare opportunity to hear some of the best female jazz performers on the planet; Liane Carroll, Sara Colman, Emilia Martensson, Meilana Gillard and Shannon Barnett.

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Kieran Quinn’s Theme Night 18 – Rat Pack & Big Band Classics

Kieran Quinn has presented seventeen sensational themed nights across many musical genres in Sligo over the past number of years. His knack of getting the best out of Sligo’s musical community is unquestionable. In this very special concert, Hawk’s Well Theatre, SJP and Kieran Quinn join this wealth of local talent with SJP faculty members, all of them seasoned international performers, to create another epic night to remember!

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Sailing To Byzantium - Christine Tobin

Sligo Jazz Project, Hawk’s Well Theatre and the Yeats International Summer School join to present a celebration of W. B. Yeats in words and music from Christine Tobin, Irish singer-songwriter, composer and award winning jazz vocalist. ‘Sailing To Byzantium’ is a collection beautiful settings of 12 poems by W.B Yeats.

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Our leading lady, Liane Carroll and Artist-in-Residence, Soweto Kinch combine to lead our biggest summer school teaching faculty ever. They have to find a way to squeeze 22 musicians on one stage for an eclectic programme of duos, trios and larger ensembles.

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Double Bill – Soweto Kinch and Virgil Donati

Soweto Kinch saxophone and voice, with David Lyttle, drums and John Goldsby, bass
Virgil Donati's Fusion Jam drums, with Anton Davidyants, electric bass, Steve Hamilton, keyboards and special guest Mike Walker, guitar, Mike Nielsen, guitar

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International Jazz Summer School

International Jazz Summer School is workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions featuring some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians.

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Donate and become a Patron

We use our constant fundraising drives to keep our events affordable and inclusive so that musicians of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life can have an opportunity to improve themselves.

Our annual summer school has grown to become one of Europe’s most important and inspiring jazz education events. The accompanying festival is a unique mixture of concerts, featuring the members of the summer school faculty and guest acts. Our summer school faculty has included the cream of Irish jazz musicians and international luminaries such as Rufus Reid (USA), Ernie Watts (USA), Paul Clarvis (UK), Adam Nussbaum (UK), Steve Rodby (USA), John Riley (USA), Paul Wertico (USA), Michael Manring (USA), Jean Toussaint (USA/UK), Janek Gwizdala (USA), Liane Carroll (UK), Jamie Oehlers (Australia), Ulf Wakenius (Sweden), Andreas Oberg (Sweden), Anita Wardell (UK), Dominique DiPiazza (France), Norma Winstone (UK), John Taylor (UK), Cleveland Watkiss (UK) and many more.

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What the Participants Thought?

Customer Testimonails

“What a delightful, colourful week, full of character, classless, ageless, bounding with joy and spirit and good humour….connecting, encouraging self-expression, interaction… opening doors that maybe some thought would forever remain closed, and others didn’t even know were shut tight”

Mike Walker Guitar Tutor 2015-16
Customer Testimonails

“I am still more and more aware of the true purpose of the music and the people who play it: to heal and unite the planet”

Kenny Werner SJP Faculty 2013
Customer Testimonails

“You can have the faculty giving you masterclasses in the morning, eating lunch with you, go to their concerts, they play with you in the jam sessions, so its really inclusive, and its just a very feelgood vibe. Come to Sligo Jazz, its worth whatever it takes to get here”

Noah Fishman (Maine, USA), participant 2010/2013.