SLIGO JAZZ PROJECT (updated Sept 1 2015)

Sligo Jazz Project (SJP) was formed in 2005 by a group of Sligo musicians with a view to filling the void in music education in the Sligo area, particularly in the genres of jazz and improvised music.

The principal method of achieving this was to host world class educational and performance events by bringing leading international jazz educators and performers here, primarily via an annual international summer school and festival.

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.

SJP Administrator Eddie Lee is a bassist and composer living in Sligo. One of the founders of Sligo Jazz Project, Eddie is responsible for artistic direction, festival programming and has been faculty director since 2006. Eddie’s Linked in Profile

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.

Festival acts have included Mike Stern/ Victor Wooten Band, Dhafer Youssef, Kenny Werner, Avishai Cohen, Yellowjackets, Neil Cowley Trio and many more. SJP’s festival also features quality pub/hotel/cafe sessions with the best of Irish and international jazz acts, plus and jam sessions featuring summer school participants and tutors alike.