Faculty 2015

SLIGO JAZZ PROJECT 2015 SUMMER SCHOOL AND FESTIVAL is a 6 day event (July 21-26 2015) featuring workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions featuring some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians

Our 10th Anniversary Faculty

Our biggest faculty ever, with 18 tutors giving workshops &  masterclasses & leading ensembles

SAXOPHONE:  Ernie Watts, Ciaran Wilde, Cathal Roche, Matthew Halpin

VOICE: Liane Carroll, Veronika Morscher

PIANO: Gwilym Simcock, Brian Priestley

BASS:  Chuck Rainey, electric bass, Guest of Honour, plus John Goldsby, double bass, Steve Rodby, double bass

DRUMS & PERCUSSION: Adam Nussbaum, Paul Clarvis , Stephen Davis, David Lyttle

GUITAR: Mike Walker, Mike Nielsen

TRUMPET: Linley Hamilton


Band-In-Residence, The Impossible Gentlemen:

Gwilym Simcock, piano

Steve Rodby bass

Mike Walker guitar

Adam Nussbaum drums






All summer school participants gain admission to a full-blown world-class jazz festival programme featuring the entire summer school faculty and a host of special guest acts. All the main evening concerts are held in the Hawk’s Well Theatre.


What they said… Comments from Participants & Past Tutors’ Testimonials:


“THX guys!! It was great to work with you!!! BIG RESPECT.. :) one of the best weeks in my life!”..thank you so much for the most amazing, fun, inspiring week”.

“Well done Eddie, and everybody else who helped organise this fabulous and inspiring week!”

“I learned so much from the tutors and the jam sessions”

“Thanks for organizing a memorable and, hopefully, seminal week”

“Every aspect was rewarding and inspiring. I look forward to coming next year”

“What an incredible week…thanks for putting it all together”

“a blistering week of inspirational music :-) ”

“Everyone’s getting sick of me cos I can’t stop talking about how incredible last week was “

“Thanks so much to everyone for such an incredible and inspiring week”

“It was a fantastic experience – both enjoyable and challenging”

“All the tutors were top-class, I felt like I learned something new every five minutes!”

“I thought the programme was a perfect mix of learning, participating, attending performances and socialising. It was challenging, stimulating and fun – it didn’t half keep us on our toes”.

Testimonials from our 2011 teaching faculty:

“I have been teaching on jazz workshops and summer schools for the past 25 years in places like the US, France, Germany, the UK and Ireland. It is without doubt that I say the Sligo Jazz Project ….is the most organized and smoothly ran workshop that I’ve ever been involved with”…. Jean Toussaint

“I had the pleasure of taking part in the Sligo Jazz Project 2011. The workshop and concerts were well organized and the faculty and participants were inspiring. Sligo is a lovely town, definitely worth a visit. Hope to see you there next year. ” … John Riley, Vanguard Jazz Orchestra drummer New York, and educator.

“It was a pleasure to teach on the Sligo Jazz Project. The students and faculty were great to work with and I think it was a particularly creative and enjoyable experience for everyone”… John Taylor, UK piano legend

“Joining the line up for Sligo 2011 International Jazz Summer School and Festival was one of the most inspiring weeks i’ve had in sometime! And judging from the feedback from the students and punters, this great festival is destined to be a very important fixture on the annual Jazz festival map” … Cleveland Watkiss, UK vocal maestro

 ”Sligo Jazz… we LOVED you”… David Lyttle, NI drum force

“I had a wonderful week and feel completely invigorated by it. it’s such a lovely combination of teaching and playing, and your relaxed approach allows everyone to just do what they do. I thought it was a very strong faculty”. …Paul Clarvis, UK drummer/percussionist and educator.