Summer School

SLIGO JAZZ PROJECT 2016 SUMMER SCHOOL AND FESTIVAL is a 6 day event (July 19-24, 2016) featuring workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions featuring some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians. See our list of tutors here.

Download this year’s summer SJP SUMMER SCHOOL SCHEDULE 2016

This is what you get if you book your place on the summer school:

  • Special morning Workshops, Masterclasses and Ensemble workshops 10am-4pm each day Tues 19 July to Sat 23 July
  • Lunch included Tues-Fri only
  • Saturday lunchtime concert – Zhenya Strigalev Never Group
  • Admission to all Sligo Jazz Festival Concerts at Hawks Well Theatre, Tues-Saturday
  • Admission to Festival Club each night
  • Participation at Twice Daily jam Sessions, 6pm & 10:30pm
  • Final rehearsals of ensembles & BIG BASH faculty concert on Sunday 24 July (All afternoon) followed by wrap party/jam sessions

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. There are twice daily jam sessions and many other events along the way.

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.