4:30pm Hargadons: Festival Launch Party


Paul Clarvis drums, Mike Nielsen guitar, Eddie Lee bass, plus special guest Cathy Jordan, voice.

A Sligo Jazz perennial, renowned UK session drummer and percussionist Paul Clarvis, who has performed with Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Paul McCartney, Leonard Bernstein, Hans Zimmer and many others, insists on having a Hargadons slot each year, as the fabulous atmosphere of the now legendary sessions at Sligo’s famous gastropub is quintessential Sligo Jazz. Paul will be joined by Sligo’s finest including trad music icon Cathy Jordan making a rare foray away from the Great Irish Songbook, into the great American Songbook and Sligo-born guitarist Mike Nielsen, one of just two SJP perennials since its inception in 2005, along with SJP's own Eddie Lee in his only performing apearance at this year's festival.

Hamilton Gallery 6pm-7pm, Adm: €10 - Anna-Maria Hefele



Anna-Maria Hefele: Voice, Harp, Nickleharp.

German overtone Singer Anna-Maria Hefele brings her extraordinary craft to Sligo Jazz festival for the first time. Overtone singing is a vocal technique where it seems like one person is singing two notes at the same time by filtering and amplifying the natural harmonics in the human voice. It can be used artistically as a musical instrument or can function as an educational tool for singers, choral conductors and voice teachers. Her YouTube video “Polyphonic Overtone Singing” has received more than 11 million views. If you’re interested in learning about how Anna-Maria does this, she will be giving workshops at our summer school in IT Sligo on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, July 24/25, see sligojazz.ie for details.

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Andersons 6 - 7:30pm: Jam Session featuring a host of international talent from Europe’s premier jazz summer school


Jam Session featuring a host of international talent from Europe’s premier jazz summer school.

FESTIVAL LAUNCH DOUBLE BILL: Hawks Well Theatre 8pm €18/15/9


Malafede Trio (Italy) with special guest Paul Booth (UK) saxophone, Federico Malaman, bass; Riccardo Bertuzzi, guitar; Ricky Quagliato, drums

Malafede Trio is Sligo Jazz Project’s 2019 Band-in-Residence, featuring Federico Malaman, one of the most influential bassists worldwide, with two other notable artists in the Italian music scene, guitarist Riccardo Bertuzzi and drummer Ricky Quagliato. talian Federico Malaman is an Italian bassist, double bassist and arranger who has been touring with some of Italy’s most renowned artists including Mario Biondi, Elio e le Storie Tese, Antonella Ruggiero and Paolo Belli. His extraordinary versatility allowed him to gain a foothold as an appreciated and requested musician for sessions; while he simultaneously became a reference in the contemporary jazz- fusion-progressive international scene as a virtuoso on the electric bass.
A creative and tireless musician, Federico is constantly switching among recording studios, international festivals, TV shows and international music trade events. Federico also has a prominent role on the internet: his astonishing virtuosity, combined with his natural sense of humour and communication skills, etc, have gained him a place as one of the most followed musicians and teachers on the internet.
Throughout his musical journey, Federico has had the honour to play with top class artists such as George Benson, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Al Jarreau, Kid Creole, ZuccheroVirgil Donati, Billy F. Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick (Incognito).
The trio will also be joined by guest saxophone ace Paul Booth (Stevie Winwood/Eric Clapton/The Eagles)

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ANDREAS VARADY TRIO (Slo/IE), with special guest JEAN TOUSSAINT (UK), saxophone


Andreas Varady, guitar; Bandi Varady, bass; Adrian Varady, drums; guest Jean Toussaint, saxophone.

Since Andreas Varady’s family moved to Ireland in 2007 his rise to prominence in the jazz world has been meteoric. From busking for the passers-by of Limerick and Cork, attending Sligo Jazz Project’s summer school, aged 13 he became the youngest ever headlining artist at Ronnie Scott’s in London, performed with some of the greatest names in jazz, appeared on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine and signed to Quincy Jones’ management company. Andreas’s trio featuring his father Bandi and brother Adrian, will be joined by guest saxophonist, Jean Toussaint, who mentored Andreas’ when he attended Sligo Jazz Project several years ago.

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Andersons 10pm till late: David Lyttle Group featuring Jean Toussaint


MOBO nominated drummer/composer David Lyttle has performed around the world, stopping in Russia, China, the U.S., Canada, Holland, Spain and Switzerland in recent months. He has collaborated with a long list of jazz visionaries from Kurt Rosenwinkel to Joe Lovano and played in the European trios of jazz icons David Kikoski and Jesse van Ruller.  Special guest Jazz FM Instrumentalist of the year 2019, Jean Toussaint on saxophone and other luminaries from SJP’s stellar faculty.


Jam Session featuring a host of international talent from Europe’s premier jazz summer school