Countdown to Jazz Festival begins

JAZZ FESTIVAL LAUNCH!. . . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at Guildhall Square on Tuesday for the launch of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, which will run from April 30-May 4, 2015. Included in photo are Spats and Millie (aka Michael Johnston and Rachel Melaugh). DER0715MC036
JAZZ FESTIVAL LAUNCH!. . . . .The Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson pictured at Guildhall Square on Tuesday for the launch of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, which will run from April 30-May 4, 2015. Included in photo are Spats and Millie (aka Michael Johnston and Rachel Melaugh). DER0715MC036

The countdown to the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival has got under way.

The May Bank Holiday weekend festival, which will be headlined by jazz sensation Jamie Cullum, will run from of April 30th to May 4th to their diaries.

The Mayor Brenda Stevenson said the five-day festival was now firmly established as one of the big highlights in the city’s entertainment calendar.

Speaking ahead of his appearance at the 14th City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, Jamie said:

“Music is something that clearly lies at the heart of the city and I’m really looking forward to bringing my music to a wider audience there this time round.

“I hope the welcome will be just as warm as the one I received on my last visit.”

Other acts already confirmed in this year’s line-up include ‘A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ starring cast members from the West End smash ‘The Jersey Boys’, and the Stars of the Commitments, who bring their gritty brand of Dublin influenced blues and jazz back to the city.

One of the highlights of this year’s festival is the return of the Speakeasy Club at the Playhouse, where festival goers can enjoy live music in a sumptuous 1920’s setting.

The Millennium Forum, Bennigan’s Bar and the Playhouse have all been identified as Jazz Hubs for this year’s festival, and will play host to a series of live music sessions for pure jazz music enthusiasts with performances by artists such as Tom Harrison, John Leighton, Denis Roland and Charlie Wood.

For those of you interested in getting ready to jazz and swing, registrations for jazz dance lessons are now taking place at the Guildhall, Derry and the Alley Theatre in Strabane in the run-up to the festival. To register contact Donna Farren at Derry City Council – donna.farren@derrycity.gov.uk

Further information on the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is available at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com.

To purchase tickets for Jamie Cullum’s concert contact the Millennium Forum Box Office, tickets are priced between £35 and £45, Tel: 02871 264455 or go to www.millenniumforum.co.uk.