Jazz Fest hailed a huge success

ALL THAT JAZZ!. . . .Pupils from Sacred Heart PS pictured enjoying an outdoor Jazz Gig at the school on Friday afternoon when they were entertained by The Red Stripe Band. DER1615MC0124
ALL THAT JAZZ!. . . .Pupils from Sacred Heart PS pictured enjoying an outdoor Jazz Gig at the school on Friday afternoon when they were entertained by The Red Stripe Band. DER1615MC0124
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Organisers of the 14th annual City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival said the event has ended on a high note after thousands of people turned out to witness the hundreds of gigs laid on throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Mayor of Derry and Strabane Elisha McCallion congratulated everyone involved in making the event a success.

Saxaphonist Olivia Goodman is attracting the attention of Aine Coyle with baby Connlaoch McAnee during Saturday's Jazz Event in the Gasyard. DER1715MC114

Saxaphonist Olivia Goodman is attracting the attention of Aine Coyle with baby Connlaoch McAnee during Saturday's Jazz Event in the Gasyard. DER1715MC114

Over the past five days, more than 60 venues across the city staged 250 gigs featuring all the festival favourites and a host to new talents from April 30th through until May 4th.

Mayor McCallion said: “There was simply no better place to be over the weekend and the atmosphere in the city was electric from start to finish.

“Bars, hotels, restaurants, theatres and shopping centres were packed to the rafters over the course of the five day event.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many visitors flocking to the city to soak up the Jazz Festival’s distinctive atmosphere and hospitality together with the Jazz enthusiasts from our own city and district.

The legendary Gay McIntyre performing during Thursday night's Opening Concert in the Guildhall.  DER1715MC092

The legendary Gay McIntyre performing during Thursday night's Opening Concert in the Guildhall. DER1715MC092

“The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in our events calendar and, we’re also really proud to say that it has become one of the leading Jazz festivals in the country.”

Mayor McCallion added that it was great to see so many community-based jazz events taking place during the festival, with local schools also getting involved in the celebrations.

Karan Leonard, Festivals and Events manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said she was also delighted with the success of this year’s Jazz Festival, which was sponsored by Diageo.

“It’s been another wonderful festival and we’ve been delighted yet again to attract Jazz artists of the highest calibre,” she said.

JAZZ COMES TO ST CECILIA'S!. . . . .Jazz musicians David Lyttle and Neil Cowley pictured at St. Cecilia's College on Friday afternoon where they entertained students as part of the Jazz Festival Academy, in partnership between Outer West and Nerve Centre, and funded by DCAL. Included at back from left are Emma Jayne Kelly, teacher, Joan Keaveney, teacher, Marty McGill, Music Programme Manager, Nerve Centre and Glenn Rosborough, Musician. DER1615MC0124

JAZZ COMES TO ST CECILIA'S!. . . . .Jazz musicians David Lyttle and Neil Cowley pictured at St. Cecilia's College on Friday afternoon where they entertained students as part of the Jazz Festival Academy, in partnership between Outer West and Nerve Centre, and funded by DCAL. Included at back from left are Emma Jayne Kelly, teacher, Joan Keaveney, teacher, Marty McGill, Music Programme Manager, Nerve Centre and Glenn Rosborough, Musician. DER1615MC0124

“It’s hugely important that we all continue to support this type of festival which plays such a vital role in boosting our local economy by attracting business and investment to the city and district.

“Our annual Jazz Festival attracts a huge influx of visitors to the city keen to savour the superb musical entertainment on offer during the May Bank Holiday weekend and we wish to thank everyone who supported us by attending the event.”

Check out pictorial highlights of the five day music extravaganza on www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com and on the Facebook page DerryJazzFestival.