Stigers and his sax all set for Derry jazz party

Curtis Stigers
Curtis Stigers

Best known for his seductive gravelly tones and flowing locks, Curtis Stigers was one of the unforgettable faces adorning bedroom walls throughout the 90’s.

Huge hits like You’re all that Matters to Me and I Wonder Why were signature tunes of the decade and Stigers enjoyed a hectic lifestyle of touring and TV appearances, always accompanied by a dedicated female fanbase.

Now 20 years on, he’s still on tour and filling concert halls across the world but the soft rock ballads of the 90’s have been eclipsed by his real passion - jazz music - something he has been longing to focus on throughout his career.

This weekend he will be making a much anticipated return to Derry, where he will be treating Jazz fans to a taster of his latest album ‘Hooray For Love’ and signing copies of the CD, which just launched this week. And following a rapturous welcome in 2006, when he first headlined the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival, Stigers is looking forward to a lively show.

“The last time I was in the city the audience surprised the hell out of me,” he revealed ahead of his visit.

“I was totally blown away by their reaction to the show, it was a completely packed house and they were just so up for having a good time. That really resonated with me. I had been to Belfast before but never to Derry, so I didn’t know what to expect and it was fantastic to have so much fun and to get that kind of reception.”

His transition from the soulful style of his early career has been a natural one for Curtis, whose love of music stems from a childhood imbued with jazz influences.

Focusing on the promotion of his new album, Stigers is back out there doing what he does best, and looking forward to his visit to Derry this weekend, where he will play amidst the vaudeville surrounds of the Jazz Festival Spiegeltent.

And he’s promising a show to remember for both jazz fans and anyone hoping for some classic early 90’s Stigers. “We like to entertain our audience, I don’t just sit on stage, sing a few songs and go back to my hotel room,” he insists. “We like to tell a few stories, and interact as much as we can, and I like to meet people afterwards. I’ll be singing a few of my earlier hits, and I’ll be singing a few songs from my new album as well – we’re here for a party, not just a show.”

Fans of Curtis Stigers will be thrilled to hear that the 90’s icon will be signing copies of his new CD, Hooray for Love right after Sunday’s 7.30 p.m. show in the Spiegeltent, Guildhall Square.

For tickets to the show priced £12.50 phone the Playhouse Box Office on (028) 71268027, and for more information about all the events taking place throughout the five day festival go to www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com

It promises to be a night to remember.