Premier acts heading this way for another big weekend!

Jazz pianist, John Leighton. (1804SL30) Photo: Stephen Latimer
Jazz pianist, John Leighton. (1804SL30) Photo: Stephen Latimer

With just days to go until the opening notes of the City of Derry Jazz Festival, the city’s arts hub, The Playhouse, is planning a jazz extravaganza to remember.

Considering some of the premier acts lined up for the weekend, the intimate surroundings of The Playhouse Theatre are sure to attract jazz lovers.

As preparations for the event get into full swing, Playhouse Director Niall McCaughan said: “We are delighted to be involved in what has evolved into such a major event for the city, and one that has made Derry the jazz capital of Ireland.”

On the opening night of the weekend’s events, Thursday, May 2, The Dark Energy Trio will take to the stage. The trio features double bass supremo Alan Niblock, who will be joined on stage by saxophonist Paul Dunmall and Mark Sanders.

David Lyttle is once again returning to perform at the Playhouse on Friday, May 3. This time the urban jazz maestro will be bringing with him iconic pianist Jason Rebello.

There’s plenty of local interest too. Paul McIntyre, son of the legendary Gay, brings his trio, featuring Myles Drennan, Dave Fleming and special guest Ritchie Buckley. They’ll take to the Playhouse stage on the afternoon of Saturday, May 4. Up-and-coming jazz pianist John Leighton, who has been making quite a name for himself on the Irish jazz scene, will perform later that evening.

Completing the Playhouse’s outstanding jazz line up will be none other than that jazz icon already mentioned, Gay McIntyre, who will be special guest of Louis Stewart on the Sunday.

They will be joined by Paul McIntyre and Dave Fleming for what promises to be an incredible close to the festival.

Contact the Playhouse Box Office on: 71 268027.