In just a few hours time the opening notes will sound to usher in the 12th City of Derry Jazz Festival, The Journal’s Catherine Doran takes a look at the go to gigs...
HIGHLIGHTS on the FREE Jazz Trail
THURSDAY 2nd MAY: Frankie and Ian, 6pm, Richmond Centre; Rebecca Harkin Trio, 8pm, Masons Bar; Harry Connolly Band, 9.30pm, City Hotel; Cat Scratch Fever, 10pm, The Bentley; Jazztalk, 10pm, Grand Central Bar; Thumpin’ Jellyfish, 11pm, Masons Bar.
FRIDAY 3rd MAY: Phyllis Curran, 12noon, Custom House Restaurant; Jive Aces with special guest Rebecca Grant, 1pm, Foyleside Shopping Centre; Cafe Jazz Project, 2pm, Cafe Del Mondo; John and Fiona Trotter, 3pm, Tower Hotel; Lee Hedley Band, 5pm, Da Vinci’s Hotel; Les Swingin’ Lovers, 5.30pm, The Strand Bar; Wylding, 7.30pm, Mason’s bar; Bluez Katz, 8pm, Sandino’s; The Haciendas, 9pm, Da Vinci’s Hotel; Julien Colerossi Quartet, 10pm, Bennigans Bar; The Roaring Forties, 10pm, Dungloe Bar; Wide Mouthed Frogs, 10pm, Iona House; Kings of Rhythm, 10pm, Phoenix Bar; The Ska Beats, 10pm, The River Inn; Making Monsters, 11pm, Bound for Boston; Jiveoholics, 11pm, Da Vinci’s Hotel
SATURDAY 4th MAY: Gay McIntyre & Joe Quigley, 12.30pm, Tower Hotel; Martin John, 1pm, Da Vinci’s Hotel; The jazz Lads, 2pm, City Hotel; Jim McDermott with June Grant and Friends, 3pm, Badgers Bar; Mike Wilgar Band, 4pm, Sandinos; WELB Jazz band, 5pm, City Hotel; Murder Balladeers, 7pm, Cafe Del Mondo; Transition Swing, 7.30pm, Millennium Forum Piazza; Oo-bop-Sh’bam, 9pm, City Hotel; Gary Curran, 10pm, Abercorn Bar; The Vibe, 10pm, The Magnet Bar; Wide Mouth Frogs, 10pm, Laurence’s Bar; The Roaring Forties, 10pm, Tinneys Bar; Carmen Ghia and the Hot Rods, 10.30pm, Cafe Del Mondo, The Jive Aces, 11pm, The City Hotel.
SUNDAY 5th MAY: Palais Swing Band, 1pm, Da Vinci’s Hotel; Superstition, 1pm, Guildhall Suare Stage; Ruth James, 2.30pm, Richmond Centre; Ursula and Co. 3pm, Everglades Hotel; Victoria Geelan, 4pm, Sandinos; Mr E Trio, 5pm, Grand Central Bar; Blues Katz, 6pm, The Bentley; Greggi G and his Crazy Gang, 9pm, Downeys bar; Ronnie Greer Band, 10pm, Carraig Bar; Turn It Loose, 10pm, Don Bar; WILD, 10pm, The Argyle Arms; Dougie Breslin, 10pm, Tracey’s bar.
MONDAY 6th MAY: BBC Radio 3’s Jazz Line-Up, 2pm, Tower Hotel; R. Paul, 2pm, Foylesdei Shopping Centre; End of Festival jam Session, all musicians welcome, 9.30pm, Masons Bar.
TICKETED events worth checking out include:
Thursday 2nd May, The Soul Rebels, 9pm, The Nerve Centre, Tickets, £12.50, available from the Nerve Centre, (028) 71260562.
Thursday 2nd May, Dark Energy Trio, 8pm, The Playhouse, Tickets, £5, available from the Playhouse, (028) 71268027.
Friday 3rd May and Saturday 4th May, The Overtones, 8pm, The Millennium Forum, Tickets, £14.50, £19.50, £24.50, available from the Millennium Forum, (028) 71264455.
Friday 3rd May, Brass Impact Big Band with guest Andrew Monk, 8.30pm, The Waterside Theatre, Tickets, £5, available from the Waterside Theatre, (028) 71314000.
Friday 3rd May, Ard Ri, The Murder balladeers and Paddy Nash & the Happy Enchiladas, 9pm, The Glassworks, Tickets, £5.
Saturday 4th May and Sunday 5th May, Paul McIntyre Trio and guest, 2pm, The Playhouse, Tickets, £5, available from the Playhouse, (028) 71268027.
Saturday 4th May, Grand Vintage Ball featuring the Puppini Sisters, 8pm, The Vewnue, Ebrington, Tickets, £19.50, available from the Millennium Forum, (028) 71264455.
Sunday 5th May, Club Cabaret, 8pm, The Playhouse, Tickets, £5, available from the Playhouse, (028) 71268027.