Jazz festival gets into full swing

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Around 40,000 music lovers are set to converge on Derry this weekend for the city’s 10th Jazz and Big Band Festival.

More than 500 musicians will play in 76 venues across Derry as the festival - which was offically launched last night - gets into full swing over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Johnny Murray, Festival Organiser, says this year’s line up caters to every taste.

“But don’t take my word for it, pick up a programme and get out there and enjoy the music for yourself,” he says.

For the first time in the festival’s history, some of the Jazz world’s classic performances will be screened on a big screen in Guildhall Square.

Festival favourite and regular Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, plays the first of his two sold out concerts this evening. Further highlights include performances from Brass Jazz, Keith Harkin, the Dublin I.T. Big Band, the Lol Coxhill trio, the Chet Baker Story, James Huish and the Michael Buble Tribute Band, the Mark McKnight Quartet, child prodigy Andreas Varady, and the David Lyttle Group.

It is estimated the festival is worth around £2million to the local economy.

Click www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com for more information