THE NINTH annual Galway Jazz Festival, which opened on Tuesday, will see Irish and international jazz musicians performing across throughout the weekend.
The highlights of this year’s festival will be legendary pianist Bertha Hope and acclaimed German singer/pianist Olivia Trummer. There will also be shows from Irish saxophonist Michael Buckley and guitarist/composer Mike Nielsen.
The late night Festival Club returns to the Oyster Bar, Hotel Meyrick, tomorrow and Saturday, where resident festival musicians and an array of special guests will gather for an impromptu party and jam session from 11pm until late.
The festival will also seek to nurture interest in jazz among Galway city and county youth with the Jazz For Juniors programme for primary schools. This will allow children the opportunity to participate in extensive workshops and to develop their appreciation of and ear for jazz music, experiment with musical instruments, jam along to jazz tunes, and meet festival performers.
To view the full festival line-up or to purchase tickets see www.galwayjazzfestival.com, the Town Hall Theatre (091 - 569777, www.tht.ie ), email [email protected], or see www.facebook.com/galwayjazz Tickets are also available on the door.