Press Release

Limerick Jazz Festival Celebrates Forty Years of Jazz in
the Midwest

Wednesday, 10th August 2022

LIMERICK City will host the twelfth annual Limerick Jazz Festival, from September 21st – 25th 2022.

Limerick Jazz Society is celebrating its fortieth anniversary this year and has programmed some very special events for Limerick Jazz Festival to mark the occasion. The highlights are:

• Irish Premiere: The Eternal Flame, a mixture of spoken word and music for jazz orchestra. The text will be based on Mike Finn’s very successful play Bread Not Profits, commemorating the Limerick Soviet of 1919, and will be narrated by the authored colleagues. The music is composed  by David O’Rourke, an Irish jazz guitarist who has become a major figure on the New York jazz scene since 1989.

• A live performance of Charlie Parker with Strings which is a first performance in Ireland, one of the most celebrated albums in the history of jazz. The performance is based on the original studio charts and features a full string orchestra along with a jazz rhythm section and soloists David Lee Jones (US) and Jesús Santandreu.(Spain)

• The Irish premiere of A Bit of a Peregrination a new work by Ronan Guilfoyle inspired by and featuring passages from James Joyce’s Ulysses performed by Janet Moran (voice) and a group of leading Irish and French contemporary jazz musicians..

The Jed Levy/Phil Robson Quartet

• Klaus Falshlunger and Luciano Biondine

• The Paul Jost Quartet

• The Bruce Bart/Sara Dowling Quartet

• The Michelangelo Scandroglio Quintet

• The John Donegan Sextet

• The Tony Miceli/David O’Rourke Quartet

John Daly from the Limerick Jazz Festival said “We are delighted to announce this year’s festival line-up and it’s great to be back with all live performances after the last two years. As always, we have a wonderful international group of performers from Ireland, the US, the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. 2022 is a big anniversary for us and the festival programme celebrates other big anniversaries such as the Limerick Soviet and the publication of Ulysses. The large number of special one-off events we are staging is a first for the Irish jazz festival scene and we plan to keep strengthening our programming in the future.”

Pippa Little of Limerick Culture and Arts said: “Limerick Jazz Festival is now an established and successful part of the city’s cultural calendar. It has shown great resilience to stage a combination of online and live music in both 2020 and 2021, and this year’s programme shows great innovation and originality.” 

Limerick Jazz Festival is promoted by the Limerick Jazz Society. It is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.

Limerick Jazz Society is the longest continually active jazz society in Ireland and celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, an incredible milestone, with the first Limerick Jazz Festival being launched in 2012. Its Spring and Autumn performance seasons feature leading international and Irish musicians. Since 2007 it has also provided jazz education programs through Limerick Jazz Workshop, the only regular jazz workshop in Ireland outside Dublin. Limerick Jazz Society is a registered charity.

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