Guinness Cork Jazz Festival lineup expanded with eclectic mix of acts and events announced


Organizers of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival have just announced a host of additional acts and events taking place in Cork City this October bank holiday weekend.

Not just a Cork first, but a world first, Chuck Stewart’s collection of photographs has been carefully curated over the past four years to debut at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. There ““We Got the Jazz” Photography Exhibition presents the work of the African-American fine art photographer, recognized as the most important musical photographer of the 20th century. He will be free to see from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday/Saturday/Sunday and Monday. Each evening there will be a paid immersive experience that people are invited to attend with special performances by harpist Brandee Younger, in Corks oldest church – St Peter’s Church. Chuck’s family will be present for the launch of the exhibition. Tickets available here.

The exciting addition of ‘The Jazz Boat’ with music by Jerron ‘Blindboy’ Paxton. The 32-year-old global blues, jigs, reels and ragtime sensation hails from Compton, Los Angeles and will be the star of this boat tour. Sailing through the scenic spots of Cork Harbor and with only 70 tickets available, seats will sell out fast. Limited number of tickets available here

Three new events have been announced for Live at St Luke’s, a unique venue that was a former church:

  • The opening show’s triple-header will be a melting pot of the most exciting and experimental voices in hip-hop, jazz and neo-soul right now as a Cork local Jarjarjr presents Soul Service with Kassa Overall, Bricknasty & The Sam Healy Quartet. Jarjarir, aka Robert O’Halloran, is a cult figure in beatmaking and hip hop and his jazz band is recognized as one of Cork’s finest young jazz musicians. Kassa Overall is a Grammy-nominated musician, entertainer, singer, producer, and drummer, a product of the New York jazz scene who blends cutting-edge experimentation with hop-hop production techniques. Tomoki Sanders, the son of the late Phaorah Sanders, plays with Kassa. Phaorah will be featured in the Chuck Stewart exhibit. Ballymun’s Bricknasty are becoming one of the most talked about live artists in Ireland for their combination of R&B, hip-hop and anarchic music. Tickets on sale.
  • Triple header Omar X Zaska X Jeru the Damaja show on friday 28e at 7:30 p.m. Singer/songwriter/producer Omar is known to many as the father of British neo-soul, and Stevie Wonder is one of his many fans. By interpreting her new album which will be released the week before the festival, Zaska will seduce the youngest with her well-being mixture of neo-soul, modern funk and indie jazz. Zaska has collaborated with Hozier and is musical director for Mas Exodus, and will also be playing live backing for OMAR & hip hop legend Jeru, which is a first and a real moment for jazz. Tickets on sale.
  • Cooks but we are chefs is a Saturday afternoon matinee of funk, hip-hop, jazz and soul, open to families and children. This group is receiving international acclaim and the festival is looking forward to showcasing the collective. Tickets on sale.

Two new acts have been announced at Triskel:

  • Andy Sheppard East Coast will perform on Sunday, October 30 at 8 p.m. ECM artist and composer Andy Sheppard is one of Europe’s most prominent saxophonists. Sheppard will be joined by three of the most innovative instrumentalists at work today: John Parricelli on guitars, Dudley Philips on double bass and Mário Costa on drums.
  • Amaro Freitas will perform on Saturday, October 29 at 2 p.m. From the slums of Recife in northeast Brazil to international jazz icon, Amaro Freitas gained international attention for “an approach to the keyboard so unique it’s startling” (Downbeat). Amaro takes center stage in Cork to bring the excitement and energy of his art to the festival. Tickets on sale.

Other must-see acts this holiday weekend include:

  1. Jazzanova: Only a handful of shows this year, the Everyman Line-up’s first show sees Detroit’s strats record reinvented with the blessing of families. Tickets on sale.
  2. Toshin as Aretha: Playing the role of Aretha Franklin, Toshín recently sold The Sugar Club in Dublin, this much-loved Irish soul/RnB artist is taking the world by storm and is sure to pay tribute to her musical hero. Tickets on sale.
  3. Mas Exodus + Omar and Jeru: Part-funded by Catherine Martin and the Department of Culture, Mas Exodus + Omar and Jeru is a collection of musicians who were brought together during Covid by festival director Mark Murphy. An exciting collision of house, jazz, soul and Afro styles, this team will be in residence for the weekend and are sure to deliver standing ovations. Tickets on sale.
  4. Laufey: An Icelandic/American/Asian woman, she recently starred on Jimmy Kimmel. A nod to old-school jazz but with a modern twist, she’s sure to fill seats for her one and only show on Sunday nights. Tickets on sale.
  5. Booka Brass Band: Taking the stage at the Cork Opera House, playing their unique brand of New Orleans-inspired urban brass with upbeat sets, the sold-out band, backed by Bricknasty, are sure to bring the festival vibe for the weekend. -holiday end. Tickets on sale.

Festival-goers can optimize their festival experience and make sure to reach the best music venues by consulting the map Guinness music trail which offers music for all appetites. Partygoers will experience everything from ska to swing and jazz to brass, as the trail takes you to more than 60 venues across Cork City, Douglas and Kinsale, hosting an impressive array of jazz acts from across the country. Ireland and elsewhere.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is supported by Diageo, Failte Ireland and Cork City Council. For complete event information, visit



Established in 1978, the festival has stood the test of time and is now in its 43rd year. The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has gone from strength to strength over the decades, bringing a world class offering to the banks of the Lee which over the years has included a stellar constellation of jazz legends from Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, BB King and Dizzy Gillespie, to Ronnie Scott, George Melly, Cleo Laine and Sonny Rollins.

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