New contest to brighten up the Limerick music scene

LIMERICK Jazz in association with Improvised Music Company has announced that it will welcome the very first young Irish jazz musician 2022 to the University concert hall next April.

The finalists of the competition will perform with a Limerick Jazz house band before a jury, led by world-renowned composer and legendary Limerick musician Bill Whelan.

The young Irish jazz musician chosen in 2022 will have the opportunity to make a professional studio recording with a professional ensemble.

They will also perform in the UCH Rising Stars Concert alongside outstanding young musicians of classical music and opera, and receive a scholarship to attend an international summer school, featuring young Irish jazz talent. on a larger stage.

A whole new essential platform for the best emerging talent in Irish jazz, the competition is open to young jazz musicians between the ages of 13-18. Details on how to apply are available at

Irish jazz history runs through both organizations as Limerick Jazz celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and Improvised Music Company its 30th.

The inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician Award highlights the exceptional talent of the Irish jazz scene and the promise of the next 40 years of jazz in Ireland.

Limerick Jazz and IMC plan to make this a regular event to raise the profile of jazz among young people who can combine their entries with the study of improvised music as part of their broader musical studies in the junior and senior cycles.

John Daly, President of Limerick Jazz, commented: “Limerick Jazz is both thrilled and delighted to launch this excellent initiative for our rising generation of jazz musicians. It is a natural development of our long-standing activity in teaching jazz. We are delighted to have IMC as a privileged partner for this event “.

Kenneth Killeen, Director of Improvised Music Company, added: “IMC is delighted to develop this Young Jazz Musician of the Year award with Limerick Jazz. Providing a platform to spotlight and recognize formative jazz talents is crucial for the development and long-term sustainability of this music and will provide a fantastic opportunity for the first winner in 2022. ”

Limerick Jazz Society is a registered charity and is supported by the Arts Council and Limerick City and County Council.

The final of the Young Irish Jazz Musician 2022 will take place on April 10.

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