Sligo Jazz Festival 2022 Program Launch / Camilla George Quartet

Sligo Jazz Festival returns July 19-24 – Sligo Jazz Project will launch the official festival program on Wednesday June 15 at the Hawks Well Theatre, which hosts most of the main festival events. The festival program kicks off at 7 p.m. and will be followed at 8 p.m. by a concert in partnership with the Hawks Well Theater and Music Network, featuring the Camilla George Quartet.

The Quartet includes many stars of the British jazz scene. Camilla’s love for the fusion of African and Western music has made her a unique voice on the international jazz circuit. She will be taking her all-star band to Ireland for an unmissable 10-date tour blending her hypnotic blend of Afrofuturism, hip hop and jazz. She will be joined by Renato Paris (keyboard and vocals), Jihad Darwish (electric bass and double bass) and Rod Youngs (drums). Expect jazz grooves and afrobeat fusions. One not to miss

Sligo Jazz Festival program launch: 7.00pm: Aperitif – all welcome

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The lineup for Sligo Jazz Festival 2022 is as always an eclectic mix of fusion, straight bop, modern and ambient jazz and funk featuring some of the greatest performers from Europe and the USA.

Artist-in-Residence this year, award-winning British composer and bandleader Nikki Iles will perform with a specially assembled jazz orchestra on Thursday 21 July featuring, among others, guitarist Mike Walker, for whom Nikki has written several pieces of music. Also present is her husband Pete Churchill, one of the UK‘s most famous jazz vocal educators and arrangers, so expect him to show up where you least expect it. They are joined by Irish and international artists who make up the largest faculty to date – thirty people – on the summer school.

Norwegian jazz tuba player Daniel Herskedal brings his trio to Ireland for the first time with an exclusive Irish performance on Wednesday July 19, rising star of the New York jazz scene Ashley Pezzotti performs on Friday 22 in one of the many double programs at this year’s festival, an all-star opening night with TRYPL (UK) and a stellar international rhythm section When combined with the annual summer school, the largest and most inclusive of Europe, which takes place at ATU Sligo, this week always offers equal measures of education, entertainment and inspiration. As festival artistic director Eddie Lee says, “There will be hugs! We look forward to welcoming our many summer school attendees back to Sligo after a two year absence of physical events, there will be much love and joy about this year’s events.”

Download the program from www.sligojazz.ie

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