What’s New Guide Bray Jazz Festival 2022

Back for the first time since 2019, excitement is building for the return of the Bray Jazz Festival on the May bank holiday weekend.

ringing top quality international music to County Wicklow, the festival returns for its 21st year with a slightly reduced post-pandemic format, coming April 29, 30 and May 1.

Performances will take place at various venues in Bray and beyond. The festival also includes free events.

Here is what happens:

friday april 29

Mermaid Arts Center (8 p.m.) – Bill Frisell Trio (USA)

The last time the American guitar legend visited Ireland, he packed the 1,200-seat National Concert Hall. It’s no surprise, then, that his visit to the Bray Jazz is already sold out – with a huge waiting list.

Umbra– Guitarist Chris Guilfoyle’s quintet will open for Frisell.

Whale Theatre, Greystones (8 p.m.) – Michael Janisch Band (USA/UK)

Bassist Janisch has become a household name in British jazz since moving to London over 15 years ago. He is a MOBO Award winner and his band includes some of the best young talent in British jazz.

Harbor Bar (8:30 p.m.) – Atsch (Germany/Ireland)

German guitarist Matthias Winkler launches a new album in the opening show of a jam-packed weekend at the Harbor Bar.

Harbor Bar (10:15 p.m.) – Origin Story (Ireland)

The jazz trio whose 2020 debut album ‘Good Friday’ was The Irish Times’ Irish Jazz Album of that year.

O’Sullivans Bar, Castle St (8.30pm) – Leo Osio and Antonello D’Orazio

A duo composed of a Venezuelan pianist and an Italian saxophonist will perform.

Hibernia Bar, Strand Road (9.30pm) – Denny Bugle

Audiences can enjoy jazz with Denny Bugle.

Saturday April 30

Town hall of Bray (council room) 10:30 a.m. – Jazz workshop

This event will share tips and tricks for playing jazz, funk and swing grooves with the Michael Janisch Band.

Mermaid Arts Center (2:30 p.m.) Birth of the Cool Octet by Conor Guilfoyle (Ireland)

Drummer Guilfoyle recreates the ‘cool jazz’ sounds of the American West Coast.

Town Hall of Bray, (6:30 p.m.) – Renaud Garcia Fons and Claire Antonini (France)

The world-renowned bass and oriental music maestro explores sounds from the Baroque to the Arabian Peninsula.

Harbor Bar (6:30 p.m.) – Andrea Jones Quartet (Ireland)

The young jazz saxophonist is joined by some of the freshest young talent in Irish jazz for an evening of first class entertainment.

Mermaid Arts Center (8 p.m.) – Yazz Ahmed Quartet (UK)

The exciting new star of London’s urban jazz, trumpeter Ahmed is the headliner on Saturday night. She’s making a welcome first visit to Irish shores for her performance at Bray’s arts venue, which is sure to be a highlight of this year’s festival.

Randy Ingram Trio (USA/Ireland) will open for Ahmed.

Harbor Bar (8:30 p.m.) – Aoife Doyle Band (Ireland)

The Bray-born singer is making a welcome visit to her hometown with her excellent new album.

Harbor Bar (10:15 p.m.) – Latin Swing Quintet (Venezuala/Ireland)

Audiences can expect driving Latin sounds from this superb Dublin-based combo.

Hibernia Inn, Strand Road (9:30 p.m.,) Firm Roots

Combo led by ex-Hothouse Flower Jerry Fehily

Sunday May 1

Mermaid Arts Center (2:30 p.m.) – Ilaria Capalbo Quintet

This is the first Irish visit for the sensational young Italian bassist and her great Swedish band.

Powerscourt Distillery, Enniskerry (2pm) – Loco Swing (Ireland/Italy)

Enjoy an afternoon of combo music led by Italian saxophonist Antonello D’Orazio.

Powerscourt Distillery, Enniskerry (3.30pm) – Luisa Annibali Band (Ireland/Italy)

The Italian singer will play jazz, neo soul and Latin.

Harbor Bar (6:30 p.m.) – Shane Latimer Quartet with Thomas Backman (Ireland/Sweden)

Guitarist Latimer and his band featuring Swedish saxophonist Backman will perform at the popular Bray Hall.

Bray Town Hall (6:30 p.m.) – Ariel Bart Trio (Israel/Japan)

Enjoy a performance by the young harmonica prodigy with a trio of cellist and piano

Mermaid Arts Center (8 p.m.) – Tord Gustavsen Trio (Norway)

The pianist Gustavsen is one of the great stars of Scandinavian jazz.

Carole Nelson Trio (Ireland) will open for Gustavsen before her performance at the Mermaid Arts Centre.

Harbor Bar (8:30 p.m.) – Tudo Bem (Ireland/Brazil)

Discover the sounds of Brazilian jazz from this dazzling quintet

Harbor Bar (10:15 p.m.) – Richie Buckley Quartet (Ireland)

Irish saxophonist Buckley is one of the giants of Irish jazz and this is sure to be an evening of entertainment not to be missed.

Hibernia Inn, Strand Road (9.30pm) – Danny Tobin Blues Band (Ireland)

Bray blues guitarist Tobin leads his combo

O’Sullivan’s Bar, Castle Street – Orlando Molino Duo (Venezuela)

The South American guitarist is sure to wow audiences with Latin sounds.

Monday, May 2

Wicklow Wolf Visitor Centre, Newtownmountkennedy (3.30pm) – Aaron Murphy Quintent

Combo led by emerging Irish jazzman Murphy

Wicklow Wolf Visitor Centre, Newtownmountkennedy (5pm) – Charlie Mooney Sextet

Six-piece band led by guitarist Mooney, who will also release their new album.

For tickets and more, go to brayjazz.com

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