Fast Facts:

  • Location: Cork, Ireland
  • Attraction Type: Event
  • Significance: One of the major cultural attractions of Ireland.
  • Best Time to visit: October 23rd — 26th (Cork Jazz Festival 2009)
  • Admission Charges: Ticket prices vary depending on the venue and the performance. Passes can be booked on the internet from the 1st of July onwards. There are plenty of free shows as well.
  • How to Reach:10 minutes taxi ride from Cork Airport. Most venues are about 10 minutes walk from the city center.
  • International Airport. You can also reach Edinburgh by train or bus from many parts of the UK.
  • Nearest Airport: Cork Airport

With its fabulous blend of medieval streets lined with 21st-century stores and constructions, Cork in Ireland has all it takes to host a Jazz festival. A blend of traditional and modernity — the mantra of true Jazz — is what defines the ethos of the city itself. Sponsored by Guinness, the Cork Jazz Festival is one of the major cultural attractions of Ireland.

History of Cork Jazz Festival

Ever since its introduction in 1978, the Cork Jazz festival has played host to some of the greatest names in jazz — including Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, and Art Blakey. As is obvious, the early stars were the greatest names from the field of Bebop, Cool Jazz and what was then considered to be modern Jazz. Apart from inviting these iconic figures from across the Atlantic shores, Cork has also been a platform for some of the leading and promising European Jazz musicians to showcase their talents.

With the broadening of the Jazz horizon and ever-increasing number of sub-genres, musicians with more eclectic ethnicities and musical directions started to play a major role. Presently, hip-hop, soul and blues, Latin Jazz as well as Free Jazz share the stage with more traditional forms like swing, Dixieland and bebop.

Cork Jazz Festival 2009

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2009 promises to be a great event with a number of Jazz related musical styles on display. It will be held between October 23rd and 26th and about 40,000 visitors are expected in this quiet Irish township witnessing performances by more than a thousand musicians. Claudio Roditi, the trumpet star from Brazil, will be performing with Klaus Ignatzek Group and promises to be one of the top draws of the event. Other exciting events include the Irish debut of Milk and Jade Dana Leong. This show will be held at the Half Moon Theater on October 24th at 11 pm.

Cork Jazz Festival Venues

Jazz shows are held all over the city of Cork. While the Everyman Palace Theater, Cork Opera House and the Triskel Arts Center are the most popular venues, there will be continuous performances held at the Gresham Metropole Hotel and over 40 pubs and clubs. The best part of these small informal performances is that most of them are for free. It is important to simply be at Cork during the festival time, and you can be sure of catching a sound of Jazz at almost anywhere you happen to land up. If you want to learn more about Jazz or want to hone your musical skills, do not miss out on the many workshops held by leading musicians and groups or the various Jazz related exhibitions.

Accommodation in Cork

Cork has a number of hotels, inns and guest houses. Most of them offer special offers during the festival time. Some on rent establishments are also available specifically during this time of the year. Hayfield Manor Hotel, Cork International Airport Hotel, Clarion Hotel, and Kingsley Hotel are some of the leading accommodation facilities of the city. However, make sure to book beforehand as there is a great rush of tourists during that time of the year.

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