Guinness Cork Jazz Festival

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Country and Region IrelandCork
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Cork, County Cork, Ireland
Festival Contact Information

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Jack Mc Gouran
Guinness Jazz Festival Office
80 Haddington Road
Dublin 4, County Dublin, Ireland
Phone: (353) 1-637-5219

Festival Description

Cork City, situated on Southern Ireland's scenic coast, is well used to invasion. For 200 years the Vikings made it an important trading post, then it was the turn of the Anglo Normans. Now it's the turn of up to 40,000 music fans who travel to Cork each October to sample great music, atmosphere, food and fun. Renowned as Europe's friendliest Jazz Festival, the event has hosted many of the jazz 'greats' in its history—Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Buddy Rich, Mel Torme, Cleo Laine, Dave Brubeck, Benny Carter, Joe Zawinul, Art Blakey, Gerry Mulligan, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, Stephane Grappelli, Chick Corea, John Mc Laughlin and lots more. The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is Ireland's biggest and most prestigious jazz event and is one of the most important events on Ireland's arts and cultural calendar.

Festival Dates October 28 - 31, 2011
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Artist feature 2010:
  • Omar Sosa
    Performance — Sunday, October 24, 2010, at Everyman Palace Theatre, Cork
    • Omar Sosa is a musician extraordinaire — composer, arranger, pianist, percussionist, improvisatore, communicator. His Afro-Cuban based mix of jazz and world music is broadly expressive - full of power and passion, subtlety and grace. Omar draws from each culture he touches the energy and storytelling of hip-hop, the free-spirited experimentation of jazz, the heartfelt emotion of an Afro-Ecuadorian choir, the sensuality of popular Cuban music, the hypnotic trance of Gnawa ritual. The result is a modern, urban music with a Latin jazz heart. Born and raised in Camaguey, Cuba, Omar Sosa studied percussion for many years at the prestigious Escuela Nacional de Musica in Havana. When he couldn’t find his first-choice instrument the marimba he began to focus on the piano, finishing his formal studies in 1984 at the Instituto Superior de Arte, also in Havana. In the late ‘80’s, having studied everything from Afro-Cuban folkloric traditions to European classical music, he began working with two Cuban pop singers - first Vicente Feliu, then Xiomara Laugart and helped jump-start a Cuban hip-hop scene in the early ‘90’s through his collaboration with Cuban rapper Ofill. For more information visit, or for complete concert information, please visit


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