AN INTIMATE FESTIVAL
Sligo Jazz Project Various venues, Sligo, till Sunday, sligojazz.ie
Sligo Jazz Project, now in its 13th year, may well be the largest such event in Europe this year. A student body of over 100 musicians from all over the world – ranging from seasoned professionals to rank beginners – plus a stellar faculty of tutors and mentors, descend on Sligo town for a week of instrumental tuition, master classes and ensemble training. By night, the faculty turn themselves into a series of impromptu bands such as you will rarely see in towns and cities many times bigger than Sligo. For its unique vibe, for the intimacy of its setting, and for the sheer goodwill and positive energy that it engenders, the Sligo Jazz Project has to be one of the happiest festivals of the year. This year’s faculty includes UK jazz-meetship-hop star Soweto Kinch (the festival’s artist-in-residence), impressive Australian fusion drummer Virgil Donati, effervescent UK vocalist (with Irish roots) Liane Carroll and renowned US bassist and educator John Goldsby, among many others.