Bray Jazz Festival
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Bray Jazz Festival

Bray Jazz Festival is an Irish jazz music festival that takes place in Bray, Ireland, on the May bank holiday weekend. The 2018 edition of Bray Jazz Festival takes place May 4th-6th. The event has established a reputation as Ireland's leading contemporary jazz music festival event. Participating will be Joe Lovano and Dave Douglas Quintet: Sound Prints, with Joey Baron, Linda Oh and Lawrence Fields; pianist Bobo Stenson and singer China Moses, amongst others.

Bray Jazz was established in 2000 with part-funding from Ireland's National Millennium Fund.[1]

Although boutique in scale, Bray Jazz has featured many of the leading name jazz and world music players from Ireland and abroad in the 17 years since it was first established .[2]

The festival is now one of the main cultural highlights on Ireland's jazz calendar, and has been described by The Irish Times as 'the connoisseurs jazz festival', and as 'one of the very best small jazz festival's in Europe (All About Jazz).[1][3]


Bray Jazz 2017

The 18th edition of Bray Jazz Festival featured performances by British big band Beats & Pieces, emerging Swedish saxophonist Malin Wattring and Australia's The Necks, and West African guitarist Lionel Loueke. Denmark's The Firebirds, Switzerlands Pilgrim, Estonia's Maarja Nuut Norway's Stian Christiansen, India's Shantala Subramanyam and Irish group Roamer, amongst others.

Bray Jazz 2016

The 17th edition of Bray Jazz Festival included performances by American pianist Kenny Werner, West African Grammy Award winning singer Dobet Ghanoré, and Swedish drummer Magnus Ostrom, formerly of e.s.te. A new church venue, The Well, featured concerts by Swiss group Vein featuring saxophonist Greg Osby, by Irish jazz composer and bassist Ronan Guilfoyle with 'A Shy Going Boy', and a solo piano recital featuring Mexican pianist Alex Mercado. Elsewhere, Norwegian hardanger fiddle player Nils Okland, Scottish harpist Catriona McKay, and a host of other names played.

Bray Jazz 2015

Bray Jazz Festival 2015 will feature concert performances by young American trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and by Brazilian jazz soul star Ed Motta.[4] Dublin City Jazz Orchestra will be conducted by Pete Churchill and joined by guest soloists Lauren Kinsella and Laura Jurd for a concert performances that honours the music of Kenny Wheeler. Other acts playing this year's festival include Sue Rynhart and Dan Bodwell, Francesco Turrisi's The Tacquin Experiments, Havana Che and the National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra Khai Jati Rosa.

Bray Jazz 2014

The 15th Bray Jazz Festival featured performances by New York based trumpeter and composter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine, by Brazilian guitarist Vinicius Cantuaria and by exciting new Norwegian saxophone talent Marius Neset. The performance by Dave Douglas was the first instance that a headline artist has returned to the festival. Other artists billed included the celebrated multi-national folk/trad quartet This is How we Fly, Indian classical players Joyeeta and Debajoti Sanyal and by other acts including Edel Meade, Hugh Buckley, Karovka, Booka Brass Band, Square Pegs, Toot Sweet, Zaska, JCQ and Manden Express.

Bray Jazz 2013

The 14th Bray Jazz Festival featured New York based Brazilian singer and pianist Eliane Elias, Norwegian bass player Mats Eilertsens Skydive, Christy Dorans New Bag, French trumpeter Médéric Collignon, as well as Swedish duo Norrland, Brass Jaw from Scotland, and a Balkan showcase featuring four leading Balkan and klezmer bands - Yurodny, Paprika, She'Koyokh and North Strand Kontra Band. The festival will also stage shows featuring Swiss cajun trio Mama Rosin, and by some of the best known names in Irish contemporary jazz.

Bray Jazz 2012

The 13th installment of Bray Jazz Festival took place on the May Weekend, 2012, and featured concerts by two-time Grammy Award winning South American singer Susana Baca from Peru, by the Tord Gustavsen Trio (Norway), by US clarinetist Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet, and by Warsaw Village Band (Poland), Mari Kvien Brunvoll (Norway), Matthias Loibner (Austria), and a host of leading name Irish jazz groups and musicians.

Bray Jazz 2011

The 12th Bray Jazz Festival featured concert appearances by award-winning Brazilian players Hamilton de Holanda & André Mehmari, by celebrated American jazz guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, and by a host of other international and home grown acts including Christine Tobin & Liam Noble, The Artvark Saxophone Quartet, guitar prodigy Andreas Varady, Tcha Limberger's Kalotaseg Trio, and Snowboy and The Latin Section.

Bray Jazz 2010

Bray Jazz Festival stage in 2010.

The festival's 2010 event featured guitar-led performances, including shows by the Wayne Krantz Trio (US), Wolfgang Muthspiel's trio (Austria/US), John Etheridge's Sweet Chorus (UK), Norwegian duo Trygve Seim and Frode Haltli, and Brazil's Trio Corrente.

Bray Jazz 2009

The 10th annual Bray Jazz Festival was staged on the weekend of May 1-3, 2009. Featured artists included :

  • Stefon Harris & Blackout (USA)
  • Mathias Eick Quartet (Norway)
  • Trio Sud featuring Sylvain Luc(France)
  • Tarab (Italy)
  • Boi Akih (Indonesia/Netherlands)
  • Rez Abbasi Quartet (with Kiran Ahluwalia) (USA)
  • Eri Yamamoto Trio (Japan/USA)
  • Orquestra do Fuba (Brazil)
  • Justin Adams & Juldah Kamara (UK/Gambia)
  • Yurodny (Irl)
  • Morla (Irl)
  • Sardjoe/Buckley/Guilfoyle (Irl/Ind)
  • Tommy Halferty French Trio (Irl/Fr)
  • Soweto Kinch & David Lyttle Trio (UK/Irl)

Bray Jazz 2008

Bray Jazz Festival 2008 featured performances by:


  1. ^ a b "Thousands expected in town again for eighth staging of what has become one of Ireland's top jazz events". The Independent. 26 April 2007. Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2006-10-15. Retrieved .CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) About Bray Jazz (retrieved 23 September 2006)
  3. ^ [1]
  4. ^ D'Arcy, Ciaran (1 May 2015). "Something for the Weekend". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2015.

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