Performance and Development opportunity for jazz and improvising musicians.
Improvised Music Company in partnership with The Ark and Sligo Jazz Project
November 2021
Improvised Music Company in partnership with The Ark and Sligo Jazz Project are seeking applications from professional artists in jazz and improvised music for short ‘scratch’ performances aimed at young audiences. For this edition we are focusing on artists based in Sligo and its immediate surroundings. The chosen artists will have a unique opportunity to devise, develop and deliver short live performances for audiences of children at The Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo on 26th & 27th November, 2021. Fun-Size Jazz is an intensive learning and development model which equips artists to create engaging professional content for young audiences.
IMC and the Ark will be hosting a digital briefing session for any interested artists on October 20th.

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SJP 21 Performers



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Ashley Pezzotti

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David Lyttle and Phil Robson

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Conor Guilfoyle Octet

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Scott Flanigan trio

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Paul Frost

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Matthew Halpin and Eddie Lee

Matthew Halpin's connection with the Sligo Jazz Project runs deep, having attended as a student for the first time in 2007 aged 16, he was the first young musician to graduate from being a participant on our summer school to a tutor in consecutive years. Since that time, Halpin's search in music has been relentless and wide reaching. It is with great excitement and pride that he has recently released his debut album as a leader. The Irish Times' Cormac Larkin writes, "Halpin's old-school sound, descended from Rollins and Joe Lovano (with whom he studied), is big and open, but his sensibility as a leader and composer is more inquisitive, running from the rambunctious science fiction funk of the album’s opening tracks to the remote, attenuated vocals of its closer. The group Halpin assembled for this set of 11 originals are all trusted associates, including much-lauded British keyboardist Kit Downes and inventive Irish drummer Sean Carpio. The leader may have put his name on it, and deserves all the praise that will follow this impressive debut but, creditably, Agreements is all about the collective and will further enhance the reputations of all involved."

The album is available for purchase on Bandcamp

Welcome to

Sligo Jazz Project

SJP 2021 will take place 20-25 July.

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Summer School

Sligo International Jazz Summer School is a 6 day event featuring workshops, masterclasses and jam sessions with some of the world’s finest jazz educators and musicians.

World Class Music

Jazz Festival

Previous festival acts have included Mike Stern/ Victor Wooten Band, Dhafer Youssef, Kenny Werner, Avishai Cohen, Yellowjackets, Christian Scott, The Bad Plus and many more.

Quality Sessions

Powerful Performances

Sligo Jazz Festival also features quality pub/hotel/cafe sessions with the best of Irish and international jazz acts, plus jam sessions featuring summer school participants and tutors alike.

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2019 Programme

Official Programme for Sligo Jazz Festival 2019.
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We use our constant fundraising drives to keep our events affordable and inclusive so that musicians of all backgrounds, ages and walks of life can have an opportunity to improve themselves.

Our annual summer school has grown to become one of Europe’s most important and inspiring jazz education events. The accompanying festival is a unique mixture of concerts, featuring the members of the summer school faculty and guest acts. Our summer school faculty has included the cream of Irish jazz musicians and international luminaries such as Rufus Reid (USA), Ernie Watts (USA), Paul Clarvis (UK), Adam Nussbaum (UK), Steve Rodby (USA), John Riley (USA), Paul Wertico (USA), Michael Manring (USA), Jean Toussaint (USA/UK), Janek Gwizdala (USA), Liane Carroll (UK), Jamie Oehlers (Australia), Ulf Wakenius (Sweden), Andreas Oberg (Sweden), Anita Wardell (UK), Dominique DiPiazza (France), Norma Winstone (UK), John Taylor (UK), Cleveland Watkiss (UK) and many more.

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What the Participants Thought?

Customer Testimonails

“What a delightful, colourful week, full of character, classless, ageless, bounding with joy and spirit and good humour….connecting, encouraging self-expression, interaction… opening doors that maybe some thought would forever remain closed, and others didn’t even know were shut tight”

Mike Walker Guitar Tutor 2015-16
Customer Testimonails

“I am still more and more aware of the true purpose of the music and the people who play it: to heal and unite the planet”

Kenny Werner SJP Faculty 2013
Customer Testimonails

“You can have the faculty giving you masterclasses in the morning, eating lunch with you, go to their concerts, they play with you in the jam sessions, so its really inclusive, and its just a very feelgood vibe. Come to Sligo Jazz, its worth whatever it takes to get here”

Noah Fishman (Maine, USA), participant 2010/2013.