Press Release April 16, 2018

Sligo Jazz Project has announced its main festival concert programme. Highlights of the annual festival, which this year runs from July 24-29, include a Big Band performance of Donald Fagen’s Nightfly album arranged by top UK arranger Malcolm Edmonstone, Brian Byrne’s Goldenhair, inspired by the poetry of James Joyce, and a rare Sligo appearance by Celtic fusion group The Olllam, featuring Vulfpeck bass sensation Joe Dart, plus concerts by Liane Carroll & friends, the annual appearance of the SJP Allstars and a curiously brilliant virtuosic performance by Two Bass Hit featuring two world renowned electric bassists, Federico Malaman (Italy) and Swede Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops/Maroon 5). Also notable is a masterclass by one of the world’s most exciting bassists, Joe Dart, at the Hawk’s Well Theatre prior to The Olllam concert on Wednesday 25th July. Sligo Jazz Project’s unique festival features all 26 of the stellar 2018 summer school teaching faculty and many other invited guests including trumpet ace Ryan Quigley and a specially assembled Big Band for the Thursday and Friday concerts.



TUES 24 JULY 8pm €18/15/9

Liane Carroll and Friends
Celebrating our stellar 2018 summer school line up, a night of songs and tunes featuring

and friends

WEDS 25 JULY July 3:30pm-4:30pm €20/€16/10
Joe Dart: Bass Superstar Masterclass

Vulfpeck’s international bass sensation Joe Dart gives a rare masterclass prior to his appearance in this theatre with The Olllam - with some help from SJP’s bass maestro Federico Malaman and drummer Nicolas Viccaro.

WEDS 25 July 8pm DOUBLE BILL €18/15/9
The Olllam
Two Bass Hit
with Federico Malaman & Henrik Linder

The Olllam
Equally at home at Temple Bar trad Fest and Sligo Jazz, The Olllam have been described as Neo-Acoustic Celtic Post-Rock. Whatever outrageous label they are given, The Olllam featuring piper John McSherry, multi-instrumentalist Tyler Duncan, bassist Joe Dart and drummer Michael Shimmin weave an utterly irresistible web of musical intrigue. File under good music!
Two Bass Hit
On his Sligo return, internet bass sensation Federico Malaman is joined by the sensational Swede, Dirty Loops bassist Henrik Linder, with French drummer Nicolas Viccaro (Dhafer Youssef, etc) and other guests TBA. Don’t miss two of the greatest bass players on the planet today

THURS 26 July €20/18/10
SJP Big Band featuring Malcolm Edmonstone, Liane Carroll, Ryan Quigley, Mike Walker & many others. NIGHTFLY & OTHER STORIES
Music by Donald Fagen, Mike Walker and others, arranged for Big Band.
One of the UK’s finest arrangers, Malcolm Edmonstone has arranged Donald Fagen’s legendary Nightfly album for big band and singers. SJP’s stellar big band will perform arrangements from this repertoire and other big band numbers arranged by members of its 2018 Faculty including Linley Hamilton & Mike Walker.

FRI 27 JULY, 8pm €20/18/10
Words by James Joyce, Music by Brian Byrne
Featuring The SJP Big Band, guests including Lucia Evans, William Byrne, Paul Booth, Ryan Quigley & others.
Brian Byrne's album “Goldenhair” masterfully interweaves James Joyce's poems with a variety of musical styles from traditional to jazz. The specially augmented SJP Big Band’s All Star line up is the perfect ensemble for Byrne’s creative masterwork.

SAT 28 JULY 8pm €20/18/10
Sligo Jazz’s summer school faculty has grown exponentially over the years. Every year we celebrate the amazing musicians who come here for the week in a revue style concert this year lead by Malcolm Edmonstone. This year’s All Star concert features no less than 26 amazing musicians from 10 countries including Liane Carroll, Malcolm Edmonstone, Federico Malaman, Neal Wilkinson, Paul Booth and many more.

Sligo Jazz Project International Summer School & Festival 24-29 July 2018

IT Sligo, Hawk’s Well Theatre and other venues.

Sligo Jazz Project hosts the most inclusive jazz education event, one of the biggest ever held in Europe, this July 24-29, with its biggest summer school faculty ever: 26 tutors will give a mind-expanding series of instrumental masterclasses, workshops on a variety of subjects from composition and harmony to rhythm training and ensemble playing. As well as catering for pro, semi-pro and amateur adult musicians, thanks to SJP’s partnership with Music Generation Sligo, this year’s Youth Academy will host up to 40 young people aged 10-18 years old from Ireland and abroad.

Key Features 2018:

• Stellar Faculty: This year’s summer school tutors include session players who have played with Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Eric Clapton, Van Morrison, Nina Simone, Maroon 5, Dirty Loops, Paul McCartney and Hans Zimmer to name but a few.
• SJP’s 26-strong faculty of 2018 tutors include Parliamentary Jazz award winners Liane Carroll and Emilia Martensson, Italian bass sensation Federico Malaman, sensational Swede Henrik Linder, top session men Paul Booth, Neal Wilkinson and Malcolm Edmonstone and many more.
• Composer-in-Residence: For the first time SJP has a composer-in-residence for the week of the summer school - Golden Globe-nominated score-writer, arranger composer and pianist Brian Byrne will give daily composition masterclasses and a performance of his work “Goldenhair”, based on the poems of James Joyce at the Sligo Jazz Festival.
• Big Band Nights: SJP’s own big band, comprised of many of its tutors and augmented with the top players in the UK and Ireland, has become a feature of recent years at SJP. This year a special big band night features Malcolm Edmonstone’s arrangement for big band and singers of Donald Fagen’s Nightfly along with music arranged and/or composed by other members of SJP’s stellar teaching faculty.
• All participants on the summer school get a complete festival season ticket to all Sligo Jazz Festival concerts included in their fees which range from €200 upwards for the week.

2018 Faculty Members

Voice: Liane Carroll. Sara Colman, Emilia Martensson (UK)
Piano, Composer in Residence: Brian Byrne (IE)
Piano: Malcolm Edmonstone (UK), Scott Flanigan (NI), Kieran Quinn (IE)
Saxophone: Paul Booth (UK), Meilana Gillard (USA/NI), Ciaran Wilde (IE), Cathal Roche (IE), Matthew Halpin (IE)
Drums: Neal Wilkinson (UK), Nicolas Viccaro (Fra), Paul Clarvis (UK) Steve Davis (NI), David Lyttle (NI)
Double Bass: John Goldsby (USA/DE)
Electric Bass: Henrik Linder (Swe), Federico Malaman (Ita)
Trombone: Shannon Barnett (AUS/DE)
Trumpet: Linley Hamilton (NI)
Guitar: Mike Walker (UK), Mike Nielsen (Ire), Joseph Leighton (NI)
Violin: Oleg Ponomarev (Rus/IE)
Youth Academy in Association with Music Generation Sligo: Cathal Roche, Ciaran Wilde and Kieran Quinn.


Founded in 2005 to promote jazz education and performance in the region, Sligo Jazz Project has grown beyond all expectations, hosting arguably the biggest and best annual event of its kind in Europe. It incorporates a world renowned jazz summer school running hand in hand with one of Europe's most unique jazz and improvised music festivals.
Each year, over one hundred and twenty summer school participants take a week in July to hone their music skills receiving expert instrumental tuition and performance guidance, avail of networking opportunities and enjoy a selection of world leading jazz musicians and ensembles performing. Typically, the program will involve fifty workshops and masterclasses, along with twice daily jam sessions and an acclaimed full-blown international jazz festival.
All summer school participants gain entry to all Sligo Jazz Festival concerts along with the summer school programme that runs 10am-4pm each day and avail of twice daily jam sessions in this action-packed week.

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