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44th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival returns with stellar program, line-up and feel with new venues, locations and more to be announced

The festival returns for its 44th year with a host of new acts, venues, and experiences to surprise and delight attendees. Taking place over the October Bank Holiday weekend from the 28th – 31st, this year’s line-up is incredibly special with some of the biggest names in jazz gracing the stage for what is set to be the most magnetic Guinness Cork Jazz Festival we have seen yet – tickets are on sale from Friday, 26th August.

Returning 32 years after they performed one the most memorable gigs that Cork’s Pairc Uí Caoimh has ever witnessed, The New Power Generation return to celebrate their mentor Prince and perform something truly special in a tribute to one of the greatest musicians in recording history. Winner of the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year for her mixtape ‘Go Bravery’, Denise Chaila is set to perform a special jazz flavoured performance as her final show of the year having headlined festivals across Ireland and the UK this summer. Brazilian living legend Hermeto Pascoal who Miles Davis once dubbed as ‘one of the most important musicians on the planet’ makes a return to Ireland for the first time in 20 years.

An expanded and improved program sees artists like GOGO Penguin, Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80, Jazzanova presenting a new live project, performing in intimate venues around Cork City. Expect to see fresh musical talent from both up-and- coming and established Irish artists including LYRA, Toshín, Fehdah, Bricknasty and the return of Mas Exodus, plus many more.

To top it all off, a world premier photographic exhibition dubbed; “We Got The Jazz The Music Photography of Chuck Stewart” is taking place over the weekend. The exhibition is carefully curated by festival director Mark Murphy and Brian Cross B+ under their Choice Cuts/Mochilla monikers documenting a storyboard of never- before-seen jazz photos focussing on the work of Charles “Chuck” Stewart in association with his family.

festival highlights include:

  • EP launch of Bricknasty doing a Jazz EP.

  • Irish Debut: Brazil’s leading contemporary jazz musician Amaro Freitas will make his Irish debut. Freitas most recent album Sankofa – a spiritual quest into the forgotten stories, ancient philosophies, and inspirational figures of Black Brazil – is his most stunning and sincere work to date.

  • Artist in residency: from the one-of-a-kind Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, a singular force playing blues, ragtime, jigs to echo the heritage of jazz roots Hermeto Pascoal: 85 year living legend returning for the first time in almost 20 years.

  • The Jazz Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel will host Fans of Swing, Funk, Groove, Blues and Dixieland for an exciting mix of Irish and international acts on several stages throughout the hotel.

  • The Jazz Music Trail sees the city come alive with the sights and sounds of this music trail that spans over 60 Cork venues. With music to suit every appetite, guests will discover everything from ska to swing and jazz to brass nas the trail leads you to every corner of the city.

  • New locations, pop up events, late night parties, boat trips, collabs and on street activities To purchase tickets to the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2022 log onto;

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT: Andy Cowap – WH PR (Public Relations) Email:

Notes to editors FESTIVAL BACKGROUND Established in 1978, the festival has stood the test of time and is now in its 43 rd year. The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has gone from strength to strength over the decades, bringing a world class offering to the banks of the Lee which over the years has included a stellar constellation of jazz legends from Ella Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, BB King and Dizzy Gillespie to Ronnie Scott, George Melly, Cleo Laine, and Sonny Rollins.