The full line up for the 2016 edition of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival was announced this week, including the pub trail featuring live music in over 60 pubs in the city, as well as bigger acts performing in the paid venues over the weekend. A festival that has come under criticism in the past for its inexplicable programming of pop and rock acts during a “jazz” festival, appears to have put together a very clearly delineated programme, cleverly divided between venues and genres. On one hand stalwart festival venues like the Everyman Theatre and the Triskel Christchurch will feature a host of top class jazz acts, while the more pop-centric performances (Bell X1, Booka Brass, Roderigo Y Gabriela, etc.) will be contained within the Opera House and other scattered venues throughout the city.
The Everyman holds an especially strong programme this year with two acts championed by Quincy Jones kicking off the weekend on Friday, pianist Justin Kauflin with his trio and the prodigious Jacob Collier who plays every instrument on the stage himself through a loop machine. Other highlights include the mind-blowing Robert Glasper Experiment heading up Saturday’s line up in a double bill with UK acid jazz Hammond Organ group The James Taylor Quartet. Sunday sees virtuosic US guitarist and composer Kurt Rosenwinkel back to back with jazz-fusion superstars The Eleventh House featuring Alphonse Mouzon on drums. “Guitar goddess” Sheryl Bailey heads up the line up at the Triskel in a superb double bill with local act Sup Trio. Listen to some of the highlights below and check the full line up here.