Derry Jazz Festival gets underway

Derry Jazz Festival gets underway

The 13th Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival gets underway on Thursday with a five-day programme of events taking over the city.

The best in local and international jazz acts will perform in a number of pubs, clubs and cafes as Derry~Londonderry continues its 2014 Music City programme.One of the highlights of this year's event is a performance by renowned jazz star Kyle Eastwood - son of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood.Kyle first visited Derry~Londonderry in 2008, and returns this year to perform at the world-famous Spiegeltent on Saturday 3 May.The Spiegeltent will continue to draw big names on Sunday 4 May as 90's icon Curtis Stigers is set to perform.Other top talents in this year's programme include folk sensation Kate Rusby, who will be playing to audiences in the Millennium Forum on Friday 2 May, and Anthony Strong, whose Jamie Cullum style tunes and polished performance have gained him a dedicated fanbase throughout Europe.Festival and events manager with Derry City Council, Karan Leonard, said the city would be absolutely brimming with talent."As always we have an eclectic array of musical talent from around the world, and I am delighted with the programme this year," she said."We've added the fabulous Spiegeltent to the numerous venues throwing open their doors over the five days of the festival."And with names like Kyle Eastwood, Curtis Stigers and Kate Rusby on the bill, we are anticipating a great turnout this year."The annual event will include appearances from the Puppini Sisters, The Jive Aces, and Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods.It also features some top class tribute shows, including the Glenn Miller Jazz Ball, celebrating the work of the Big Band legend, and Under the Boardwalk, the ultimate tribute to the Drifters.Meanwhile this year the festival boasts a 'Speakeasy' theme, where visitors can also enjoy some prohibition style glitz and glamour, with underground backstreet bars, covert concerts and secret passwords.

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