14th jazz festival is hailed a success

The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion pictured with Jazz legend Gay McIntyre pictured with the next generation of Jazz performers Jenny Boanca and Jonathan Black from Foyle College Senior Jazz Band as they prepare to perform in the 2015 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival which begins on Thursday the 30th of April and continues until Monday the 4th of May. Full details of the programme of events organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council are available at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

The Mayor, Councillor Elisha McCallion pictured with Jazz legend Gay McIntyre pictured with the next generation of Jazz performers Jenny Boanca and Jonathan Black from Foyle College Senior Jazz Band as they prepare to perform in the 2015 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival which begins on Thursday the 30th of April and continues until Monday the 4th of May. Full details of the programme of events organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council are available at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com

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The 14th annual City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival has ended on yet another high note with music lovers thronging the banks of the Foyle during the May Bank Holiday weekend for a fabulous feast of rhythm, blues and brass.

The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion said: “There was simply no better place to be over the weekend and the atmosphere in the city was electric from start to finish. Bars, hotels, restaurants, theatres and shopping centres were packed to the rafters over the course of the five day event.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many visitors flocking to the city to soak up the Jazz Festival’s distinctive atmosphere and hospitality together with the Jazz enthusiasts from our own city and district.

“The City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival is one of the most popular and eagerly awaited festivals in our events calendar and, we’re also really proud to say that it has become one of the leading Jazz festivals in the country.”

Karan Leonard, Festivals and Events Manager with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said: “It’s been another wonderful festival and we’ve been delighted yet again to attract Jazz artists of the highest calibre.

“It’s hugely important that we all continue to support this type of festival which plays such a vital role in boosting our local economy by attracting business and investment to the city and district. Our annual Jazz Festival attracts a huge influx of visitors to the city keen to savour the superb musical entertainment on offer during the May Bank Holiday weekend and we wish to thank everyone who supported us by attending the event.”

You can check out some of the pictorial highlights of the five day music extravaganza on www.cityofderryjazzfestival.com