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Thousands flock to city for jazz and big band festival

The Puppini Sisters who made a welcome return to Derry during the Finale of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival in Da Vinci's Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 4.5.14

The Puppini Sisters who made a welcome return to Derry during the Finale of the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival in Da Vinci's Hotel. Picture Martin McKeown. Inpresspics.com. 4.5.14

  • by Staff Reporter
 

Mayor Martin Reilly says the 13th City of Londonderry Jazz and Big Band festival was a resounding success and a mark of things to come in Music City Day (June 21) and the LegenDerry Maritime Festival (June 21 – 29).

He said: “I am absolutely delighted that once again people have turned out in their thousands to support this fantastic event, and the atmosphere has been incredible over the weekend.

“The Jazz Festival always attracts the very best international and home grown musicians, and the festival has established a reputation for showcasing some of the finest musical talent – which this year included Kyle Eastwood, Curtis Stigers and Kate Rusby.

“I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to deliver such a great event, which simply couldn’t happen without the extra efforts of a dedicated team due to its sheer scale.

“And of course I would like to thank the sponsors for allowing us to provide such a wide variety of top class entertainment for free.”

Tens of thousands flocked to enjoy a packed five day programme of events during the annual musical celebration, with over 60 venues hosting live performances, most of them free.

The festival featured an eclectic mix of jazz, jump jive, swing and even folk with the Puppini Sisters, The Jive Aces, The Jiveoholics, Carmen Ghia and the Hotrods, Neil Cowley, Gay McIntyre, Paul McIntyre and David Lyttle.

 

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