Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2023

26 October –

 30 October 2023

In Person Event

Celebrating its 45th year, the world-renowned festival will see its biggest programme yet, with more ticketed shows than ever before, an extra date added, an extended music trail through the city, and a stellar line-up of Irish and international musicians and emerging talent who are pushing the boundaries of the genre. Add to that pop-up events, late night parties, boat trips, collaborations and brass bands marching through the city streets, and you can see why it’s one of Ireland’s most popular festivals.

The hugely successful 2022 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival smashed all records attracting over 100,000 visitors to Cork City and this year promises to be bigger and better.

Some of the headline acts for the highly anticipated weekend have just been announced. Expected to sell-out quickly is R&B/soul singer and actress Macy Gray, who will headline at the Cork Opera House on Thursday 26th October. It promises to be a fantastic night with a very special repertoire of classic hits from the 1970s and some showstoppers from her new album The Reset.

Picture shows Hermeto Pascoal performing at The Everyman during the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.<br />Pic: Naoise Culhane” width=”80%” height=”80%” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-3751″ /></p>
<p>Fresh from a busy summer of headlining major music and jazz festivals all over Europe this summer, Morcheeba will celebrate the 25<sup>th</sup> anniversary of their 1<sup>st</sup> album with a gig in Cork Opera House. The same venue will play host to Grammy Award winner Corrine Bailey Rae on Sunday 29<sup>th</sup> Oct. She’ll be showcasing her new album which is due out this September just weeks before the festival. Fellow Grammy winner Kurt Elling, renowned for his singular combination of robust swing and poetic insight, will play The Everyman Theatre on Friday 27th October.</p>
<p>Also at the Cork Opera House over the weekend are the incredible family band Hypnotic Brass Ensemble regarded as the greatest brass band of them all who will showcase classics of Hip Hop over 50 years. Grab your tickets early for these as they are a sell-out every year.</p>
<p>A venue favourite, Live at St Lukes will be back this year, with a great lineup of intimate gigs to be announced in the coming weeks.</p>
<p>Jazz purists will be impressed by the line-up at the Everyman, Triskel and the Greenroom at Cork Opera House. Trumpeter, producer and composer Matthew Halsall, who is redefining spiritual jazz for the next generation will play The Everyman on Fri 27<sup>th</sup> October while Fred Wesley, former band leader of James Brown will play the iconic theatre on Sunday 29<sup>th</sup>.</p>
<p>Cyprus Avenue will once again play host to the Jazz After Dark DJ Sessions. World renowned broadcaster & DJ, Gilles Peterson, who’s played a pivotal role in supporting forward-thinking underground music globally and beyond over the past three decades will take to the decks at the Cork venue.</p>
<p>This year will also see headline acts once again at Cork City Hall, curated by Tom Keating, featuring Djs Jenny Greene, Mack Fleetwood, Tony Hadley and more to be announced.</p>
<p>After its resounding success last year, the Cork Jazz Boat will also return for 5 different jazz tours and performances along the harbour.</p>
<p>Festival goers can expect a diverse range of musical styles, including traditional jazz, swing, bebop, fusion, and everything in between, ensuring there is something to suit every taste.</p>
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The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is supported by Diageo, Fáilte Ireland, Cork City Council and Cork Airport. For full event information check out

Concert dates and venues. More to be announced in the coming weeks

Thursday 26th October

  • Macy Grey, Cork Opera House, 8pm
  • Hailu Mergia, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date

Friday 27th October

  • Kurt Elling, The Everyman, 6pm
  • Matthew Halshall, The Everyman, 10.15pm
  • Adam Ben Ezra, Triskel Arts Centre, 6.30pm
  • Morcheeba, Cork Opera House, 12am
  • Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Cork Opera House, 7pm
  • The Charlatans with very special guests Pillow Queens, Cork City Hall, Time TBA

Saturday 28th October

  • Matthew Halsall, The Everyman, 2pm
  • Kurt Elling, The Everyman, 6pm
  • Muva of earth – Tawiah – Vega Trails, Live at St. Luke’s, 8pm
  • Amaro Freitas, Triskel Arts Centre, 6.30pm
  • Kevin Ingram Trio, Triskel Arts Centre, 10pm
  • Jerrome Paxton, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Moondiver, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Luke Una, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Judi Jackson, The Metropole Hotel, 10.30pm
  • Sultan Stevenson Trio with special guest Denys Baptiste presented by Music Network, Triskel Arts Centre, Time TBA
  • Tony Hadley (ex Spandau Ballet) & Band with special guests, Cork City Hall, 7pm
  • Jenny Greene & Special Guests, Cork City Hall, Time TBA

Sunday 29th October

  • Corinne Bailey Rae, Cork Opera House, 7pm
  • Fred Wesley & The New JBs, The Everyman, 6pm
  • John Carroll Kirby Ensemble – Dorian Concept, Live at St. Luke’s, 2pm
  • Bixiga 70, Live at St. Luke’s, 8pm
  • Jarjarjr, Support from Uly, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Giles Peterson, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Jerrome Paxton, Venue and Time TBA – Tickets on sale at a later date
  • Hanna Weinmeister violin; Anja Lechner cello; Anna Gourari piano, Triskel Arts Centre, 2.30pm
  • ECM at Triskel 2023: DOUBLE BILL with Oded Tzur Quartet & Marcin Wasilewski Trio, Triskel Arts Centre, Time TBA
  • Mack Fleetwood, Cork City Hall, 7.30pm
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Pan roasted Loin of Lamb with baby Leeks wrapped in Parma Ham, Vine Tomatoes and Minted Pea Puree

Preparation Time: 20 mins
Cooking Time: 20 mins
Calories per Serving: 768 kcal

Picture succulent, perfectly cooked lamb loin, boasting a golden-brown crust that seals in its rich, natural juices.


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Burnt orange, Strawberry, raspberry & white chocolate panna cotta

Preparation Time: 10 mins
Cooking Time: 140 mins
Calories per Serving: 587 kcal
Yield: 9 cocktail glasses

Panna Cotta (translated from the Italian means cooked cream) or in our case it will be a cream set with gelatin, we want the cream to remain soft, unlike other gelatin-set desserts which go hard, this is easily flavoured with your favourite ingredients like coffee, alcohol, chocolate and fruits.

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