kicks off the festival on Thursday, in an intimate duo performance with pianist Jim Doherty.
Winner of the special jury prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968, Stewart is described by Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times as “one of the finest, most fluent guitarists in the be-bop style there has ever been.”
Stewart established his reputation as one of the preeminent jazz guitarists of the day in the bands of clarinetist Benny Goodman
, and two of Ireland’s top jazz musicians, Damien Evans on bass and John Daly on drums. McKenna has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world and holds the rare distinction of having performed with both Frank Sinatra
Singer Christine Tobin, arguably the finest jazz singer Ireland has ever produced, leads her trio on Saturday night. In a career spanning three decades, Tobin has collaborated with saxophonist Jean Toussaint
Her 2012 album Sailing to Byzantium, inspired by the words of poet W. B. Yeats was described by leading UK magazine Jazzwise as “an unqualified masterpiece.” Tobin will be joined by guitarist Phil Robson
Closing Limerick Jazz Festival at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, the big band Crisis Point features some of Ireland’s finest musicians in a program of old and new arrangements. Special guests include Slovakian gypsy jazz guitar sensation Andreas Varady—recently back from a tour with the legendary Quincy Jones