Boost for Irish jazz scene as Cork jazz festival is to return

News that the Cork jazz festival is to return is a boost for the stricken Irish jazz scene. Cork paper the Irish Examiner quotes Rory Sheridan, head of partnerships at Diageo Ireland, who own Guinness, sponsor of the long running event: “This will …

Published: 8 Sep 2021. Updated: 9 days.

News that the Cork jazz festival is to return is a boost for the stricken Irish jazz scene. Cork paper the Irish Examiner quotes Rory Sheridan, head of partnerships at Diageo Ireland, who own Guinness, sponsor of the long running event: “This will be the first major festival in Ireland since the pandemic to take place, which is a significant milestone not only for musicians and the events industry who have been one of the hardest hit industries, but also for festival-goers who have been waiting for some good news.” Dates are 22-25 October.

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Phil Schaap has died

Leading the tributes to Phil Schaap who has died aged 70 saxophone icon and jazz giant Charles Lloyd has just tweeted: ''Forever in my heart and flying high now, with his Bird of Paradise; #PhilSchaap April 6, 1951 - September 7, 2021'' Forever in …

Published: 8 Sep 2021. Updated: 10 days.

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Leading the tributes to Phil Schaap who has died aged 70 saxophone icon and jazz giant Charles Lloyd has just tweeted: ''Forever in my heart and flying high now, with his Bird of Paradise; #PhilSchaap April 6, 1951 - September 7, 2021''

Phil Schaap was known for his encyclopedic knowledge of jazz and as host of jazz programmes on Columbia University’s WKCR station in New York for decades. A multiple Grammy winner for liner notes he was the curator of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Swing University educational programme.

His cousin Rosie tweeted earlier today: ''My cousin Phil Schaap died last night. I loved him like crazy, will miss him beyond measure, and wish he could tell me one more wild story about Papa Jo Jones. BIRD LIVES! In my heart, so does Phil.''

The NEA Jazz Master was an archivist in the 1980s for the Savoy Jazz label and also remastered and re-released hundreds of archival recordings including working on the fabled Dean Benedetti home-recordings of Charlie Parker as well as producing the archival release in 1996 of Miles Davis & Gil Evans' The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings.