GMF musicians put the swing into Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Global Music Foundation's international team of professional musicians and students featured in a variety of events at this year's Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, 22-25 October 2010.
As part of the new Cork Jazz Camp hosted at the Cork School of Music, GMF Director Stephen Keogh and GMF tutors Felix Gibbons and Guillermo Rozenthuler ran Rhythm Gym, Jazz Vocal Techniques/Choir and Samba School sessions, culminating in a lively 'Spirit of Carnival' party at the end of the weekend. Guillermo and Felix also teamed up for a duo performance at the River Lee Hotel on Sunday evening.
The Charles McPherson Quartet - featuring American alto star Charles McPherson and GMF tutors Barry Green (piano), Jeremy Brown (bass) and Stephen Keogh (drums) - led a Group Ensemble Workshop before headlining at the Everyman Palace on Sunday.
GMF students also performed well on stage and in competition. Drummer Ric Yarborough led a quartet featuring Alex Woods (alto), Doug McMillan (guitar) and Hamish Livingstone (bass) that took both the International and Overall Awards in the Cork Jazz Futures competition, while Nora Kamm (soprano) and Florence Moore (bass) - who hooked up at the GMF 2010 Tuscany Summer School in Certaldo - teamed up with bass guitarist Tomas Peralta to take the runner-up award in the International category. Colette Henry - who attended the GMF Tuscany Summer School and led her own band in a successful performance at the Cork Jazz Festival in 2009 - was invited back to perform again at the Festival Club on Sunday night.
As part of the 2010 Festival Fringe programme, Stuart Silver presented GMF poet Richard Douglas Pennant, John Barnie, Martin Daws, Richard Douglas Pennant and Macdara Woods in a standing-room only Jazz Poetry Feast at the Festival Club, punctuated by music from GMF tutors and students and sponsored by Cegin Productions.