2020 is going to be an amazing festival – HERE ARE SOME OF PREVIOUS YEARS ACTS

The Paul Dunlea Little Big Band & The Cork School of Music Jazz Big Band

Ireland’s leading trombonist Paul Dunlea puts together a stellar Little Big Band line-up to open The Ballydehob Jazz Festival 2019

The Paul Dunlea Little Big Band Septet utilises some of Europe finest improvising musicians to produce a melodic, groove driven music fusing jazz harmony, pop, funk and RnB.They will perform from a repertoire that includes a mix of classic big band and original material. As well as selling shows at Belfast Opera House,The Everyman and The Cork Opera House during the 2018 Cork City Jazz Festival, Paul has also been invited by Saschal Vasandani to perform trombone in The Big Band conducted by world famous band leader John Clayton at the Lincoln Centre in New York in celebration of the music of Nat King Cole. With beautiful improvisation and a repertoire of original compositions and arrangements coupled with phenomenal musicianship this unique show is a must see

Dunlea is a graduate of the CIT Cork School of Music and holds both a bachelors degree in trombone performance and a masters degree in composition. He has held the chair of principle trombone in The Band One Brigade of The Irish Defence Forces since 2001

The Cork School of Music Big Band will open the night by performing a programme of classic and contemporary big band music, including compositions and arrangements by Cormac McCarthy, and CSM students and alumni.’

 Jacks’&’Jills Swing Band

The Jacks & Jills Swing Band is a group of musicians (and dancers!) who interpret a repertoire of jazz dancehall classics from the 20’s & 30’s. Their music is largely inspired by music in the style of Fats Waller, Louis Arm- strong and Billie Holiday. The band regularly play at the biggest nights of the Paris Swing Jazz scene, at major dance events and concerts for trad jazz aficionados. Their following has been expanding across the European swing dance scene, thanks to their bonhomie, excellent musicianship and interpretation of favourite classics of the early jazz dancehalls. Laissez les bon temps rouler!


 Stephanie Nilles 

Delighted to welcome back to Ballydehob Jazz Fest; Chicago-born jazz/punk musician Stephanie Nilles. At twenty-two Stephanie graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Music with a degree in classical piano performance and temporarily relocated to New York City, where she began writing songs and performed regularly on the east village anti-folk scene. She has since sung with Bobby McFerrin in Carnegie Hall, directed the musical programme of a Brooklyn burlesque series, covered Busta Rhymes’ “Break Ya Neck” in the skeletal remains of a bombed-out cathedral in Nuremberg, been invited to perform official showcases at SXSW and International Folk Alliance, and self-released 5 full-length albums. Having electrified trail venues that were stuffed to the rafters in 2017 its a joy to have her return to the bigger stage of The Festival Hall.


DANCE WORKSHOPS Will again form a central part of this years festival programme.

The Festival Jazz Dance Workshops, something for everyone!

With the main festival club night emulating the Jazz Era Dance Halls, why not polish up your moves, and learn a few more

Teaching team: Elisabet Monnlor (ESP), Amani Said (SWE) and Markus Kammer (CHE)  

Zero to Hero workshops: Our guest dance teachers have put a fun, short introductory programme together for absolute beginners of all ages-Their  will put everyone at ease with moving and grooving to the sounds of the Jazz Era dancehalls. Separate classes will cover Solo Jazz and Swing Dance. Sign up for both for double the fun!

Swing Kids:The annual Jazz dance workshop for children on Saturday at 11.30 in The Festival Hall.

Advanced Levels: Our instructors will also be teaching classes in Solo Jazz & Lindy Hop for more experienced Lindy Hoppers and Rug Cutters.

Places can be booked in advance for Swing Kids and Zero to Hero workshops by emailing ballydehobjazz@gmail.com


Keep an eye out on our news section for any new acts added to the bill