This year the 44th annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival returns with a host of exciting acts, venues, and unexpected experiences to surprise and delight attendees. Taking place over the October Bank Holiday Weekend from the 27th to the 30th, this year's line-up is incredibly special with some of the biggest names in jazz gracing the stage.

Stepping out in a new vibrant look, this year’s festival promises to bring the magic with new locations, pop-up events, late-night parties, secret gigs, boat trips, collaborations, and on-street activities.

Returning 32 years after they performed one of the most memorable gigs that Cork’s Páirc Uí Chaoimh has ever witnessed, New Power Generation returns to celebrate their mentor Prince and perform something truly special in a tribute to one of the greatest musicians in recording history.

Brazilian living legend Heremto Pascoal who Miles Davis once dubbed as ‘one of the most important musicians on the planet’ makes a return to Ireland for the first time in almost 20 years.

Winner of the Choice Music Prize Album of the Year for her mixtape ‘Go Bravery’, Denise Chaila is set to perform a special jazz-flavored performance as her final show of the year having headlined festivals across Ireland and the UK this summer.

An expanded and improved program sees artists like GOGO Penguin, Seun Kuti & Fela’s Egypt 80, and Jazzanova presenting a new live project, performing in intimate venues around Cork City. Expect to see fresh musical talent from both up-and-coming and established Irish artists including LYRA, Toshín, Fehdah, Bricknasty and the return of Mas Exodus, and many, many more.

To top it all off, a world premier photographic exhibition dubbed; "We Got The Jazz The Music Photography of Chuck Stewart" is taking place over the weekend. The exhibition is carefully curated by festival director Mark Murphy and Brian Cross B+ under their Choice Cuts/Mochilla monikers documenting a storyboard of never-before-seen jazz photos focussing on the work of Chuck Stewart in association with his family.

Other festival highlights include Brazil's leading contemporary jazz musician Amaro Freitas will make his Irish debut. From the one-of-a-kind Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton, a singular force playing blues, ragtime, and jigs to echo the heritage of jazz roots. Hermeto Pascoal, the 85-year-old living legend returns for the first time in almost 20 years.

The Jazz Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel will host Fans of Swing, Funk, Groove, Blues, and Dixieland for an exciting mix of Irish and international acts on several stages throughout the hotel.

The Jazz Music Trail sees the city come alive with the sights and sounds of this music trail that spans over 60 Cork venues. With music to suit every appetite, guests will discover everything from ska to swing and jazz to brass as the trail leads you to every corner of the city.

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