Prince’s New Power Generation performs at the Cork Jazz Festival

THE 44th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival offers a unique back-to-the-future element with the late musical maestro Prince’s famous band, New Power Generation, returning 32 years after playing to a sold-out crowd of 60,000 for a concert in the city returns in 1990.

The revelation came as the program for Ireland’s longest-running annual specialty music festival was unveiled.

Each year, the three-day spectacle is worth an estimated €45 million to Cork’s wider economy.

Last year, Cork Jazz proved to be the catalyst for the return of the Irish entertainment industry after a two-year Covid-19 lockdown.

This year, the festival runs from October 27th to 30th and features new locations, pop-up events, late-night parties, secret gigs, boat trips, musical collaborations and street activities.

The undisputed highlight of the 2022 event will be a showcase concert by the New Power Generation – Prince’s old band.

Also known as NPG, the group supported Prince from 1990 to 2013.

The band members reunited in 2015 to support Prince on his latest album.

Fittingly, the first world tour NPG supported Prince included the famous performance by Pairc Ui Chaoimh in 1990.

Her Cork Jazz Festival concert will be a special tribute to her mentor and inspiration Prince, who died in 2016.

Other big acts attending this year’s event include Lyra, Hermeto Pascoal, Denise Chaila, Amaro Freitas, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton, Gogo Penguin, Seun Kuti, Fela Egypt, Toshin, Fehdah, Bricknasty, Mas Exodus and Jazzanova.

This year’s event will again include the Jazz Music Trail and Festival Club at the Metropole Hotel.

Diageo Ireland Partnerships Director Rory Sheridan said everyone was delighted to see such an exciting jazz program for 2022.

“We are delighted to return as a sponsor of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival,” he said.

“This year we will welcome a world-class line-up of music and arts to Cork that not only represents established artists but also gives us the opportunity to promote Irish and emerging talent on a global stage.”

The festival was established in 1978 and has grown into one of Ireland’s largest annual music events.

It has over 60 venues and has also supported fringe festivals in Blarney and Kinsale.

Over the years the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has presented a galaxy of jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, George Shearing, Cleo Laine, Art Blakey, Gerry Mulligan, Mel Torme, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Marsalis, BB King, Dave Brubeck, Lionel Hampton, Dizzy Gillespie, Elvin Jones, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Jan Garbarek, Chick Corea and many other top international jazz names.

The Cork Festival has established itself as one of the world’s premier jazz events, attracting headline stars who normally play at such legendary festivals as Montreux and New Orleans.
A key element of the festival was the extension of the tourist season in Cork for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and restaurants and the surrounding areas such as Kinsale, Blarney, Ballincollig and Midleton.

https://www.independent.ie/news/princes-new-power-generation-to-play-cork-jazz-festival-41931559.html Prince’s New Power Generation performs at the Cork Jazz Festival

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