There is a danger when living in a small town, or even in a not so small one – that you forget how big a world it is out there, and how many cultures, personalities and systems there are from which to learn.
Thankfully – once every year the world (of jazz) comes to Sligo and we, along with the hundreds of visitors who arrive for the week, get to play with, chat to and learn from some of the world’s best jazz musicians.
Unlike other professions, there is no body which awards CPD points to musicians for attending certain courses or seminars. If there was, I imagine they would award maximum points for this week. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I come away with this time.
The great Eddie Lee is the man responsible for the wonderful Sligo Jazz Festival, and this picture was taken on the last night of last year’s successful instalment.
PS if you want to know more – here’s what the Irish Times had to say about this year’s festival.