Limerick Jazz launches inaugural event to find Ireland’s best young jazz musician

Limerick Jazz will hold the first ever Young Irish Jazz Musician event in the University Concert Hall in Limerick on April 10, 2022, in collaboration with Improvised Music Company.

Alongside a Limerick Jazz house band, the young finalists will perform for a judging panel, led by renowned composer and musician Bill Whelan.

The inaugural winner will have the opportunity to record in a studio with a professional ensemble. They will also perform in UCH’s Rising Stars concert among other exceptional young classical and opera musicians.

The chosen talent will also receive a bursary to attend an international summer school, allowing them to showcase what young Irish jazz has to offer.

Open to young jazz musicians aged 13 to 18, the competition provides a much-needed platform for emerging talent. For information on how to apply, visit

Anniversary celebrations

Limerick Jazz, which will celebrate its 40th anniversary this year, and Improvised Music Company, which will commemorate its 30th, are both strong representatives of Irish jazz history.

Speaking of the event, chair of Limerick Jazz, John Daly, said they were both thrilled and excited to be launching a great initiative for an up-and-coming generation of jazz musicians.

Mr. Daly said: “Limerick Jazz are both thrilled and excited to be launching this great initiative for our up-and-coming generation of jazz musicians. It is a natural development of our long-running activity in jazz education. We are delighted to have IMC as a valued partner for this event.”

Director of Improvised Music Company, Kenneth Killeen, added:

“IMC are thrilled to be developing this Young Jazz Musician of the Year award with Limerick Jazz. Providing a platform to spotlight and acknowledge formative jazz talent is crucial for the long-term development and sustainability of this music and will provide a fantastic opportunity for the inaugural winner in 2022.”

Online application forms can be found via the link.

You may also find postal application forms on

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