Hungry for jazz?


Manu Marechaux and Bob Quick get ready for the Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival from this Friday-Sunday.

If you’re hungry for some food and wine with your jazz then you’ll be glad to hear that the Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival has taken a culinary twist this year.
The event proved extremely popular in 2015 and more smooth jazz and gentle swing are on the menu when it returns this weekend. In addition to the main concerts and shows in the Strule Arts Centre, live music will also be provided in a number of cafes and restaurants around the town.
Event organiser, Bob Quick, who is the conductor of The Big Brass Swing Band, said, “This year’s jazz festival offers a great combination of good food, good music and good company.”
Manu Marechaux, who is in charge of the cheese and wine, will bring some of his French charm and flair to Omagh Library on Friday evening from 7.30pm, with music by Bob Quick and friends.
Serendipity Coffee Shop on Bridge Street, The Sandwich Co and the Strule Cafe all have jazz and food events on Saturday afternoon.
A treat also awaits if you attend a pre-show meal and a swing gig in The Strule with Sax legend Jim McDermott on Saturday evening.
You can also enjoy a ‘Jazz Brunch’ in Rue on Main Street accompanied by some nice swing music.
Other gigs include The John Packer Blues band with young local keyboard star Caolan Hutchinson shining amongst the veterans in Bogan’s at 10pm on Friday night, and The Blue Notes in Omagh Library at 2.30pm on Saturday.
This is the second year of the Jazz and Big Band Festival and Bob hopes that with the support of the wider community, it could become a permanent fixture on the local entertainment calendar.
He said, “Last year was a great success but we wanted to venture out to even more venues in 2016 and that’s were the food and jazz theme came from. Also, it will help give the entire town centre a boost.”
“Bob added, “One of the top attractions is the main concert in the Strule Arts Centre on Saturday night with internationally renowned saxophone player, Jim McDermott.”
“We also have brunch options in cafes; this is very much easy listening swing music which people can enjoy with a bite to eat or a coffee. They are also all free of charge, so I would encourage everyone to pop along to some of the events throughout Friday, Saturday and Sunday.”
• Full festival details on Omagh Jazz and Big Band Festival website. Leaflets are also available in Reynolds Music Shop, Omagh Library and The Strule Arts Centre.

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