Trumpeter David Hinton of the Bare Brass Band performing at an open-air gig on Emmet Place on Friday, part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

Up to 40,000 people descended on Cork at the weekend for the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. The festival is celebrating its 38th birthday, featuring m(...)

Members of Cork’s Groove Collective Cian O’Sullivan, Fiona Nolan and Seb Schneider as the 34th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival gets under way. Photograph: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Bridge may have an image as that most sedate and genteel of card games while jazz originated in the dangerously seductive world of New Orleans brothe(...)

Georgie Fame, John Minihan and Van Morrison outside Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Soho London 1994

PAUL BRADY The first time I met Van Morrison was the summer of 1980. We shared an agent at the time, Paul Charles at the Asgard agency, and I h(...)