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Young jazz musicians invited to apply for Jazzlife Alliance mentorship programme

Thursday 23rd May 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians Image: Jazz Musician David Lyttle with fellow musicians

Jazzlife Alliance is offering young jazz musicians the opportunity to apply for its second round of mentorships with its artistic director, MOBO Award-nominated jazz musician, David Lyttle.

Following the success of its first mentorship programme, which included a rural tour and masterclasses from jazz icons, David Kikoski and Jesse van Ruller, Jazzlife Alliance is now welcoming applications for two mentorship opportunities.  The first mentorship opportunity is for a jazz musician and the second is for a young musician/music promoter, both under 25. 

Also included in the ambitious mentorship opportunities are ‘International Mentors’ as a follow up to mentoring received from David Lyttle.  Last year’s participants, Donegal saxophonist, Micheal Murray, will study with U.S. saxophone star, Jaleel Shaw, whilst participant and Derry guitarist Joseph Leighton, will study with Dutch guitar icon, Jesse van Ruller.

As part of his mentorship, Micheal toured with David in Scotland and took part in his first creative retreat on Rathlin Island with his twin brother Conor, who received last year's Jazzlife Alliance young promoter award and recently toured with David in Russia. Micheal and Conor will also perform 30 dates around Ireland with David in June. Joseph Leighton has performed around 50 dates with David, bringing jazz to new audiences on Jazzlife Alliance's two rural tours.

Jazzlife Alliance will also programme three performances commencing in July at Bennigans Bar, Derry/Londonderry, featuring David Lyttle alongside leading jazz musicians from around the world. David’s recent performances of this kind included Kurt Rosenwinkel and Seamus Blake.   Jazzlife Alliance will also present a masterclass with jazz legend Jean Toussaint in Derry in July.

David Lyttle says, 

“Jazzlife Alliance is an exciting new organisation which is about encouraging artistic growth, inspiring and developing future jazz artists and looking differently at how jazz music is presented and taught. I feel very privileged to be in the position of artistic director and very grateful for the generous support of the Arts Council.”

Ciaran Scullion, Head of Music, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, added, 

“The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to providing valuable, meaningful opportunities for young people to develop their musical careers.  We are delighted to support these important new initiatives from Jazzlife Alliance which offers young people the opportunity to be mentored by some of the finest jazz musicians working in Northern Ireland as well as developing new audiences for jazz – terrific! “

Applications are now open for Jazzlife Alliance mentorships and will close on June 15th.  For more information visit


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