Bray Jazz Festival is an international jazz music festival event that takes place in Bray, Ireland, on the May bank holiday weekend of each year. The festival was established in 2000 with part-funding from Ireland's National Millennium Fund, and has featured leading name jazz and world musicians from Ireland and abroad.
Bray Jazz Festival has featured concerts by such acclaimed international artists as the legendary Chicago pianist and composer Andrew Hill, by guitarists Nguyen Le (Fr), Mike Stern (USA) and Sylvain Luc (Fr) and Angelo DeBarre (Fr), by bass players Henry Texier (Fr), Scott Colley (USA), saxophonists Steve Coleman (USA), Andy Sheppard (UK), and trumpeters Tomasz Stanko (Pol), and Dave Douglas (USA).
Leading performers working in world music have also featured at the festival including Debashish Bhattacharya (Ind), Bob Brosman(USA), Liu Fang (China), New Jungle Orchestra (Denmark), Carmen Souza (Cape Verde), Juldeh Kamara (Gambia), Monica Vasconcelos (Br) and Boi Akih (Indonesia).
Bray Jazz Festival also provides leading figures in contemporary Irish jazz with an opportunity to present new projects and composition. Amongst those who have featured regularly at the event are bass player Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Tommy Halferty, Nick Roth, Sean Carpio, Mike Nielsen, Justin Carroll, Cormac Kenevey, Conor Guilfoyle and Hugh Buckley.
Legendary Blue Note recording artist Andrew Hill played one of his last every European concerts at Bray Jazz Festival in 2006.
The festival is now one of the main cultural highlights on Ireland's jazz calendar, and has been described by The Irish Times as 'the connoisseurs jazz festival'.
Bray Jazz 2007 presented concerts by the celebrated American trumpeter Dave Douglas,whoseKeystone band presented original music inspired by the work of early Hollywood actor and comedian Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle, and by the French clarinet player Louis Sclavis. 'Moonshine', a Dave Douglas and Keystone album based upon recordings of their show at Bray Jazz Festival was released in December 2007.
Bray Jazz Festival celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009 with performances by Stefon Harris & Blackout, and Sylvain Luc and Trio Sud.