Based in Northern Ireland under the artistic direction of MOBO Award nominated jazz drummer David Lyttle, Jazzlife Alliance encourages and facilitates the artistic growth of established jazz artists, inspires, nurtures and develops future jazz performers and brings jazz to small and underprivileged communities.

Since formation in 2018, we have brought jazz to new audiences throughout Northern Ireland and presented concept masterclasses by icons of today Jean Toussaint, David Kikoski and Jesse van Ruller. We have offered four Young Musician Awards for exceptional jazz musicians aged 18-25 to study and tour with David Lyttle. Our first two recipients, saxophonists Micheal Murray and guitarist Joseph Leighton, have toured with David Lyttle on over fifty dates in ten countries, and in 2019 were awarded International Mentor Bursaries to study with Jaleel Shaw and Jesse van Ruller respectively. Partnering with Youth 19 in Derry/Londonderry, we presented ten daytime, all-ages performances at unusual venues by our alumni Joseph Leighton to increase the accessibility of jazz to young people.

Now we are excited to be partnering with Earagail Arts Festival in the search for a hugely promising drummer under 20 who will be selected to study with David Lyttle and perform Irish dates with our alumni musicians Micheal and Conor Murray. Expressions of interest by email are welcomed as of today, June 15th, closing June 26th.

David Lyttle with Conor Murray (Young Promoter Award recipient), Micheal Murray (Young Musician Award recipient) and Joseph Leighton (Touring Award recipient). Photo by Lieve Boussauw.