The Signal Series: New Directions in Irish Jazz Tudo Bem! | Jennifer McMahon Quartet Doors 9pm/Music 9:15pm Tickets: €10 online/€12 at the door. For the second edition of IMC’s flagship Signal Series at Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club, our artists have been influenced by life and music in warmer climates. Tudo Bem! explores the rich melodies and grooves of Brazilian music, with some of the finest Irish-based players of the jazz and Brazilian idioms. Recently returned from two years in Valencia, Spain, Jennifer McMahon’s blend of jazz, soul and folk is absorbed with the juxtapositions of life’s extremities – an aural oneness of opposites. Performing with a quartet of fellow Newpark alumni, Jennifer McMahon is a songwriter, vocalist, instrumentalist and producer from Dublin, who has recently returned to Ireland following her years in Spain and her Masters studies at Berklee College of Music. Her recent project ‘Part of the Whole’, written in the grieving process of losing a parent and the end of a relationship. The project seeks to find the understanding that ‘we’re all in this together’ while offering homage to her musical influences of soul, folk and jazz. At the moment she is working on a newer project, ‘Laniakea’. If the former project is an inward search for understanding, the latter may be its outward-searching counterpart. Brazilian music has been a passion of bassist and composer Ronan Guilfoyle for many years. As Tudo Bem!, he brings together musicians including vocalist Aleka Potinga, guitarist Chris Guilfoyle, pianist Leopoldo Osio and drummer Andre Antunes to play classic Brazilian pieces, known and loved the world over. Outside Brazil, people often think of Brazilian music as being confined to Bossa Nova, but this is only one small part of the huge tradition of Brazilian music and Tudo Bem! explores a range of styles as well as many of Brazil’s greatest composers. With music by Toninho Horta, Caetano Veloso, Joao Bosco, and more, above all expect the joyous, infectious rhythms and grooves of Brazil played with an authentic, celebratory feel. Part of our commitment to celebrating Irish-based jazz talent in 2019 and beyond, the Signal Series is a live monthly double-header concert series from IMC presenting the best emerging and established jazz acts from across Ireland. Please Note: There is generous but not complete seating available in this venue. Seating will be allocated on a first-come, first served basis. If you have particular requirements, please notify us and we will do our best to assist you.
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Andreas Varady is “one of the most talented people on this planet, who takes the music back to where it belongs,” says legendary music icon, Quincy Jones Andreas started his ascent to mastering jazz guitar at a very young age. Born of Hungarian Gypsy descent, Andreas was raised in a small town in Slovakia and first began to play the guitar at four years old, tutored by his father, Bandi. Andreas was taught to learn songs by ear; his first tune the “Blue Bossa” jazz standard, and from then on he has continued to pursue the world of jazz music. Andreas has idolized his guitar hero George Benson, and from his early years has often been compared to the guitar legend.
Andreas began to explore sharing his talent when his family moved to Ireland in 2007. At just 9 years old, Andreas would perform for the passerby’s of Limerick and Cork Ireland, busking on the streets. People were drawn to young Varady for his talent at such a young age and his lovable performing persona. As an outgoing and determined youth, Andreas reached out to Irish drummer and producer David Lyttle who agreed to meet with him. After the introduction, Lyttle loved him and began featuring Andreas in his band. Lyttle also produced Andreas’ first album Questions in 2010.
At this time, Andreas began touring and playing shows at various Jazz festivals throughout Europe. In 2011, at 13 years old, he became the youngest headlining artist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Andreas became featured in shows with Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, and Louis Stewart. He appeared on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine. In the summer of 2012, Andreas had the opportunity to play at the world famous International Montreux Jazz Festival where he performed in front of festival founder Claude Nobs and record producer and music legend Quincy Jones. A few months after the festival, Quincy signed Andreas to his management company. In October 2013, Andreas Varady signed a record deal with Verve Records under David Foster. He recorded his debut album in January 2014 with producer David Paich.
To date, Andreas Varady has performed with a collection of world class musicians including: Frank Vignola, Andreas Oberg, Casey Benjamin, Terell Stafford, Lee Ritenour, Stochelo Rosemberg, Alfredo Rodriguez, Nikki Yanofsky, Henry Cole, Reiner Elizarde, Louis Stewart, Soweto Kinch, and many more. Andreas is a Benedetto artist and plays his own signature variation of the Bambino model guitar. D’Addario strings and Planet Waves cables also endorse Andreas. Most recently, Andreas caught the interest of Bob Zievers, George Benson’s agent, who has signed on to work with the young guitarist.
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Featuring Johnny Taylor (piano) Damian Evans (bass) Dominic Mullan (drums). Jazz singer Cormac Kenevey returns to Arthur’s Blues ’n’ Jazz to perform selections from his critically acclaimed albums including last year’s release; “Turning Skies.” The versatile singer performs in the tradition of swinging vocalists Jon Hendricks, Mel Torme, Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling and has had sold-out performances at the National Concert Hall with his show “The Good Life: A Tribute to Tony Bennett” “Hugely Impressive” – The Sunday Times “An authenticity that reaches beyond the usual jazz cliches” – The Irish Times Doors 9 Music 9.30 €10
The best of the blues with Noel Bridgeman, Tommy Moore, Ed Deane, James Delaney, Richie Buckley and Frank Mead! Noel Bridgeman – drums and vocals, is undoubtedly one of the best drummers that Ireland has ever produced. He started playing with Skid Row: Phillip Lynott on vocals, Brush Shiels on bass, Gary Moore on guitar. Noel has played and recorded with artists such as Mary Black, Mike Scott and the Waterboys, Jackson Browne, Sharon Shannon, Steve Earle, Christy Moore, Van Morrison, Mick Hanley, Donal Lunny, The Corrs, The Chieftans and Paul Brady. Apart from his ability as drummer and percussionist, Noel is a very distinctive singer. His funky, unique and very soulful interpretations of blues, rock and soul classics are a must hear for any fan of these genres. Ed Deane – guitar and vocals. Ed started playing guitar and slide guitar while still at school. Age sixteen he formed Blueshouse and played alongside visiting American blues artists such as, Champion Jack Dupree, Johnny Shines, Mississippi, Fred Mac Dowell and Juke Boy Bonner. He played with Granny’s Intentions and the Woods Band. Moving to London, he played with Bees Make Honey, recording an album with them produced by Nick Lowe. After a spell in France, he joined Frankie Miller Band, touring Europe and the US. In the eighties he wrote soundtrack music for Stormy Monday and Leaving Las Vegas. In the 90’s he recorded and toured with Chris Jagger, Nick Lowe, Bap Kennedy and Dana Gillespie. Since returning to Ireland, he has released his own album of instrumental music, Slideshow and with Left, Right and Centre has recently toured with Donovan. Tommy Moore has been playing bass and singing in bands since the 1970’s. He hails from a family of famous Irish and now internationally renowned musicians ; Butch Moore, Des Moore, (The premier session guitarist in Ireland since the 1960’s), his daughter Gwen has a Phd in Music Education, his nephew Paul Moore, bassist with Van Morrison, his grand nephew, Jake Curran, guitarist with Niall Horan. He has been involved with artists and bands such as ; The Vampires , The Strangers, Stagalee, a founder member along with Errol Walsh, Pat Farrell and Don Baker in blues outfit ‘The Business’, played bass on Paul Brady’s first electric album ”Hard Station”, and toured with Brady. Played bass on the Johnny Logan Eurovision winner ”What’s Another Year” Played bass in the original Irish production of ”Jesus Christ Superstar”. Other associations include; The Fleadh Cowboys, Mary Coughlin, Christy Moore, Bill Whelan (Riverdance), Ronnie Drew, Philip Donnelly, Scullion,( Balance and Control, Prod. John Martyn), Greg Boland, Jimmy Faulkner, Mick Pyro, Anto Drennan, Myles Drennan. He has done numerous studio and RTE sessions as a bassist and backing vocalist. While involved with all of this, he taught Bass and Aural skills in The Senior College, Ballyfermot for 25 years. He currently plays bass and is a vocalist with ”Left Right and Centre, along with Noel Bridgeman (drums) and Ed Deane (guitar), he is lead vocalist and bassist with his band ” Badge”, and is bassist and vocalist with the Steely Dan tribute band ”Aja”. Frank Mead, sax / flute / harmonica / bones player. Frank has had a successful career as a sideman, session musician and sometimes solo artist. He was a founding member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings since its conception; working alongside such legendary names as Georgie Fame, Gary Brooker, Peter Frampton, Andy Fairweather-Lowe and Martin Taylor. Frank has worked with long-time colleague Beverley Craven since the late eighties, playing on her first and all subsequent albums. Over the years he has worked with Irish legends Gary Moore, Rory Gallagher, Mary Coughlan and many other international names including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Michael McDonald, Albert King, Lowell Fulsom, BB King, Albert Collins, Squeeze, Leo Sayer, Al Green, Eric Clapton, Robin Gibb and Go West, to name but a few. He helped launch and establish former Jethro Tull guitarist, Martin Barre’s ‘New Day’ venture. Frank also tours regularly with German superstars Marius Muller Westernhagen and Peter Maffay. He recently received two platinum MTV Unplugged awards for his work with these artists. Richie Buckley – tenor sax has long been recognized on an international level as one of the finest jazz musicians of today. His performing credits include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McForKenna, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello and many more. James Delaney: Keyboards James Delaney was the keyboard player of choice for most discerning musicians and bands in the rock scene in Dublin in the seventies and eighties. Bands like Stagalee, Rob Strong & the Rockets and the Red Peters blues band were quick to snap up such a precocious and exciting young talent. His career and reputation hasn’t slowed down any since then and he remains the go-to keyboard player for individuality, creative flair, a great groove, an intimate acquaintance with a wide range of musical styles… all delivered with real panache and ‘character’. James has been described as ‘eccentric’ by some… a euphemism which covers a lot of territory! But his focus is always on the music and he generally eschews most modern distractions which aren’t strictly relevant… and which he considers a waste of time… like social media. doors 9.30 music 10-12 entry 15e
Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as Ireland’s leading jazz singer and guitarist. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980’s, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans of both jazz and the blues.
A self-taught musician, Mooney was influenced by the blues from an early age and his hard-bop style of guitar playing is expressive and melodic with a bluesy groove. He possesses a warm and rich tenor voice and has an almost flawless sense of pitch.
Nigel Mooney – guitar, vocals Scott Flanigan – organ Dominic Mullan – drums
Doors 9 music 9.30 entry 10euro