Charlie Moon is an Irish jazz guitarist, singer and composer based in Dublin. He is the son of jazz singer Mia Parsons and legendary blues and jazz guitarist and singer Nigel Mooney “Ireland’s King of the blues” – BBC. He was exposed to a variety of music at an early age and on the night he was born, his father played support to B.B. King in the old stadium in Dublin with his then famous ‘Gripewater Blues Band’, so Charlie’s genes were steeped in the blues and jazz traditions from day one. In 2016 he graduated from Newpark Music School with an honours degree in Jazz Performance, graduating top of his class in ear training and transcription. Here he refined his compositional skills and in 2018, he was nominated for best original score at the Kerry Film Festival for the short film “Ask Me Now” inspired by the Thelonious Monk composition. He has since undertaken a masters programme in jazz performance in D.I.T. under the study of legendary guitarist Mike Nielsen and has been frequenting New York to take lessons from such masters of the guitar as Adam Rogers, Nir Felder, Yotam Silberstein and Gilad Hekselman. He has played at the prestigious Cork, Limerick and Bray jazz festivals and has featured numerous times with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, The Hot House Big Band and The Downtown Big Band both as a singer and a rhythm guitarist respectively. Although Charlie has had no formal vocal training, during his degree he used singing as an effective method of learning and internalising a vast repertoire of jazz standards and soon began incorporating singing into his live performances. His biggest influences are Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Betty Carter and Chet Baker. He and his quintet regularly perform a tribute gig to the latter. Named “Rising Star” of jazz by The Irish Times in 2018, Charlie adding to his reputation on guitar has established himself as one of the most exciting male jazz singers to emerge this decade. He is increasingly in demand as both a leader and as a side man, on stage and in studio, regularly playing with a host of the top jazz musicians across the country. Doors 9 music 9.30 entry free!
The Léon Laisne trio is international and combines old and new jazz and groove influences. Expect be bop and neo soul. L.L on bass completed his jazz studies at Lyon’s national conservatory and has toured in France before moving to Ireland. Faolán Collins on drums is Dublin based and one of the new cats of the Irish jazz scene. Cormac Len’y on Piano brings his experience as he’s been playing in Dublin with all the best for years. Doors 9.30 Music 10 Entry Free
Conor Guilfoyle Octet: Conor is one of Ireland’s foremost drummers and educators and has toured and recorded with some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians. Having led various Latin jazz and salsa bands over the last 20 years this is his first time leading a jazz ensemble. The members were all handpicked by Conor and represent some of the finest young musicians on the scene today. The music is a look back to the 1950’s to a style often associated with the west coast of America known as “Cool Jazz” as well as arrangements of hardbop classics by Horace Silver, Benny Golson and Tadd Dameron. Expect tight section playing and great soloists all underpinned with a swinging rhythm section. The Conor Guilfoyle octet is: Conor Guilfoyle –Drums Bill Blackmore – Trumpet Paul Frost – Trombone Yuzaha O Halloran – Alto Peter Dobai – Tenor Kelan Walsh –Baritone Luke Howard – Piano Barry Rycraft – Bass. Doors 9 Music 9.30 Entry 12euro
Ronnie Greers Blues Trio play at Grainy Blues, a Blues Dance event.