Grainy Blues with Leila Jane

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Leila Jane will preform for the Grainy Blues event which will see a host of blues dancers take to the floor to ance away the blues for the night

Leila Jane comes from both London and Donegal. Her passion for songwriting came to her after listening to the blues artist Robert Johnson. Her music can be bothevocative and dreamy and forceful and raw. A hauntingly brilliant bluesy tremolo comes through in her voice when the passion climaxes and can soften again into sweet smoothness. She was described as ”somewhere between Janis Joplin and Sandy Denny” after appearing at the Cambridge Folk Festival. She writes engaging and honest songs that demand feeling in an authentically bluesy americana way with splashes of soul and rock n roll.

Doors 9 & Music from 9.30

10euro entry

The Connie Han Trio

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Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut CRIME ZONE. At 23, this young lioness is on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from The New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, and more. According to Downbeat Magazine, Han has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” The New York Times describes her as “the rare musician with fearsome technical chops, a breadth of historical knowledge and enough originality to write tunes that absorb your ear easily.” Weaving in and out of the tradition, Han pays tribute to McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Kirkland with her own unique edge and fire at the piano. Her connection to jazz began at the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts. After graduation, Han accepted a full-tuition scholarship to UCLA but chose to leave school after three weeks to pursue her professional career. It was at this time she sought out drummer/producer Bill Wysaske to begin work on what would eventually culminate her signing with Mack Avenue Records. In 2019, Han became a Steinway Artist, joining an exquisite circle of renowned artists such as McCoy Tyner, Art Tatum, Kenny Barron, and Duke Ellington. “This record is meant to be a statement about being rebellious… but within the tradition,” Han explains. “It’s provocative and fresh in its own way while still honoring the rich legacy of jazz.” The title, CRIME ZONE, reinforces how I brand myself as an artist: a provocateur of creative music.” “With this album she’s booking a place as a star in the jazz firmament of tomorrow,” says All About Jazz.” Watch out for Connie Han, the face (and shape) of jazz to come.” Jazziz Magazine claims, “Han has been labeled a rising star and rightfully so — she’s an intriguing artist with mastery over her instrument as well as a deft bandleader. Given the maturity and brilliance she demonstrates on ‘CRIME ZONE’, perhaps ‘rising’ could be dropped from that designation.” Connie Han Piano Bill Wysaske Drums Ivan Taylor Bass Doors 20.00 Music 20.30 Entry 15€ on Eventbrite

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The Richie Buckley Quintet

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Richie Buckley sax John Moriarty guitar Myles Drennan piano Dave Redmond bass Kevin Brady drums With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley, a self-taught saxophone player, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has been described as “extraordinary” (Irish Times, 2001), “something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists” (Irish Times, 1999) and a musician whose “playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac.” (Sunday Independent, 2001) Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McKenna, Harry Allen, Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. Recording credits include Van Morrison, James Williams, Barry Manilow, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Elmer Bernstein. He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. His critically acclaimed album ‘Your Love is Here’, featuring his own compositions and guest artists Lew Soloff and the Robin Aspland Trio, was recorded in September 2000. Richie has scored three documentary films – ‘Luke’ (Luke Kelly, directed by Sinead O’Brien), ‘Friel’, ‘Lee Marvin’ (directed by John Boorman) and the film ‘The General’ (directed by John Boorman). Most recently Richie scored the soundtrack to W.C and his track, ‘Just Another Waltz’ has featured in Maurice Linnane’s first feature ‘A Kiss For Jed’. Doors 4.30 Music 5-7 €10

Darren Beckett Quartet with Stephane Mercier

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Darren Beckett trio featuring Stéphane Mercier Darren Beckett Drums Stéphane Mercier alto Sax Dave Redmond bass Hugh Buckley guitar Having met each other in the mid 90’s in New York City, Darren and Stéphane struck up a musical and personal friendship. Over the years Darren and Stéphane have toured together in Europe, having both located back to Europe they continue to perform and record together on a more regularly basis. After studying at Berklee College of Music in the nineties, Belgian saxophonist Stéphane Mercier settles for seven years in New York where he develops his career and signs for one of the most important jazz indie label: Fresh Sound/New Talent. His album, Flor de Luna, is recorded in 2000 and distributed worldwide. He moves then to Paris before returning to Belgium, still performing internationally with bands ranging from intimist duo to big band. In 2013, he releases not only an album that includes 16 different duos, a live performance with an international sextet, but also participates in a 300 date tour with his father as a host, having created a multi- media show about jazz history. Following that, he travels worlwide as an ambassador for the 200 year birthday celebration of Adolphe Sax, the Belgian creator of the saxophone, in countries such as Hungary, USA, Qatar, Kazhakstan,…). In addition to his performances, Stéphane wrote a book about jazz history (2017, Ikor editions)) and works on a series of interviews (Quincy Jones, Ivan Lins, Toots Thielemans, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett…). He also takes the leadership of the Jazz Station Big Band, the house band of the famous Jazz Station club in Brussels, with a monthly residency and international collaborations (Grégoire Maret, Jason Rebello, Emil Viklicki, Damon Brown,…). His last album “Trip!” is produced on Igloo Records. Darren Beckett (drums) won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s performed on over 50 albums recording with notable names like Brandon Flowers, Daniel Lanois, Madeleine Peyroux, Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler. Over the years, Darren has worked with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, Mercury Rev, Amen Dunes, James Hunter, jazz pianist Aaron Parks Played festivals all over the world from Austin City Limits to Montreaux to NH7 in India. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers), and American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, whom he toured with for over ten years. Darren co-wrote the lead single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’ number one charting second solo album, ‘The Desired Effect’. He currently teaches drums at ACM London, and has been touring the US and Europe with Indie darlings Amen Dunes this year, Mercury Rev, Shane McGowan also spending part of the year recording in LA, Austin and New York with various artists and film composers. Darren’s band Ambulance ltd recently reformed to play some shows. In New York. Since moving to the UK in 2016 he’s been a regular on the London jazz scene playing Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 club, playing with Jason Rebello, Gilad Atzmon, Jim Mullen and Alan Barnes. And active on the studio scene in London and Dublin. Irish Bassist David Redmond is best known for his collaborations with renowned Irish and International groups, and musicians including the acclaimed American pianist Bill Carrothers as part of the Kevin Brady Trio, Larry Coryell, the UK jazz vocalist Ian Shaw. He is a member of both the Phil Ware Trio and Tommy Halferty Trio. He is also a member of Yurodny (one of Irelands leading World Music groups). Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed throughout Europe, the U.S., Argentina and China, working as a sideman and also leading his own groups. … “The Day of the Duo” (2014) is a duo recording with renowned Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark

The Tolka Hot Club

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The Tolka Hot Club are a hot swing quartet formed by the banks of the river Tolka on Dublin’s north side, late in 2014. The group bring a body of music from the Roaring 20’s and 30’s, from both sides of the Atlantic right into the twenty-first century, with a few modern surprises! All this is delivered with the lush yet percussive ambiance that only strings can provide in the hypnotic Gypsy jazz style. Stephen Daly – Guitar David Harrington – Guitar Thomas Mulrooney – Double Bass Eugene Ryan – Chromatic harmonica Holly Pereira – Vocals Ken Whelan – Accordion Brendan Lawless – Viola

Doors 8.30 10euro

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  • 28 Thomas Street
    D08 VF83 - Dublin

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Mon-Thu: 12pm - 11.30pm
Fri-Sat: 12pm - 00.30pm
Sun: 12pm - 11pm