Dublin based Drummer & producer Kevin Brady begins 2019 with a performance by his Internationally acclaimed trio featuring the renowned U.S. pianist Bill Carrothers & long time rhythm section compadre Bassist Dave Redmond at Arthurs Blues n Jazz Club,On Wednesday 20th of February. Joining them for this unique series of concerts in Ireland is leading tenor saxophonist & composer Seamus Blake. He was born in London, England and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His mother introduced him to jazz when he was a child and he later attended Berklee School of Music in Boston.Upon graduation, he moved to New York City.In February 2002, he won the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition. Brady established the trio in 2007 with the clear aim of creating & producing new contemporary music and the impact of this was immediate. Their performances have been critically acclaimed for their dynamism and musicality. Since then, Brady, Carrothers & Redmond have performed regularly and have consolidated their worldwide reputation as a compelling live act. Recording their last critically acclaimed album with with vocalist Norma Winstone. The latest addition of Blake to the trio promises to deliver what will be one of the musical highlights of 2019. PRESS QUOTES Chicago Reader, U.S.A. **** ‘The Kevin Brady Trio achieve a stunning equilibrium; The group move as one’ – contributed by Peter Margasak All About Jazz, U.S.A. **** “Blake, is a powerful player possessing that rare ability to develop lengthy solos that are both visceral and cerebral. Few artists are capable of delivering near-perfection every time but Blake is one of them, with nary a misstep here and a consistent ability to create a clear narrative with every solo.” Doors: 8.30pm Music: 9:00pm Adm: €15 Early Arrival to Venue Advised.
BRIAN DUNNING FLUTES WHISTLES PAN PIPES AND ELECTRIC UILEANN PIPES JOHNNY TAYLOR PIANO PAUL MOORE DOUBLE BASS AND ELECTRIC BASS, DOMINIC MULLAN DRUMS ROBBIE HARRIS PERCUSSION SEAN WHELAN GUITAR. Doors 8.30 Music 9 Entry €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, has often been seen on stage in Gary Brooker’s company : he’s a long-standing contributor to No Stiletto Shoes and to Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, in both of which ensembles he has of course played A Whiter Shade of Pale along with other occasional PH / Brooker pieces.
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 Entry 15e
Since launching their self-titled E.P at Bray Jazz Festival 2016, Umbra have gone from strength to strength touring around the country as well as playing in the U.K, France, Belgium and Holland.
‘Arguably one of the most exciting jazz ensembles in Europe’ ‘A vibrant set of original tunes… thrilling back-and-forth between the two saxophonists—but even in the midst of the most exuberant solos a pronounced sense of collective groove held sway.’ – All About Jazz
Umbra is one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Irish Jazz scene. Comprised of some of the most promising musicians in Dublin, Umbra’s modus operandi is high energy, thought provoking performance with an emphasis on intricate compositions.
Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra is his vehicle to showcase his unique take on contemporary jazz. The music is a blend of harmonic and melodic sophistication reminiscent of artists like John Hollenbeck and Jim Mcneely, cyclical grooves evoking comparisons with IDM and math metal, all played with the energy of a punk rock band.
Each members individual strengths are showcased in the compositions while at the same time blending masterfully into a cohesive and recognisable group sound. Drummer Matt Jacobson and bassist Barry Donohue lay down wonderfully elastic grooves, while the contrasting horns of soprano Chris Engel and tenor Sam Comerford make the most of the explosive front line in the company of Chris Guilfoyle’s intricate guitar playing.
Doors 9 music 9.30-11 entry 10e