The Dirty Jazz club have been a massive part of the Dublin Jazz scene for over a decade. Their focus is on the exploration and deconstruction of songs and an emphasis on creating a depth and textural soundscape on the melody, form and feel of the tunes
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.
Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz. Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world. He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg “He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation.”
Born in New York City, guitarist and composer Jonathan Kreisberg has fond memories of a childhood steeped in music. “I was lucky to grow up in a household that had a great and wide-ranging record collection,” he recalls, “including Coltrane’s My Favorite Things, John Williams playing the ‘Concierto de Aranjuez’ and Cream’s Disraeli Gears.”
Jonathan started playing guitar at the age of ten after moving to Miami with his family. At 16 he was admitted to the New World School of the Arts, where his jazz studies took center stage. Intensely dedicated to the instrument, he was featured in Guitar Player and DownBeat while still in his teens. He won a scholarship to the University of Miami, where he held the guitar chair in the acclaimed Concert Jazz Band, touring Brazil and performing with Joe Henderson, Michael Brecker, and Red Rodney.
Upon graduation, Jonathan began playing straight ahead jazz gigs as well as a myriad of other projects. He performed 20th century works with the New World Symphony under Michael Tilson Thomas. He also recorded a C.D. and performed extensively with the progressive rock group Third Wish. He also formed the first incarnation of the Jonathan Kreisberg Trio. Based in Miami, this electric based Trio released a C.D. and completed several U.S. East Coast tours, which included opening slots for George Benson and Steve Morse. He also began giving clinics at music schools and universities.
While still in his early 20’s, he returned to his birthplace in NYC with his focus on cutting edge acoustic jazz. “My Miami Trio was about coming up with new textures and being communicative while still playing intense musically. When I moved to New York I entered a more introspective phase, really getting deeper into melodies and harmonies.” This also coincided with a renewed interest in the jazz tradition. “I found that the deeper I got into the tradition the more possibilities I became aware of for the future.”
Since returning to New York City, Jonathan has worked in the bands of many jazz greats including Dr. Lonnie Smith, Lee Konitz, Joe Locke, Stefano Dibatista, Ari Hoenig, Joel Frahm, Don Friedman, Greg Tardy, Donald Edwards, Jane Monheit, and Yosvany Terry. He has also led groups of various instrumentations featuring artists such as Bill Stewart, Larry Grenadier, and Scott Wendholt.
Jonathan has now recorded eight CDs as a leader, including ONE, his recent all solo guitar cd, and WAVE UPON WAVE, his latest JKQ offering. On the latter he brings along alto saxophone genius Will Vinson, the incredible pianist Kevin Hays, and the young rhythm section team of Rick Rosato and Colin Stranahan and creates modern jazz that combines a respect for the tradition with instrumental virtuosity, modern soundscapes and influences from every corner of the world (and beyond).
Although currently based in New York City, Jonathan can be seen on tour worldwide. Entering the major Jazz Festival circuit with their electrifying show at Jazz Baltica (the combined video footage is now at 300,000 YouTube hits and counting), JKQ has subsequently performed many of the major European and American festivals.
When not on tour Jonathan can be found at his steady Wednesday trio hits at Bar Next Door in NYC, as well as at the Jazz Standard and Smalls Jazz Club. He also teaches each semester in Europe at the Jazz Department of Prince Claus Conservatoire, part of Hanze University of Applied Sciences.
A special Tribute Concert to Billie Holiday from Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s Premiere Jazz & Blues Singer
Mary Coughlan – voice
Johnny Taylor – piano
Corman O’Brien – bass
Dominic Mullen – drums
Doors 8.30 Music 9 SOLD OUT!
Honor Heffernan is an internationally acclaimed jazz/blues singer who has been performing as both a singer and actress for over 30 years. She has released three solo albums- ‘Chasing the Moon’, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘The Other Side’ and one duo album entitled “Two heads are better than one” with guitarist Hugh Buckley. On this night she is joined by three of Ireland’s leading musicians Phil Ware on Piano, Damian Evans on Double Bass and Kevin Brady on Drums. A night of music not to be missed!!!! Singer/Actress Honor Heffernan began her career in 1971. Over the years she’s sung pop, folk, rock, blues and jazz, but has concentrated on jazz since the 80s. As an actress she is best known for her roles in Neil Jordan’s ‘Angel’ and the RTE soap opera ‘Fair City’. Her jazz career took off in the early 80s when she began singing regularly in Dublin with the jazz pianist Jim Doherty and collaborated with Noel Kelehan. She has released three solo albums- ‘Chasing the Moon’, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘The Other Side’. Her second album ‘Chasing The Moon’  was recorded with Kelehan and featured Peter Ainscough, Richie Buckley, Mike Nolan and Martin Curry. She became a regular attraction at the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. She worked in Norway with the Knut Mikalsen Trio and the Sandvika Big Band conducted by trombonist/ arranger Rob McConnell. She also sang with the BBC Big Band, recording two concerts for radio with them