Archive for November, 2019

The Greg Osby & Tal Cohen Quartet

Written by conall. Posted in Blues'n'Jazz, Music

Saxophonist, composer, producer and educator Greg Osby has made an indelible mark on contemporary jazz as a leader of his own ensembles and as a guest artist with other acclaimed jazz groups for the past 20 years. Highly regarded for his insightful and innovative approach to composition and performance, Osby is a shining beacon among the current generation of jazz musicians. He has earned numerous awards and critical acclaim for his recorded works and passionate live performances.

He plays with Tal Cohen(piano) & Barry Donohue(bass) & Shane O’Dpnovan(drums)

TAL COHEN Now based in the US, Tal Cohen’s unique piano style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Gedera, Israel. He graduated from WAAPA in 2008 and immediately began accumulating awards and prestigious performance opportunities. He was the 2015 winner of the Freedman Fellowship Award and in 2014 won the Barry Harris Piano Competition in the US. His recent album ‘Gentle Giants’ has received overwhelming attention including a 4 star review from the acclaimed Downbeat Jazz Magazine. He has become a regular performer with iconic jazz figures such as Terence Blanchard, Greg Osby and Robert Hurst and continues to tour the world performing his unique brand of improvised music.

BARRY DONOHUE is a Dublin based electric and double bassist and composer, performing regularly on the Irish scene with Chris Guilfoyle’s ‘Umbra’, Mary Coughlan, Nigel Mooney, Johnny Taylor Trio, Gemma Sugrue & JCQ. Barry leads ‘Plaza Real: The Music Of Weather Report’, and co-leads ‘Barry//Scott’ the double bass/guitar duo. He has worked with highly regarded international acts such as Nelson Veras, John O’Gallagher, Jamie Oehlers, Christian Li, Michael Arbenz, Nils Wogram, Theo Bleckmann, to name a few. Barry is supported by Music Network and The arts Council of Ireland.

Shane O Donovan is a Dublin based drummer and producer. Currently very active on the Dublin jazz scene, Shane is involved in a number of projects alongside some of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians. These include OKO; Gamerz with Kit Downes, John Moriarty Trio and Plaza Real. He has also worked with many top international musicians such as Tim Berne, Ernie Watts, Rick Margitza, Kit Downes, Ian Shaw, Guy Barker, John Stowell, Greg Osby, Greg Burke, and Jamie Oehlers, to name a few. Shane also teaches drums and jazz performance on the Jazz and Contemporary Music Performance degree at DCU.

Doors 4 Music 4.30-6.30 Tickets


Mary Coughlan sings Billie Holiday

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This is the second added date due to popular demand! SOLD OUT!! A special Tribute Concert to Billie Holiday from Mary Coughlan, Ireland’s Premiere Jazz & Blues Singer Mary Coughlan – voice Johnny Taylor – piano Cormac O’Brien – bass Dominic Mullen – drums Doors 8.30 Music 9-11

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

Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band

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Featuring some of Ireland’s finest professional musicians, over the years the band have accompanied many famous international jazz artists. Led by drummer Des Hopkins, the band are Ireland’s only professional band now playing in the Traditional Dixieland style. Jim Farley saxes/Clt Chris Kenevey piano. Davy Martin trumpet. Reg Lloyd bass. Pat McCarthy Trombone. Des Hopkins Drums. Doors 4.30 music 5-7 entry 10€



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