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
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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. www.gregosby.com
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. www.talcohenmusic.com/
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.
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Andreas Varady is “one of the most talented people on this planet, who takes the music back to where it belongs,” says legendary music icon, Quincy Jones Andreas started his ascent to mastering jazz guitar at a very young age. Born of Hungarian Gypsy descent, Andreas was raised in a small town in Slovakia and first began to play the guitar at four years old, tutored by his father, Bandi. Andreas was taught to learn songs by ear; his first tune the “Blue Bossa” jazz standard, and from then on he has continued to pursue the world of jazz music. Andreas has idolized his guitar hero George Benson, and from his early years has often been compared to the guitar legend.
Andreas began to explore sharing his talent when his family moved to Ireland in 2007. At just 9 years old, Andreas would perform for the passerby’s of Limerick and Cork Ireland, busking on the streets. People were drawn to young Varady for his talent at such a young age and his lovable performing persona. As an outgoing and determined youth, Andreas reached out to Irish drummer and producer David Lyttle who agreed to meet with him. After the introduction, Lyttle loved him and began featuring Andreas in his band. Lyttle also produced Andreas’ first album Questions in 2010.
At this time, Andreas began touring and playing shows at various Jazz festivals throughout Europe. In 2011, at 13 years old, he became the youngest headlining artist at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London. Andreas became featured in shows with Martin Taylor, Tommy Emmanuel, and Louis Stewart. He appeared on the front cover of Guitar Player magazine. In the summer of 2012, Andreas had the opportunity to play at the world famous International Montreux Jazz Festival where he performed in front of festival founder Claude Nobs and record producer and music legend Quincy Jones. A few months after the festival, Quincy signed Andreas to his management company. In October 2013, Andreas Varady signed a record deal with Verve Records under David Foster. He recorded his debut album in January 2014 with producer David Paich.
To date, Andreas Varady has performed with a collection of world class musicians including: Frank Vignola, Andreas Oberg, Casey Benjamin, Terell Stafford, Lee Ritenour, Stochelo Rosemberg, Alfredo Rodriguez, Nikki Yanofsky, Henry Cole, Reiner Elizarde, Louis Stewart, Soweto Kinch, and many more. Andreas is a Benedetto artist and plays his own signature variation of the Bambino model guitar. D’Addario strings and Planet Waves cables also endorse Andreas. Most recently, Andreas caught the interest of Bob Zievers, George Benson’s agent, who has signed on to work with the young guitarist.
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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