Posts Tagged ‘jazz’

The Dirty Jazz Club

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Conor Murray – Drums Derek Whyte – bass Colm O’Hara – Trombone Bill Blackmore – Trumphet Cathal Roche – Alto Sax

Darragh O’Kelly – keys

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

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Aleka – voice Chris Guilfoyle – guitar Barry Donohue – bass Matthew Jacobson – drums In her relatively short career, Aleka has already played with some of the most important jazz musicians in Ireland such as Ronan Guilfoyle, Michael Buckley, Tommy Halferty, Sean Carpio and Kevin Brady. With her Aleka project, she brings together three of the leading musicians of the next generation of Irish jazz to play her take on Romanian folk music. Aleka is a Romanian vocalist, cellist, composer and lyricist who draws influence from her home country, using folk melodies interspersed with jazz harmony and eastern rhythms as well as Debussy and Bella Bartok, inspired by her experience in the classical music world. The approach of the band may seem like it adheres to the traditional sentiments of a vocal jazz quartet however, it is influenced by a broad spectrum of styles from the roots of jazz to the contemporary reaches of pop music. Aleka’s voice is a myriad of textures and sonorities. She spent time exploring bell canto technique as well as the nuances and colours of oriental music and soul. All of these influences and styles culminate in a refined vocal sound that is very personal. Aleka released her debut album ‘Person I Knew’ in April 2019, receiving a 4-star review in The Irish Times. Doors 8 Music 8.30 Entry 10euro

Maynard ‘eh no’ – album release

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Debut jazz album from electric bassist Sean Maynard Smith. Promoter of renowned Dublin improvised music residency ‘Sticklepathic Child’ known as the bass player in BETAPUS (2017) and IRELAND (2018). Currently works with the likes of FIXITY, The BONK, PIZZA JAZZ, BEN PRIVO. ‘Eh No’ explores the tunes of Sean Maynard Smith with a pick of Dublins finest Colm O’Hara – trombone Peter Dobai – saxophones Darragh O’Kelly – keyboards Brendan Dotherty – drums Doors 8 Music 8.30 €10

The Richard Nelson Sextet

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If you turn on an Irish radio station and hear a pedal steel guitar, chances are that the man in the driving seat is Richard Nelson. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a who’s who of top Irish musicians, from Van Morrison and Paul Brady to Daniel O’Donnell, and countless others. He has played on over 500 albums over the years. He is one of the most sought after session musicians on the Irish music scene. Richard has released two albums of jazz standards, the first “Moments Notice” in 2005 and “Song for my Father” in 2019 and has collaborated with many of Ireland’s top jazz artists such as Phil Ware, Hugh Buckley, Dave Redmond and Kevin Brady. He is the founder of the Irish Pedal steel guitar festival which has been running annually for 18 years, He has also performed at many leading jazz venues such as the Montreux Jazz festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Portalen jazz club in Copenhagen. He is also a Graduate of the DIT masters in jazz performance programme. This latest collaboration includes guitarist Lee Meehan, pianist Phil Ware, saxophonist Richie Buckley and veterans Dave Fleming on Bass and John Philip Murray on drums, and included compositions by Bob Berg, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Richard Nelson – pedal steel guitar Lee Meehan – guitar Phil Ware – piano Dave Fleming – bass Richie Buckley- sax John Philip Murray – drums Doors 8.30 music 9 entry 10€

George Colligan Trio Album Launch

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After a highly successful trio tour in 2019, George Colligan, Darren Beckett and David Redmond will collaborate again in April 2020 on a tour of the UK and Ireland to celebrate the release of their live album ‘The George Colligan Trio Live in Arklow’, which was recorded during the same tour. The recording is to be released on leading UK jazz label Ubuntu April 2nd. On this tour, they will be playing a selection of arranged standards and original compositions by Colligan. Beckett and Colligan have an extensive playing and recording history in New York, having recorded for the Steeplechase record label as a trio and also with artists such as Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher and bandleader. Winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. His latest album, ‘Nation Divided’ (Whirlwind Records) is his 30th as a bandleader. Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now resides in Portland, Oregon where he is an Associate Professor at Portland State University. 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, James Hunter, jazz pianist Aaron Parks, played festivals all over the world from Austin City Limits to Montreux to NH7 in India. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, with 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 BIMM in Brighton, and has been touring the US and Europe with Indie darlings Amen Dunes this year, 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. Darren was recently featured in Modern Drummer Magazine in an article entitled ‘On The Beat’. 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 and Alan Barnes. Irish Bassist David Redmond is best known for his collaborations with renowned Irish and International groups. He regularly performs with artists such as Bob Dorough, Bill Carrothers, George Colligan, Darren Beckett, Anders Bergcrantz, Gonzalo Del Val, Stéphane Mercier, Keith Copeland, Seamus Blake, Georgie Fame, Jesse van Ruler, Bobby Wellins, Dave Liebman, Jason Rigby, Guy Barker, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Scott Hamilton and Norma Winstone. Redmond has appeared on over 35 albums of established Irish and International artists. He regularly performs abroad at festivals such as Euro Jazz festival in Mexico, Dubai Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Azores Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival. He has also performed at the famous london jazz club Ronnie Scotts as part of the Ian Shaw septet (UK’s leading male jazz vocalist). He has also performed all over Europe, U.S.A., Hungary, Colombia, Cyprus, China and Scandinavia.
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