The best jazz events of this week


Saturday 03

Dirty jazz club
Arthur’s, Dublin, arthurspub.fr
Over the past year, these monthly Saturday nights with the Dirty Jazz Club have become a staple of the live jazz scene with an enthusiastic audience filling Arthur’s upstairs room to hear this longtime collective come out. the repertoire of standards for a gallop.

The regular lineup is revamped this month with saxophonist Cathal Roche, the only regular member of the Dirty Jazz Club not to be otherwise engaged. He is accompanied by a group of talented “deps” who will bring a different energy to Arthur’s scene, in particular rising Cologne saxophonist Matthew Halpin making a rare appearance in Dublin with classically inclined pianist Izumi Kimura. , funky bassist Sean Maynard Smith and still inventive drummer Shane O’Donovan.

Monday 05

Hopkins Group
Port bar, Bray, theharbourbar.ie
There used to be plenty of traditional jazz sessions in the greater Dublin area on a bank holiday weekend, but the chances for Dixieland and mainstream jazz fans to hear their favorite music performed live are pretty slim these days. -this. Veteran drummer Des Hopkins and his band, descended from the Original Guinness Jazz Band which was popular in the 1980s and 1990s, still have what it takes to keep the flame of traditional jazz alight.

Wednesday 07

Guilfoyle / Nielsen trio
Bennigan’s, Derry, facebook.com/bennigansbar
When the trio of bassist Ronan Guilfoyle, guitarist Mike Nielsen and drummer Conor Guilfoyle emerged on the Dublin scene in the late 1980s, they ushered in a new era of Irish jazz and paved a path that many bands needed. to follow.

In their heyday, the trio toured and recorded with former Miles saxophonist Dave Liebman, as well as scorching live trio performances, and their pirate recording of “fucking standards” became an internet sensation.

Over the years, the three members have all continued to lead their own groups and each has become a distinguished educator in their respective disciplines, but the opportunities to see these three masters perform together are rare these days. They are in the Northwest this week to record a new record with Modal Citizen Records, and during their stay they will perform a unique concert in Bennigan’s intimate live space. Rare levels of group interaction, coupled with Herculean technique and unbridled volume, make the Guilfoyle / Nielsen trio one of the most visceral live experiences in Irish jazz.

Thursday 08

JazzGate: The music of Miles Davis feat. Bill blackmore
Black Gate, Galway, aengushackett.com
The regular JazzGate at Black Gate series, curated by Galway guitarist Aengus Hackett, turns its attention this week to the deep ocean of music associated with great trumpeter Miles Davis. From Birth of the Cool and Kind of Blue, to Bitches Brew and beyond, Miles’ music has been the source that nurtured generations of jazz musicians across the world, and it retains its power and relevance in the 21st century.

To prove it, Hackett is joined by Dublin trumpeter Bill Blackmore – who was able to channel Miles’ spirit, especially in his electric period – with bassist Dan Bodwell and drummer Barry Duffy handling the business of the rhythm section. .

Friday 09

Trio Cormac Kenevey and Cian Boylan
NCH, Dublin, nch.ie
Of all the crooners of the classical era when jazz was pop, Anthony Benedetti seems to be the most cherished of the 21st century. He didn’t have the best voice – which probably belonged to Bing Crosby. He wasn’t necessarily the best musician either, in terms of phrasing and technique – that distinction usually goes to Sinatra. But Tony Bennett, as he is known to his legion of fans, was arguably the most authentic and moving of them, investing his vocal performances with a humanity that still speaks to listeners and contemporary artists alike.

In a show called The Good Life, respected Dublin singer Cormac Kenevey – whose authentic performance is comparable to that of Bennet – pays homage to the great man with the excellent trio of pianist Cian Boylan with bassist Damian Evans and drummer Dominic Mullen .

saturday 10

Daniel Soro’s trio
Arthur’s, Dublin, arthurspub.fr
Guitarist Daniel Soro started playing flamenco and classical guitar, and the finger style he learned from these styles made him one of the few jazz guitarists who didn’t use a pick. True to the post-bop classical guitar style of players like Grant Green, Joe Pass and Louis Stewart, Soro’s trio feature a muscular rhythm section with bassist Derek Whyte and drummer Brendan Doherty.


Willie J. Johnson

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