Editors feature

August 2016

Summer Fades Away…

Great news this week! Teddy D Promotions in association with Dublinjazz.ie are proud to announce the return to Dublin of superstar jazz legend Charles Lloyd along with Gerald Clayton on piano, Ruben Rogers on Bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. The event will be in Vicar Street on November 16th. A new innovative offer for this event is a Premium Ticket. It includes a “Meet & Greet” wine reception with the artist prior to the concert. You will be able to have an up close and personal chat with Lloyd and his sidemen in an informal setting. You will get a signed CD (in of Lloyd’s last two albums) and a seat on the centre balcony in the auditorium. There is a very limited amount so I expect that these tickets will be snapped up soon. 

While writing this editorial the sad news emerged that Louis Steward has passed away. He had suffered from ill health since November last year. In fairness to all the wonderful jazz artist that Ireland has produced one the years I think everyone would agree that Steward was Ireland’s representative at the table of jazz legends. His legacy will be that he was a bona fide jazz legend in the company of Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Charlie Hayden etc. 

Limerick Jazz Festival has announced it program of events for this yearSpearheaded by the Trojan work of John Daly Limerick Jazz Society is the oldest in Ireland dating back to 1982. Commencing on Thursday 22nd September and running through to Sunday 25th. 

Dublin welcomes Clare Teal who will be performing with The RTE Concert Orchestra on 12th August. The program is entitled “The First Ladies of Swing” and will be a tribute to some of the 20th centuries most outstanding singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee. Doris Day etc. Teal is somewhat of an authority on The Swing era and presents a wonderful show for BBC 2 on a Sunday evening called Big Band Special. You can read an interview I did prior to Clare’s arrival in Dublin Here

Galway Jazz Festival (GJF) takes place on the 7th – 9th October 2016. The organisers need a special mention for their “never say die” attitude. After losing their Arts Council funding earlier in the year Ciaran Ryan, Matthew Berrill and their team were determined that it would not stop them in their mission to have a quality Jazz Festival in Galway. They launched a Fund:it campaign seeking €5,000.



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