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Dominic Reilly Dominic Reilly May 2016

Hotter Than July?

There is no shortage of Jazz this Summer with some great concerts and events coming our way.

Announced last week was the Dublin debut of the world renowned Avishai Cohen. Avishai has a new recording out this year, Into The Silence, his first for the ECM label. It has been getting rave reviews in The USA, The UK and Europe. Avishai has been touring the project, an album written in the memory of his recently deceased Father. As I write I don’t even have a copy of the album as the UK distributor informs me that they have continually sold out of the CD. However I did get to hear the CD at the launch in New York earlier this year and it was sublime. He will be in Dublin on the 13th July playing the John Field Room of the National Concert Hall. The tickets are priced at a very modest €22.00 but there is an incredible “earlybird” offer in place until the end of May with a discount of 25%.

Hot on the heels of The Avishai Cohen announcement comes the announcement that The Impossible Gentlemen will be playing a Dublin show on the 28th July in The Sugar ClubThe Gentlemen were in Ireland last year at The Sligo Jazz Festival. As well as playing a fantastic concert they spent the whole week there as tutors to the every successful Jazz summer school. Like Avishai Cohen, there is a fantastic “earlybird” offer in place. Normal ticket price will be an unbelievable €20.00 but you can buy a ticket from The Sugar Club website or Ticketmaster.ie for €15.00 until the end of May.

This coming weekend sees the return of Down With Jazz. A festival or celebration if you will of the best of Irish or Irish based jazz and improvised music. The event is organized by The Improvised Music Company and takes place on Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May. The venue is The Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin 2.There are four gigs each night and tickets are price at a very consumer friendly price of €15.00 for each night for €25.00 for both nights. Each evening kicks off at 7.30pm.

The Hot Sardines are one of the fore runners in the Hot Swing Jazz category. On the 8th June they will electrify the Main Room of the National Concert Hall in another Waltons World Masters presentation. The New York ensemble has made a reputation for themselves with their mix of New York speakeasies, Parisian cabarets and New Orleans jazz halls.

The Hot House Big Band has been together since 2010. Most of that time was spent performing in The Mercantile on Dame Street but now they have found a new home in BAD BOB’S, Temple Bar. Every Monday night 17 of the country’s finest musicians get together to play the music they love and they love to bring to an audience because heaven knows it’s not the money! On any given night they will have a guest singer to add to the already entertaining night of music and fun. Keep up the good work lads and lasses.

Liam Noble is one of the UK’s leading pianists. The IMC have organised as part of their Solo series to have Liam perform in The Hugh Lane Gallery on Sunday the 5th June at 12.00 noon. 

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