Editors feature

October 2016

Jazz, Back on the Agenda

Making her Dublin debut this month is the incredable Jazz singer, Carmen Lundy. She will be performing at the very trendy Opium Rooms, Wexford Street, on the 27th October. Lundy was one of the stand out performers at the 2014 Cork Jazz Festival and now she is set to bring her magic to the other capital.

She once again has a stellar line-up with bassist Darryl Hall, piano player to Victor Gould, amed drummer Marvin “Smithy” Smith and guitarist Andrew Renfroe. Lundy is on a mini tour of Europe appearing in Milan, Paris and London and we were lucky to get her to come to Dublin. Lundy is a comproser as well as a singer and this makes her all the more interesting as she performs all her own original material. Fifteen albums later her sound is still as fresh and invigorating as ever and although Lundy is a true jazz singer her music is very soulful and groovey. The Opium rooms provides a great venue for her style of performance with half the room seated and the other half glad they were standing so they could move to the fantastic rhythms. It’s also a great venue because of the wonderful Pan-Asian restaurant downstairs.

Tickets for Charles Lloyd’s concert in Vicar Street on Novemeber 16th have been selling exceptionaly well. In fact there is a three fold incease on sales at this point compared to the last time he was here. Fans will remember the astounding concert he played in the NCH, November 2014 and it’s clear that the word got out about that performance.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival is coming over the hill fast and following some slightly deserved criticism over the last number of years Jazz is firmly back of the agenda. The line-up of bona fide jazz acts is quite impressive and the organisers tell me that presale is way ahead of previous years. This all means that if you are thinking of heading down get booking your accommodation NOW!

Louis Stewart like Elvis has left the building but like Elvis will never be forgotten. Brian Smyth with the help of Kevin Brady is hosting a tribute night to Louis on the 6th Novemeber at JJ Smyth’s. Louis had played a residency at JJ’s for the last number of years and it’s only fitting that it will be the venue to celebrate the great man’s life and work.

There is no shortage of demand for good guitar players and Larry Corryell is fullfilling that demand with a third vistit to Dublin in 14 months. Coryell will be playing an intimate gig in JJ Smyth’s on November 3rd accompanied by Dave Redmond on bass and Kevin Brady on drums.

Final word goes to Ciaran Ryan and Matthew Berrill for their trojan work with the Galway Jazz Festival this year. All reports are that it was a stunning success with a jam packed schedule and some very notable international acts like Andy SheppardChristian Wallumrod Ensemble and Lauren Kinsella. Ryan & Berrill modestly acknowledge the support of their volunteer team. The overwhelming local support from the people of Galway clearly sent out a message that they want jazz and they want it often. 

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