Gig Review

Joey Alexander

Just turned fourteen, the diminutive Joey Alexander looked even younger as he sat down at the Steinway Concert Grand. The Bali-born pianist began with a lyrical solo treatment of the Beatles’ ‘Blackbird’. Then he called Colette Cassidy to come on stage. One of our finest Irish singers, Colette had opened the concert with Nigel Clark […] Read more …

SUSANA BACA

This concert was another winner for Waltons World Masters, who have an impressive record of bringing outstanding international artists to Ireland over the years. Susana Baca (vocals) was backed by Hugo Bravo (percussion), Ernesto Hermoza (guitar), Oscar Huaranga (bass) and Maria Helena Pacheco (violin). The Peruvian singer has a splendid voice, a broad emotional range […] Read more …

Marjorie Barnes

The American singer Marjorie Barnes made a single appearance in Dublin, following her performance at the City of Derry Jazz Festival. Backing her on 2 May in Arthur’s Blues and Jazz Club were Paul McIntyre (piano), Kevin Brady (drums) and Dave Fleming (double bass).  ‘So in Love’ was her animated opening number. ‘Street of Dreams’ […] Read more …

SHANTALA SUBRAMANYAM TRIO – Bray Jazz Festival

The Shantala Subramanyam Trio played in the Town Hall, Bray, on Saturday 29 April as part of the Bray International Jazz Festival. Their music is Indian, not jazz, but it has a strong element of improvisation which gives it an affinity with jazz. Sitting cross-legged on the stage, Shantala Subramanyam (venu – bamboo flute), Akkarai […] Read more …

Anders Bergcrantz & Perlico Sambeth with The Phil Ware Trio

  ANDERS BERGCRANTZ AND PERICO SAMBEAT Spain met Sweden in JJ Smyth’s on Friday 21 April. Perico Sambeat (alto sax) and Anders Bergcrantz (trumpet and flugelhorn) were playing together for the first time, but their intuitive rapport made them sound like regular team-mates.  While Sambeat is more famous internationally, Bergcrantz has built up a solid […] Read more …

ERNIE WATTS – THE SUGAR CLUB MAY 2014

  Tenor saxophonist Ernie Watts’ performance at the Sugar Club was a rare treat for Irish jazz fans. In a long, distinguished career Watts has traveled the globe countless times, first with drummer Buddy Rich in the 1960s, with guitarist Pat Metheny’s Special Quartet in the 1980s and from the mid eighties until present times with […] Read more …

AHMAD JAMAL – Live in Paris

Ahmad Jamal played a series of three concerts in Paris recently. They were sold out months in advance. Small wonder when you consider the rock star-like applause that greeted him when he finally stood up to take a bow at the end of 70 minute set. He was joined by his band of Herlin Riley […] Read more …

OLIVIA TRUMMER – Review of Irish Tour

Even though Olivia Trummer has concluded the last concert of her Irish tour and she has now returned to her home in Berlin she leaves behind her a whole new group of dedicated fans who will never forget the experience of having seen her play live. Galway was the scene of her triumphant farewell and […] Read more …

EDMAR CASTANEDA – THE SUGAR CLUB

There was great anticipation last night in the Sugar Club where a large audience gathered to hear the much talked about Edmar Castaneda form Columbia. It was just one man and one Harp, a South American Harp, slightly smaller then our Irish concert Harps. As he started to play the room was filled with sound, […] Read more …

CORMAC KENEVEY – Friday 13th September 2013

Cormac Kenevey played a wonder set on Friday 13th Sept. in the National Concert Hall. It was a lunchtime show and there was a large appreciariative audience to hear him sing a mixture of popular songs such as Randy’s Crawford’s Some Day I’ll Fly Away to wonderful standards like I’ve grown accustomed to her face […] Read more …