WE kick off this month with the launch of the debut album by Colette Cassidy and Nigel Clark. Confetti Falling In The Rain is a wonderful collection of 12 original songs from this new songwriting duo. The gig is taking place in Odessa Club in the heart of Dublin 2 on Thursday 6th April starting at 8.30pm (sharpish I understand). Colette wrote all lyrics on the album and Nigel and Colette then jointly wrote the music. The quality of the songwriting is superb. It track contains a narrative displaying thought provoking imagery. Nigel is a very accomplished acoustic guitar player and the experience he brings to the duo is invaluable. It has long being said about Colette that she is the arguably the finest jazz singer in Ireland today.
The title track “Confetti Falling in the Rain” tells the story of a love affair that can never be, leaving behind the hopes and dreams of one person
and their chance for happiness. There are a number of torch songs throughout the album sung with real emotion. “Another Sleepless Night“, “When You’re In Love” and “Maybe” are songs telling the story of a love coming to an end and the pain of finally letting go. Other tracks on the album include a cheeky blues telling a story of forbidden love called “After Hours“.
“Next Time You’ll Fall” and “Blue Gas Flame” brings us back to the Jazz roots of this album. There is a taste of an old Irish Ballad with “Tales When We Were Young” where two people reignite love from their youth. One of the highlights on the album is the very touching lullaby “A Mother’s Love” sung from a Mother to her Child.
Tigran Hamasyan is a relatively young Armenian pianist. However at 29 he has recorded a host of CD’s. He will be making a return to Dublin to perform his latest work An Ancient Observer. I caught up with him prior to his arrival in Dublin and we had a chat. The interview can find HERE. The concert in Dublin is being held in the Christchurch Cathedral on Friday 7th April at 8.00pm and is promoted by John Mardirosian on behalf of Waltons World Masters Series in association with The Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Armenia in Ireland.
Marjorie Barnes is quite simply the real deal! Born and raised in New York City she has an amazing and varied career in music. She has starred in many Broadway Musicals including Pal Joey and Dreamgirls. After settling in The Netherlands she host her own TV Show Mit is Marjorie. She is coming to Ireland to perform at The City of Derry Jazz Festival over May Bank Holiday Weekend and she is going to manage to squeeze in a Dublin gig before she goes back. She is teaming up with The Paul McIntyre Trio in the form of McIntyre on Piano, Kevin Brady on Drums and Dave Fleming on Bass. The gig is in Arthur’s, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 on Tuesday 2nd May at 8.30pm.
Kurt Rosenwinkel is often dubbed the next generation’s Pat Metheny. He has had a significant impact on a whole host of young guitar players and jazz musicians. He has made some significant changes to his own life as well. Based in Berlin for the last decade he recently ended his teaching role. He also moved away from his management company/record label to set up his own label Heart Core Records in Association with Avishai Cohen (Bass). How he is back with a brand new project, Caipi. 10 years in the making Caipi is an album he has been has wanted to make for a long time. It is safe to say that it is a brave step musically for Rosenwinkel into the unknown. Click HERE to read the CD review.
Bray Jazz festival is celebrating its eighteenth year in 2017. There is something in the mix for every one and following on from the Festival in 2016 it will be using The Well (formerly St. Paul’s Church) opposite The Royal Hotel. Headline acts include The Lionel Loueke Trio . Loueke who hails from Benin has been in Dublin before most notable with Herbie Hancock in 2010. Also on the bill are Beats & Pieces Big Band from the UK, a highly entertaining ensemble. Irish interest in the festival comes from the collective project Roamers. A quite name for some of Irelands distinguished performers who have made a big name themselves aboard.
For a full listing of all the major headline gigs go to Dublinjazz.ie HERE