Jazz, Back on the Agenda

- October 2016


Carmen Lundy

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.

Watch out for a great offer in The Irish Times next week (18th Ocotober) when Teddy D Promotions will combine with Opium Restaurant to bring you a sensastional offer of a dinner & show ticket.


Charles Lloyd

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.

General admission is €39.00 but the real value deal is the Premium or “Meet & Greet” ticket. For €65.00 you get a gaurnateed seat in the best section in the house, a wine reception before the concert where fans will get the oppurtunity to meet and chat with Lloyd before the concert and receive a sign copy of either his Wild Man Dance album or his I Long to See You album that he did with Bill Frissell. Both these albums are recorded on Blue Note records.


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!

 Highlights for me this year will be Robert Glasper, well over due a return visit to Ireland. I will also be keen to see one of the new kids on the Quincy Jones block, Jacob Collier. Cormac Larkin brought Collier to my attention back in early 2014 and I have been keen ever since to see how his wonderfully creative videos will translate into a live performance. Sunday night in Cork has a first class double bill with Larry Corryell’s Eleventh House project with Joey Defrancesco going up against a young mans Pat Metheny in Kurt Rosenwinkel. Earlier on Sunday an act that will be well worth checking out is Jason Marsalis the vibes man from New Orleans and brother of Wynton. So, overall a lot to see and a lot to look forward to.


Robert Glasper

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.

David O’Rourke, the famous (or infamous) Irish guitarist based in New York will be making the trip home to be in attendence. O’Rourke declares thathe owes everything that made him the artist he is today to Louis. There will be bands playing upstairs and downstairs all evening. Entry is free but donations will be accepted on behalf of Our Lady’s Hospice Harolds Cross where Louis was so well looked after in his last days.

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.


Matthew Berrill

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 Sheppard, Christian 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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