Hotter Than July?

Dominic Reilly - May 2016

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

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen took part in one of the festival's most crowded sets, featuring the SFJAZZ Collective's arrangements of Michael Jackson songs.

Trumpeter Avishai Cohen took part in one of the festival’s most crowded sets, featuring the SFJAZZ Collective’s arrangements of Michael Jackson songs.


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%.


Image The Impossible Gentlemen

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 Club. The 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 for €15.00 until the end of May.

The Impossible Gentlemen are an Anglo-American “supergroup” featuring Gwilym Simcock, now perched in the chair with The Pat Metheny Group, Steve Rodby, winner of 13 Grammy’s and long time bassist with Pat Metheny, legendary drummer and Grammy winner Adam Nussbaum, Manchester guitarist Mike Walker and Iain Dixon a fabulous reed player who has worked with everybody from Joni Mitchell to The Spice Girls.


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.


 Saturday                                                        Sunday

Weird Glitches                                                    Snowpoet

Edel Meade                                                         Mattew Halpin’s Last Chance Dance 

ReDiviDeR                                                          Zaska

Toot Sweet and the Shadow Man                  Richie Buckley Quintet


The Hot Sardines Photo courtThe 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.

Waltons have for years been bringing us some of the best artists in the world through their World Master Series. Although varied in the style of music from Hugh Masekela to Mavis Staples to Habib Koite the quality of performers is always world class. The driving force behind the World Masters Series is John Mardirosian who is also the Director of Waltons New School of Music. We hope John keeps up the hard work of bringing world-class artists to Dublin.


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. For anybody who has managed to miss what goes on in The Hugh Lane Gallery on Sundays you are in for a big surprise. Each week there is a musical recital that is free t the public. It is usually a solo performance and most Sunday’s it a classical recital. However it is a wonderful space with a capacity of 200. However get there early as the doors open at 11am and half the seats are normally gone by 11.30. By 11.50am you’ve missed it!

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