Great news this week! Teddy D Promotions in association with Dublinjazz.ie are proud to announce the return to Dublin of superstar jazz legend Charles Lloyd along with Gerald Clayton on piano, Ruben Rogers on Bass and Kendrick Scott on drums. The event will be in Vicar Street on November 16th. A new innovative offer for this event is a Premium Ticket. It includes a “Meet & Greet” wine reception with the artist prior to the concert. You will be able to have an up close and personal chat with Lloyd and his sidemen in an informal setting. You will get a signed CD (in of Lloyd’s last two albums) and a seat on the centre balcony in the auditorium. There is a very limited amount so I expect that these tickets will be snapped up soon.
Lloyd last played Dublin in November 2014. Then he performed his “Wild Man Dance” suite prior to its official release in April 2015. The music was entrancing and everyone in the audience that night was spellbound. Like so many jazz artists of his era Lloyd is playing, proofing and comprising better then ever and the wonderfully intimate surroundings of Vicar Street will go a long way to help make this event a “must not miss”. Tickets on Sale : HERE
While writing this editorial the sad news emerged that Louis Stewart has passed away. He had suffered from ill health since November last year. In fairness to all the wonderful jazz artist that Ireland has produced one the years I think everyone would agree that Steward was Ireland’s representative at the table of jazz legends. His legacy will be that he was a bona fide jazz legend in the company of Sonny Rollins, Art Blakey, Charlie Hayden etc.
Over the last number of years I have travelled outside of Ireland to London, Berlin, New York Etc. It is always with immense pride when I meet promoters and musicians alike that I ask about Louis and how he is getting on. They remember him. They all grew up with enormous respect for him. He was a true International star.
I did not know him very well I must confess. I went to a concert he performed in Bewley’s Theatre back in July 2013. He performed with Jim Doherty and Honor Heffernan. After the show I sat down with him for 15 minutes and had a chat. I was bringing Jimmy Cobb to Dublin a couple of days later and I mentioned this to him. He talked about meeting Cobb back in the seventies when he came to play Ronnie Scott’s with Sarah Vaughan. At that time Louis was a member of the Ronnie Scott’s residence band. It certainly is a sad day for Irish Jazz. Although I had no real relationship with the man his importance to jazz here is undisputed. There is certainly a huge hole left in all our hearts and minds. RIP
Limerick Jazz Festival has announced it program of events for this year. Spearheaded by the Trojan work of John Daly Limerick Jazz Society is the oldest in Ireland dating back to 1982. Commencing on Thursday 22nd September and running through to Sunday 25th.
This year’s festival sees the return to Ireland of guitar maestro David O’Rourke. O’Rourke is one the most respected jazz guitarist on the New York Scene and this is a rare chance to catch him on his home shores. Also included in the line-up is Norma Winstone performing with Claire Daly on Saxophone and The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Also taking part in this year’s event is the UK jazz group Partisans. This is a project that has been around since the amid nineties featuring Phil Robson on guitar and Julien Siegel on Saxophone.
The west of Ireland was not a great place to be earlier this year if you were a jazz fan. Several long standing projects suffered from the announcement that their Arts Council funding was to be cut. I say earlier in the year because, undeterred, Sligo Jazz Project, Galway Jazz Festival and Limerick Jazz Festival showed great resilience and determination to ensure that those cities still had exposure to great music. More information: Here
Avishai Cohen, the trumpeter, made his debut appearance in Ireland back in July at The National Concert Hall. Cohen and his world class quartet delivered a stunning performance that was robustly received by a packed room. An interval allowed the audience to catch their breath before it was taken away from them again in the second set.
There was great anticipation for the event that was planned for The John Field Room. Tickets sold out over a week early and judging by the level of applications for tickets in the last seven days Teddy D Promotions could have sold another hundred tickets. Cohen was performing music from his ECM debut album Into The Silence. This project surely places Cohen on the edge of stardom and we will certainly look forward to a return to Dublin in the near future.
Dublin welcomes Clare Teal who will be performing with The RTE Concert Orchestra on 12th August. The program is entitled “The First Ladies of Swing” and will be a tribute to some of the 20th centuries most outstanding singers, Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee. Doris Day etc. Teal is somewhat of an authority on The Swing era and presents a wonderful show for BBC 2 on a Sunday evening called Big Band Special. You can read an interview I did prior to Clare’s arrival in Dublin Here
Galway Jazz Festival (GJF) takes place on the 7th – 9th October 2016. The organisers need a special mention for their “never say die” attitude. After losing their Arts Council funding earlier in the year Ciaran Ryan, Matthew Berrill and their team were determined that it would not stop them in their mission to have a quality Jazz Festival in Galway. They launched a Fund:it campaign seeking €5,000.
The result was a tight call but in the last 12 hours of the campaign they achieved their goal and the funding
necessary to guarantee a strong and welcome jazz festival for Galway. A big thank you needs to go out to all their sponsors and participating businesses that helped male up an attractive selection of rewards to help encourage people to put their hands in their pockets and support this worthwhile event. Because of the funding GJF has been able to assemble a wonderful lineup of national and international talent to appear in Galway. Izumi Kimura was born and raised in Japan but came to Ireland in 1995 after completing her studies. Christian Wallumrød is an ECM artist from Norway. Lauren Kinsela now based in London is the winner of the Jazz FM vocalist of the year. Andy Sheppard makes another welcome return to perform The Shakespeare Songs. More news on additional acts and performance schedules to follow.
Over the last couple of weeks there have been some very cool announcements for The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Oct 28th -31st. Friday 28th sees a double bill of Jacob Collier and Justin Kauflin Trio. Saturday sees Robert Glasper Experiment doubling with The James Taylor Quartet and Sunday it is the turn of The Eleventh House Feat. Larry Coryell and Joey DeFrancesco paired with the Kurt Rosenwinkel Group. All shows are taking place at The Everyman Theatre.
Jacob Collier is someone who I heard about in early 2014. He was getting a lot of notice in London although at that tie he was still busy with his studies. He is a multi instrumentalist with a terrific singing range. Early YouTube clips had him performing his arrangements of pop hits solo. It has taken a while to work out how to bring it to a live performance but I will be looking to find out. It’s being a couple of years since Robert Glasper has appeared in Ireland. Since then he has gone on to win two Grammys one of which was for his hit album Black Radio. Kurt Rosenwinkel has often been touted as the younger generation’s Pat Metheny. There is no doubt he is an outstanding musician and a real genuine “Jazzer”. This represents a great coup for Jack and Deirdre to get the illustrious guitarist to Cork.
STELLA BASS is performing another one of her the theme projects in The National Concert Hall at lunchtime on Friday 12th August. A wonderful nod to the Berlin of the inter-war years, Berlin to Broadway, is a show featuring music from Kurt Weill, Friedrich Hollaender and Marlene Dietrich.
The theme marks the flight of entertainers from the decadence of Berlin during the Weimar Republic days to Broadway and Hollywood following the rise to power of Hitler in the early thirties. Bass has shown herself to be a wonderful talent with a great range. This show follows on from her nationwide your tribute project to Stephen Sondheim in 2015.