Icons of Jazz: The Richie Buckley Quintet plays the music of John Coltrane

Saturday 12th December, 8pm.
Broadcast online to enjoy from home.

Tickets €8

Following on from Ronan Guilfoyle’s take on Charlie Parker and Tommy Halferty’s spin on John Scofield, Improvised Music Company’s Icons of Jazz series continues, presenting some of Ireland’s most renowned jazz musicians performing their take on the iconic musicians who have shaped jazz music in the last century. Hear long-standing favourites of the genre given thrilling life and new spins by top Irish players.

Famed saxophonist bandleader and composer John Coltrane brought fireworks of technical brilliance and a distinctive sound to his music - an ability to play several notes at once and dizzying cascades of scales making for thrillingly intense performances.

Leading Irish saxophonist Richie Buckley brings breathtaking virtuosity and unique style to a selection of Coltrane’s iconic music. A self-taught saxophone player, Buckley is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has been described as "extraordinary" (Irish Times, 2001), "something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists" (Irish Times, 1999) and a musician whose "playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac." (Sunday Independent, 2001)

Buckley leads a quintet of renowned Irish jazz musicians creating a unique experience of iconic music.

We do hope you’ll join us live for this concert at 8pm on Saturday 12th December. Your link will be valid for 24 hours in case you need to enjoy the show later, or simply want to watch again. You will receive your link for the concert via your registering email before the beginning of the concert.

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Richie Buckley

With his unique style and virtuoso technique, Richie Buckley, a self-taught saxophone player, is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. He has been described as "extraordinary" (Irish Times, 2001), "something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists" (Irish Times, 1999) and a musician whose "playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac." (Sunday Independent, 2001)

Musicians with whom he has collaborated include Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Dave McKenna, Harry Allen, Lew Soloff, Guy Barker, Jiggs Wigham, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, and Elvis Costello. Recording credits include Van Morrison, James Williams, Barry Manilow, Riverdance, Lord of the Dance and Elmer Bernstein.

He has also recorded and performed with major Irish artists including The Cranberries, Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Sinead O’Connor, Paul Brady and Bill Whelan. His critically acclaimed album 'Your Love is Here', featuring his own compositions and guest artists Lew Soloff and the Robin Aspland Trio, was recorded in September 2000. Richie has scored three documentary films – 'Luke' (Luke Kelly, directed by Sinead O’Brien), 'Friel', 'Lee Marvin' (directed by John Boorman) and the film 'The General' (directed by John Boorman). Most recently Richie scored the soundtrack to W.C  and his track, ‘Just Another Waltz’ has featured in Maurice Linnane’s first feature ‘A Kiss For Jed’. 

"something of a genius… a world reputation amongst saxophonists"

– The Irish Times

"playing manages to be simultaneously passionate and gentle, romantic and elegiac."

– Sunday Independent
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