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Scene Listings June/July

Steve Welsh Quartet play Wayne Shorter

16 June, 8:30pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Steve Welsh is an ebullient newcomer to Dublin’s creative community. Most recently from Detroit, and previously a longtime Brooklynite, he has always been voraciously curious and creatively omnivorous . From jazz to indie rock to avant-garde to cabaret to pop to classical and electronic music, Steve has remained active in many genres for the last several decades. He currently performs widely across Dublin’s jazz scene and also performs and produces electronic music under the moniker Portamentous.

Ben Prevo - What is Old is New: Album Launch

17 June, 8:30pm at The Cobblestone

Admission includes download codes for bandcamp releases Monomeskill Falls & Woodstock Days & Nights -- and stories about songs & where and how they were done - selections will be performed on the night as well.

Linda May Han Oh & Fabian Almazan

20 June, 7:00pm at The Sugar Club

Music Network closes its Spring 2023 season with bass and piano duo, a jazz combination that is refreshing in its simplicity.

Linda May Han Oh - Bass

Fabian Almazan - Piano

Jazz on a Summer’s Day

22 June, 6:30pm at The Studio, dlr LexIcon

Inspired by the famous 'Jazz on a Summer's Day,' film of the 1958 Newport which weaves stellar performances by jazz greats like Anita O’Day, Louis Armstrong, and Thelonious Monk with images of water, yachts, sun hats, an attentive audience (eating ice-creams!) and quieter, more intimate rehearsal moments, Emilie Conway with Johnny Taylor(piano), and Barry Donohue (double bass) bring you their "Jazz on a Summer's Day!"

The Rob Strong Band

23 Jun, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues pub

Blues/Soul singer & bassist with 55years + on the road returns to Arthur’s

The Dirty Jazz Club

24 Jun, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Conor Murray - Drums, Derek Whyte - Bass, Colm O' Hara - Trombone, Bill Blackmore - Trumpet, Darragh O' Kelly - Keyboard, Cathal Roche - Sax

Richard Nelson Quartet at the Alternative Sunday Social Club

25 Jun, 4pm at The Wild Duck, Dublin

This weekend at the Alternative Sunday Social Club it's an afternoon of jazz in The Wild Duck with The Richard Nelson Quartet. Playing with Richard are Hugh Buckley on guitar, Nicky Scott on bass and Chad Murray on drums. Advance tickets from Eventbrite or on the door from 4.00pm on Sunday.

A Night with the Harp Bop Quartet

27 June, 8:00pm at Whelan's

The Fleming/Farrelly Quartet is a chordless jazz quartet formed in 2022 as part of the Dublin Jazz Co-op’s ‘Kind of New’ series. Its repertoire draws largely from the hard bop of the 50s and 60s, featuring compositions and arrangements from this era’s most well-known bandleaders, including Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins and Clifford Brown. It also includes many of the Broadway standards that achieved new popularity in this era.

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Improv Jam: Liz Hilliard

28 June, 7:00pm at Unit 44

Low key and informal event to explore and play and meet new people. There's no audience but anybody (of any experience) is welcome to come and play and enjoy themselves! We’re delighted to have Liz leading the first event! With her background in yoga and meditation, she may lead us in some centering exercises and we look forward to see what sounds emerge from that. So if you’re around and up for it, grab an instrument or something to make noise with (we might be able to provide some stuff if you’re stuck), come down and join in!

Phil Robson Trio

30 Jun, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Club

Azymuth - 50th Anniversary

30 June/ 1 July, 7:30pm at The Sugar Club

Alex Malheiros – bass

Kiko Continentino – keyboard

Renato Massa – drums

Richard Farrell Quartet

1 July, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Original folk, soul, jazz and blues from Danish Award Winning Irish man, Richard Farrell, joined by all star cast of Danish musicians.

A Night of Nat King Cole with the Bobby MC Quartet

4 July, 8:00pm at Whelan's

Bobby Mc is a young Irish swing and jazz singer.

He performs regularly around the country with his band Bobby Mc and The Dukes. They have performed at the last 3 Guinness Cork Jazz Festivals and recently Bobby made his debut, only this year, at The Derry Jazz Festival.

The band perform songs from the greats of jazz and swing such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Bobby Darin and more.

For this curation, Bobby turns his focus to one of the all time greats with a show full of adoration for the tones and tunes of Nat King Cole.

Edel Meade & Eamonn Flynn

6 July, 8:30pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Just back from California after a 6-month Fulbright adventure, award-winning vocalist and composer Edel Meade returns to Ireland to premiere her brand new project, bringing San Francisco-based piano player Eamonn Flynn with her.

Ray McLoughlin Quintet

7 July, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

We’re delighted to welcome organist/pianist Ray McLoughlin, to take the stage at Arthur’s.

Ray is due to release his debut Jazz Organ album in June, and his live show will feature many of his original compositions from that album. With influences including Joey de Francesco, Jimmy McGriff and Jimmy Smith, the show is high energy and eclectic, while showcasing the talents of all the musicians on stage.

The Lee Meehan Quartet

8 July, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

RAMP – Rathmullan Music Project

8th July & 9th July, Rathmullan

RAMP brings to the beautiful seaside village of Rathmullan a weekend of events showcasing the breadth and depth of experimental music and sound currently being produced.

Events by artists immersed in the worlds of improvisation and musical experimentation include workshops and performances by harp player Rhodri Davies, vocal group Landless and pianist Xenia Pestova Bennett.

There are concerts of improvised music with Una Lee (voice), Rob Casey (piano), Ailbhe Nic Oireachtaigh (viola), David Lacey (percussion), Aonghus McEvoy (guitar) as well as an immersive performance of Michel Chion’s masterpiece of electroacoustic music, “Requiem”.

Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo

12 July, 7:30 pm at The Sugar Club

Hermeto Pascoal is a noted Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist. His compositions appear on albums by Miles Davis and other jazz heavyweights. Pascoal’s sextet is an extra–sensory musical unit that has been with him for over 40 years and used to rehearse daily.

The music runs from the lyrical and romantic to raucous, from folkloric to his futuristic angular melodies, often creating a dense barrage of sound. The band sometimes uses synthesizers and saxophones as well as a battery of invented instruments—hub caps, teapots, and bowls of rocks— guided by Hermeto’s wizardry and benevolent spirit.

Honor Heffernan & The Carole Nelson Trio

13 July, 8:30pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Brian Jackson

14 July, 7:30pm at The Sugar Club

One-half of the legendary duo Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson, pianist-composer Brian Jackson is widely thought of as one of the forefathers of neo-soul and modern hip hop, prompting New Yorker magazine in a 2022 article to call him “a musical pioneer.” His catalogue has long been a source of sample material for icons such as Tupac, Common and Kendrick Lamar.

Continually choosing to put his music at the service of social and/or political messages, Brian has worked with artists as diverse as Ron Carter, Bobbi Humphrey, Roy Ayers, Lonnie Liston Smith and many others.


14 July, 8:00pm at Unit 44

This two-horns-no-chords quartet was established by drummer Matthew Jacobson in 2007 as a creative outlet for his compositions as well as his somewhat perverse fascination with anagrams.

The band play all original compositions from Jacobson ("one of Ireland's most exciting young talents" - the Irish Times) with influences including artists such as Charles Mingus, Jim Black, Deerhoof and Tim Berne. The formula for putting all this together in one palindromic setting is downtown grooves with catchy riffs and collective improvs.


15 Jul, 9:00pm at Arthur's Jazz and Blues Pub

Metropolis is a jazz fusion group founded in Dublin in the late 1970s. After packing several residencies for a couple of years, they took a forty year sabbatical before realising they enjoyed the music and each other’s company so much they wanted to do it again. Metropolis is Garvan Gallagher on bass, Paul McAteer on drums, Paul Barrett on keyboards and Keith Donald on sax and clarinet. All four have composed music and songs for the band. Between them they have worked with the RTECO, U2, Sinead O’Connor, Van Morrison, Quincy Jones, The Dubliners, Luka Bloom, Louis Stewart, Moving Hearts, Mary Black and scores of others.

Nils Kavanagh Trio Tour

17 Jul - 11 Aug, various locations

Inaugural Young Irish Jazz Musician of the Year, Sligo pianist Nils Kavanagh tours the material from his upcoming debut album, with his trio featuring Sam Green & Marcus Baber
July 17 - Crane Lane Theatre, Cork
July 20 - Arthur's Blues & Jazz Club, Dublin
July 21 - Clew Bay Hotel, Westport
July 22 - The Dock Arts, Carrick-on-Shannon
July 25 - Hawk's Well Theatre, Sligo
August 11 - Scott's Jazz Club, Belfast

Perspectives: Mariza

27 July, 8:00pm at National Concert Hall

Mariza dos Reis Nunes, aka Mariza, has become one of the most popular fado stars of the 20th century, combining this traditional Portuguese folk style with the contemporary sounds of gospel, soul and jazz.

A charismatic performer on stage and an eloquent ambassador for this much-loved Portuguese style: if you’re going to see fado, see Mariza.

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Regular Gigs

If you’re struck with a last-minute jazz craving, there’s always a line-up of great regular gigs running around the city, like Nigel Mooney’s Sunday afternoon jazz, 4pm at the United Arts Club, Jazz at the Americana on Wednesday night, Thursday night, and Sunday brunch, Searson’s Sunday Jazz at 6pm with Stella Bass, Dashi Thursday night jazz in Smithfield, and regular jams on Thursdays at the Bohemian, Sundays at the International, or Sunday afternoons at the Hot Spot in Greystones.

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