Scene Listings June/July
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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.