Dublin City Jazz Orchestra Way Out West – Play Irish Again

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra – Way out west – play Irish again.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra plays the last concert in this five concert series grant aided by the Arts Council’s Music Projects Awards 2011 at the Visual Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre in Carlow on Sunday 4th December 2011 at 8.00pm. Admission €18 and €15 concessions.

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra was begun as a big band by Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin in 2007 to enable students at the Ballymun Wind Project to see and hear what a big band would look like as an encouragement to them in their studies.

After a performance in the IMC tent at the Electric Picnic in 2008 the band has had three residencies since then in the Button Factory in 2009 and 2010. It has a monthly residency in the Button Factory on the first Monday of each month which continues through 2011. On Sunday 27 March plays a major concert in the National Concert Hall in Dublin.

During 2010 the orchestra had a major move forward in its concert presentations. It had two series of concerts funded by the Music Network Performance and Touring Award and the Improvised Music Company Regional Touring Scheme. The orchestra also appeared at the Kilkenny Arts Festival, The dlr Festival of World Cultures, the Culture Night in September and the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival. It has appeared twice on the Late Late Show in 2010.

In 2010 Jazz on the Terrace commissioned nine Irish composers to write music specifically for the DCJO. The Arts Council provided grant aid for this music and it was premiered on 1 November. The music was played subsequently since then at other concerts.

Too often new works are only featured once. This series of concerts will mean that this music will be performed for a second time in Ireland. Jazz on the Terrace has been fortunate to secure a grant from the Music Network Arts Council Music Recording Scheme to record all of this music.

The artistic rationale behind the DCJO projects is very modest. It is to afford a jazz big band an opportunity to present its programme of music to audiences that may not hear this kind of music live very often and for the venues to bring this music to its customers.

The Irish writers who provided the compositions are Brian Byrne, David O’Rourke, Fintan O’Neill (all based in America), Brian Wynne, Abigail Smith, Karl Ronan with Pamela Keeley and Ronan Dooney, John Moriarty, Alex Mathias and Nick Roth. The other Irish arrangers are Paul Frost, Cormac McCarthy and Jim Clarke. The repertoire is also drawn from arrangements by Thad Jones, Neal Hefti, Oliver Nelson, Gordon Goodwin and Stan Kenton.

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.

Leader: Ciaran Wilde.


Ciaran Wilde(alto), Robert Geraghty(baritone), Alex Mathias(tenor), Derek O’Connor(tenor), Nick Roth(alto)


Raymond Martin, Danny Healy, Eamon Nolan, Mark Adams (also vocals)


Paul Frost(bass and vocals),Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien,  Jim Clarke

Rhythm Section

Phil Ware(piano), Hugh Buckley(guitar),

Cormac O’Brien(double bass), Jason O’Donovan(drums).




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