Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones – Anders Bergcrantz

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra rehearsing for their concert with Anders Bergcrantz!!
Dublin City Jazz Orchestra rehearsing for their concert with Anders Bergcrantz!!


The next concert by the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is the first in a series called ” Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones – Anders Bergcrantz” (trumpet and flugelhorn) from Sweden.

On Wednesday 16 November 2011 in The Loft at The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. Doors open at 8.30pm. Concert at 9.00pm. Admission price €10. Book online at entertainment.ie. Link is bit.ly/DCJOGrandSocial.

There is nothing to beat the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and its outstanding soloists from all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known on the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra all their well honed skills performing arrangements from great International writers and Irish composers.

Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin founded the Dublin City Big Band in 2007 to enable students at Ballymun Wind Project to see and hear a big band and encourage them in their studies.

It became Dublin City Jazz Orchestra for a performance at the Electric Picnic in 2008. The Orchestra played  weekly residencies in the Button Factory in Temple Bar in 2009 and 2010. In 2010 and 2011 the DCJO appeared on the “Late Late Show”.

I was enthused after hearing some performances of the orchestra, approached Ciaran Wilde and now in collaboration they create opportunities for the DCJO to perform throughout Ireland.

The artistic rationale is very modest, to afford a jazz orchestra opportunites to present its exciting programmes to audiences that may not hear this kind of music live very often and for venues to bring this music to its audiences.

In 2010 and 2011 the DCJO has played 24 concerts. These included concerts at the dlr Festival of World Cultures, TBCT’s Culture Night, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival in 2010.

In 2011 the orchestra performed an outstanding concert in the National Concert Hall with singers Mary Coughlan, Christine Tobin and David Linx. It performed at the Sligo Jazz Festival with guests, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and drummer John Riley, at “Made in Temple Bar” and in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum this October. Always very good, many times brilliant.

The members of the DCJO are:

Trumpets: Danny Healy, Mark Adams, Eamonn Nolan Ray Martin.

Trombones: Jim Clarke, Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien, Paul Frost.

Reeds: Alex Mathias, Derek O’Connor, Ciaran Wilde, Nick Roth, Robert Geraghty.

Rhythm Section: Phil Ware(kybrds), Hugh Buckley(gtr), Cormac O’Brien(dbl bs), Shane O’Donovan(drms)

This concert by the DCJO is the first in a series called “The Fiftieth Ones”.The Fiftieth One in this concert is Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz, fifty this year.

Anders playing with passion.

Anders Bergcrantz was born in Malmö, Sweden into a musical family. After three years at music high school, one year at Berklee, and two years at the music conservatory, and after 23 years of growing up and living with jazz, Anders started to play professionally and got a growing reputation and began to get invitations as a guest soloist and member of different bands home and abroad.

He spent some time in NYC in the eighties and early/mid nineties where two of Anders CDs were recorded, “Live at Sweet Basil” and “In this together”. “In this together” received “The Golden Record”, the finest musical award in Sweden. These two CDs and the CD “C” which is dedicated to the music of John Coltrane includes the band members and long time friends of Anders; Richie Beirach, Ron McClure and Adam Nussbaum.

Anders has also cooperated with tenor-sax master, Billy Harper and drummer legend, Billy Hart. The Anders Bergcrantz Quintet is Anders’ Swedish unit. They recorded the cd “About Time” in 2007. This record received, once again, the foremost Swedish jazz award; “The Golden Record”! Anders was at the same time also awarded; “Musician of the year”. “About Time” was also voted best album of the year by Swedish Radio’s listeners. In 2009 he received the French/Swedish award; Django d’Or in the category Contemporary Star of Jazz.

Anders Bergcrantz has appeared in Dublin on two previous occasions appearing as a soloist with the RTE Concert Orchestra in an Ellingtonian concert and performing at Whelans with Dave Liebman, Richie Beirach, Mike Nielsen with Ronan and Conor Guilfoyle in a memorable gig.

As the guest soloist, he brings arrangements in which he will shine with the DCJO in this exciting concert.


This concert is presented by Jazz on the Terrace and supported by funding from The Small Festivals and Events Award of The Arts Council.

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