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12 Jan

“Trio Trio Piano”, a jazz piano trio series in February.

Here at Jazz on the Terrace I had an idea to put on a series of Jazz Piano Trio Concerts in Dublin. I approached Shane Masterson and Anna Gallagher of the BelloBar in Portobello, Dublin 6 to join with me in presenting the concerts.

The concept was simple but exciting, “Trio Trio Piano”, two jazz piano trios in a jazz club setting with an acoustic piano. Four excellent jazz piano trios bringing their artistry to new audiences.

This two concert series of “Trio Trio Piano” has received a very generous sponsorship from PIANOS PLUS.

There are four trios. These are the Cian Boylan Trio, the Johnny Taylor Trio, the Carole Nelson Trio and CEO, led by Leopoldo Osio.

The concerts will take place in the BelloBar, 1 Portobello Harbour on Friday 20th and Friday 27th of February.

More details to follow, watch this space or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

14 Oct

Kinda Monkish Singers – Cyrille Aimee in Dublin 24th October


Cyrille Aimee sings with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.

The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1

Wednesday 24 October  2012.

 

On Wednesday 24 October at 9pm in The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1 in what promises to be a  jazz highlight in October, French jazz singer Cyrille Aimee, Third placed Finalist in the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Contest 2010 will perform with The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

Cyrille Aimee in performance

 

In Autumn 2010 Cyrille Aimée became one of the three finalists at the renowned Thelonious Monk voice competition. The Washington Post celebrated her “…voice like fine whiskey – oaky and smooth, with a hint of smokiness…” The New York Times caught up a few weeks later and presented a great review of Cyrille when she sang at Smalls, the famous New York jazz club, where she completed a live recording “Cyrille Aimée + Friends Live at Smalls” featuring the accomplished Roy Hargrove and Joel Frahm for the label SmallsLIVE.

 

Cyrille was born in 1984 in Fontainebleau, France, with a French father and a Dominican mother. Her village, Samois-sur-Seine hosted the yearly jazz festival organized to honour the legendary guitarist Django Reinhardt who lived there. She discovered jazz at these festivals.

 

At nineteen, Cyrille decided not to go with her family as it moved to Singapore. Cyrille stayed in Paris and attended the American School of Modern Music. She subsequently went to Santo Domingo becoming part of the local scene and was then accepted for the Purchase School of Jazz in New York. During the winter breaks she went to Santo Domingo to perform with her friends. During the summer of 2006 she organised a backpacking tour with her musician friends playing and singing their way through Italy, France and Spain. In 2007 the group targeted the Perugia Jazz Festival and Cyrille went to partiipate in the competition in the Montreux Jazz Festival where she won both first prize and the special public prize.

 

In 2009 she graduated from Purchase and decided to remain in Brooklyn. She made two recordings with the Brazilian guitarist, Diego Figueiredo, that she had met in Montreux. Since her success in 2010 she has been continuing her rise. She has performed with musicians such as Joel Frahm, Steve Davis, Spike Wilner, Tom Kennedy and Anat Cohen and the Chicago City Jazz Orchestra and toured with the Hot Club of Detroit.

 

One of the aims of Jazz on the Terrace since its inception has been to expose Irish musicians to new ventures in jazz music and this “Kinda Monkish Singers” series affords an exceptional opportunity for The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra to perform with this young French rising artist.

 

The desire and the enthusiasm of Ciaran Wilde, Ray Martin and Mark Adams in working so hard to bring this jazz orchestra together, to seek out arrangements of the classic jazz big band repertoire will see the vocalist scores played.

 

The members of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra are: Ciaran Wilde, Alex Mathias, Derek O’Connor, Nick Roth, Robert Geraghty saxophones; Danny Healy, Ray Martin, Mark Adams, Eamon Nolan trumpets; Jim Clarke, Karl Ronan, Barry McBrien, Paul Frost trombones; Phil Ware piano, Hugh Buckley guitar, Cormac O’Brien double bass, Shane O’Sullivan – drums.

 

This concert is presented with grant aid funding from The Arts Council’s Small Festivals and Events.

01 Dec

A few questions for Rick Margitza from Allen Smith.

Prior to his concert next Wednesday 7th December with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in The Grand Social,

Rick Margitza

I asked Rick Margitza a few questions in an e-mail dialogue a couple of days ago. Here is how it went.

Allen:   How did you come to join the Miles Davis group in 1989?

Rick:  A friend of mine who was working at Blue Note Records sent a demo tape I had done to the studio where Miles was working on his ‘amandla’ album. His producer Tommy Lipuma heard it and then played it for Miles over the phone. Miles told Tommy to call me and tell me that I had a job.

Allen:  Which of the three albums that you recorded with Miles Davis did you enjoy the most?

Rick:   Honestly, none of them. the ‘Amandla’ album is just me playing a melody….no solo. the one track that I played on ‘Live around the world’ is taken from one of the nights that I feel I didn’t play very well and the same goes for ‘Live at Montreux’

Allen:  When did you work with Maria Schneider? What was the most rewarding aspect of the experience?

Rick:   There were so so many, but if I had to pick one, I would say the fact that she actually composed something for me specifically.

Allen:   Since you have lived in Paris with what other musicians have you had the opportunity to perform beyond the Louis Moutin Quartet?

Rick:   Just a small correction, the group is called ‘The Moutin Reunion Quartet.’ Since I’ve moved here I’ve been lucky to play with many great musicians, including Martial Solal, Birelli Lagrene, Stefan Belmando, and Rhoda Scott.

Allen:   What was the most memorable aspect of playing at the Galway Jazz Festival earlier this year?

Rick:   Meeting and playing with the musicians, Myles, Dan and Shane, the drummer with the big band next Wednesday.  Travelling around and playing with local rhythm sections is always hit or miss. but these guys are all great and we had a connection very quickly. I look forward to making more music in Dublin.

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22 Nov

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones – Rick Margitza

DUBLIN CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH “THE FIFTIETH ONES” – RICK MARGITZA

(tenor and soprano saxophone)

 On Wednesday 7th December 2011 at

The Grand Social.

 

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with The Fiftieth Ones Rick Margitza (tenor and soprano saxophone) special guest soloist from America. In The Loft at The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Doors open at 8.30pm. Concert at 9pm. Admission €10. Student Discount: Two For One(on the door).

Rick Margitza playing tenor sax

Rick Margitza playing tenor sax

Book online at entertainment.ie 

 

Nothing beats 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 outstanding soloists in 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 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. It became Dublin City Jazz Orchestra for a performance at the Electric Picnic in 2008. Allen Smith of Jazz on the Terrace and Ciaran Wilde in collaboration create opportunities for the DCJO to perform throughout Ireland.

In 2010 and 2011 the DCJO has played 24 concerts including in 2010 the dlr Festival of World Cultures, TBCT’s Culture Night, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, Kilkenny Arts Festival. In 2011 the orchestra performed an outstanding concert in the National Concert Hall with singers Mary Coughlan, Christine Tobin and David Linx, at the Sligo Jazz Festival with guests, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and drummer John Riley, and at “Made in Temple Bar”. Always very good, many times brilliant.

This concert by the DCJO is the second in a series called “The Fiftieth Ones”. The Fiftieth One in this concert is American tenor saxophonist Rick Margitza, fifty this year.

Born into a musical family in 1961 in Detroit. Rick Margitza’s paternal grandfather, a Hungarian Gypsy violinist, taught him to play the violin at the age of four. His father, a violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra helped his musical education. His maternal grandfather, a jazz bassist with the Glen Miller band, also played cello on the famed Charlie Parker with strings recording. After hearing Parker on this recording, Margitza switched to the saxophone.

He studied classical saxophone with Donald Sinta and jazz with Sonny Stitt, Gerry Niewood, Michael Brecker, and David Liebman. He studied at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and graduated with a B. Mus. from the Loyola University in New Orleans. Rick was touring with Maynard Ferguson and also Flora Purim and Airto Moreira at this time.

From New Orleans, Margitza moved to New York in 1989, and joined Miles Davis’ group and recorded three albums with it: “Amandla”, “Live around the world” and “Live in Montreux”. He made three recordings as leader for Blue Note during 1989-1991. Since 1994, his career has been enriched with five more solo albums and collaborations with such artists as Maria Schneider, Chick Corea and McCoy Tyner. He has performed with Bobby Hutcherson, Tony Williams, Eddie Gomez, Martial Solal and Dave Douglas. He has led his own band and performed in clubs, concert halls and festivals around the world.

His 10 albums as a leader document the evolution of his playing as well as his growth as a composer. Margitza has also composed music for orchestra including two symphonies and a saxophone concerto. He currently lives in Paris and his recording Bohemia, on the French label Nocturne, was his most personal to date.

Rick Margitza, who has long been regarded as one of the  “Young Lions” of the International Jazz Scene, is nowadays one of the most respected musicians of his generation. An excellent tenor and soprano saxophonist, mostly inspired by John Coltrane, Michael Brecker and Wayne Shorter, he has managed to expand and develop his unique voice, highly poetic and sharply incisive.

Rick Margitza has appeared in Dublin on a previous occasion recently, appearing with Myles Drennan, Damian Evans and Shane O’Donovan in JJs. As the guest soloist, he brings arrangements in which he will shine with the DCJO in this exciting concert.

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

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22 Nov

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.

Saxophones

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

Trumpets

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

Trombones

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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07 Nov

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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28 May

DCJO in Temple Bar in 2011-concert in July

After its successful concert in the Bank of Ireland Plaza in September 2010 as part of the Culture Night for Temple Bar Cultural Trust, grant aided by the Music Network Performance and Touring Award, the dynamic Dublin City Jazz Orchestra takes to the streets again.

Ray Martin with his trumpet, on the left  and Ciaran Wilde with his alto-saxophone on the right, musical co-leaders of the DCJO lead the sprint across Meeting House Square in an early training session for their concert  on Sunday 24 July in Temple Bar Square. That’s the stratospheric trumpeter Danny Healy in the sunglasses.

So, for this second time for Temple Bar Cultural Trust and as part of its Celebrations for the Summer the DCJO will be in Temple Bar Square on the afternoon of Sunday 24 July. Get along and be there for the big blast from the best big band in Dublin.

The DCJO  made its home in the Button Factory in the heart of Temple Bar on the Curved Street for the last year or so up to this April. Its members are happy to be back in town as part of the enjoyment that is Dublin City and in particular this quarter and the centre of it, Temple Bar Square.

In the photograph above, you can see the DCJO performing on Monday 4 April in the Button Factory, with tenor saxophonist Brendan Doyle taking a solo.

 

 

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27 May

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra concerts in July

“Dublin City Jazz Orchestra Way Out West-Play Irish Again” is the title of the orchestra’s tour in July. The DCJO will perform the music that was commissioned by Jazz on the Terrace and premiered in Dublin last November and grant aided by the Commissions Award of The Arts Council.

Below you can see a youtube extract from the DCJO concert in the National Concert Hall on Sunday 27 March, with guitarist Hugh Buckley featured on his composition “When Wes Was”. This was arranged for the orchestra by the New York based arranger/composer from Dublin, David O’Rourke. This concert was the highlight of the earlier part of this year .

Below you can see the DCJO in their relaxed pose for one of their press photographs. In this tour in July the concerts will be  at venues in counties on the western seaboard of Ireland.

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

Very often when music is commissioned it has only one performance. This tour means that the music will be heard for a second time. This tour is grant aided by The Arts Council Projects Award.

The concerts will be at the following venues:

Wednesday 13 July. Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, County Donegal.

http://www.regionalculturalcentre.com/

Thursday 14 July. Ballina Arts Centre, Ballina, County Mayo.

http://www.ballinaartscentre.com/events/2011/jul/14/dublin-city-jazz-orchestra/

Wednesday 20 July. Glor, Ennis, County Clare.

to book tickets http://www.glor.ie/What’s%20On/Music_DublinCityJazz.htm

Thursday 21 July. Sligo Jazz Festival, Sligo, County Sligo.

http://www.sligojazz.ie/index.php/festival-2011/festival-acts/festival-programme/

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28 Apr

News. Website upgrade underway

Hello everybody, Allen Smith here. I am just about to commence upgrading the Jazz on the Terrace website, so you will see changes appearing gradually over the next month.

Supported by The Arts Council

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26 May

The jazz does go on!

Excuse our recent absence: Allen and I have both been very busy. Allen has been in the Holy Land to see how the Devil’s music fares over there. He was also supposed to take a trip to Vienna to check out the jazz scene there but he took ill and was advised against flying. So it’s been an exciting month on the Terrace. The show however did go on and this was where my busy-ness came into play: I have not been updating this blog. So please accept my apologies.

Ella Fitzgerald, 1946 | Giants of Jazz SeriesI hope you continued listening to and enjoying the show. You can hear Allen tomorrow night on 4FM as usual at 9pm. When I was visiting with him at the weekend he was preparing a show focusing on female vocalists. Had his eldest grandson been a girl she would have been called Ella so I’ll be glued to the radio but I can’t guarantee there’ll be any Ella. I don’t think she’s avant garde enough for him!

Don’t forget if you have any special requests please leave a comment and Allen will try and include it in an upcoming show.