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01 Mar

Mirrors Tour kicks off: get a taste

The Mirrors Tour featuring The Lauren Kinsella Quintet playing the Music of Kenny Wheeler with Choirs under the direction of Pete Churchill kicked off last night in Kilkenny. They were supported by Kilkenny College Chamber Choir. If you would like to get along to one of our other dates in Dun Laoghaire or Ballina click here for details on how to book your tickets. See you there!

Sponsors of the Studio at the LEXICON concerts on Tuesday 1st and Friday 4th March

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

25 Feb

“Mirrors” Tour: Waterford concert CANCELLED

Due to circumstances beyond our control and all that jazz the Waterford leg of the upcoming “Mirrors” tour has been cancelled.  This concert was due to take place on Saturday 5th March at the Theatre Royal,The Mall, Waterford.

Mirrors

The tour will go ahead at all other venues in Kilkenny, Dun Laoghaire, and Ballina. Find out more about all dates here.

See you there!

16 Jan

We do rather love pianos

PIANOS PLUS LOGOAs you may have guessed from Allen’s post earlier this week we are all about the piano in February. We are delighted to present not one but TWO piano trio gigs at the Bello Bar on Friday February 20th and 27th. More details will follow but we just wanted to take this opportunity to thank our kind sponsors, Pianos Plus. We couldn’t do this series without their generosity. Check out their gorgeous ebonies and ivories in this lovely video.

 

23 May

“When Wes Was” arranged by David O’Rourke

In a previous post the piece “When Wes Was” was mentioned in a quote from a great review by Gráinne Farren in the Sunday Independent of a Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in April 2011. An audience member made this video of this very piece arranged by David O’Rourke for fellow guitarist Hugh Buckley and the orchestra.  Enjoy and find out how to book tickets to one of his four gigs in Ballina, Tallaght, Waterford or Bray below.

Don’t miss the talented David O’Rourke on tour With The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, May – June 2013.

Another concert at the Sligo Jazz Festival on Friday 19 July featuring Marshall Gilkes, Jean Toussaint and Ian Shaw with David O’Rourke’s music.

21 May

David O’Rourke, jazz guitarist, A Prophet In His Own Land

“It was good to see a full house in the National Concert Hall for the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra last Sunday night. The DCJO lived up to expectations. The programme included original compositions by band members and in the case of Hugh Buckley’s ‘When Wes Was’, the arrangement was by fellow-guitarist Dave O’Rourke, Dublin’s major gift to the New York jazz scene. ‘God Bless The Child’ featured a moving solo by Karl Ronan. In the up-tempo ‘Tall Cotton’ Jim Clarke’s plunger mute was a delight.”

Grainne Farren, Jazz, Sunday Independent, 3 April 2011.

David O'Rourke, guitarist

David O’Rourke, guitarist

David O’Rourke On Tour With The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, May June 2013.

Another concert at the Sligo Jazz Festival on Friday 19 July featuring Marshall Gilkes, Jean Toussaint and Ian Shaw with David O’Rourke’s music.

In one night you can experience excitement, delicacy, humour, a rhythmic big noise, beautiful melodic small sounds and go home with a bounce in your step.

David O’Rourke returns from USA to Ireland to tour with friend, Ciaran Wilde and Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. bringing all he learnt and developed,  a prophet in his own land.

David O’Rourke left Ireland in 1989, departing from his own land in pursuit of a dream that he had, to become a part of New York’s jazz scene. Twenty-three years later he is an established member of that scene. He believed that he had much to learn. However he had something to bring to that great city and the Mecca of jazz for many, both American and foreign.

And so it has proved to be.  He developed as a performer, but also as an arranger for large ensembles and a composer for them as well. As part of a youth development programme he formed a big band for young musicians in New York, the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra, JSYO. He has his own jazz  orchestra, The O’Rourkestra, a twenty piece ensemble. This gives him the opportunity to write his own compositions and arrangements for this big band with its ten strong brass section. It is the intention to augment the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra to enable these arrangements to be performed for the Irish audiences.

Not only is this an amazing opportunity for people all over Ireland to experience the power and grace of a full jazz orchestra but to perform in an enlarged ensemble is an important opportunity for the development of the orchestra members. The DCJO will be performing a repertoire new or freshly interpreted to its audiences.

Jazz on the Terrace grasps this opportunity with a high quality artistic project that allows it to demonstrate its strong and imaginative curatorial approach devising occasions for a collaborative creative process. This is an ambitious project, with originality expressed in bringing David O’Rourke, this prophet to his own land. He is a friend and musical associate of Ciaran Wilde, leader of the DCJO who with Jazz on the Terrace, looks forward to this fabulous opportunity to bring fresh music to diehard jazz fans and newbies all over Ireland.

David O’Rourke is the prophet in his own land.

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland

This tour is funded by The Arts Council’s Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme 2013.

 

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.

Leader: Ciaran Wilde.

David O’Rourke (guitar), Musical Director.

Saxophones

Ciaran Wilde(baritone), Brendan Doyle(alto), Mark Wilde(tenor), Derek O’Connor(tenor), Nick Roth(alto).

Flute

Elizabeth Petcu.

Trumpets

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

Trombones

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

French Horns

Feargal O’Ceallacháin, TBA.

Tuba

Conor O’Riordan

Rhythm Section

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

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

Vocals

Honor Heffernan.

15 May

Paddy Sherlock plays JJ Smyths Dublin Thursday

But to get you in the mood here’s a superb video on Paddy performing on BBC1’s Blackstaff sessions a few years ago. Enjoy!

15 May

Paddy Sherlock (trombone and vocals), from Paris, with The Buckley Ware Quartet

Paddy Sherlock plays trombone

Paris based trombone player, Paddy Sherlock

On Thursday 16th May trombonist Paddy Sherlock will perform live in Dublin’s premiere jazz venue, JJ Smyth’s on Aungier St. with the Buckley/ Ware Quartet.

This is the second in a series of gigs that we have organised called the Gallic Gaelic Entente supported by the Arts Council

Performing in the Buckley/ Ware Quartet are:

Hugh Buckley (guitar), Phil Ware (piano), Neil O’Loghlen (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums).

Doors 8.30pm, Music at 9.00pm. Admission €8.00.

JJ Smyth’s,DUBLIN’S PREMIER LIVE JAZZ AND BLUES VENUE.


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12 Aungier Street, Dublin 2. Telephone: 01 475 2565.

 

 

01 May

Gerard Murphy plays JJs with the Buckley/ Ware quartet

If you are around tomorrow, Thursday 2nd May, don’t miss our next gig in JJ Smyths, Aungier St. as part of the Gallic Gaelic Entente series. Gerard Murphy, Dublin born alto sax player from Marseille is playing with the Hugh Buckley / Phil Ware Quartet. Doors: 8.30pm, music: 9.00pm. €8. Hope to see you all there!

Here you can see him playing as part of the Romain Thivolle Big Band in 2012.

06 Dec

DUBLIN CITY JAZZ ORCHESTRA WITH “A KINDA MONKISH SINGER” – SARA LAZARUS(vocalist)

On Wednesday 12th December 2012 the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with A Kinda Monkish Singer – Sara Lazarus (vocalist) special Franco/American guest vocalist from Paris. Winner of the Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition in 1994.

In The Loft at The Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1. Doors open at 8.30pm. Concert at 9pm. Admission €10. Book online: www. entertainment.ie

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 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”. In 2012 a concert in November to honour the memory of Noel Kelehan, Jazz Artist and the first concert in this series with French singer Cyrille Aimee. Always very good, many times brilliant.

 

This concert by the DCJO is the second in a series called “A Kinda Monkish Singer”. The Kinda Monkish Singer in this concert is Franco/American jazz singer Sara Lazarus.

 

Sara Lazarus was born on 1st April 1962 in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. She studied classical piano from the age of eight, four years later Lazarus joined her school band in which she played tenor saxophone. At 16 she played in The American Youth Jazz Band, visiting Europe on a tour that included an appearance at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

After school, she studied English literature at Harvard University where she played saxophone and also sang with bands. During this period, she was heard by Artist in Residence Illinois Jacquet who encouraged her to follow music as a career. She was awarded the best vocal jazz soloist prize (university standard) by the American Downbeat jazz magazine. Upon graduating from Harvard in 1984, she relocated to France where she re-encountered Illinois Jacquet who included her in a band he led for a tour.

 

She was now concentrating on singing and gradually built a following at French clubs and concert venues. She led her own group and also worked with Franck Ansellem, Patrice Caratini, Riccardo del Fra and Jacky Terrasson. She takes part in numerous European festivals like Marciac, Crest Jazz Vocal, Montlouis, Braga and the JVC Paris Jazz Festival. She has been given the opportunity to sing with such musicians as Alain Jean-Marie, Jacky Terrasson, Manuel Rocheman, Frank Amsallem, Riccardo del Fra, Gilles Naturel and Andrea Michelluti.

 

In 1994, Lazarus made a return visit to the USA where she entered the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocal Competition, winning first prize. thus following in the steps of Joshua Redman and Jacky Terrasson.

She returned to France where she and her husband, French saxophonist Eric Breton, raised their sons. In November 2000, she sings in Patrice Caratini Jazz Ensemble for his project centring on Cole Porter music and takes part in his record “Anything Goes”. Her regular French trio in the 2000s was Alain Jean-Marie (piano), Gilles Naturel (bass) and Andrea Michelutti (drums). Other musicians with whom she worked, and some of which guested on her 2005 debut album, included guitarists Biréli Lagrène and Hono Winterstein, bass player Diego Imbert and drummers André Céccarelli and Winard Harper.

Lazarus sings songs drawn from the classic pop repertoire, such as ‘Get Out Of Town’, ‘Give Me The Simple Life’, ‘Taking A Chance On Love’, ‘Embraceable You’, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, ‘This Can’t Be Love’ and ‘He Was Too Good To Me’, and jazz works, including Clare Fischer’s ‘Morning’.

Sara Lazarus' debut recording, Give Me The Simple Life, shows her to be a gifted jazz vocalist with a real ability to swing. The dozen selections on the recording are well balanced, including ballads, blues and bossa. Lazarus brings a natural jazz sensibility to these songs and there is no hint of artificiality in her vocals.

Michael Gladstone, All About Jazz website.

 

After this successful first opus, Sara Lazarus recorded a second studio album with a new group. Surrounded by Biréli Lagrène, with his Gipsy Project, Sara Lazarus set her delicate and temperate voice on the 12 standards on the album “It’s All Right With Me” in2006. Exuding a compelling swing rhythm and entrancing ballads, this second album highlights the obvious gift of this Franco/American artist and was set to place her as one of the outstanding jazz voices.

 

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: Mark Wilde, Derek O’Connor, Brendan Doyle, Nick Roth, Ciaran Wilde.

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 and funded by Arts Council Small Festivals and Events Award 2012.

 

14 Nov

Get a taste of Ellister

One of the special guests performing with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in the Trubute to Noel Kelehan on November 25th in the National Concert Hall is the exceptional Dutch trumpeter, Ellister van der Molen. In a recent blog post, Ellister expresses her excitement at returning to Dublin: Allen had the pleasure of booking her to play here previously!

To give you a flavour of Ellister's unique talent here is a video of her performing I'm Oldfashioned by Jerome Kern. Don't forget to book your tickets now to avoid disappointment.