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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.

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.

 

11 Nov

A Tribute to Jazz Artist Noel Kelehan

Don't miss this unique tribute concert on Sunday November 25 2012 inthe National Concert Hall. With special guest performances from Ellister Van der Molen on trumpet and Laura MacDonald on saxophone accompanying the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra this promises to be a night to remember.

Universally regarded as one of Ireland's greatest jazz pianists, composers, big band leaders and arrangers, this concert plays tribute to Noel Kelehan's contribution to the jazz music scene with a specially commissioned piece by Ronan Guilfoyle for Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Formerly known as Dublin City Big Band, founded by Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin in 2007, the band was established to encourage students at the Bally,un Wind Project in their musical studies. They later became known as the DublinCity Jazz Orchestra for a performance at Electric Picnic in 2008.

Click here to book your ticket now directly from the National Concert Hall.

 

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

Watch and listen to Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

While you await the most important date in December (Wednesday 7th December! When Dublin City Jazz Orchestra play in The Grand Social!) watch this video to get you in the mood!

Marshall Gilkes (Trombone) and John Riley (Drums) guesting with Dublin City Jazz Orchestra at Sligo Jazz Project 2011

Book your ticket and get more detail online now.

02 Nov

Dublin Streets, Butterfly Beats

One of the nine compositions performed last night by the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra as part of the world premiere of 9 new Irish compositions for Big Band was composed by Abigail Smith, my sister and Allen’s daughter. As I know her (!) I had no qualms asking her if I could record and broadcast her composition online using Audioboo on my iPhone. It’s quick and dirty but gives a real sense of the energy that was in the room last night.

Don’t forget that you can hear the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra play these nine compositions and many other kicking jazz tunes on Saturday 6th November in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray as part of the Improvised Music Regional Touring Scheme and on Wednesday 15th November for the Limerick Jazz Society in Dolans Warehouse, another concert in the Music Network series.

29 Oct

Dublin City Jazz Orchestra play 9 new compositions

World Premiere of the Music of Nine Irish Jazz Composers written for the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra.

On Monday 1 November 2011 at 9pm in The Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 in what was one of the jazz highlights of the year, the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra presented the world premiere of the music of nine Irish jazz composers.

The nine composers were Brian Byrne, Alex Mathias, John Moriarty, Fintan O’Neill, David O’Rourke, Karl Ronan and Ronan Dooney with Pamela Keeley, Nick Roth, Abigail Smith and Brian Wynne.

Three of the composers are based in America, Brian Byrne, Fintan O’Neill and Dave O’Rourke. Three of the composers are regular members of the orchestra, Alex Mathias, Karl Ronan and Nick Roth. John Moriarty and Brian Wynne have occasionally performed with the orchestra. Pamela Keeley, the lyricist for Karl Ronan and Abigail Smith have not written for a jazz orchestra before.

Allen Smith and Ciaran Wilde, the co-founder with Ray Martin and the leader of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra discussed the possibility of Jazz on the Terrace commissioning Irish jazz composers to write original compositions for the Orchestra to add to its repertoire for its current series of concerts. Allen Smith proposed making an application for grant aid under the Arts Council’s Music Commissions Award for a Jazz on the Terrace commission commencing in 2010. This was successfully done and the music has been included in the Music Network Performance and Touring Award Series of concerts. The world premiere  took place on Monday 1st November in the Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


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There were two further performances of these new works on Saturday 6th November 2010 in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray as part of the Improvised Music Regional Touring Scheme and on Wednesday 15th November 2011 for the Limerick Jazz Society in Dolans Warehouse, another concert in the Music Network series.

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 project afforded an exceptional opportunity for Irish composers to create music for an Irish jazz orchestra.

The desire and the enthusiasm of Ciaran Wilde and Ray Martin in working so hard to bring this jazz orchestra together, to seek out arrangements of the classic jazz big band repertoire and then to ask some of the Irish arrangers in America to help them by sending what they could, deserves to have the added dimension of new work performed throughout the country and recorded. Jazz on the Terrace also made a successful application to the Music Network/Arts Council Music Recording Scheme 2010 to make a permanent archive of this music.

In 2010 the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra performed at the dlr Festival of World Cultures, Kilkenny Arts Festival, The TBCT Culture Night and at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

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.

Supported by The Arts Council.