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20 Jan

“Trio Trio Piano”. The four trios are now finalised.

The four jazz piano trios for the two concert series”Trio Trio Piano”, with acoustic pianos sponsored by Pianos Plus, have now been finalised by their leaders and Jazz on the Terrace has chosen the dates on which each trio will play in the BelloBar at 1 Portobello, Dublin 8 .

They are as follows:

Piano by Dr J Clarke on Flickr

Piano by Dr J Clarke on Flickr

Friday 20th February at 8.00pm.
The CEO Experiment, led by Leopoldo Osio (piano) with Peter Erdie (electric bass) and Cote Calmet (drums).
The Boylan Buckley Evans Trio,
Cian Boylan (piano), Damian Evans (double bass)
and Hugh Buckley (guitar).

Friday 27th February at 8.00pm.
The Carole Nelson Trio,
Carole Nelson (piano), Cormac O’Brien (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums).
The Johnny Taylor Trio,
Johnny Taylor (piano), Damian Evans (double bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums).

These four pianistic artists have now gathered their rhythm section partners, Leo Osio has chosen his from his colleagues in the group Kavorka with whom he made the album “Culture Shock”. The Boylan Buckley Evans Trio is made up with the guitar and double bass format. This trio made an album called “Soulful Days” after they had formed the group while studying for a Jazz Masters in DIT conducted by Michael Nielsen. Carole Nelson happily accepted my invitation to create a piano trio and chose her two musical associates Cormac O’Brien and Dominic Mullan, so this is a new adventure for them. Johnny Taylor has been a part of many rhythm sections that have supported other instrumentalists and singers. Most recently Emilie Conway appeared many times with this trio of Taylor, Evans and Mullan including a tour featuring Alec Wilder’s songs last Spring. This is the trio’s first outing as a jazz piano trio.

So you can be assured of two evenings of artistry, with elegance, beauty, fire and grooves.  Be there on both Fridays, the 20th and the 27th of February. Bring a friend, bring two friends!

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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.


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.

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!

06 Dec


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.

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.


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.