Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2017

October 24th, 2017 by

It’s that time of year again, with the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year. It should come as no surprise for regular festival goers that the main hub of activity for the seasoned swingers is the Everyman Theatre, where the serious musos can listen unperturbed to veterans of the genre such […]

Charles Bradley: Thank You for Helping Us Through the Storm.

September 24th, 2017 by

Charles Bradley’s passing was announced through his social media on Saturday. The sixty-eight year old singer, fondly known to his fans as “The Screaming Eagle of Soul” had achieved a remarkable legacy in his autumn years, having faced difficulties for much of his life. The 2012 documentary “Charles Bradley: Soul of America” joins Bradley at […]

Kamasi Washington – National Concert Hall, Dublin

July 3rd, 2017 by

It’s not everyday a performer with Kamasi Washington’s presence breezes into town.  Since the release of his debut album two short years ago,  he has toured far and wide, wowing audiences with his stellar live act.  Almost a year ago to the day I was lucky enough to catch Kamasi playing to a whopping 6000 […]

New Festival – IMC’s SPECTRUM – Dublin 10th-12th March

March 1st, 2017 by

Dublin’s Improvised Music Company is at it again, this time teaming up with Note Production and Homebeat, bringing a widely diverse programme of music that flows through the prism of the jazz approach; its output a miscellany of sound, covering a full spectrum through jazz, progressive, rock, alt-folk to electronica. SPECTRUM is 3 days of […]

Wayne Shorter – National Concert Hall, Dublin

November 26th, 2016 by

Without needing an introduction, Wayne Shorter and his quartet casually stroll onto the stage and approach their instruments.  The 83 year old settles himself on what has become a trademark high-stool that lies within easy reach of either his tenor or soprano sax stand.  No words are addressed to the crowd at the packed out […]

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival – Highlights

November 24th, 2016 by

For a number of years now, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has struggled to find the right balance between a traditional jazz programme and one that appeals to the wider public.  With it’s many venues ranging from the 800 seater Opera House, to the more intimate surrounds of the Triskel Christchurch, and the ornate Everyman […]

Radiohead Announce Dublin Show

October 31st, 2016 by

Following their recent announcement of a Glastonbury headline performance in 2017, MCD have now secured a Dublin performance with one of the biggest acts in the world, Radiohead.  They will be hitting the 3Arena on the 20th June 2017 and tickets go on sale from Ticketmaster this Friday, 4th November at 9am.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2016

October 26th, 2016 by

Justin Kauflin (The Everyman Theatre, 8pm, Friday 28th) Having lost his sight at the age of eleven to a retinal disease, music took on new depths and meaning for this gifted young pianist. His compositions infuse the traditional trio set up with a modern twist, with heartfelt and melodic passages woven subtly into the fabric […]

Justin Kauflin..”there’s this sort of neat lineage going on”

October 18th, 2016 by

A couple of years ago you may have caught a documentary about the late great trumpeter, Clark Terry entitled Keep On Keepin’ On.  The film was shot over the course of Terry’s final years as he mentored a gifted young pianist named Justin Kauflin. Kauflin had studied classical music as a child but switched to […]

Stars of the Lid..”You need to hire a nuclear physicist basically”

October 1st, 2016 by

Together now for for almost quarter of a century, Brian McBride and Adam Wiltzie of Stars of the Lid have developed a cult reputation as two of the world’s foremost minimal drone composers. Since their 1995 debut LP Music for Nitrous Oxide, they have released a string of critically lauded albums as well working on […]

The Headhunters – The Sugar Club, Dublin

September 22nd, 2016 by

In 1973 Herbie Hancock assembled a team of musicians for his jazz-funk crossover album Head Hunters. That band adopted the album’s title as their own stage name, and since then the band have performed together with a litany of collaborators and guest musicians. Hancock left the band in the 70s but original members Bill Summers […]

Cork Jazz Festival Announces Full Line-Up

September 17th, 2016 by

The full line up for the 2016 edition of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival was announced this week, including the pub trail featuring live music in over 60 pubs in the city, as well as bigger acts performing in the paid venues over the weekend. A festival that has come under criticism in the past […]

Listen: The Breathing Effect – ‘Ocean Cycle’

September 14th, 2016 by

If you haven’t yet heard of LA electronic-jazz fusion group The Breathing Effect, then it’s high time you check out their 2015 album Mars is a Very Bad Place for Love. It’s the kind of space-jazz concept album that you’d expect to have come straight from the mid 70s, reminiscent of Dexter Wansel or George […]

The Headhunters live at the Sugar Club

September 9th, 2016 by

This Thursday sees the return of The Headhunters, a pioneering jazz-funk band that was formed in 1973 by legendary jazz keyboardist Herbie Hancock for the recording of his twelfth studio album Head Hunters.  That album went on to sell over a million copies and was a defining moment in the evolution of jazz-fusion.  In 1975 […]