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Ireland: Cork jazz festival all bout the “craic,” Irish style

CORK, Ireland — Who knew the Irish were so into jazz?

According to program director Jack McGouran of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: “They’re here for the craic.”

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2008

October 24th – 27th —- www.corkjazzfestival.com

Jazz Festival

The main gig list can’t accommodate everything that’s happening over the course of the Jazz weekend, so here’s a few things happening around town, listed by venue…
(This will be updated as further listings come in)

Savoy Theatre, Patrick St
Fri Oct 24th 10pm — Dimitri From Paris takes to the Main stage. Kormac & his Band will be playing the Foyer that same night. Tickets €20

Sat Oct 25th 8pm — Jazz favourite Courtney Pine will take the main stage. Tickets €35
Later that night Savoy Saturdays will take place with Our Resident DJs and Kormac and Co will again take to the Foyer stage. Free entry if you were at the Show beforehand.

Sun Oct 26th 8pm. Danish outfit Jazz Kamikaze will play the Mezzanine stage in the Savoy. Free in for anyone who was at Courtney Pine the previous night.
Sun Oct 26th 11pm — 515 bring Josh Wink to the decks. Tickets €20

Tickets from Plugd records, ticketmaster and tickets.ie

The Pavilion, Careys Lane
Thursday 8pm: Sly & Robbie with DJ Bellyman — €22.50/€25
Friday 8pm: Mick Flannery & band — €18.50/€20
Saturday 2pm: Rouge – led by Cork singer Anita Hegarty. Performing also will be the Mark O’Leary Project — Free
Saturday 8pm: Poets of Rhythm, supported by Brian Deady — €22.50/€25
Sunday 2pm: The North Strand Klezmer Band — €10
Sunday 8pm: Sweet Charles Sherrell + Push + The Impressionists — €22.50/€25

The Whisky, Union Quay
Wednesday 9pm: Alistair Roberts — €10
Thursday 9pm: Story of Hair
Friday 9pm: Lights Over Pheonix ,Burma Shade ,James Guilmartin, Class of 1984
Saturday 8pm: The North Strand Klezmer Band
11pm: Manic Mechanic
Sunday 6pm & 10pm: Slummin Angels (Rory Gallagher Tribute)
Monday: Andy and Mark from Futureboy

Reardens, Washington St
Thurs 23rd Big Generator 9pm
Fri 24th Soul Driven 9pm
Sat 25th Live DJ’s from 9pm
Sun 26th The Jazz Kings 9pm

Chambers, Washington St.
Amadhans & Bodhrans Sat & Sun night 9pm

Scotts, Caroline St
Friday 5-7pm Live DJ with Saxophone Player
Friday 7-9pm Honor Heffernan with The Paul O Donnell Trio
Friday 10pm-12am Car Wash
Friday 12-2am Live DJ

Saturday 5-7pm Live DJ with Saxophone Player
Saturday 7-9pm David Irwins Sunset Lounge
Saturday 10pm-12am ROB STRONG
Saturday 12-2am Live DJ

Sunday 5-7pm Live DJ with Saxophone Player
Sunday 7-9pm Cormac Kenevey with The Paul O’ Donnell Trio
Sunday 10pm-12am ROB Strong
Sunday 12-2am Live DJ

Monday 4-7pm Tony Millner

Clancys, Marlborough St
Thursday: Andy Dunne
Friday: Soul Station
Saturday 6pm: Andy Dunne
10.30pm: The Mindbenders
11pm: Goldsoundz @ Liquid Lounge (upstairs)
Sunday 6pm & 10.30pm: The Mindbenders
Monday 4pm: Boogie Band

Twins O’Brien, 32 Marlborough St
Thursday: Chris Percival
Friday: Conor McCarthy
Saturday: Freddy
Sunday: Chris Percival
Monday: Sweet Nectar

Jazz festival @ Cashel Palace Hotel, Co. Tipperary

Jazz legends Louis Stewart and Ireland’s own Honor Heffernan are among the leading acts at the inaugural June Bank Holiday Jazz Weekend at The Cashel Palace Hotel, Co. Tipperary.

The JAM packed line up of trumpets and trombones promises to sound a SOULFUL weekend of light jazz, with performances from Bill Blackmore, Cormac Kenevey, Len Mc Carthy, John Moriarty not to mention Cork’s own Paul O’Donnell.. Ending on a HIGH NOTE with a open-air JAZZ BRUNCH in the stunning garden of the Cashel Palace Hotel, at the foot of the Rock of Cashel.

Friday Evening commences with an Opening of the Event at 7pm with Colm O’Hara & the Paul O’Donnell Trio – Special Guest Grace Mc Mahon; This will be followed by the Internationally renowned Louis Stewart & John Moriarty. A late nite Jam Session will keep guests jazzing ‘til late

Saturday evening begins at 6.30pm with Bill Blackmore & Friends in Reception; Len McCarthy & Tucker Mulcahy will play in the Guinness Bar Area while the Honor Heffernan Quartet will be the star attraction that night in the Long Room.

Sunday will take a more relaxed form with a leisurely Brunch from 12noon. Cormac Kenevey & The Paul O’Donnell Quartet will delight you with a wonderful afternoon of Jazz which, weather permitting will be performed in the spectacular gardens of the Cashel Palace at the foot of the famous Rock.

More details at www.cashel-palace.ie

Cork Jazz Festival 2006 Listings

There’s so much happening in Cork over the bank holiday weekend, I thought it would be better to keep the jazz listings separate for clarity. Here follows the listings for the main venues and acts…

(This isn’t complete yet… for more details see the official website: www.corkjazzfestival.com)

Thursday 26th October 2006
11:00pm The Roaring Forties, Savoy Theatre

Friday 27th October 2006
6.00pm The Roaring Forties, Metropole Hotel
8.00pm Harlem Gospel Choir, Cork Opera House
8.00pm Branford Marsalis Quartet, Everyman Palace Theatre
8.00pm Les & Sam Clague, The Far Side, Victoria Road
9.30pm Guinness Jazz Festival Club, Metropole Hotel
9.30pm Melissa Stott Quartet, Maryborough House Hotel, (free)
10.00pm The Roaring Forties, Mount Oval, Rochestown

Saturday 28th October 2006
3.00pm [Jazz fringe] Sean O’Muircheartaigh and the Geezers, Sin É, Coburg St
3.00pm VSB Trio, An Bróg
3.30pm The Roaring Forties, Metropole Met Bar
7.30pm Les & Sam Clague, The Far Side, Victoria Road
8.00pm Courtney Pine + Cartoon, Cork Opera House
9.30pm Melissa Stott Quartet, Ambassador Hotel
10.00pm The Roaring Forties, Silver Springs Hotel
11.30pm Ed Deane, Half Moon Theatre
12.00am Greg Felton Quartet, Everyman Palace Theatre

Sunday 29th October 2006
3.00pm [Jazz fringe] Sean O’Muircheartaigh and the Geezers, Sin É, Coburg St
3.00pm VSB Trio, An Bróg
3.30pm Melissa Stott Quintet feat. Karl Rooney, Gresham Metropole
4.30pm The Roaring Forties, East Village, Douglas
8.00pm Joe Lovano Nonet + Mouton Reunion Quartet, Cork Opera House
9.30pm Melissa Stott Quartet, Ambassador Hotel
11.30pm Cartoon, Half Moon Theatre
11.45pm The Roaring Forties, Metropole Rhythm Room
12.00am Swing Street & Greg Felton Trio, Everyman Palace Theatre

Monday 30th October 2006
3.00pm [Jazz fringe] Sean O’Muircheartaigh and the Geezers, Sin É, Coburg St
4.00pm Melissa Stott Quartet, Barry’s, Douglas
5.00pm The Roaring Forties, East Village, Douglas

And here’s some more info about the artists playing over the weekend…

The Roaring Forties
The Roaring Forties
Thursday 26th: The SAVOY 11.15 til 1.15pm.
Friday 27th: Metropole 6.00pm
Friday 27th: Mount Oval: 10.00pm
Saturday 28th: Metropol Met Bar. 3.30pm
Saturday 28th: Silver springs 10.00pm
Sunday 29th: East Village 4.30 til 7.00
Sunday 29th: Metropol Rhythm Room 11.45pm
Monday 30th: East Village 5.00 til 7.00pm

Melissa Stott
Melissa Stott
Anglo-Chinese singer-songwriter Melissa Stott returns to Cork for a
series of concerts dedicated to original jazz songs from her new
album (to be released on UK label Feetfirst Records in February) and
standards by Porter, Golson, Ellington and others. She has been
described as a witty, accomplished songwriter with the ability to
deliver her material with beguiling, informal intimacy, and her debut
album, Why Now, has been acclaimed by critics and musicians alike.
This weekend she is performing with Italian pianist Max Chirico,
Irish bassist Rory Dempsey, who is currently based in London, and
Cork’s very own Niall Marron on drums. Sax player Karl Rooney joins
the line-up at the Metropole on Sunday.

Melissa Stott Quartet concerts:
Friday 27th October, Maryborough House Hotel, 9.30pm (free)
Saturday 28th October, Ambassador Hotel, 9.30pm (free)
Sunday 29th October, Gresham Metropole, 3.30pm (feat. Karl Rooney)
Sunday 29th October, Ambassador Hotel, 9.30pm (free)
Monday 30th October, Barry’s, Douglas, 4pm (free)

Ed Deane

Dublin born Ed Deane is rated one of the finest blues guitarists ever to emerge from Ireland. He began playing with his own band at the age of 16 and has worked with blues and R’n’B legends like Lowell Fulson, Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup, Mississipi Fred McDowell, Johnny Shines, Shuggie Otis, Richard Berry and Juke Boy Bonner. Ed has played guitar and slide with sensibility and eloquence in everything from blues and straight folk to many forms of rock for the better part of four decades. Since the 70’s he’s been one of the most highly regarded guitarists in the UK where he’s in great demand as a session player and slide guitarist and where the blues press have labeled him the King of British Blues. Ed has toured and played with musicians like Graham Parker, Nick Lowe, Geraint Watkins, Charlie Hart, Frankie Miller, Mickey Jupp, Dana Gillespie, Chris Jagger, Paul Jones and Bap Kennedy. He played guitar on soundtracks for ‘Stormy Monday’ (alongside BB King) and ‘Leaving Las Vegas’, both movies directed by Mike Figgis.

Ed Deane’s appearance at The Half Moon Theatre at midnight on Saturday 28th October, during the Cork Jazz weekend, promises to be a great gig. Ed will be joined by some of Dublin’s finest musicians, James Delaney on keyboards whose CV includes working with the likes of Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, Chuck Berry & Paul Brady. Ace drummer Noel Bridgeman (who has he not played with?) ex original Skid Row, more recently Mary Black and Mick Hanly to name but a few. Tommy Moore, a seasoned stalwart of the Dublin rock, blues, and dance scene, on bass. Ace session player Eamon Murray on saxophone and harmonica completes a terrific rhythm and blues ensemble.

Ed has just released his first solo album ‘Slideshow’ on the Blue Navigator label – 12 original tracks ranging in style from rough country blues to smooth city jazz and in mood from zen contemplative to cowboy. The Irish Times gave it 4 stars and it was CD of the week on Shannonside Radio.
“First solo album from acclaimed Irish session guitarist features a wealth of moods and styles, from excellent surf and film noir parodies to atmospheric blues and more impressionistic pieces. An impressive showcase for a very accomplished musician” –fRoots (UK)

This Jazz Festival sees a major new development for Cartoon as they have recently added the incredible bass playing skills of Jerome Rimson and percussion talents of Justin Ramirez. Jerome has played with many of the greats who influence Cartoon; Aretha Franklin, Detroit Emeralds, Van Morrisson and Thin Lizzy to name a few. The addition of live bass and percussion gives the band a new sound and allows them to fuse soul and house with other styles such as reggae, bossa nova and samba. With 11 onstage this is as big and as tight as Cartoon have been and the long awaited arrival of live bass will have the band swinging as never before.
The band for the jazz Weekend will feature 11 members; Gary Baus (sax), Joosep Niimeister (trumpet), Eoin Nash (trombone), Pa Murphy (tenor sax), Justin Ramirez (percussion), Darragh O’Connor (keys), John Ahern (guitar), Jerome Rimson (bass), Karen Underwood (vocals), Barry Fitzgerald (vocals) and Bob Jackson (drums).

April 28th saw the release of Ban the Use of Jazz Music in Ireland, the long awaited album from Cork eight-piece dance/soul collective, Cartoon. The album, released on the band’s own label Some Operation Records mocks a movement set up in Ireland in 1933 to attempt to prevent Radio 1 from broadcasting jazz and other irreligious music.

Formed in January 2004, the band have already created a huge live following across Ireland with their heady mix of soul, jazz, funk, soul and house music. Sitting is not an option at a Cartoon show, the will to dance is imperative! With three vocalists and a line up of immensely talented multi cultural musicians from as far apart as Estonia and Chicago, Cartoon are a breath of fresh energy in the dance arena already releasing four vinyl EPs on ultra chic Parisian label Brique Rouge run by international DJ David Duriez and French touch producer Llorca. Anyone who witnessed their blistering Oxegen sets can attest to their addictive beats, energetic house tunes and sexy swagger. In 2005 alone they played with the good and great of the nu-soul/funk scene including UK soul legend Omar, London’s acid jazz pioneers Incognito, internationally renowned DJ and producer Kerri Chandler and Detroit’s electronic nu-funkster Amp Fiddler.

MvM does JAZZ – The Greg Felton Quartet @ Everyman Palace Theatre, Sat 28th October
Our regular Saturday night at the Movies with a twist of Jazz!
Experience the most unique late night in Cork, as we welcome the Guinness
Jazz to the Everyman Palace Theatre. Our usual blend of Live Music and
Classic Cult Movie has the added flavour of the Greg Felton Quartet with a
jazz movie to complement the evening.
Tickets €10, Doors Midnight.
Booking on 021 450 1673 www.everymanpalace.com

MvM does JAZZ – Swing Street & Greg Felton Trio @ Everyman Palace Theatre, Sun 29th October
Swing Street find a common passion in Ragtime, Jump and Boogie in the front
bar while in the back bar Greg Felton Trio perform complex yet accessible
original music that draws influence from jazz, contemporary classical, world
music and free improvisation. The Irish Times rates Greg Felton as ‘ the
most gifted young keyboard performer on the scene.’
Tickets €12, Doors Midnight.
Booking on 021 450 1673 or www.everymanpalace.com