JAZZ

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

AS FAR as live mu­sic is con­cerned, spring’s top billing goes to the re­turn of revered vet­eran sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser Wayne Shorter, who brings his quar­tet, with Danilo Perez (pi­ano), John Pat­i­tucci (bass) and Brian Blade (drums) to the He­lix on April 19th. It’s part of a joint project with the He­lix and Note Pro­duc­tions to present stel­lar jazz fig­ures at the venue through­out 2007. Shar­ing the bill with Shorter will be the Dan­ish gui­tarist Mikkel Ploug’s quar­tet with Ir­ish drum­mer Sean Car­pio.

Also due in are the Stock­holm Jazz Orches­tra, with Amer­i­can pi­anist, com­poser and or­ches­tra­tor Jim McNeely, and New York-based Tim Berne’s avant garde Big Satan. They’re here on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 17th as part of RTÉ’s Liv­ing Mu­sic Fes­ti­val 2007.

The Im­pro­vised Mu­sic Com­pany brings in sax­o­phon­ist Chris Pot­ter’s Un­der­ground, a high-oc­tane band com­pleted by Craig Taborn (pi­ano), Adam Rogers (gui­tar) and Nate Smith (drums), for two Jan­uary dates: at Lim­er­ick’s Trin­ity Rooms (Satur­day 13th) and Whe­lan’s in Dublin (Sun­day 14th).

Mu­sic Net­work is tour­ing In­grid Laubrock, an ac­claimed young Ger­man sax­o­phon­ist-com­poser from the ground-break­ing Lon­don col­lec­tive, F-IRE, na­tion­ally in Fe­bru­ary. Her qual­ity quin­tet in­cludes Barry Green (pi­ano), Ben Davis (cello), Larry Bart­ley (bass) and Stu­art Ritchie (drums); the tour takes in Lim­er­ick (7th), Thurles, Co Tip­per­ary (9th); Bray, Co Wick­low (10th), Dublin (13th); Drogheda, Co Louth (14th); Castle­bar, Co May (15th); Moate, Co West­meath (16th); and Belfast (17th).

RAY COMISKEY

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