Getting a jazz move on
MOVING ON MUSIC The Black Box, Hill St, Belfast Mar 26-30 048-90246609 www.movingonmusic.co.uk Belfast’s Moving On Music festival has a deserved reputation for adventurous programming, and this year’s event should again prove that small is beautiful.
It opens on Wednesday with US saxophonist Jean Toussaint fronting a quartet completed by Francisco Turrisi (piano), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass) and David Lyttle (drums). Toussaint is probably the closest to the jazz mainstream in the event, but he is an exceptional player and an Art Blakey band alumnus. On Thursday it’s the turn of the trio of the uniquely gifted maverick Matthew Bourne (piano), with Steve Davis (drums) and David Kane (bass), recently heard at Dublin’s Douze Points Festival.The out-of-left-field choices also include the rock, jazz and electronic manipulations of Fraud (Friday 28th). The uncategorisable Bennink-Moore-Holshouser (that’s Bennink above) will be there on Saturday 29th as part of an Irish tour and the event closes on Sunday 30th with the South American music of the Lunfardia quintet. There’s also a film programme which includes documentaries on the great jazz iconoclasts Sun Ra, Albert Ayler and Ornette Coleman.