Stanko makes Irish debut
JAZZ AT KILKENNY ARTS FESTIVAL Various venues, Kilkenny Aug 8-17 Various prices www.kilkennyarts.ie As the Sligo Jazz Project, which has established itself as a jazz event of international calibre, winds down this weekend, another international arts event with a notable jazz content, Kilkenny Arts Festival, opens its 35th season today. This year it’s a bit special, as it marks the first visit here of the great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko’s new Nordic Quintet. True to form, Stanko (above) has surrounded himself with gifted young players: Finnish pianist Alexi Tuomarila, Swedish drummer Jon Fält and the Danes Jacob Bro(guitar) and Jonas Westergaard (bass). They play in the city on Sunday.
Other jazz groups and musicians due to perform during the week include Norway’s utterly unique percussionist/vocalist Terje Isungset (Tuesday) and Conor Guilfoyle’s Cuban band, Havana Son (tomorrow), while next Friday (15th) there will be a double bill featuring the great American pianist Bill Carrothers (there as part of drummer Kevin Brady’s trio) and drummer David Lyttle with the celebrated British altoist Soweto Kinch and bassist Michael Janisch. RAY COMISKEY Can’T see ThaT? CaTch This Curtis Stigers with the RTE Concert Orchestra and big band, National Concert Hall, Dublin