Stanko makes Ir­ish de­but

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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

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