JAZZ Newpark Gradjazz Festival Kevin Barry Room, NCH, May 5-7, see listings for start times, Adm free, facebook.com/ newparkgradfest To qualify for their BA in Jazz Performance, every final year student on Newpark’s with the vision and gumption to try new things out including that recent team-up with the Tokyo Secret Orchestra. Henrik’s starry CV, already lists tracks for Innervisions and !K7, as well as a Panorama Bar residency. Support from Shane Mannion, Sol and Trev, with full rig-outs in the basement and cafe as well.
ART Sir Hugh Lane (1875-1915): Dublin’s Legacy and Loss Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane, Dublin Until Oct 4 hughlane.ie
Notes on the Lusitania Sirius Arts Centre, Cobh, Co Cork May 2-24 siriusartscentre.ie The Lusitania was torpedoed on the afternoon of May 7, 1915. One of the some 1,200 people who lost their lives in the controversial sinking was Sir Hugh Lane, and the gallery that bears his name remembers him with a show documenting his patronage of living artists at the time. Much nearer the site of the disaster, Sirius takes an intriguing approach by inviting artists to explore the lives of some of the victims. Aidan Dunne internationally renowned jazz programme has to get up on stage and, you know, perform jazz. This year, there are 20 bandleaders from nine countries playing for free in the Kevin Barry Room. Who knows what stars of the future may be among them?
Manahattan Transfer were the toast of the grown-up, dinner party set in the 1970s, and if prawn cocktails, sideburns and the Cold War can make a comeback, then why not the quartet who brought us The Boy from New York City and Chanson D’Amour? The line-up may have changed over the years but they still have the moves, the flawless harmonies and the dazzling Broadway smiles.