Phil Ware Trio feat. Anders Bergcrantz & Perico Sambeat
JJ Smyths, Aungier St, Dublin, 9pm, ¤20, jjsmyths.com
JAZZ After a succession of false dusks and hopes for a reprieve, it looks like JJ Smyth’s will finally close its doors at the end of the month, and live music fans of all hues – but particularly the jazz audience – will shed a tear for one of the last bars in Dublin’s city centre where the name above the door was the face behind the bar. Dublin pianist Phil Ware, one of the stalwarts of the JJs roster over the years, brings the curtain down in fine style this week with an international quintet brimming with talent, including Swedish trumpeter Anders Bergcrantz and renowned Spanish saxophonist Perico Sambeat – expect hard-bop horn arrangements and hard-swinging grooves from Ware and his top notch trio with bassist Dave Redmond and drummer Kevin Brady. JJs final week also features a farewell performance from guitarist Nigel Mooney (Sunday afternoon), perhaps the musician most associated with the fabled upstairs room on Aungier St, with pianist Johnny Taylor’s trio and special guest, saxophonist Richie Buckley.