Whelans, Dublin,7.30pm. ¤18/¤14(early bird), dublinjazz.ie Israeli trio Shalosh, who describe themselves as a “genre-bending, acoustic, progressive raw jazz band”, have been building momentum on the European scene over the last couple of years. They’re part of that generation of jazz musicians, inspired by Swedish piano trio pioneers EST, that have rejected the idea of short-lived leaders’ trios or quartets in favour of long-term projects that stick together and forge a distinctive ensemble sound. Shalosh’s sound is big and bold, with grooves inspired more by rock and electronic dance music than traditional jazz, and brash, bombastic melodies and crescendos that tug at the heartstrings, but there is some subtlety too, with flavours of north Africa and the middle East. After Whelans, they fly to London for two nights at Ronnie Scotts, so don’t be surprised if they’re too big for Whelans next time they come this way.
ART Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Sq and Clare St, Dublin. June 17-September 17. Adm ¤15/¤10 Free for Friends of NGI Booking nationalgallery.ie Exhibitions don’t get any better than this. Gathering over one third of Vermeer’s known paintings in one place won’t happen again in the foreseeable future, as curator Adriaan Waiboer notes. The Vermeers alone make this essential viewing. They are augmented by a dazzling range of work by his contemporaries from the Dutch Golden Age. A feast for the eyes and the mind. A comprehensive catalogue published by Yale University Press accompanies the show and costs ¤29.95. Meanwhile the beautifully refurbished and augmented gallery spaces have just opened.