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DARREN BECKETT& BEN CLATWORTHYTRIO B ago ts Hut ton, Dublin ,8 pm ,¤17/¤14, dublinjazz.ie For one of Ireland’s most talented musical exports, Darren Beckett’s profile on his home island is not high. But then, the Belfast-born drummer hit the road early in his career, studying in Germany with legendary drummer Keith Copeland before relocating to New York, where he has been based for the past two decades. There, he became a first-call sideman for singers such as Madeleine Peyroux, Lauryn Hill and Killers frontman Brandon Flowers. Last year, Beckett moved back to this side of the pond, and he arrives in Ireland this month with his own Brightonbased quartet. A jazz musician first and foremost, this tour is a rare opportunity to hear the consummate side man take centre stage. HUGH BUCKLEY QUARTET The Dock, Car rick on Shannon ,8.30 pm, ¤16/¤14,thedock.ie Dublin guitar hero Hugh Buckley is plugged directly in to the great tradition of post-bop guitar that stretches from Wes Montgomery to Louis Stewart and George Benson. Add hard-swinging pianist Phil Ware – another Dublin hero who worships at the post-bop font – along with bassist Dan Bodwell and drummer Dominic Mullen and you have a front rank mainstream quartet that will blow the winter blues away.
LISTEN Arthurs,Dublin,8pm,¤10,listen.ie Composer Dylan Rynhart’s monthly music salon is as eclectic and generous an evening of music as you are likely to find in the capital. Supported by Music Network and the Contemporary Music Centre, Rynhart’s own music makes a rare appearance this month, with his talented Fuzzy Logic ensemble debuting new compositions inspired by speech melody and bird song with vocalist Sue Rynhart, pianist Izumi Kimura, saxophonist Nick Roth, bassist Derek Whyte and drummer Matt Jacobson. Also on the bill are Silver Kites with new and experimental music from vocalist/ composers Fionnuala Conway, Lenka Dobai and Judith Ring; a programme of contemporary classical music from the DIT Saxophone Quartet; and a conversation with Rynhart himself about his work with speech melody. AOIFEDOYLEBAND Do l ans, Limerick ,8.30 pm ,¤14/¤12, dolans.ie Vocalist Aoife Doyle had already won the respect of many with her emotional and technically virtuosic interpretation of other people’s songs, but last year’s Clouds album revealed a writer of original material of real depth and honesty. The group on that record – pianist Johnny Taylor, bassist Andrew Csibi and drummer Dominic Mullen – is a Rolls Royce rhythm section and they will be joining Doyle on the road in the coming weeks, playing for the Limerick Jazz Society (Wednesday 11th), Arthurs in Dublin (Thursday 19th) and Tinahely Courthouse (Saturday 21st). The Dublin-born singer is also appearing in duo with guitarist Hugh Buckley at the Derry Jazz Festival on May 4th.
SCOTTFLANIGAN/DOMINIC MULLEN Ar thurs, Dublin ,8 pm ,¤10, arthurspub.ie Belfast pianist and organist Scott Flanigan certainly knows his way south, and for that fact, audiences in the capital are becoming increasingly grateful. Flanigan’s debut album, Point of Departure, released in 2015, was a marker laid down by a player and composer of growing maturity and whether on acoustic piano or Hammond organ, Flanigan combines imagination and daring with a firm grasp of the jazz tradition. This collaboration with silky drummer Dominic Mullen in Arthurs promises music making and risk taking of the highest order.
EDUARDO NIEBLA T risk el Christchurch, Cork ,8 pm ,¤20, triskelartscentre.ie.AlsoIslandArts Centre, L is burn, Saturday 14 th Flamenco is one of the original musical fusions, its roots and influences stretching across the centuries, suffused with flavours of India, southern Europe, the Magreb and the near east. So it’s no wonder that the music of the Andalusian gypsy culture has been fertile ground for jazz musicians. Spanish guitarist Eduardo Niebla is one of the most noted exponents of the art, and his taut improvisatory style has graced records by popster George Michael and trance group Juno Reactor. He’s in Ireland for a short tour accompanied by guitarist Matthew Robinson.