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SATURDAY14 FrancescoTur­risi

F um bal­lyS ta­bles, Dublin ,8 pm, ¤18/¤16.50/¤12,francescotur­risi.com Since he ar­rived in Ire­land 10 years ago, Turin-born multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist Francesco Tur­risi has lead a suc­ces­sion of fas­ci­nat­ing small groups, ex­plor­ing the con­nec­tions be­tween Europe and the Maghreb, be­tween the Mediter­ranean and north­ern Europe, and be­tween early mu­sic and jazz and con­tem­po­rary im­prov. This month, Tur­risi re­leases his first solo piano al­bum, North­ern Mi­gra­tions, a very per­sonal med­i­ta­tion on his own mu­si­cal and geo­graphic jour­ney from south to north. Fum­bally Sta­bles is a suit­ably in­ti­mate venue to hear the feath­erfin­gered pian­ist re­veal this new mu­sic in pub­lic, and given its size, ad­vance book­ing is prob­a­bly a good idea. The higher ad­mis­sion price in­cludes a copy of the new al­bum.


W ex ford Arts Cen­tre ,8.30 pm, ¤14/¤12,wex­fordart­scen­tre.ie Drum­mer Kevin Lawlor is Wex­ford’s jazz evan­ge­list, lead­ing his own groups, pro­mot­ing con­certs by vis­it­ing artists and gen­er­ally fly­ing the flag for im­pro­vised mu­sic in his home county. Ahead of a new record­ing later this year, Lawlor un­veils a new quin­tet, with pian­ist Pat Moli­tor, sax­o­phon­ist Adam Nolan, gui­tarist Alex O’Ke­effe and bassist Jack Ru­fus Kelly, play­ing orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions and new ar­range­ments of jazz stan­dards.


Arthurs,Dublin,4pm,¤10, arthur­spub.ie Though it may sound like a rude word, F-JoB protest that their name is sim­ply an amal­gam of the ini­tials of its mem­bers. Still, dis­rup­tion of the mu­si­cal kind is cer­tainly in­tended in the way pian­ist Greg Fel­ton, per­cus­sion­ist Matthew Ja­cob­son and bassist Cor­mac O’Brien rein­ter­pret the piano trio tra­di­tion. As well as be­ing ac­com­plished jazz mu­si­cians (and mem­bers of the fac­ulty at DCU’s new jazz depart­ment), all three have stud­ied south In­dian Kar­natic mu­sic, and polyrhyth­mic ad­ven­ture lies at the heart of their ap­proach. Orig­i­nal com­po­si­tions from all three, as well as some­times rad­i­cal re-ar­range­ments of jazz stan­dards, make F-JoB one of the fresh­est voices in Ir­ish jazz and a must-hear for any­one who wants to know where the piano trio is headed in the 21st cen­tury.


Work­man­sClub,Dublin,7pm, ¤12/¤10, im­pro­vised­mu­sic.ie The Wax On lis­ten­ing club – mod­er­ated by your hum­ble ser­vant – is a chance to lis­ten with fresh ears to some of the artists who have shaped jazz, and to hear a panel of fel­low en­thu­si­asts dis­cuss their own favourite tracks. Prior ex­per­tise is most de­cid­edly not re­quired. This month, our at­ten­tion turns to the tow­er­ing con­tem­po­rary fig­ure of sax­o­phon­ist and com­poser Wayne Shorter. From Art Blakey’s Jazz Mes­sen­gers and the Miles Davis Quin­tet to Weather Re­port and his own trail­blaz­ing quar­tet, Shorter has been at the heart of jazz in­no­va­tion for the last half cen­tury. With play back from orig­i­nal vinyl, rare archive video and per­sonal re­flec­tions from lead­ing Dublin pian­ist Phil Ware and in­no­va­tive Cork sax­o­phon­ist Cather­ine Sikora, Wax On is a chance to find out what all the fuss is about.


Arthurs,Dublin,8.30pm,¤10, arthur­spub.ie Slo­vakian sax­o­phon­ist Peter Dobai ar­rived in Dublin 10 years ago, and with his big, gen­er­ous sound, rapidly be­came a lead­ing mem­ber of the city’s grow­ing com­mu­nity of émi­gré jazz mu­si­cians. Dobai harks back to his own roots for this spe­cial con­cert, fly­ing in ac­claimed Czech sax­o­phon­ist Rostislav Fras, a lead­ing light of the fer­tile Prague jazz scene who has shared a stage with Ital­ian pian­ist An­to­nio Farao and leg­endary US drum­mer Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts. To that au­gust list, he adds Dobai, ris­ing pian­ist Dar­ragh Hennessy, dex­ter­ous bassist Derek Whyte and an­other wel­come émi­gré, Span­ish drum­mer Gon­zala del Val.


Bagot­sHut­ton,Dublin,8.30pm, ¤13/¤9,dublin­jazz.ie Ro­ma­nian singer and cel­list Aleka Potinga is not one to stay within the genre lines. Since grad­u­at­ing from New­park’s jazz course in 2015, she has es­tab­lished her­self as a fresh and in­no­va­tive voice on the Dublin scene, blithely hop­ping be­tween jazz, clas­si­cal, folk and ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic. This week, it’s an­other out­ing for her heavy­weight quar­tet cel­e­brat­ing the mu­sic of bossa nova’s founder, Joao Gil­berto, with gui­tarist Chris Guil­foyle, bassist Ro­nan Guil­foyle and drum­mer Brendan Do­herty.

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