SUNDAY 21 SCOTT FL AN I GAN& ROB LU FT
SD Bells, Belfast (12pm); Bennigans, Der ry (5 pm ); also Bert’ s Jazz Bar, Belfast (Monday 22); Ulster University (Tuesday 23); Ar thurs, Dublin (Wednesday24)scottflanigan.com Rising young British guitarist Rob Luft and already well-risen Belfast pianist and organist Scott Flanigan are teaming up for a whirlwind series of gigs this week, all of them worth catching: with creative Belfast drummer Steve Davis they play two organ trio gigs today in Belfast and Derry; then it’s a couple of duos in Bert’s Bar and Ulster University; and then they’re southbound to hook up with hard-swinging Dublin drummer Dominic Mullan. Whatever the setting, Flanigan’s thoughtful organ playing is sure to provide the mercurial Luft with plenty to work with.
Work man’ s Club, Dublin ,7.30 pm ¤10 facebook.com/dublinjazzcoop With the model in contemporary improvised music increasingly focused on individual projects – where one musician writes all the music and then assembles a band to play it – it’s good to see these five talented Dublin musicians form a collective and search for common ground. Trumpeter Bill Blackmore, saxophonist Chris Engel, pianist Darragh O’Kelly, bassist Cormac O’Brien and drummer Matthew Jacobson all do more than their fair share of side-man gigs, but here’s a more democratic setting where they all get to try out new compositions and see what their comrades make of them. Part of the important artistcurated series at the Workman’s Club from the Dublin Jazz Co-Op.
TUESDAY 23 ROLLER TRIO
Whelans, Dublin (Tuesday 23); Siamsa Tíre,T ra lee( Thursday 25); Courthouse, Tina he ly( Friday 26); River bank, Newbridge (Saturday 27); Triskel, Cork (Sunday28), musicnetwork.ie Described by opinion-maker Gilles Peterson as ‘the new sound of UK jazz’, Roller Trio are part of a generation of European jazz bands that have jettisoned the finesse of US post-bop in favour of a more eclectic and frankly louder sound. Citing Queens of the Stone Age and Flying Lotus as influences, alongside jazz references like the Fly trio and Tim Berne, they have been winning audiences beyond the jazz ghetto all over Europe, and guitarist Chris Sharkey, saxophonist James Mainwaring and drummer Luke Reddin-Williams are bound to raise a few roofs on their Music Network tour of Ireland.
WEDNESDAY24 WAX ON LOUIS STEWART
Workman’s Club, Dublin, 7pm, ¤16/18, improvisedmusic.ie The monthly vinyl listening club – presented by this correspondent – celebrates its 10th instalment this week with an extra special evening devoted to the undisputed genius of Irish jazz, Louis Stewart. The Dublin guitarist, who died in 2016, was the first Irish jazz musician to win international acclaim, touring with Benny Goodman, George Shearing and others, and his recorded output represents one of the treasure hoards of Irish music. Guiding what is bound to be a room full of guitarists and Stewart fans through his recording career will be his friend and life-long collaborator, pianist Jim Doherty. The evening ends with a special performance by guitarist Hugh Buckey and bassist Dave Fleming, two musicians who shared many stages with the great guitarist.
FRIDAY 26 GUINNESS CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL
Various venues, continues until Sunday 28th, guinnessjazzfestival.com New festival director Sinead Dunphy is promising a renaissance at this year’s Cork Jazz Festival. A former director of the city’s Choral Festival, Dunphy’s first jazz programme shows ambition and variety, and looks set to draw a new crowd without loosing the old. Top of the bill is renowned US composer and band leader Maria Schneider and her orchestra of heavyweights at the City Hall on Sunday evening. Hip New York saxophonist Donny McCaslin, heard by millions on Bowie’s Blackstar, leads his own group in the Everyman on Sunday afternoon, and bass legend Stanley Clarke is there on Sunday evening. The Green Room at the Cork Opera House hosts a series of top quality domestic groups, including one led by trombonist Paul Dunlea, the festival’s artist in residence, and Cork pianist Cormac MacCarthy’s Súp trio. In the sepulchral calm of the Triskel Christchurch, there’s a series of finely judged ECM double bills and a showing of a new film about legendary ECM guitarist John Abercrombie. The festival kicks off tonight with a double bill in the Everyman featuring silky LA pianist Billy Childs and legendary fusion drummer Billy Cobham, while over in the Green Room, it’s boisterously innovative Dublin quintet Umbra and a sideways look at Thelonious Monk from bassist Ronan Guilfoyle. The Cork Jazz Festival is dead, long live the Cork Jazz Festival.