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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.


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.


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.


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.

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