SUNDAY 4 PARALLEL SOCIETY
Workman’s Club, Dublin, 8pm, ¤10, facebook.com/dublinjazzcoop The Sunday series of artist-curated concerts at the Workman’s Club is becoming an important platform for the city’s improvisers, providing a conducive, listening space, free from commercial pressure, where new projects can be aired and working groups polished. Regular attenders over the past six months or so are getting what amounts to a primer in the depth and diversity of the Irish jazz scene. This week it’s the turn of Dublin-based German guitarist Jan Henrik Rau’s Parallel Society with pianist Luke Howard, bassist Eoin O’Halloran, drummer Hugh Denman and clarinetist Yuzuha O’Halloran.
MONDAY 5 JAZZJAM
Arthurs, Dublin, 8pm, Adm free arthurspub.ie With the closing of the East Side Tavern, the long-running Monday-night jazz jam organised by bassist Jacob Dunlop moves to a new home tonight at Arthurs on Thomas Street. Like any good jam session, it’s open to all musicians but it’s probably a good idea to have a fair command of your instrument and a few standards in your head before you climb on stage – and remember, jam sessions are for audiences, not just for musicians. Tonight, before the jam gets under way, there will be an opening set from adventurous keyboardist Izumi Kimura’s new Finger Painting trio with bassist Ronan Guilfoyle and drummer Matthew Jacobson.
WEDNESDAY7 PHAROAH SANDERS
NationalConcertHall,Dublin,8pm ¤40/34/27nch.ie Firebrand saxophonist Pharoah Sanders was one of John Coltrane’s closest associates in the last period of the great saxophonist’s career, appearing on seminal 1960s albums Ascension and Meditations. Sanders may have travelled to all points musical in the five decades since – from straight ahead jazz to Gnawan trance – but he has always stayed true to that original calling, to the honesty, authenticity and raw energy that Coltrane admired in the younger player. To hear a musician of that pedigree and of that generation play live today is to connect with the spirit of liberation and universal brotherhood that hung in the air in the late 1960s and of the pan-Africanism and demand for civil rights that was expressed particularly through the clarion call of African-American jazz musicians. The revolution is not quite over yet – Pharoah Sanders is still manning the barricades.
FRIDAY 9 BLUEWHALE
The Menagerie, Belfast, 9pm £9/£20, movingonmusic.com Punk-jazz definitely reaches parts of the Generation Z audience that other jazz fails to connect with, and Belfast punk-jazz outfit Blue Whale release their debut album, Process, tonight with what amounts to a mini-festival of outsider acts. Veering between grooves and chaos, and channeling Captain Beefheart, Television and Sonic Youth, the Belfast four piece recently played with experimental Krautrock legend Damo Suzuki. Support comes from creative Belfast drummer Steve Davis, the mysterious Herr Fingerling and eclectic dance-fuelled collective GIRL. £20 gets you in and gets you a vinyl copy of the new album.