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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.


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.


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.


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.

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