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CORMAC LARKIN

SATURDAY22 CHAR­LIE MOON QUINTET

Arthurs, Dublin, 9pm, ¤10 arthur­spub.ie Trum­peter Chet Baker may have been the sort of tragic fig­ure of which legends and made-for-TV movies are made, but amongst mu­si­cians he is hugely re­spected, not only for his im­pec­ca­ble, Miles Davis-es­que trum­pet play­ing but also for his unique vo­cal style. Gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Char­lie Moon – son of Nigel Mooney – presents his trib­ute to the leg­endary trum­peter with a group that fea­tures trum­peter Eoin Grace, the ubiq­ui­tous Dar­ragh Hen­nessy on pi­ano (see be­low), bassist Barry Ry­craft and drum­mer Se­bas­tian Jezzi.

SUN­DAY 23 CHRIST­MAS JAM

Work­man’s Club, Dublin, 8pm, ¤10 face­book.com/dublin­jaz­zcoop The Dublin Jazz Co-Op has been one of the most pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ments on the live jazz cir­cuit this year, pre­sent­ing a se­ries of thought­ful, artist-cu­rated con­certs fea­tur­ing some of the most cre­ative and hard-work­ing mu­si­cians on the Dublin scene. Um­bra gui­tarist and com­poser Chris Guil­foyle has just started an eight-week reign as artis­tic di­rec­tor of the se­ries and his gift for Christ­mas is a chance for mu­si­cians to meet up and jam, and an op­por­tu­nity for the au­di­ence to check out the vi­tal­ity and ever deep­en­ing pool of tal­ent on the cur­rent Ir­ish jazz scene.

OR­GAN FREE­MAN

The Big Ro­mance, Dublin, 6pm, Adm­freeface­book.com/ The Big Ro­mance Bar Ev­ery­one’s talk­ing about the hip new dive bar on Dublin’s Par­nell street with the funny name and the vinyl li­brary. En­ter a hip new jazz trio with a funny name to make the scene there on Sun­days. Or­gan Free­man (ouch!) is gui­tarist and vo­cal­ist Char­lie Moon, or­gan­ist Dar­ragh Hen­nessy and drum­mer Faolan Collins – three ris­ing stars of the Dublin scene – sum­mon­ing the hard-swing­ing spirit of Ho­race Sil­ver, Wes Mont­gomery, Jimmy Smith et al. With jazz se­lec­tions on vinyl be­fore and af­ter, could there be a hip­per way to end the week?

THURS­DAY 27 CONOR GUIL­FOYLE OCTET

Arthurs, Dublin, 9pm,€12, arthur­spub.ie Leg­endary drum teacher Conor Guifoyle’s bands have been a breed­ing ground for new tal­ent on the Dublin scene for the past three decades, and this slick eight piece is no ex­cep­tion. With a reper­toire that runs from Mes­sen­gers and Wayne Shorter to West Coast cool, this is mu­sic from the now of­ten ne­glected jazz main­stream, im­pec­ca­bly de­liv­ered by a group that in­cludes trum­peter Bill Black­more, trom­bon­ist Paul Frost, sax­o­phon­ists Yuzuha O Hal­lo­ran, Peter Dobai and Ke­lan Walsh, busy pi­anist Dar­ragh Hen­nessy (see Satur­day and Sun­day) and bassist Barry Ry­craft, all driven with force­ful swing by the leader.

ÁJO ARKESTRA & FRIENDS

Su­gar Club, Dublin, 8pm, €15/10, the­sug­ar­club.com Afro­fu­tur­ists Ájo Arkestra are a multi-na­tional Dublin col­lec­tive who get their name from the Yoruba word for ‘jour­ney’ and a ref­er­ence to cos­mic prophet Sun Ra’s leg­endary Arkestra. The band’s for­mer name – the Dublin Afrobeat En­sem­ble – gives a clue as to their other main in­flu­ence, the great Fela Kuti, and in­deed the group have even played op­po­site Fela’s drum­mer, Afrobeat leg­end Tony Allen. If you know Afrobeat (and you re­ally should) it’s enough to know that Ájo Arkestra are the real deal. If you don’t, ex­pect to be con­verted by their au­then­tic, deeply groov­ing, deeply rev­o­lu­tion­ary sound. Who­ever you are, ex­pect to dance.

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