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Satur­day 4

Dirty Jazz Club

Arthurs, Dublin

One of the live mu­sic suc­cess sto­ries of 2019, the monthly Dirty Jazz Club ses­sions at Arthurs on a Satur­day night are be­gin­ning to take on an al­most myth­i­cal sta­tus. It’s the sort of long-run­ning res­i­dency that peo­ple will nod sagely about in years to come and say they were there, even if they weren’t. Claim the high ground in that fu­ture con­ver­sa­tion by, y’know, ac­tu­ally go­ing and check­ing out this tal­ent-rich band with a sense of ad­ven­ture. Drum­mer Conor Mur­ray, key­boardist Dar­ragh O’Kelly, bas­sist Derek Whyte, trum­peter Bill Black­more, trom­bon­ist Colm O’Hara, sax­o­phon­ist Cathal Roche have all been play­ing to­gether long enough to find their own way into the mu­sic of Miles, Shorter, Zaw­inul and others. Ar­rive early, leave late.

Sun­day 5

The Art of Col­lab­o­ra­tion with Tulca & Friends

Work­man’s Club, Dublin

Singer Jen­nifer McMa­hon’s stew­ard­ship of the Dublin Jazz Co-Op se­ries ends with a less-than-or­di­nary night of mu­sic di­rected by clar­inet­tist and ed­u­ca­tor Paul Roe. Roe is a clas­si­cal mu­si­cian and for­mer clar­inet­tist with the Na­tional Sym­phony Or­ches­tra, with a par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est in ped­a­gogy and cre­ative devel­op­ment, and he has assem­bled a multi-na­tional line-up for the night that in­cludes Sha­hab Coohe on san­toor, Shayan Coohe on tar and tombec, Ul­tan O’Brien on fid­dle and Roe him­self on clar­inets. The night of­fers to “ex­plore the va­ri­ety of na­tures, qual­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ences of dif­fer­ing per­for­mance prac­tices, and cru­cially, what can be learned from those un­der­stand­ings while of­fer­ing au­di­ences a unique in­sight and height­ened un­der­stand­ing of the mind and of the per­former”. So there.

Thurs­day 9

Bobby Mc and the Dukes

Arthurs, Dublin

Meath vo­cal­ist Bobby McQuaid wears his love for Gre­gory Porter on his sleeve with this un­abashed trib­ute to the lov­able Cal­i­for­ni­aborn crooner. Take Me To The Al­ley – a ref­er­ence to Porter’s Grammy-win­ning 2016 al­bum – fea­tures McQuaid’s take on Porter tunes like Hey Laura, Wa­ter Un­der Bridges and Be Good, with a six-piece band the names of whom have not been an­nounced in ad­vance.

Satur­day 11

The Docks

Arthurs, Dublin

Dublin-based Ukrainian com­poser and vo­cal­ist Olesya Zdorovet­ska’s de­scribes her Docks project as a “sonic re­sponse to po­lit­i­cal dystopia”, draw­ing on a broad range of in­flu­ences in­clud­ing noise, jazz, clas­si­cal and elec­tronic mu­sic. The pow­er­ful band she has assem­bled to help her in­cludes some of the Dublin scene’s most ad­ven­tur­ous in­stru­men­tal­ists, in­clud­ing Keith Lindsay on elec­tron­ics, Colm O’Hara on trom­bone, Derek Whyte on bass and Matthew Ja­cob­son on drums.

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