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Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6

By Published: August 1, 2013
Big band jazz got a run out at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Friday evening in the form of the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. The 17-piece DCJO led by Ciaran Wilde was joined by a number of special guests from the faculty of the SJP in a program of two sets that featured bebop, brassy swing and romantic sounding 1960's film scores. The first set included arrangements of Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
Oliver Nelson
1932 - 1975
arranger
's "Hoedown" and "Miss Fine," the latter which featured a fine solo from trumpeter Linley Hamilton
Linley Hamilton
Linley Hamilton

trumpet
.

Pianist Kenny Werner and drummer John Riley sat in on several numbers but it wasn't until the introduction of saxophonist Jean Toussaint
Jean Toussaint
Jean Toussaint
b.1957
saxophone
on an arrangement of a tune by guitarist Hugh Buckley that the blues came to the fore. Even on original compositions the big, brassy arrangements conferred an air of nostalgia. A short, punchy take on saxophonist John Coltrane
John Coltrane
John Coltrane
1926 - 1967
saxophone
's "Impressions" closed the first set with greater momentum than the music that had preceded it.

The second half of the show offered greater variety. Singer Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw
Ian Shaw
b.1962
vocalist
was superb, breathing new life—and no little humor—into the old chestnut "I Thought about You." Unpredictable and endlessly inventive, Shaw combined jazz and soul on a three- part Burt Bacharach/Hal David suite, the centerpiece of which, "Alfie," Shaw had previously recorded with pianist Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
Cedar Walton
1934 - 2013
piano
on In a New York Minute (Milestone, 1999).

Trombonist Marshall Gilkes
Marshall Gilkes
Marshall Gilkes
b.1978
trombone
—no stranger to big band settings through his work in Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider

band/orchestra
's Orchestra and the WDR big band—brought a slightly more contemporary edge to the evening with several original tunes. Gilkes is widely acclaimed as one of the greatest post J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
1924 - 2001
trombone
trombonists and featured on his own compositions "Down Time," "Edenderry," and the firey "Puddle Jumping" where he slipped free of the tethers with some wonderfully agile playing. An enjoyable evening was rounded off by a stonking version of Pinetop Sparks 1935 tune "Every Day I Have the Blues." Singer/guitarist Nigel Mooney played Bobby King to the DCJO's Count Basie
Count Basie
Count Basie
1904 - 1984
piano
band in a swinging end to the program.

David Lyttle & Interlude

Over at the The Glasshouse Hotel in the ballroom of the Swan Suite, drummer David Lyttle
David Lyttle
David Lyttle
b.1984
drums
and his project Interlude served up steady grooves that blended jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul. It was something of a family affair with Lyttle's mother Anne and sister Rhea on vocals. Rapper Homecut brought an urban edge to songs from Lyttle's neo-soul delight Interlude (Lyte Records, 2012) and another busy night at SJP ended with a vibrant jam session for those with the energy left to jam—or merely listen.

Day 5: John Goldsby: A history of the double bass

Day five of SJP saw bassist John Goldsby present a linear history of the bass in jazz, playing video and audio clips, and analyzing the styles of Wellman Bruad, Jimmy Blanton
Jimmy Blanton
Jimmy Blanton
1918 - 1942
bass, acoustic
, Eddie Safranski, Walter Page
Walter Page
Walter Page
1900 - 1957
bass, acoustic
, Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
Oscar Pettiford
1922 - 1960
bass
, Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
Paul Chambers
1935 - 1969
bass, acoustic
, Israel Crosby
Israel Crosby
b.1919
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
Ray Brown
1926 - 2002
bass, acoustic
up to Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
. Riley also showed an old clip of Thelma Terry, a bassist who started out in Chicago in the 1920s and who was one of very few women to lead an all-male band, The Playboys, which, incidentally, included drummer Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa
Gene Krupa
1909 - 1973
drums
. Terry disabanded The Playboys in 1929, tired of showbiz and, according to the later testament of her family, the insubordination and sexual harassment she had to contend with from the band members.

Tony Miceli Quartet

At the Glass House Hotel, vibraphonist Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
b.1960
vibraphone
's quartet gave a wonderful lunchtime concert in tribute to the Modern Jazz Quartet
Modern Jazz Quartet
Modern Jazz Quartet

band/orchestra
. Featuring pianist Phil Ware, bassist Dave Redmond and drummer John Daly, the quartet visited standards such as "Green Dolphin Street," "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and the MJQ's "Jasmine Tree." Miceli paid dancing tribute to pianist/composer Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi
Vince Guaraldi
1928 - 1976
piano
, followed by a gorgeous rendition of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa- Lobos' suite "Bachiana Brasilieras."

So delicate was the quartet's voice on the Villa-Lobos number that it was possible to hear someone in the audience munching a sandwich. Applause would have come as an intrusion, but at the end, the ovation that greeted a riveting performance spoke volumes for the quality of the concert as a whole.

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