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Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

Ian Patterson By

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More jazz-centric guitar followed from Andreas Varady, accompanied by his father Bandi on electric bass and younger brother Adrian on drums. The trio played just one song, the guitarist's own "Quincyology," which he had performed as an 80th birthday tribute to Quincy Jones in Las Vegas. Though drums and bass were too loud in the mix, Andreas Varady's fluid, contemporary approach to jazz guitar whetted the appetite for his debut as leader due for release in 2014.



Singer Connor Ryan won over the crowd with a strikingly original take on the sometimes overly familiar "Summertime." His up-tempo, improvisational interpretation of the Gershwin's classic tune proved that it's not what you say that counts, but how you say it. A stonking version of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die"—a tune designed for big band bravura if ever there was one—was followed by a hell-for-leather take on pianist Dave Brubeck's "Blue Rondo A La Turk"; with Miceli sounding the famous melody on vibraphone, tenor man McKenna and guitarists Mooney and Varady joined the big band in a thoroughly entertaining finale. An encore would only have been an anti-climax so it was a fitting point for Crisis Point and audience to part company on for another year.

After only two editions the Limerick Jazz Festival has the feeling of an established institution. In large part, this is down to the spirit of volunteerism on which the festival runs. Limerick needs the Limerick Jazz Festival, and other events like it, to nurture the city's musicians and to enliven the cultural panorama. With the continued support of sponsors and public, Limerick Jazz Festival has every chance of growing into one of the best jazz festivals in Ireland.

And, with Limerick winning the bid to be Ireland's first ever City of Culture in 2014, there's a great opportunity to be seized. With initiative, the Limerick City Council, the Ireland Tourism Development Authority and the Arts Council of Ireland can help put the Limerick Jazz Festival—and the city—on the international map and thus sow the seeds of the LJF's longer-term development. There are potentially exciting times ahead.

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