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Brilliant Corners 2017

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Brilliant Corners 2017
Various Venues
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 7-11, 2017

In just five years, Brilliant Corners--Belfast's only jazz festival--has earned a reputation for adventurous programing. The 2017 edition went one further, with the inclusion of alt rock and electronic music stretching the boundaries of what constitutes a jazz festival ...

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David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

David Sanborn And Van Morrison Headline Limerick Jazz Festival September 25-28

The Limerick Jazz Festival returns for another eagerly anticipated edition between September 25th and 28th. For its third edition the LJF has upped the stakes by bringing in some big names, not the least of which are Belfast’s legendary Van Morrison, American saxophonist David Sanborn and English saxophonist Julian Siegel. The festival opens at 8pm on Thursday ...

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Linley Hamilton: Right On The Wavelength

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Trumpeter Linley Hamilton has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish jazz scene for well over two decades. An in-demand session musician, Hamilton has played on over a hundred recordings of various stripes, lending his burnished tone to rock and pop artists and singer-songwriters alike. But it's as a jazz musician, jazz educator, jazz radio broadcaster, ...

Lyte Records: Dancing To Different Beats

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Since its inception in 2007, Lyte Records has earned a reputation as one of the very best labels in Ireland/Northern Ireland for independent jazz artists and creative musicians of various stripes. What started out as a very small, personal concern for Lyte Records founder David Lyttle has grown into something much bigger; international recognition came Lyte ...

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Christine Tobin Trio For Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

Christine Tobin Trio For Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

Jazz retakes the city of Limerick for four days as the Limerick Jazz Festival returns for its second edition from the 26th – 29th September at various venues around town. Legendary Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart kicks off the festival on Thursday, in an intimate duo performance with pianist Jim Doherty. Winner of the special jury prize at ...

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Down With Jazz 2013

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Down With Jazz
Meeting House Square
jny: Dublin, Ireland
September 6-8, 2013

Father Conefrey must be turning in his grave. He's surely cursing the cruel fates, for jazz you see, is alive and kicking in Dublin. On New Year's Day 1934 Father Conefrey led a 3,000-strong protest on the streets of Mohill in County ...

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Jazz's Filthy Rhythms And Diabolical Airs To Rock Dublin!

Jazz's Filthy Rhythms And Diabolical  Airs To Rock Dublin!

Historical wounds have been known to fester in Ireland. In 1934 Father Peter Conefrey railed against jazz as “music borrowed from the savages of Africa by the anti-God society, with the object of destroying morals and religion.” Now the jazz community is getting its own back. Eighty years on the Improvised Music Company, in conjunction with ...

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Sligo Jazz Project 2013: Days 4-6

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Sligo Jazz Project
Various Venues
Sligo, Ireland
July 16-21, 2013

After three action-packed days at Sligo Jazz Project, with SJP founder/bassist Eddie Lee and drummer David Lyttle's world premiere of The Barinthus Suite providing an unforgettable highlight, the first signs of attrition amongst the students were beginning to show. The non-stop nature of the ...

Nigel Mooney: The Bohemian Mooney

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The island of Ireland has a long and impressive history of great blues singers--Van Morrison, Rory Gallagher, Phil Lynott all brought a raw, bluesy, intensity to their performances. Singer and guitarist Nigel Mooney has been on the Irish blues scene since the '80s and his jazz-inflected take on the genre is shown to enjoyable effect on ...