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Brilliant Corners 2018

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Brilliant Corners 2018
Black Box
jny: Belfast, N. Ireland
March 3-10, 2018

Compared to Dublin or cities in the UK, Belfast is usually overlooked when jazz groups tour. When the likes of Wayne Shorter, Charles Lloyd, Ahmad Jamal, Keith Jarrett or Brad Mehldau come to Ireland it's usually a one-stop ...

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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2013

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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Cork
Ireland
October 25-28, 2013

Whether it was chance or fate is debatable but the fact is that had it not been for a cancelled bridge tournament the first Cork Jazz Festival might never have got off the ground. The 35th Guinness Cork Jazz ...

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Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

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Limerick Jazz Festival
Various Venues
Limerick
Ireland
September 26-29, 2013

There's a lot to be said for laying strong foundations. By the time the Limerick Jazz Society got it together to put on the city's inaugural jazz festival in 2012 it already had 30 years experience of hosting local and ...

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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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The Paul Dunlea Group: bi-polAr

Read "bi-polAr" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Bipolar disorder is, at its core, about extreme changes in personality and mood. When somebody is diagnosed with said ailment, it's a serious problem, but it can be a positive attribute when an album carries this affliction. Trombonist Paul Dunlea's two polar opposites deal with grooving funk versus staid scenarios, but nobody need worry about these ...

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The Paul Dunlea Group: bi-polAr

Read "bi-polAr" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Ireland's jazz scene may not yet count for much on the international stage, but it's producing players and writers of undoubted talent. On the evidence of bi-polAr, trombonist Paul Dunlea can be added to that growing roster, especially for lovers of the funkier end of the jazz spectrum.

Based in Cork, Dunlea formed the Paul ...