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Bray Jazz Festival 2015

Read "Bray Jazz Festival 2015" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Bray Jazz Festival 2015
Various Venues
Bray, Ireland
May 1-3, 2015

Sunshine and squall. The sun and the clouds chased each other's tails throughout the May Bank Holiday weekend of the Bray Jazz Festival. In a way the weather mirrored the music--a pleasingly eclectic, bracing mixture--and the fortunes of the ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Ambrose Akinmusire Headlines Bray Jazz 2015

Ambrose Akinmusire Headlines Bray Jazz 2015

Bray Jazz returns for its 16th edition this coming Bank Holiday weekend from 1-3 May. The highly popular festival, set in the picturesque seaside town of Bray nestled at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains, has built a reputation over the years for hosting world class international and local acts. Bray Jazz 2015 is no exception. Trumpeter ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

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 ...

ARTICLE: JAZZLIFE UK

The Art Of The Song

Read "The Art Of The Song" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Singing is possibly the most universal of the arts, certainly of the musical arts. The human voice is the most portable of instruments, always there, always available. It's also the most expressive of instruments: almost every instrument invented in history has at some time or other been used to mimic the voice; none have truly succeeded.

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration

Read "Nikki Iles: Meditation and Collaboration" reviewed by Bruce Lindsay

Pianist and composer Nikki Iles describes herself as one of the “not- so-young-anymore generation" of British jazz musicians--a fair comment, in chronological terms, from a musician born in the mid-'60s. But more importantly, she's a musician of experience, expertise and talent, viewed with great respect by players across the world. Iles' self-description does seem to be ...

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Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland October 28-31, 2011

Read "Guinness Cork Jazz Festival: Cork, Ireland October 28-31, 2011" reviewed by Ian McLaren

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2011
Cork, Ireland
October 28-31, 2011
One of the few nice things about October is the pleasure of returning to Cork, the perfect city for a jazz festival, and being met by that great Irish hospitality. Arriving at the airport, all shiny and modern, and wondering how to get into town, suddenly ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Pete Churchill Trio featuring Bobby Wellins: The Bad And The Beautiful

Read "The Bad And The Beautiful" reviewed by Chris May

Vocalists get a mixed press reaction in the jazz world. Most of us probably enjoy Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway's well-charged, hipster encoded genius, and Billie Holiday's survivor vibe pulls in almost as big a crowd. But from there on in there are two, seemingly irreconcilable tribes: one which loves vocalists, another which loathes and despises ...