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Brilliant Corners 2019

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Brilliant Corners 2019
The Black Box/Sonic Lab
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 2-9, 2019

For many years the words brilliant, jazz and Belfast rarely appeared in the same sentence. That all changed in 2013 when music promoters Moving On Music launched Brilliant Corners, subtitled A Festival of Jazz in Belfast. Since then, ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2

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Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4

Various Venues
Galway Jazz Festival
Galway, Ireland
October 5, 2018

Thursday night's curtain rose on a brighter day, and a breeze blew gently down Galway's streets carrying the smell of the city on its back: petrol, coffee, sea-salt, cigarettes. ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2016

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Galway Jazz Festival
Various Venues
jny:Galway, Ireland
October 7-9, 2016

The best jazz festivals are not necessarily the biggest. They're not always the ones with the marquee names. The best festivals, without a doubt, are the ones you remember, years later, for having had a hell of a good time. ...

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Bray Jazz 2016

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Bray Jazz
Various venues
jny:Bray, Ireland
April 29 -May 1, 2016

With first-rate music festivals mushrooming all over Ireland, Bray Jazz remains a highlight in a crowded calendar. Now in its seventeenth year, Bray Jazz' tried and tested format strikes a pleasing balance musically, with jazz, folk and world musics in ...

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Rhythm Method: By The Bye

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Rhythm Method--a quintet of some of Dublin's finest contemporary musicians--was founded by guitarist Shane Latimer and bassist Cormac O'Brien in 2009. Trumpeter Bill Blackmore, Rhodes keyboardist Darragh O'Kelly and Latimer form a probing three-pronged front-line, with O'Brien and drummer Shane O'Donavan plying lithe grooves. The division of labor, however, is not quite that simple, for like ...

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Workin' II - Irish Jazz Showcase: Dublin, Ireland, May 26, 2013

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Workin' II: Irish Jazz Showcase
Workman's Club
Dublin, Ireland
May 26, 2013

Where do you go to see Afro-Peruvian jazz, an 18-piece Sun Ra tribute band, neo-soul, vocal jazz, trios, quartets and electronic music with live horn processing, all on the same day? The Workman's Club in Dublin, Ireland, of course. Workin' II, a mini-festival ...

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Phisqa: Phisqa

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Jazz has come far in Ireland in the last decade or two, leaving behind the trad-jazz on a Sunday image for an altogether more contemporary scene. In part, this is due to the increasingly cosmopolitan face of the country's cities, and in no small measure to the influence of Dublin's Newpark Music Centre, the only educational ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2013

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Bray Jazz Festival
Bray, County Wicklow
Ireland
May 3-5, 2013

For many years, the picturesque town of Bray's main claim to fame has been that it's the oldest inhabited seaside town in Ireland. That is, it was the main claim to fame until Bray local lass Katie Taylor won boxing gold at the 2012 ...