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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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David Lyttle & Andreas Varady at Bennigans Jazz Club

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David Lyttle & Andreas Varady
Bennigans Jazz Bar
Derry, N. Ireland
January 14, 2018

There was an air of expectation around the duo gig of David Lyttle and Andreas Varady -two of the finest exponents of their respective instruments in contemporary jazz. Not surprisingly, Bennigans Jazz Club--a wonderfully intimate setting--was ...

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Joseph Leighton Trio at Jazzhole

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Joseph Leighton Trio
Jazzhole, Top of the Town
Omagh, N. Ireland
June 24, 2017

Jazzhole may not be the most enticing name for N. Ireland's newest jazz venue. Then again, who's to say? For in spite of, or perhaps because of the borderline pejorative/boho-chic ambiguity of the name, ...

Meilana Gillard: Dream Within A Dream

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There are eight years between Ohio-born, Belfast-based tenor saxophonist Meilana Gillard's impressive debut, Day One (Inner circle Music, 2009), and her follow-up, Dream Within A Dream (Lyte Records, 2017) -simply way too long a gap for a musician and composer of her talents. Her debut, backed by Nir Felder, Tyshawn Sorey, Marcos Varela and Sam Barsh, ...

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Take Five with Tom Harrison

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Meet Tom Harrison:
For alto saxophonist/composer Tom Harrison, the art of jazz is far more than mastery of the instrument, fluency in the repertoire and respect for the tradition. For Tom, the real undertaking is to connect with that which inspired the immortals of jazz, and to cultivate it within his own work. Born ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Saxophonist Tom Harrison Celebrates Ellington and Strayhorn with "Unfolding In Tempo" Featuring Cleveland Watkiss - Available in October

Rising star saxophonist Tom Harrison unveils his hotly anticipated second release Unfolding in Tempo on October 14th 2016. The long-awaited live album will be released on Lyte Records in October 2016 in the esteemed company of releases by jazz stars Ari Hoenig, Jean Toussaint, Jason Rebello and David Lyttle. The album documents two nights of Harrison’s ...

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Brilliant Corners 2016

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Brilliant Corners 2016
Various venues
jny:Belfast, N. Ireland
March 5-12, 2016

Another Brilliant Corners, a few more brilliant corners. Belfast's fledgling international jazz festival may only be in its fourth year but already it feels like an established part of the city's vibrant cultural landscape, a date in the ...

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David Lyttle at The MAC

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David Lyttle
The MAC
jny:Belfast
January 22, 2016

The soft launch of Brilliant Corners 2016 (March 5-12) took place in Belfast's multi-million pound arts centre, The MAC, and featured Northern Ireland's internationally acclaimed drummer/composer David Lyttle--Moving On Music's Artist-In Residence at The MAC for 2016. The venue, however, was not ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Scott Flanigan: Point of Departure

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In an era where it's relatively easy to self-produce an album, Northern Irish pianist Scott Flanigan has taken his time with his debut effort. Now in his early thirties, Flanigan has been a mainstay of the small but flourishing jazz scene in Belfast and beyond for over a decade, collaborating with Linley Hamilton, David Lyttle and ...

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival 2015

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Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival
jny:Belfast, Ireland
March 25-28 , 2015

Brilliant Corners may not be the biggest jazz festival in Northern Ireland--that accolade belongs to the City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival--but in just three editions it can already lay claim to being the best.

Eschewing the populist ...