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Louis Stewart began his musical career in the sixties as a member of the Dublin jazz scene. In 1968 he received an invitation to the Montreux Jazz Festival together with the Jim Doherty Quartet. He came away with the pressaward for "Outstanding European Soloist of the Festival". The following year—again in Montreux—he won the "Grand Prix de la Radio Suisse Romande". He turned down a scholarship from the Berklee School of Music, Boston, because at the time he was with Tubby Hayes' Quartet and Big Band and had been engaged by Benny Goodman for three European tours. In the 70s Louis Stewart was a member of the "Ronnie Scott Quartet" in London

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Galway Jazz Festival 2019

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2019" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Galway Jazz Festival 2019 Various venues Galway, Ireland October 2-6, 2019 Bat song may be a first at a jazz festival, but then they do things differently here in Galway. Bats were in and plastic was out. No plastic laminates or cable ties, no plastic on outdoor advertising, no ...

ARTICLE: THE JAZZ LIFE

To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education

Read "To Dream the Impossible Dream: the quest for a music education" reviewed by Peter Rubie

I've been thinking a lot about how jazz is taught recently. I realize now, my search for a real musical education was not a simple thing, but a series of life changing moments. My son, on the other hand, is planning to study music in college after he finishes high school. Though it would fill his ...

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David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Keady Clachan

Read "David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton at Keady Clachan" reviewed by Ian Patterson

David Lyttle & Joseph Leighton Keady Clachan Keady Mountain, Limavady N. Ireland September 1, 2018 The old, stone and timber-beam cottage is nestled halfway up Keady Mountain. It's typical of numerous farm outhouses throughout Ireland. On the outside at any rate. Inside, however, it has been converted by ...

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Videos: Three Guitar Masters

Videos: Three Guitar Masters

Since it's Friday, I thought I'd end the week by sharing with you three separate videos of true jazz guitar masters—Louis Stewart, Joe Pass and Lenny Breau. I think you'll agree that all three are at their finest here. In each case, I found videos you wouldn't be able to stop watching even if you had ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Cuar: Roscanna

Read "Roscanna" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Roscanna is the debut of Cuar, a trio led by composer and bassist/flutist Neil Ó Loclainn that adopts a chamber-esque approach to Irish folk music, though one that is open to quite disparate influences. A regular collaborator with the late Louis Stewart as well as in David Lyttle's trios, Ó Loclainn is an adept in both ...

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Bray Jazz Festival 2017

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Bray Jazz Festival Various venues Bray, Ireland May 28-30, 2017 There are just so many cultural events going on in Ireland over the May Bank Holiday weekend that it can be a bit of a head-spin deciding what to opt for. Roots music gatherings, literature festivals, classical recitals, a chamber ...

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Improvised Music Company: Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull

Read "Improvised Music Company:  Orbital Pathways, Gravitational Pull" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Arguably some of the most dramatic changes in jazz have taken place in the last quarter of its century-long history: the emergence of a strong European jazz identity/identities; technological advances that empower individuals to become their own producers; Youtube, which has all but erased the boundary between past and present; the increase in pedagogical institutions; pan-national ...

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Galway Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Galway Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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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David Lyttle at The MAC

Read "David Lyttle at The MAC" reviewed by Ian Patterson

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 ...


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