Thursday 23 February 2017

Halferty back in town for a Sunday night special

JAZZ

Grainne Farren

GUITARIST Tommy Halferty divides his time between France and Ireland these days, so it's good to report that he is back in JJ Smyth's tonight and for the next three Sundays.

The group is called FUBAR, and Tommy is joined by Keith Donald (clarinet) and Dave Redmond (bass). The trio will feature a special guest each week, beginning with Honor Heffernan (vocals) tonight. Doors open at 8pm for what promises to be a very special gig, so get there early to be sure of a good seat.

Guests on future Sundays are Noel Eccles (percussion), Fiachra Trench (piano) and Desi Reynolds (drums).

The Queen's pub in Dalkey continues to bring jazz to suburbanites. The upstairs venue, now called the Big Easy Club, has just inaugurated a Saturday night residency for the award-winning group Zrazy, featuring Maria Walsh (vocals, flute), Carole Nelson (alto sax, piano) and rhythm section. They begin at 9.30pm and will play every Saturday (except December 4) between now and Christmas.

A gypsy jazz band called the Hot Club plays at the same venue every Sunday at 6.30pm, admission free.

Big band fans in the vicinity of Limerick are urged to head for Dolan's Warehouse on Wednesday November 17. Following recent concerts in the Button Factory and the Mermaid in Bray, the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra is heading there to play for the Limerick Jazz Society.

The band's programme includes original music by Irish composers, as well as classics by Ellington, Basie, Oliver Nelson and Stan Kenton.

Later in the month, Ian Shaw (vocals) makes a welcome return to JJ Smyth's when he appears with the Phil Ware Trio on Friday, November 19. A tremendous singer, not to be missed.

Chris Potter's Underground plays at the Galway Jazz Festival on Sunday 21 and in Whelan's, Dublin, on Monday 22 November. A gifted tenor-player, Potter nevertheless comes with a health warning, as his playing in recent years has tended towards the far-out.

Sunday Independent

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