Trane ready to roll: tours transport jazz fans with delight
YOU don't have to live in Dublin to hear live jazz any more. For a start, the Sligo Jazz Project runs gigs all year round.
Next Saturday night, local hero Mike Nielsen will launch his latest CD in The Model. Over the years Mike has played with such international names as Larry Coryell, Kenny Wheeler, Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner and Joe Lovano.
A guitarist, composer and lecturer, he has a string of degrees to his name, including an Mphil in physics and music (which included the design of original microtonal guitars). He is the director of the masters in jazz performance programme at DIT. And his guitar playing, both electric and acoustic, is pure magic.
Sligo is one of nine stops on Alex Mathias's tour of Ireland. Playing the music of John Coltrane, the young saxophonist leads a quartet with Leopoldo Osio (piano), Tommy Gray (drums) and Dan Callaghan (double bass). The tour begins in the Phil Grimes, Waterford, on Monday, March 21, at 8.30pm.
They play Crane Lane, Cork, at 11pm the following night (the only late-night set of the tour); Dolan's Limerick on March 23; the Crane Bar, Galway, on March 24; and Tobergal Lane Cafe, Sligo, on March 25.
After a three-day break, they head north, playing Sandinos Cafe Bar, Derry on March 30; Island Arts Centre, Lisburn on March 31; and Down Arts Centre, the Lodge, Castlewellan, on April 1. On Sunday, April 3 they will end the tour at JJ Smyth's in Dublin. The programme will feature such classic Coltrane tracks as My Favourite Things and A Love Supreme.
Aoife Doyle, who has blossomed into a very stylish singer, can be heard at 6pm today with the Daniel Jacobson Trio in Pacino's Bar, Suffolk Street, Dublin.