Spirit of jazz lives on in band
Sometimes, the will and enthusiasm of a small group of people can defy the laws of gravity, a phenomenon exemplified by the success of the regular gigs in the Button Factory, Temple Bar, of the 17-piece Dublin Jazz Orchestra.
"We need all the support we can get. Getting a big band together is not easy," says reed player Ciaran Wilde, one of the driving forces behind the orchestra. "It's a miracle that we have got this far at all."
So tomorrow at 9pm, the orchestra, featuring Paul Ware (piano), Hugh Buckley (guitar), Paul Frost (trombone and vocals) and Mark Adams (trumpet and vocals), takes the stage once more. Their next performance is at the same venue on Monday, May 3, and after that they will continue on the first Monday of every month.
Meanwhile, the weekly sessions every Wednesday in the House Restaurant, Howth, (8pm), are keeping the spirit of jazz alive on the north Dublin coast. Next Wednesday, Alex Mathias (tenor sax) and Myles Drennan (piano) will do the honours.
And, on the Wicklow coast, things are warming up for the 11th annual Bray Jazz Festival, running from Friday, April 30 to Sunday May 2.