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Wednesday 25 April 2018

A jazz tour from Dixieland in Doonbeg, to Boylan plays Brubeck

Grainne Farren

There's an active week ahead, from Dublin to Doonbeg and from Tallaght to Bray.

Today is the third day of the Doonbeg Jazz Festival, Co Clare. The Downtown Jazz band from Limerick caters for Dixieland fans, while a German quintet called Jazzonanz provides more modern sounds. Jazztalk, a guitar duo from Northern Ireland, plays standards, and a violin-guitar duo, Zigani, brings the gypsy style to Clare. The festival ends tomorrow with the Ace Minsky Swingband.

In JJ Smyth's, Dublin, Louis Stewart plays at 4.30 today, with Myles Drennan (piano), Neil O'Loghlen (double bass) and a 'very special guest' whose identity has not yet been revealed. Get there early for a good seat.

Minuano, a quintet that plays the music of Pat Metheny and Lyle Mays, can be heard on Tuesday night in JJ's. Cian Boylan and Brendan Doyle, both in Minuano, appear again on Wednesday night, this time in the John Field Room for 'Boylan plays Brubeck', with Dan Bodwell (double bass) and Guy Rickarby (drums) – a strong group for this tribute concert.

Back in JJ's on Thursday night, Mike Nielsen (guitar) leads a quartet with Greg Felton (piano), Neil O'Loghlen (double bass) and James Macken (drums). David O'Rourke will play with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra in the Civic Theatre, Tallaght, on Thursday night, and in the Mermaid Arts Centre, Bray, on Friday night.

Irish Independent

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