Monday 18 December 2017

Dianne Reeves brings spirit of Christmas to Concert Hall


IT'S still November, but Christmas Time is Here according to Dianne Reeves. The great American singer returns to the National Concert Hall next Wednesday night for the first time since 2006, and is all set to get the audience into a festive mood. Backing her up in that worthy endeavour will be Peter Martin (piano), Romero Lubambo (guitar), Reginald Veal (bass) and Terreon Gully (drums).

The programme will undoubtedly include seasonal offerings by Irving Berlin, Mel Torme and Thad Jones, as well as more traditional fare. But let's hope she'll depart from Christmas jollity long enough to find time for favourites like Skylark, Afro Blue, Lullaby of Birdland and You Taught My Heart to Sing.

Meanwhile, Slovakian musicians have become an indispensable part of the Irish scene. Next Sunday at 5pm in JJ Smyth's, David Hodek (drums) leads a quartet with two of his compatriots, Andreas Varady (guitar) and Bandi Varady (bass), plus Michael Buckley (tenor sax).

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra plays in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow, next Sunday night.

They'll be back in town on December 7 to join Rick Margitza (tenor sax) in the Grand Social, Liffey Street.

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