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Thursday 26 April 2018

Dine out on the music of Count Basie


Grainne Farren

THE House, Main Street, Howth, is offering jazz and dinner for €15 every Wednesday night from 8pm to 10pm. Good value, especially when the jazz element consists of Rock Fox (baritone sax) and Hugh Buckley (guitar). They will play the music of Count Basie there this Wednesday.

Can Basie's majestic big band numbers be arranged for a duo? Well, if anyone can do it, these two can. Rock Fox has been a vital part of Irish jazz since the Fifties, while Hugh lives up to the late James Williams's description of him as "one of the brighter stars in the constellation of jazz in his part of the world".

Hugh Buckley's regular group, Isotope, continues to play in JJ Smyth's on Thursday nights. This is Dublin's longest-running residency, with Richie Buckley (tenor sax), Myles Drennan (piano), Damian Evans (bass) and Shane O'Donovan (drums). Now competing with Isotope on Thursdays is another guitar-led group with John Moriarty, Cormac O'Brien and Sean Carpio. The venue is Slattery's, Rathmines.

Zrazy's city centre residency has come to an end, but they can be heard in the John Field Room, National Concert Hall, at lunchtime next Friday. Maria Walsh (vocals/flute) and Carole Nelson (piano) will be backed by Andrew Czibi (double bass) and Dominic McMullen (drums). In the meantime, Arena on RTE Radio 1 will include a short feature on Zrazy on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

Music Network is inviting young jazz musicians to apply for the Young Musicwide Award 2010. The award this year is open to jazz ensembles of any instrumentation up to a maximum of five people. The closing date for completed applications is Monday, July 5. The winning group will be offered several concerts and will have the opportunity to record a CD. Previous jazz ensembles to receive the award were Organics (2004) and Trihornophone (2007).

Application forms are available on www.musicnetwork.ie.

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