JAZZ fusion group Spectrum, led by Derek O'Connor on tenor sax, makes a return to the live stage at JJ Smyth's in Dublin tomorrow night.
Formerly with the European Jazz Orchestra, O'Connor is a versatile player who has also worked with such greats as Paul Brady and Van Morrison. Jimmy Smyth (guitar), Paul Moore (bass) and Tom McDermott (drums) complete the quartet.
Honor Heffernan and the Jim Doherty Trio are the musical equivalent of comfort food, just the thing for winter. On Tuesday week, January 25, in the John Field room of the NCH they have a new title for their latest 'Old-Fashioned' concert: 'Ds You Have Loved'. The Ds in question are Matt Dennis, Howard Dietz, Walter Donaldson and Vernon Duke. It's worth the admission price alone just to hear Honor's heartfelt treatment of Angel Eyes; but then you also get My Baby Just Cares For Me, Autumn in New York and many more -- plus Jim's stories and witty anecdotes.
On the same night, Emilie Conway (vocals) and the Brazilian Jazz Trio play in the International Bar, Wicklow Street, from 9pm to 11.30pm. The trio consists of Robson Rocha (guitar), Dave Mooney (bass) and Andre Antunes (drums).
Also in the International Bar every Thursday night, the Alex Mathias Perspective is the tenor-player's latest group, with Leopoldo Osio (piano), Dan Callaghan (double bass) and Tommy Gray (drums). There's no cover charge, but an €8 donation is requested which will go directly to the musicians.
Harmonica player Ray Preston has been keeping a low profile lately, but he has just finished a CD and will launch in the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, on Friday, January 28. Influenced by the great Toots Thielemans, Ray's virtuoso harmonica-playing has to be heard to be believed.