Thursday 23 November 2017

Jazz Review: Bilk and Barber roll back the years with a Concert Hall double bill

Grainne Farren

TOMORROW night brings a choice of two concerts at opposite ends of the jazz spectrum.

It's nostalgia time in the National Concert Hall with a double bill of Acker Bilk and Chris Barber. The British bandleaders are in their 80s now and have enjoyed long careers. Barber (trombone) has best stood the test of time. The Big Chris Barber Band plays toe-tapping stuff ranging from traditional New Orleans to early Ellington. Acker Bilk (clarinet) was a star during Britain's trad revival in the 1950s. His biggest hit was Stranger on the Shore, which he refers to as his pension.

The avant-garde Claudia Quintet from New York is tomorrow's attraction in the Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay. John Hollenbeck (drums), Drew Gress (bass), Matt Moran (vibraphone), Chris Speed (clarinet, tenor sax) and Red Wierenga (accordion) have been together since 1997.

If you're looking for straight-ahead modern jazz, tuneful, accessible and swinging? Then go to JJ Smyth's this afternoon, where the American pianist Randy Ingram plays with Dave Redmond (bass) and Kevin Brady (drums). There's also Brad Mehldau to look forward to, in the National Concert Hall next Sunday night.

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