Jazz scene drums up some unmissable dates for the diary
BOB Whelan brings his own special touch to everything he sings, from American songbook standards, to vocal versions of Thelonious Monk. The gifted Dublin singer now has a residency on Wednesdays in O'Reilly's Pub, Seafort Avenue, Sandymount, as part of a group called the Swing Factory. They play from 9pm, and admission is free.
On Thursday nights, Isotope remains faithful to its long-running residency in JJ Smyth's. The musicians vary. Next Thursday, Isotope pays tribute to the great Charlie Parker, who co-invented bebop with Dizzy Gillespie.
On Sunday March 20, Newpark Music Centre comes to JJ's to present a special guest, Ralph Peterson (drums). Born in New Jersey, he began playing drums at the age of three. In JJ's he will perform with Michael Buckley (tenor sax), Chris Guilfoyle (guitar) and Ronan Guilfoyle (bass).
On Monday March 21 in Waterford, Alex Mathias begins a countrywide tour with a tribute to John Coltrane.
One absolutely unmissable date for your diary is the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra's concert in the National Concert Hall on March 27. Ciaran Wilde (alto sax) is the leader, and two guest singers will join the band; Christine Tobin and Mary Coughlan.