Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mixed bag by City Jazz troupe

Grainne Farren

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra got off to a late start in the Mermaid Arts Centre on Friday, June 7, waiting for some of the musicians who came to Bray from an earlier event.

In the meantime, Edel Meade and Hugh Buckley stepped into the breach to keep things moving. A sensitive treatment of Billie Holiday's God Bless the Child was the highlight of their set.

David O'Rourke (guitar, arrangements), home from New York, conducted the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, which was augmented by a flute, two French horns and a tuba. The concert was a mixed bag: some of the arrangements were on the heavy side, and the band sounded under-rehearsed considering it had been on tour. The most successful numbers were Kurt Weill's My Ship, with a flute solo by Elizabeth Pectu, and Miles Davis's So What, with Cormac O'Brien (double bass) and Paul Dunlea (trombone).

Honor Heffernan appeared as a guest and sang five songs. She is essentially a small-group singer, and the accompaniments worked best when only part of the band was playing. Her own composition Once Upon A Time had an attractive arrangement by David O'Rourke with a flute intro and a lovely muted trombone solo by Paul Dunlea.

A colourful O'Rourke original, Rolling Hills, featured two clarinets, bass clarinet, flute and two guitars. A mid-tempo flyer, Line for JP, was dedicated to the US trumpeter Jeremy Pelt, with Danny Healy doing the solo honours.

Greg Lloyd (piano), Dave Redmond (double bass), Kevin Brady (drums) and Frialan Moran (percussion) bring their irresistible sense of rhythm to the Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, next Saturday night.

Irish Independent

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