Autumn Jazz Balbriggan is a one-day mini-festival that runs from 11.45 this morning till late tonight. It is worth getting there early to hear Stella Bass (vocals) and Hugh Buckley (guitar) in Molly's Coffee Gallery. Stella is a fine singer with a relaxed stage presence, whose concert last June in the Sugar Club created a stir. She performs with the exuberantly swinging Hot House Big Band on Monday nights in the Mercantile. Don't forget to buy a copy of her CD Too Darn Hot.
A group called Bobcat will play from 1.15 to 3 pm in the Laveer Restaurant, Bracken Court, while 3 DB are in The Harvest from 2 to 4 pm. Patrick Collins plays gypsy-style violin in the Central from 5 to 7 pm.
Finally, Hugh Buckley returns at 8.30 pm, this time to back the one and only Honor Heffernan in the Bracken Court Hotel. These two musical soulmates have been winning hearts and minds from Listowel back to Dun Laoghaire in recent months.
Those who are still at the Limerick Jazz Festival can enjoy the Crisis Point Big Band this afternoon at 2 pm in the Pegasus Room, Clarion Hotel. The band features Julian Siegel and Richie Buckley (saxes) with Keith McDonald and Conor J. Ryan (vocals). The supporting act is the Galway Youth Big Band.
Zrazy plays an outdoor gig this afternoon at Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, from 2 to 4 pm. Children are welcome, and there's a picnic area plus food on sale.
Looking ahead to next Sunday afternoon, the Louis Stewart Quartet is back in JJ Smyth's for its monthly gig.