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Enjoy jazz?

On december 12 at the Vintage Room in The Workman’s Club, Wellington, Quay, Dublin 2.

Aoife Concannon writes:

Improvised Music Company (IMC) wrap up a year of their monthly WAX ON series with a special Christmas edition presenting the music and life stories of the iconic artists of jazz, this time focused on both the popular and obscure Christmas recordings from the jazz canon.

Join Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin and his expert panel for a festive WAX ON listening party in the cosy Vintage Room, listening to some much loved Christmas jazz classics from the likes of Nat King Cole and Ella FitzGerald with panel chats about the stories behind their recordings, as well as some less expected seasonal offerings from Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Dexter Gordon and others.

Any excuse.

Improvised Music Company


The Great Balloon RaceCork folk/psychedelic

What you may need to know…

01. Last time we checked in with The Great Balloon Race, they’d just released single Chocolate Beans, a venture into jazzier climes.

02. They’ve finally put the last bits in order for their second album, Gently, Gently, releasing via May 5th on Leeside label KantCope.

03. Streaming above is the live video of Daryl and John, filmed by Blair Massie, as featured on the new long-player.

04. Catch them live on May 5th at Coughlan’s on Douglas Street, Cork, launching the long-player. Available for digital download or in a cassette/download bundle.

Thoughts: First thoughts on listening to the album in advance are those of a band finding their feet and moving with assurance into new waters.

The Great Balloon Race


Auxiliary PhoenixCarlow beats/jams

What you may need to know…

01. Whether working solo or at the centre of a live trio, James Strain, aka Auxiliary Phoenix, specialises in jazzy, hazy beats.

02. New single Night Light features the vocal talents of hip-hop legend Vast Aire, one-half of Cannibal Ox and former collaborator of Run the Jewels’ El-P, as well as Delaware MC Gentle Jones.

03. Streaming above is the VHS-riffing lyric video, premiered via Nialler9 last week.

04. It’s taken from upcoming EP Power Cosmic, available later in Spring via Dublin tape-based label Little L Recordings.

Thoughts: A polished yet relaxed effort that manages to breathe easy under the weight of the star-power of its featurees.

Auxiliary Phoenix


Robocobra Quartetjazzy hardcore from Belfast

What you may need to know…

01. Despite their designation as a quartet, sax-laden spoken-word hardcore outfit Robocobra Quartet call on any of fourteen members for their incendiary live excursions.

02. Having gigged on the regular since 2014, the collective have done the festival grind, including Electric Picnic and Brilliant Corners Jazz fest, as well as having released a limited lathe-cut 7″ via Smalltown America.

03. Streaming above is the band’s debut album in its entirety, Music for All Occasions, recorded in studios and venues around Belfast city.

04. Available now in various formats from their Bandcamp. Having finished the UK/NI swing of their album launch, more UK/IE dates are likely for next year.

Verdict: Dour, downtuned, swaggering post-hardcore as a framework for world-weary spoken word broadsides.

Robocobra Quartet


The ECM Weekender – a festival of jazz and related visuals, now that the other big jazz weekend is out of the way.

Writes Tina Darb:

We are delighted to present our second ECM weekend, having worked closely with ECM in Munich to put together the concerts and films that make up this very special celebration of a label whose contribution to Music and to Culture is vast, and whose output and excellence is prodigious and truly unique.

Launching, and going, all next weekend at the Triskel Christchurch in Cork.

ECM Weekender

REPRO FREE Provision 160916 At the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Oct. 28th-31st) programme launch in Cork City Hall : Oliver Elholtz and Clare Sands of the Clare Sands trio with Gemma Bell , Spnsorship Manager Guinness Pic Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Oliver Elholtz and Clare Sands (Clare Sands Trio), with Gemma Bell (Cork Jazz Manager, middle)

The Cork Jazz Festival had its formal launch last night with a reception at City Hall.

Over a thousand musicians from twenty countries will take to over sixty venues over the course of four days throughout the October Bank Holiday weekend.

Louise Kearney, writes:

This year, American jazz pianist Justin Kauflin will open the festival at The Everyman on Friday,  October 28, in a powerful double bill with contemporary jazz star Jacob Collier.

Other jazz sensations include Grammy Award winner, Robert Glasper, top American jazz vibist Jason Marsalis, Sheryl Bailey, The Hot Club of Cowtown and Kurt Rosenwinkel

In addition to the jazz the Irish pop rock band Picture This will open an eclectic series of concerts at Cork Opera House on Friday 28th October, followed by an array of top attractions including Mexican superstars Rodrigo y Gabriela, hit makers BellX1, Cork soul sensation Brian Deady, and folk legend Loudon Wainwright III.

Any excuse

More in the ‘sheet in the coming weeks.