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.
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.
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.