International Jazz Day 2016

2016_Twitter_Cover_1500x500In my role as Artistic Director of Sligo Jazz Project I am proud to be promoting Ireland’s biggest International Jazz Day celebrations on April 30 2016. Will try to post some photos and videos of the great day… there are 7 separate events, starting at 11am in Lyons Café and ending late night in Tricky’s McGarrigles. David Lyttle headlines with a wonderful trio of my friend and mentor, world renowned bassist John Goldsby and saxophonist Tom Harrison. Also performing are Sligo Academy of Music Jazz Orchestra under the wonderful leadership of Stan Burns and Con Schmaucks, they will raise money for the North West Hospice, so please support their performance  from 2-4pm at Quayside Shopping Centre!

Music Generation & Sligo Chamber Music Festival have a workshop at 2pm in the Model focussing on improv and composition, and The Old Market Street Swing Band play Hargadons at 4.  My trio The Eddie Lee 3 will perform on two of these, featuring Ciaran Wilde on sax & clarinet and Patrick Gilbert on piano. The night finishes in Trickys with a double header, David’s trio followed by the Soul Collective to party into the night.

Lots of great music on offer, this took some work but will be worth it! The full jazz day line up is on the Sligo Jazz website here.

David Lyttle

Eddie Lee 3

Tom Harrison Quartet - Splinter Jazz 5th April 2015
Tom Harrison

John Goldsby

The Old Market St Swing Band Photo by Colin Gillen
The Old Market St Swing Band Photo by Colin Gillen

Sligo Academy of Music Jazz Orchestra
Sligo Academy of Music Jazz Orchestra

Coney Island again

IMG_2811IMG_2876January 2015: I have been back on Coney Island again, returning to the lovely artists’ house with my friend and colleague David Lyttle. I co-wrote the Barinthus Suite there with David a couple of years ago, it was an arts council commission from the Hawk’s Well Theatre for that year’s jazz festival and was very inspired by the landscape, the area of Strandhill, Culleenamore and of course Coney Island and Rosses Point. This time we again had fun writing without any constrictions. The highlight was a quirky little song about the Metal Man, a famous Sligo Bay landmark, standing between Coney Island and Rosses Point, which we could see from our window. His story is interesting, he’s been standing out there since before the famine, guiding ships to port.

The Metal Man is out there somewhere!
The Metal Man is out there somewhere!

Coney is a very inspiring place to work. It is near home for me, but yet when the tide is in, you know you are going nowhere and the sense of isolation can be very powerful. I certainly find it works in getting creative juices flowing. I spent two periods of work there with NoCrows, writing and arranging for our last CD, and fell in love with the place. David has a new CD coming out soon, he’s very excited about that, and it has a lot of great collaborations including Joe Lovano and Duke Special. He’s a great guy to work with, immensely talented but extremely humble and a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to our next trip to the island.