Jacob Deaton Trio – November 5

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Jazz guitarist from the USA, Jacob Deaton, plays Upstairs in Dolan’s for the Limerick Jazz Society on Wednesday 5th November.

Jacob Deaton is busy in the states with bandleader Jonas Smith who got to the live finals of America’s Got Talent in 2014. Jacob is a well known jazz and session musician in Atlanta and comes to Ireland for the first time as a bandleader where he will be supported by Andrew Csibi on double bass and Kevin Lawlor on drums.

Deaton is one of the most in demand guitarists in South-East America and has had great success with his third solo album ‘My Home’ that peaked with headlining the 2013 Atlanta Jazz Festival. ‘My Home’ represents Jacob’s feelings of growing up in his home state of Indiana. “This record was a reflection of where I’ve come from and where I am now. Originally I grew up on acoustic based music and now I’m a jazz musician. This record was meant to merge the two into one cohesive musical expression” says Jacob.


Jacob Deaton’s debut offering Tribulation has the springiness of John Coltrane, the harmonious flow of Charlie Parker, and the nocturnal ethers of Thelonious Monk.
Deeply engrossed in the music, Deaton and his band revitalizes straight ahead jazz
with a contemporary glint and a touch of adult-pop fare

– Susan Frances, Yahoo!

Tribulation is a stellar debut release for this Indiana native and Atlanta
resident and proves you don’t necessarily have to go to New York to make
a name for yourself.

– Brent Black, Critical Jazz

Jazz & Guitar Lessons

Lessons in all GENERAL aspects of jazz for all instruments/vocalists.

Theory/harmony/composition/scales/ rhythm/transcription etc…Beginner to advanced level.

Also lessons in guitar for all styles.

4 lessons over 6 weeks from July 7th

Pick any 4 weeks over this 6 week period to have the lessons, which will be on MONDAYS at the Peter Dee Academy of Music, Limerick.

4 x 40 minute individual lessons for 90 euros.

More details from Joe O’Callaghan.



Get 50% Discount Off Ahmad Jamal at Vicar St.

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Ahmad Jamal is playing Vicar Street on the 24th January 2014.
As a special offer The promoter of the Concert, Teddy D Promotions, is offering a limited number of Standing Room Tickets for the Show at 50% Discount. The tickets are being offered through Ticketmaster. Just click on the link below and fill in the Promotional code: 9666

WIN 2 tickets to see Ahmad Jamal on 24th January!



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‘Because there’s no one like him, he’s immune to fashion and thus always up to date. We’re lucky to have him.’ – The Guardian, September 2013

American jazz superstar Ahmad Jamal brings his legendary show to Dublin’s Vicar Street on Friday 24th January 2014.

Considered to be a true living legend of jazz, Ahmad Jamal has been creating and performing music for six decades. The eighty three year old began his musical journey aged three and has honed his prodigious talent ever since. His work has influenced and informed some of the greatest musicians in the world including Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.

Quite simply, Ahmad Jamal is a game-changer; he transformed what went before and influenced all that came after.  His gift elevates jazz to American Classical Music, a subject that Mr Jamal is passionate about.

In 2007 Ahmad Jamal was named ‘Living Jazz Legend’ by the Kennedy Centre for The Performing Arts in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the genre.

Ahmed Jamal’s music is as relevant today as it was when he released his ground breaking interpretation of ‘Poinciana’ in 1963.  His influence can be felt in the work of some of the most successful American contemporary artists including Jay Z, who samples 1974’s ‘Pastures’ in his track  ‘Feelin’ It’. ‘They Say’ by Common featuring John Legend samples Jamal’s 1973 track ‘Ghetto Child’. Academy Award winner, Clint Eastwood featured ‘Poinciana’ in his 1995 movie, ‘The Bridges of Madison County’.

Mr Jamal’s Vicar Street concert on 24th January is set to be a highlight of the Irish cultural calendar in 2014 and is one of only five performances scheduled for Mr Jamal in Europe next year.  Mr Jamal last performed in Dublin in March 2002.

The artist’s most recent album, ‘Saturday Morning’ was released to great acclaim in September this year and was voted Jazz Album of The Year by the Sunday Times.

‘Whether on standards from the American songbook or latterly on his own compositions, Jamal goes in search of the perfect phrase. His rhythm section, meanwhile, gets so deep into the groove that when the phrase comes, it sparkles like a precious stone polished on a wheel.’

Click here for the full Irish Times Review.

‘…his piano playing is so packed with ideas and sudden changes of direction that you take for granted the remarkable technique that makes all this invention possible. Because there’s no one like him, he’s immune to fashion and thus always up to date. We’re lucky to have him.’

Click here to read The Guardian’s full album review.

‘The pianist Ahmad Jamal, now 83, is currently on such a roll: his previous album, Blue Moon, was followed by a Barbican concert earlier this year that led to widespread accusations of genius’

Click here to read The Independent’s full album review.

Ahmed Jamal has garnered many awards and fellowships during his long and distinguished career.  A full list of his achievements can be found at Ahmad Jamal Official Website.

For more information and interview requests please contact:

Eithne Mooney, eithne.mooney@gmail.com, telephone: 0879271140
Dominic Reilly, Teddy D Promotions, dominicreilly@iol.ie, telephone: 0876487543

WIN Tickets to Lawrence Hobgood for Sat 30th Nov at LIT

Lawrence Hobgood plays L.I.T. this Saturday and we have 2 tickets to give away! All you have to do is go to Facebook and like and share the picture to put put into the draw!
Competition closes Friday.

Laurence Hobgood began formal piano study at age 6 in Dallas, TX where his father was chairman of the SMU theatre program. At age 12 he was introduced to Blues music through his family’s church. Several years later, after moving to Illinois, he began formal training in Jazz music. He attended the University of Illinois where he played for three years in the “A” jazz ensemble led by John Garvey. During that time his classical study continued with Ian Hobson.

After moving to Chicago in 1988, he established a local presence leading his own quintet and joining forces with some of Chicago’s premier players like Ed Peterson, Fareed Haque, and most importantly Paul Wertico. The group, Trio New, with Hobgood, Wertico, and bassist Eric Hochberg, played to critical acclaim and established a serious connection with Wertico that spans many projects and ensembles.

Hobgood received three consecutive fellowships to perform in the Aspen Music Festival’s 90, 91 and 92 seasons. There he played with Clark Terry, Gary Burton, Eddie Daniels, Sheila Jordon, Bob Mintzer, and Mark Whitfield among others.

In 1993 Hobgood met vocalist Kurt Elling and began a collaboration that resulted in Elling’s signing with the storied Blue Note label; with Hobgood as his co-producer and musical director Elling received Grammy nominations for each of his first three Blue Note releases. The two became great friends and were named 1995 Chicagoans of The Year in the Arts by the Chicago Tribune. They’ve toured the world several times and achieved climbed both the Billboard Jazz and airplay charts.

In 1996 Hobgood joined with Wertico and bassist Brian Torff to form a new trio called Union, who enjoyed a duo of releases on Naim Label in the 90s.

Since then, Hobgood has made taken time out from busy touring, writing and recording schedules with Elling to record three further headlining projects for Naim. Everybody who witnesses the Laurence Hobgood Trio supporting Kurt Elling live, agree, that Laurence Hobgood is the single most under-rated and ridiculously talented US jazz musician of his generation. All About Jazz describe Hobgood as “one of the finest pianists out there. Period.”

Olivia Trummer 9th October

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Dolans, Upstairs, October 9th

Olivia Trummer, following a magnificent debut in Ireland at the
12 Points Jazz Festival, Dublin in February this year continues
on a nationwide tour in Dolan’s Upstairs.

She is a multi talented artist – a superb pianist aligned
with a magnificent vocal ability who also composes and produces
albums of original work.

Olivia has performed with many notable figures including Bobby
McFerrin and has appeared in Carnegie Hall. She divides her
time between Germany and New York where she has just recorded
her most recent album.

She has won the Federal Young Musician of the year award on no
less then five occasions.

A night of charm, sophistication and elegance is what’s in store.

Not to be missed.
“Pianist that sings or singer that plays, it’s hard to favour
one or the other, for she’s seriously talented at both……..
Olivia Trummer is the future of Jazz” – Jazz Podium

“Young, gifted & German” – Jazzthing, 2006.

“Trummer is a gifted pianist, with a vocal that’s crystal
clear……..The set is a welcome, elegant touch of class” –
The Irish Times

Piano/Vocal: Olivia Trummer
Double Bass: Dave Redmond
Drums: Kevin Brady

Presented by Teddy D Promotions
Supported by the Goethe-Institut.

Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor UCH March 3






Tickets: €25 / Conc. €22.50 / Family (4) €50

Box Office 061 331549 / www.uch.ie



On Monday March 4th, world-renowned Australian “fingerstyle” acoustic guitarists Tommy Emmanuel, CGP, and Britain’s Martin Taylor, MBE, will release their highly anticipated collaboration album – “The Colonel & The Governor” on Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings. The new album coincides with the Irish and UK tour of the same name; “The Colonel & The Governor,” which comes to University Concert Hall on Sunday 3rd March.

The concept behind the acoustic duet album originated from a simple idea: find songs that Tommy and Martin love and come up with arrangements that could allow both of them to, as Tommy Emmanuel says, “fly their own our kites,” and have some fun playing together in the process.

Tommy’s relationship with Martin goes back to the early 90s when Tommy first discovered him on Australian television. “I was so amazed by his playing,” recalls Tommy. “I rang the TV station and they gave me his hotel details. I immediately rang him and invited him to play with me at a beautiful theatre in Sydney. We hit it off like brothers and musically had a wonderful chemistry.”

“Martin likes to have as much fun as I do on stage – that’s important to me. I have learned so much from Martin, as he comes from a jazz background and I come from a country and rock background. I think we both have a strong love of melody and arrangement that allows our playing to interweave effortlessly and sometimes it feels like time stands still when we are playing together. Martin once introduced me on stage as “the abominable showman” – I have always called him “The Governor”.

On the new album Martin played his signature Maestro jazz guitar, while Tommy played his 1930 Martin 017 Mahogany guitar for some of the tracks and a Godin 5th Avenue guitar for the rest. On Tommy’s solo track, “Secret Love”, he used a Maton custom EGB808. Both guitarists were miked and plugged in as well.

“It was fun and challenging to record to make,” says Tommy. “It’s honest and in your face playing. Martin swings like a member of the Basie Big Band and phrases like a pioneer of jazz. The album was skillfully and sensitively recorded and produced by Kim Person.”