There is nothing to beat the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and its outstanding soloists from all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All of the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known members of the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra all their well honed skills as they perform arrangements from the great International writers and Irish composers.
Ciaran Wilde and Mark Adams founded the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and it began as a big band in 2007 to enable students at the Ballymun Wind Project to see and hear what a big band would look like as an encouragement to them in their studies.
After a performance in the IMC tent at the Electric Picnic in 2008 the band had two residencies since then in the Button Factory in Dublin’s Temple Bar in the Summer and Autumn of 2009. It began another residency in the Button Factory in Dublin in February which has continued throughout the year. In September the orchestra began a residency in the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin where it plays for dancing every Sunday night.
This year the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra has appeared twice on the Late Late Show on RTE with the singers Mary Coughlan and Jerry Fish.
Also this year the orchestra has played at the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of World Cultures in July, the Kilkenny Arts Festival in August and the Culture Night in September and will perform in three concerts at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival in October.
The members of this orchestra have played with many great jazz musicians from America and Europe such as:-
Bobby Wellins, Tina May, James Williams, Georgie Fame, Guy Barker, Scott Hamilton, Jon Faddis, Brad Mehldau, Louis Stewart, Bobby Watson, Alan Barnes, Stacey Kent, Christine Tobin, Harry Allen, Roy Williams, Spike Robinson, Joe Temperley, George Masso, John Wadham, Mike Nielsen, Greg Osby, Claire Martin, John Taylor, Mihály Borbély, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, Steve Arguelles, Florian Ross, Gilad Atzmon, Sean Carpio, Furio di Castri, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Carroll, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Sid Lawrence Orchestra, ‘Back to Basie’ Big Band and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain,
The members have also performed with other artists such as:-
Van Morrison, Ronnie Drew, Shane McGowan, Dana, Johnny Logan, Amy Winehouse, Emer Mayock, Cora Venus Lunny, Sharon Shannon, The Commitments Band, The Waterboys, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Film Orchestra, Wexford Opera, Cyprus State Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The personnel of the orchestra is:
Reeds: Alex Mathias(tenor sax), Derek O’Connor(tenor sax), CiaranWilde(alto sax), Nick Roth(alto sax), Robert Geraghty(baritone sax).
Trombones: Jim Clarke(trombone), Karl Ronan(trombone), Barry McBrien(trombone), Paul Frost(bass trombone & vocals)
Trumpets: Danny Healy(trumpet), Ray Martin(trumpet), Eamon Nolan(trumpet, Mark Adams(trumpet & vocals).
Rhythm Section:Phil Ware(piano), Hugh Buckley(guitar), Cormac O’Brien(double bass), Shane O’Donovan(drums).