Limerick Jazz Quartet has come together to perform the music of John Coltrane. It promises to be a memorable night featuring the talents of four of the most experienced musicians on the Irish jazz scene.
Joe O’Callaghan (guitar) has played with a many of the top musicians in the jazz scene in Ireland and abroad and is also a founding member of the band Firm Routes. Steve Hanks (reeds and percussion) was one of the leading members of the Black Magic Big Band in Galway for many years and has musical interests extending to folk musics from around the world. Multi-instrumentalist Bryan Meehan (keyboards) is well known to Limerick audiences for his varied talents, which encompass numerous assignments as music director and as leader of his own big band. John Daly (drums) has played in many different musical situations and is also a founding member of Firm Routes. He is a well know teacher in the City and is the current Chairperson of Limerick Jazz Society.
The members of the Limerick Jazz Quartet have a lot of experience as composers and arrangers, and are also teach with Limerick Jazz Workshop, which runs from Sept to May each year at the Learning Hub Limerick.
The influence Coltrane has had on music spans many different genres and musicians. Coltrane’s massive influence on jazz, both mainstream and avant-garde, began during his lifetime and continued to grow after his death. He is one of the most dominant influences on post-1960 jazz saxophonists and has inspired an entire generation of jazz musicians. In 1965, he was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame. In 1972, A Love Supreme was certified gold by the RIAA for selling over half a million copies in Japan. This album, as well as My Favorite Things, was certified gold in the United States in 2001. In 1982