Sue Rynhart – Wed, Nov 28, 21:15 – €10 (Dolan’s Upstairs)

Sue Rynhart

€10 – Dolan’s Upstairs 

Doors 20:45, Gig 21:15

Sue Rynhart – Vocals
Darragh O’Kelly – Keys
Dan Bodwell – Double Bass
Matthew Jacobson – Drums

Limerick Jazz Society presents Sue Rynhart (voice) with Darragh O’Kelly (keys & synths), Dan Bodwell (double bass) & Matthew Jacobson (drums).

Dublin Vocalist and Composer Sue Rynhart’s debut album ‘Crossings’ was nominated ‘Best Jazz Album’ in the Irish Times Ticket Awards 2014. ‘Signals’ is currently reaching International critical acclaim from publications and radio including; All About Jazz USA, Salt Peanuts Scandinavia, The Irish Times, Folk Radio UK, RTÉ and BBC Radio Ulster and London Jazz News.

Sue has performed at many International Festivals including the Jazzycolors Festival in Paris, the Electric Picnic, Bray Jazz Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Beatroot Roots Festival Belfast, Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival Belfast, Waterford New Music Week, Drogheda Arts Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Liverpool Three Festivals Tall Ships Regatta, the Liverpool Irish Festival and at the Main auditorium in the National Concert Hall, Dublin for the Perspectives Jazz Festival as a support act for the late ECM Trumpeter Tomasz Stanko.

“Beautiful vocalist…wonderful composition”

“These are beautifully sculpted vignettes that seduce on multiple levels. She’s only two albums in, but already S. Rynhart sounds like one of the most original emerging voices in the hazy world where folk, improvisation and contemporary song entwine”
– All About Jazz

“Sue Rynhart’s poetic creativity seemingly knows no bounds, blending her cultural roots with an oblique, contemporary vision. An absolute joy to be present.”
– London Jazz News

This tour is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland and Sue is supported by Improvised Music Company supports.


Ronan Guilfoyle: ‘Life Cycle’ – Thu, Nov 15 – 21:15 – €10 (Dolan’s Upstairs)

Ronan Guilfoyle – ‘Life Cycle’

€10 – Dolan’s Upstairs

Doors 20:45, Gig 21:15

Ronan Guilfoyle – bass
Michael Buckley – drums
Chris Guilfoyle – guitar
Jim Black – Drums

In March 2018 Ronan Guilfoyle, one of Ireland’s leading composers and jazz musicians, and a major figure in Irish musical life for several decades, reached the milestone of turning 60 years of age. To celebrate and mark the occasion, Ronan has composed a suite of music called ‘Life Cycle, and has assembled a world class ensemble to perform it.

Ronan has had a very full and creative life – married at a young age, self taught as a musician yet ended up writing music for symphony orchestras, touring the world with some of the greatest musicians in jazz, recording more than 50 albums, and founding Ireland’s first non-classical performance degree programme. The Life Cycle suite will explore Ronan’s life, both personal and musical, and will represent it though the medium of jazz composition and performance

The group performing the suite will include Ireland’s finest saxophonist Michael Buckley, Ronan’s son Chris who is making a name for himself as a leading Irish jazz musician in his own right, and the great US drummer Jim Black
“Despite our best efforts to contol it, our lives are often improvised as we deal with everyday occurrences. ‘Life Cycle’ will also be both composed and improvised, and in so doing will mirror both the controlled aspects of our lives and the spontaneity necessarily contained within it. The audience will hear material that is the same each night, as well as improvised music that will only occur on the nights they are there – unique moments in their lives as well as ours. My, and our life cycle is a combination of planned and unplanned events, with many surprises along the way – this piece will reflect that aspect of all our life cycles.”

Ronan Guilfoyle
“The godfather of the Irish contemporary jazz scene”
Irish Times


[ARCHIVE] Myriad3- Wed, Oct 24 – €10 (Dolan’s Upstairs)


€10 – Dolan’s Upstairs 

Myriad3 was an accident. Chris, Dan, and Ernesto had never played together until a few substitutions and a twist of fate put them on stage together for the first time in late 2010. Since then, the trio has completed multiple tours of Canada, the US and Europe, including a performance at Ronnie Scott’s International Jazz Piano Trio Festival, a tour of Canadian jazz festivals in 2014 and a showcase performance at Jazzahead! in Bremen, Germany.
The band is a true collective. Each member acts simultaneously as a leader and as a sideman. They play mostly original music that features different aspects of jazz improvisation, ensemble performance and contemporary composition. The band has released 4 albums on Alma Records/UniversalTell (2012); The Where (2014); Tell((Chip)) (2015); and Moons (2016.) The Where was nominated for a Juno Award and a Sirius Radio XM Indie Music Award in 2015.


[ARCHIVE] Vein Trio- Thur, Sep 6 – €10 (Dolan’s Upstairs)

Vein Trio

€10 – Dolan’s Upstairs 

Michael Arbenz – piano
Thomas Lähns – bass
Florian Arbenz – drums

“One of Europe’s most exciting ensembles”, according to John Fordham, of The Guardian, over the past decade the Basel-based VEIN Trio has established an enviable reputation among jazz audiences for both stylistic diversity and technical accomplishment, blending the complexity of European classical chamber music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation at its most sophisticated. All three players are classically trained, and musical leadership is equally shared, creating a fluid, cosmopolitan sound.

The group has released an album nearly every year since its formation and gained
recognition for long-term collaborations with star veteran soloists including trombonist
Glenn Ferris and saxophonists Greg Osby, Dave Liebman and Andy Sheppard. VEIN’s music is composed by all three members of the trio. Originals are balanced with adaptations of both the classical and jazz traditions, such as the acclaimed album VEIN Plays Ravel (2017).
“Nice work, get it! Incredibly creative piano trio.”
– Rolling Stone

“This set captures the core group’s inspired fusion of traditional jazz-trio methods and wittily deconstructivist impulses…a focused and dynamically creative set.”
– The Guardian, John Fordham

[ARCHIVE] Limerick Jazz Workshop – Tues, May 8, 19:00 – €5 (Dolan’s Upstairs)

Limerick Jazz Workshop

€5 – Dolan’s Upstairs 

Gig 19:00

Limerick Jazz Society presents Sue Rynhart (voice) with Darragh O’Kelly (keys & synths), Dan Bodwell (double bass) & Matthew Jacobson (drums).

Limerick Jazz Workshop will host its Summer performance on Tuesday, May 8 at Dolan’s Upstairs.The workshop enters its 11 year and will feature students from juniors to adults.
7 ensembles including 3 vocalists will be featured on the night.
To date, this has been a phenomenal success, mainly due to the vision and hard work done by founder Ed Hansom and a great teaching staff.
We hope you will come and support this great night of music.
Finger food will be served.

[ARCHIVE] Sons of Kermet – Wed, March 7, 21:15 (Dolan’s Warehouse)

Sons of Kermet

Dolan’s Warehouse
Gig 20:30

Shabaka Hutchings – Saxophone
Theon Cross – Tuba
Tom Skinner: Drums
Eddie Hicks – Drums

MOBO award-winners Sons of Kemet is a rambunctious double-drumming quartet led by saxophonist/clarinettist Shabaka Hutchings, creating a revolutionary mix of jazz, rock, dub and Caribbean folk.

Hutchings draws on a motley collection of influences, bringing links to early Caribbean and Rastafarian music, Afrobeat rhythms and funky New Orleans brass into play. This intriguing melting pot is fuelled by the voracious beats of the two drummers Tom Skinner and Eddie Hick, overlaid with Theon Cross’s versatile tuba playing, which lends both bass and melody to the tracks. Their eagerly awaited third record, Your Queen is a Reptile, will be released on 30 March on the iconic Impulse! label.

This is jazz, but perhaps not as you know it. It’s fresh, accessible, loaded with cultural capital…and you will dance.

“One of the hippest new UK bands… almost certain to dominate the ‘best of’ lists at the end of the year”
– The Guardian

“I strongly urge you to go and see this band live”
– Gilles Peterson

Subtle and tranquil 
– Dublin Jazz

[ARCHIVE] Carole Nelson Trio – Wed, Feb 21, 21:15 – €10 (Dolan’s Upstairs)

Carole Nelson Trio: Winter Tour 2018

€10 – Dolan’s Upstairs
Doors 20:45, Gig 21:15

Carole Nelson – piano, soprano saxophone, text
Cormac O’Brien – bass
Dominic Mullan- drums

Following the release of their debut CD One Day In Winter, the Carole Nelson Trio have dates lined up for an Irish Winter 2018 tour. Long at the creative hub of multi award-winning group Zrazy, Carole has turned her attention to the stripped back form of the jazz trio. One Day In Winter, inspired by the South Carlow landscape, traces the arc of a winter’s day between the Barrow and the Blackstairs Mountains – a journey through a human landscape as much as a physical one – meditation, wonder, playfulness, contemplation of ageing and death, human warmth and companionship.

Glorious, free spirited jazz
– Irish Times

Subtle and tranquil 
– Dublin Jazz

[ARCHIVE] A Tribute To Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass – Dolan’s, Oct 11 (€10)

A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald & Joe Pass
Stella Bass (voice) & Hugh Buckley (guitar)

Ella Fitzgerald was – and still is – considered an American icon by the time she passed away in 1996, after a career spanning nearly sixty years. She is considered one of the most unique and innovative singers in jazz history and she sold tens of millions of albums during her career. 2017 is, of course, the centenary of Ella’s birth.
Joe Pass was an American virtuoso jazz guitarist, generally agreed to be one of the greatest of the 20th century; his innovative use of chord changes and phrasing have influenced a generation of jazz guitarists. Between 1973 and 1986, Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass recorded six albums together – four in studio and two live – the second of which would win Ella her eighth Grammy Award in 1977. The material consists mostly of classics from the Great American Songbook, many songs being reinterpretations of numbers Ella had previously recorded in different settings. These albums are still recognised today as some of the finest examples of voice/guitar duets.

Relive once again, or discover for the first time these masterpieces performed as a tribute to two bona fide legends of jazz by two of Ireland’s top jazz musicians – Hugh Buckley and Stella Bass – who perform fresh, interesting and original versions of the Fitzgerald/Pass discography.

Dublin-born Stella studied singing and piano with the RIAM, and is currently studying for a Masters degree in Music in Dublin’s Conservatory of Music. With her versatile repertoire crossing over jazz, classical and musical theatre, she is still most at home singing jazz standards.
In 2014 Stella released her album “Too Darn Hot” (featuring Hugh) to critical acclaim; it gets regular radio airplay in Ireland, the UK, the US and Germany. In fact Amy Winehouse’s mother got in touch with Stella directly to say how much she loved her album cover of Amy’s Back to Black. In Jan 2015, she performed her jazz-inspired take on the music of Stephen Sondheim, which sold out the John Field Room in the National Concert Hall; she
returned there in September that year as part of her 2-month nationwide tour celebrating Sondheim’s music. She sings with the Hot House Big Band, has recorded with the
Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, and is into the seventh year of her quartet’s Sunday residency in Dublin’s Cafe en Seine.

In 2013, Stella returned to her musical theatre roots to co-produce and perform in the Irish premiere of the hit off-Broadway show, “Shout! The Mod Musical”, which sold out its 7- week run in Dublin’s Tivoli Theatre. She also completed a sell-out Irish tour of her own one-woman, self-produced show “Smoke & Sound”, a tribute to the music and cabaret of
inter-war Berlin; featuring the songs of Kurt Weill, Berthold Brecht and Marlene Dietrich; this played once again to a sellout crowd in the NCH in 2016. She performed in London’s Pizza Express @ Pheasantry in April 2017.

SB with jazz logo.jpgElla Fitzgerald tribute in Dolans Limerick on October 11 2017


Hugh Buckley is a Dublin born and based, self-taught guitarist, composer, arranger, educator and author. He has performed throughout Europe, the US, Argentina and China, working as a sideman and also leading his own groups. He has performed with a wide array of internationally acclaimed artists including Peter Bernstein, Louis Stewart, Brad Mehldau, Bobby Wellins, Anders Bercrantz, Georgie Fame, Stacey Kent, Van Morrison, Lisa
Stansfield, Ronnie Drew, John Wadham amongst others. Besides featuring on many recordings as a sideman, Hugh has released three CDs as leader, “Yes Indeed” (1998) w/James Williams, Peter Washington, Darren Beckett, “Spirit Level” (2001) (both recorded
in NY) and “Sketches of Now” (2008). His 2014 release “The Day of the Duo” is with renowned Scottish guitarist Nigel Clark. Alongside his saxophone-playing cousins Richie and Michael, he was the subject of an hour-long TV documentary “The Living
Bridge – A Family Affair” which featured original music by all three musicians. Hugh was producer, arranger and guitarist on the 2008 platinum selling CD release by the legendary folk artist Ronnie Drew, “The Last Session – A Fond Farewell”. In 2013, Hugh launched his highly acclaimed book “The Guitar Chord Doctor”. The book deals with chord voicings and techniques for the contemporary guitarist. Hugh is the founder, organiser and host of the extremely successful and acclaimed monthly event, “The Dublin Guitar Night”. The event showcases national and international guitar players across all genres.


[ARCHIVE] Hands: Mar 7, Dolans Upstairs (Adm €12)


Dave Binney – saxophones
Chris Guilfoyle – guitar
Ronan Guilfoyle – bass
Tom Rainey – drums

Challenging and absorbing music from a maturing master

  • Irish Times

Ronan Guilfoyle’s ‘Hands’ represents both the best in contemporary jazz and its international nature. The group is comprised of two of New York’s finest musicians, and two Irish musicians – one who has forged an international career over the last 30 years, and an up-and-coming young musician now making a name for himself.

 Dave Binney is one of contemporary jazz’s finest saxophonists – always in demand, recording extensively, and extending the role of the soloist in contemporary jazz. Tom Rainey is one of most highly regarded drummers in modern music, and has a reputation for his combination of technical brilliance and creative flair, always placed at the service of the music.


[ARCHIVE] Scott Flanagan Trio: Feb 22, Dolans Upstairs (Adm €10)

Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs both locally and nationally, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen, Linley Hamilton. A keen composer and arranger, Scott received his Masters Degree in jazz performance with First Class Honours from Dublin Institute of Technology. In addition to performance, Scott is a highly sought after teacher of improvisation and jazz harmony, with over ten years experience in the classroom and practice room.

Scott’s debut CD as a leader, ‘Point Of Departure’, was released in 2015 to critical acclaim, and has received frequent air play both locally and further afield.

Three of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians make up the Scott Flanigan Trio – Scott Flanigan on piano, Dublin bass stalwart Dave Redmond, and acclaimed drummer Steve Davis. Combining contemporary and yet accessible original material with innovative takes on jazz standards, Flanigan’s trio is one of the freshest and most dynamic piano trios in Ireland.