[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] 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] 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.


[ARCHIVE] Ian Shaw and Phil Ware Trio: Dolans Upstairs, Jan 18th (Adm €15)


“Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards in 2007 and 2004, and nominated in the Best UK Vocalist category at the JazzFM awards in 2013, Ian Shaw has already amassed a number of highly acclaimed internationally released albums and is a popular performer both in the UK and the US. He has been cited, along with Mark Murphy and Kurt Elling, as one of the world’s finest male jazz vocalists.

Ian currently presents The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show for JazzFM in the UK (and he hosted the inaugural JazzFM Jazz Awards in January 2013). The show is also broadcast on JazzFM91 (Canada) and Jazz901 (Rochester NY) and a special two-hour version forms the monthly-changing British Airways jazz show. Ian’s special “in conversation” guests have included Al Jarreau, Kenny Garrett, Patti Austin, Ruby Turner, Van Morrison, Fred Wesley and Marlena Shaw.
In the summer of 2015 Ian signed to Harmonia Mundi’s Jazz Village label and recorded his first album The Theory Of Joy for them, which was released in February this year (see reviews). A tour of the Far East and the UK is to follow.
Ian will be joined by his good friends The Phil Ware Trio.