What a week is in store at Sligo Jazz 2010, 20-25 July. After concerts by three world greats, Bill Carrothers, Martin Taylor and Michael Manring, the music keeps on coming with local and national jazz acts on the Café and Pub Trail, concerts at the Model and Tobergal Lane Café and late night festival club jam sessions too, for those with good stamina only! UK's renowned Aussie jazz singer Anita Wardell returns to Sligo for the week to give masterclasses and perform at the festival on July 23 and 24. Anita's concert at the Model on friday 23 July will be recorded by RTE lyric fm for broadcast on the national airwaves. Following that concert, local hero Mike Nielsen will host a jam session with a difference. Helped by his Mallorcan friend Felip Carbonell and a rhythm section of Eddie Lee and David Lyttle, a fiery latin theme pervades the evening's jam and has fun written all over it. Expect Bossa Nova, Catalan Rumba, Samba and a few Boleros thrown in for good measure. Downstairs in the same venue hosts Friday night's Guinness Jam session featuring a host of European and Irish jazz talent. Admission for the two floors of live music is just €10. Saturday lunchtime sees the world premiere event of the week, in Tobergal Lane Cafe (1pm, €10): Guitar Generations is the first meeting of guitar legend Louis Stewart and young prodigy Andreas Varady who turns teenager during the Sligo Jazz Festival! They are joined by Myles Drennan piano, David Lyttle drums and one of the world's top double bassists John Goldsby. Later on Saturday sees the SJP All Stars grace the stage at the Model (8pm). For €15 you can catch the entire teaching faculty of SJP 2010 onstage in various combinations, more than likely with a guest or two thrown in for good measure. That night's festival club will be a treat, as resident SJP 2010 drummer David Lyttle will be joined by UK saxophonist/rapper extraordinaire Soweto Kinch, who returns to Sligo for the second time this year after a triumphant appearance in the same venue in May. Again, the Guinness jam Session takes place downstairs, with two floors of live music for €10, in a recession-busting finish to the evening. Finally, Sunday 25th sees two free events, with the SJP Big Bash: the concert at which all the summer school participants will have been waiting to perform all week, finally takes place at 2pm on Sunday afternoon. After they have performed to their best abilities, they will adjourn for one final jam session to McGarrigles, whose "Sunday MASS" session is quickly becoming legendary. At 7pm suffice to say there will be more musicians than usual present for the McGarrigles session as the SJP Wrap Party takes hold of the venue.
Sligo Jazz 2010 kicks off with one of America's most original jazz pianists, Bill Carrothers, who performs with his Irish group, the Kevin Brady Trio, at the Model on Tuesday 20th July, 8pm. The festival runs until the 25th July and features renowned artists from the jazz world and beyond, such as Martin Taylor (UK) on Wednesday 21st, Michael Manring (USA) on Thursday 22, Anita Wardell (UK) on Friday 23, and The David Lyttle Three featuring Soweto Kinch (UK) on Saturday 24th. "With a strong, free-admission Café and Pub trail, music will be available pretty much on demand in Sligo for the 6 days of the event", explains Sligo Jazz Project's Eddie Lee. "For example, on Wednesday and Thursday afternoon, there will be music in Lyon's Café, Café Fleur, Hargadons and Tobergal Lane Café, starting at 2 or 3pm each day, and music events will continue until late night every evening of the festival, July 20-25". The week culminates on Saturday and Sunday with two major events, first, the "SJP All-Star" group of the summer school teaching faculty and some guests at 8pm in the Model on Saturday 24th (€15), then at 2pm on Sunday 25th, the summer school participant concert featuring a whole host of talent of all ages from all over Europe, at Tobergal Lane Café (free admission).
Sligo Jazz Project has announced a special offer for season passes to all pay-in events. It is available from the Model Box Office (0)71 9141405 and online at www.tickets.ie. The season pass costs €80, covering admission to the five evening Model concerts plus the Friday and Saturday festival club events and Saturday lunchtime Guitar Generations concert upstairs in Tobergal Lane Café, and represents a discount of almost 30% on the face value of concert tickets.
Tuesday July 20 At the Model 8pm. €15
The Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers
Pianist Bill Carrothers will spend the week in Sligo, amongst a faculty of eleven world class jazz musicians, giving masterclasses and ensemble workshops as part of Sligo International Jazz Summer School, and Sligo audiences can hear him perform on a couple of occasions during the week.
Bill Carrothers is one of America's most accomplished jazz pianists. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, and more recently, headlined a week with his trio at the famed Village Vanguard in New York City. He has been a leader on seventeen recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His sideman credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz including Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Ari Hoenig, Freddie Hubbard, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ben Street, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace. “The relentlessly inventive pianist Bill Carrothers' harmonic sophistication has to be heard to be believed." - Chicago Tribune
Wednesday 21st July
The Model, 8pm Martin Taylor, €20
Thursday July 22: 8pm
THE MODEL Adm €15 - Michael Manring - Solo Electric Bass
Funk, Rock, Jazz, Folk, Fusion, New Age: These are just some of the categories Michael Manring's work has been slotted into, such is his eclectic output over the past three decades. Michael Manring is a bassist and composer known for his innovative approach to the instrument and his adventurous solo concerts. He has appeared on over 200 recordings and toured throughout the world. He has received Grammy and Bammie nominations, the Berklee School of Music Distinguished Alumni Award, two Gold Records, two Just Plain Folks awards and the Bassist of the Year award from the readers of Bass Player Magazine. Michael is best known for radically expanding the limits of the fretless electric bass. He was chosen as "Bassist of the Year" in Bass Player Magazine's reader's poll in 1994, and has been nominated for a Bammie and a Grammy. L.A. Jazz Scene says "Manring is creating musical history". Michael Manring was a student of the late great bassist Jaco Pastorius, who once affectionately called Manring "One bad mother****".
FRIDAY 23 JULY:
THE MODEL 8pm, €15 Anita Wardell Line up change: Anita will perform this year's SJP RTE lyric fm concert, which will be recorded for broadcast on the national airwaves. Her group is a quartet, a little different from advertised in the programme, as follows:
Anita Wardell Vocals
John Goldsby Double Bass
Mark McKnight guitar
Paul Clarvis Drums
Also on this bill is a group led by guitarist Mark McKnight. Awarded best young Irish musician at Cork Jazz Festival last year and one of the leading lights in Irish jazz at present, Mark McKnight spends his first year on SJP's summer school faculty. Sligo, described in the Sunday Independent (July 11) as being "rich in guitarists this year" sees Mark team up with one of the world's leading double bassists, John Goldsby, Stephen Davis on drums and the dual horns of Frank Griffith and young SJP "veteran" Matthew Halpin, who has just finished his first year as Berklee Presidential scholar and Berklee Global Jazz Institute spokesperson and many events in Europe too. This amazing achievement for such a young man comes as no surprise to those at SJP who have watched Matthew's rapid development over the past four years, into a musician of great maturity.
TOBERGAL LANE CAFÉ 10pm
UPSTAIRS: Mike Nielsen's Latin Jam
This is a night for guitarists as another great Irish guitar great, this time a Sligo man, takes centre stage. Expect some fiery latin mayhem as Mike teams up with old pals Felip Carbonell, Mallorcan singer-guitarist of "NoCrows" fame, bassist Eddie Lee and drummer David Lyttle. Downstairs in the same venue the Guinness Jam Session runs simultaneously, featuring a whole host of Irish and European jazz talent. Two floors of live music for €10.
SATURDAY 24 July:
GUITAR GENERATIONS, Tobergal Lane Café 1pm
Sligo Jazz Project is renowned for its world premiere musical collaborations. This year is certainly no exception, as Louis Stewart, the Irish jazz guitar legend who was awarded the very first SJP Clarion Hotel award for his contribution to Irish jazz in 2007, teams up for a world premiere performance along with Ireland's youngest guitar great, Andreas Varady. Andreas celebrates becoming a teenager during Sligo Jazz week by performing with two of his idols - having guested with Martin Taylor earlier in the week - and now Louis Stewart too. Louis Stewart and Andreas Varady, guitars, plus John Goldsby double bass, David Lyttle drums and Myles Drennan piano.
SJP ALL STARS: The Model 8pm €15
The entire star studded faculty of Ireland's biggest jazz summer school teams up for a memorable nights music. Featuring Bill Carrothers, Anita Wardell, Mike Nielsen, Mark McKnight, John Goldsby, Michael Manring, Frank Griffith, Paul Clarvis and many more
SATURDAY JULY 24 Tobergal Lane Café 10pm: David Lyttle Three featuring Soweto Kinch plus jam session downstairs €10
MOBO winner and Mercury nominee Kinch returns to Sligo for the second time this year courtesy of David Lyttle, whose earlier collaborative gig in the same venue was a huge success, Kinch's freestyle rapping was something to behold and his sax playing out of this world.
SUNDAY 25 2pm TOBERGAL LANE CAFÉ: SJP BIG BASH - Concert featuring summer school participants from all over Europe.
7pm Final Jam session and wrap party at McGarrigles