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Limerick Jazz Festival 2018 in Dolans

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Dolans Announce Star-Studded Line-Up For Limerick Jazz Festival Weekend

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DOLANS ARE DELIGHTED ONCE AGAIN TO ACT AS A SUPPORTING VENUE FOR THE LIMERICK JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018. THE FESTIVAL, WHICH HAS BEEN RUNNING SINCE 2012, HAS GONE FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH ATTRACTING A HOST OF FANTASTIC LINE-UPS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD.

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This year’s festival is set to be the biggest yet. It is taking place from September 27th to 30th across the city.

Limerick has one of the most active Jazz scenes in Ireland. Limerick Jazz has been bringing outstanding Jazz performers to the city since the 1980s and the Limerick Jazz Workshop has been providing Jazz Education to the people of Limerick since 2007.

At Dolans we will be hosting a series of fantastic gigs over the course of the festival.

Friday 28th September sees us welcoming the Julian Siegel Quartet at our Upstairs venue. With the Julian Siegel Quartet, the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create an in-demand Quartet on the UK and European Jazz scene.

The band features inspirational pianist Liam Noble, his fluid touch and dazzling imagination perfectly complementing Siegel’s music and playing, and providing a perfect foil for the many directions the music can turn. With the creative spark of dynamic drummer Gene Calderazzo and the deep groove of bassist Oli Hayhurst dove-tailing perfectly with Siegel and Noble this is unquestionably one of the UK’s most exciting and powerful quartets.

The Paul Dunlea group will perform Upstairs on Saturday 29th. Although at home in a variety of musical styles, Cork trombonist/composer/arranger Paul Dunlea concentrates primarily on Jazz and Improvisation. This has furthered his reputation as one of Irelands most in demand trombonists.

Dunlea has performed/toured/recorded with the likes of Cassandra Wilson, Frankie Valli, Mick Flannery, Richard Reed Parry (Arcade Fire), Bryce Dressner (The National), Lewis Nash, Peter Washington,Billy Drummond, Greg Gisbert, David O' Rourke's O' Rourkestra,Ryan Keberle,Taylor Eigsti, Bob Millikan, The Crash Ensemble, The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, Syd Lawrence Orchestra, National Concert Orchestra, & Hot House Big Band. He has held the chair of principle trombone with the Band 1 Brigade - Irish Defence Forces since 2001.

Dunlea will be joined by an all-star line-up including Paul Booth on Sax, Ryan Quigley on Trumpet, Steve Hamilton on Piano, Michael Janisch on Bass and Alyn Cosker on Drums.

Having played packed out gigs at venues around the UK, and alongside artists including De La Soul, Grandmaster Flash, Public Enemy & Busta Rhymes, and at festivals including Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Soundwave Croatia & Boomtown, Renegade Brass Band have established themselves as one of the UK’s premiere hip-hop brass band outfit.

Finally Sunday afternoon will see us celebrate the closing moments of the Limerick Jazz Festival with a Jazz on Sunday Afternoon double bill featuring Jim Doherty and Aoife Doyle.

The word legend is often overused but in the case of Irish jazz musician Jim Doherty it is totally appropriate. Jim has been at the forefront of Irish jazz for over 50 years and has played with some of the greatest names in jazz from all over the world in that time. His longtime partnership with the great guitarist Louis Stewart came to an untimely end in August 2016 when Louis sadly passed away.

Jim is a most respected performer arranger and composer and has fronted many bands over the years. Limerick Jazz Festival 2018 will see Jim bring his quintet TENOR MADNESS to Dolans Warehouse which features some of the Ireland’s best, names like Richie Buckley Dave Flemming Brendan Doyle Dominic Mullen and of course Jim himself. Be prepared for an hugely entertaining afternoon of hi calibre jazz