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Live at the Green Room of Cork Opera House, Guinness Cork Jazz weekend welcomes top Irish and International Jazz acts play the intimate hide-away venue at the back of Cork Opera House.

 UMBRA

THE GREEN ROOM @ CORK OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER @ 10.30PM


Umbra is one of the most exciting and innovative bands in the Irish Jazz scene. Comprised of some of the most promising musicians in Dublin, Umbra’s modus operandi is high energy, thought provoking performance with an emphasis on intricate compositions.

Led by guitarist and composer Chris Guilfoyle, Umbra is his vehicle to showcase his unique take on contemporary jazz. The music is a blend of harmonic and melodic sophistication reminiscent of artists like John Hollenbeck and Jim Mcneely, cyclical grooves evoking comparisons with IDM and math metal, all played with the energy of a punk rock band.

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 RONAN GUILFOYLE ‘ALWAYS KNOW’ – FOR THELONIOUS MONK

THE GREEN ROOM @ CORK OPERA HOUSE
FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER @ MIDNIGHT 


A tribute to the music of Thelonious Monk, one of the key influences in Ronan Guilfoyle’s musical career – celebrating 100 years since the birth of the great jazz pianist.

Just before going on stage, Thelonious Monk would often deliver this particular piece of advice to his band: “Don’t forget, always know”. This and other Monk sayings were captured by band member Steve Lacy – a handwritten document scrawled with the typically gnomic, yet brilliant things Monk would say to the band. Guilfoyle based this suite of music on this document, with each piece based on one of Monk’s infamous sayings. As Monk said, ‘You’ve got to dig it, to dig it – you dig?’

Featuring: Matt Berrill – Clarinet,Bass Clarinet, Sam Comerford, Paul Dunlea, Chris Guilfoyle, Ronan Guilfoyle, Greg Felton and Sean Carpio.

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 PAUL DUNLEA SEXTET 

THE GREEN ROOM @ CORK OPERA HOUSE
SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER @ MIDNIGHT 


Formed in 2011 by Cork Trombonist/Composer Paul Dunlea as a creative outlet for his own compositions – The Paul Dunlea Group – utilises some of Europe’s finest improvising musicians to produce melodic and groove driven music fusing influences of Jazz harmony, pop, funk and R&B.

Dunlea is a graduate of the CIT Cork School of music holding both a bachelor’s degree in trombone performance and a masters degree in composition. He has held the chair of principle trombone with the Band 1 Brigade – Irish Defence Forces since 2001.

Featuring: Paul Dunlea – Trombone, Ben Castle – Tenor Sax, Davie Dunsmuir – Guitar, Steve Hamilton – Piano, Eoin Walsh – Bass, Alyn Cosker – Drums.

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 CORMAC MCCARTHY’S SÚP TRIO

THE GREEN ROOM @ CORK OPERA HOUSE

SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 28TH @ 10.30PM


Súp is a recently formed ensemble consisting of Cormac McCarthy (Piano), Eoin Walsh (Bass), and Davie Ryan (Drums). The idea for the trio stemmed from a common interest in exploring the synthesis of various musical styles through the medium of a piano trio.

Individually and collectively, the trio has performed and recorded with various acts across Europe and the U.S. Súp represented Ireland at the final of the Euroradio Jazz Competition in 2017

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 SACHAL VASANDANI QUARTET

THE GREEN ROOM @ CORK OPERA HOUSE

SUNDAY 28TH OCTOBER 28TH @ MIDNIGHT

 

Acclaimed jazz vocalist Sachal Vasandani presents a compelling and fresh project showcasing the music of Nat King Cole and many other greats. 

His latest record, the groundbreaking ‘Slow Motion Miracles’, showcases original music, fantastic melodies in a new style that feature Sachal’s voice and poetic lyrics, produced by Steely Dan’s Michael Leonhart. Sachal has released three records with the Mack Avenue label. His 2011 release, Hi-Fly, reached number 1 on the iTunes Jazz charts.

Sachal has been touring clubs (Blue Note, Ronnie Scott’s), theatres (Lincoln Centre, Carnegie Hall) and festivals (North Sea, Nice Jazz) consistently since 2007.

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