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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Great Vibes and Super Sax : Limerick Jazz at Dolan's

Great Limerick Music Venue
I ran across John Daly, percussionist and chairperson of Limerick Jazz Society at a gig recently and he reminded me that there were a few events remaining in their Spring season. Despite having lived  for almost six years in the Shannon region, I have not heard much  jazz locally so with the evening bright and sunny, I was tempted by the promise of quality musicianship of international renown  to take the highway in to Dolans Pub Limerick city to hear the Duo Elegance, a minimalist pairing of David Friedman on vibraphone and Peter Weniger on sax.  I haven't heard a vibraphone live  since Lionel Hampton brought his band to Cork years ago and I was looking forward to this relatively unfamiliar timbre. The  duo as promised were indeed mesmerising,  casting a spell over the gathering in the upstairs room in Dolan's Pub on Dock Rd with a mix of newly minted composition and improvisations on jazz standards.

 Friedman particularly showed impressive virtuosity , so accomplished but not showy and there was a  sense of musical rapport between the two that comes from a long period of playing together.  Judge for yourself in  their take on Johnny Mandel's classic 'Emily' which was included in the set list tonight. The amplification was unobtrusive as usual from sound man, Sean Harrold . There was a mix of age groups in the respectable but  regrettably, not capacity house who listened intently to both sets. Musicians  in the audience included Finnish singer Laura Hilska, guitarist Alan Colfer and drummer Bart Kiely.

A great night of live music. I am glad the duo had sunshine for their sightseeing trip to the Cliffs. Bravo  Limerick Jazz !

Read more about Friedman and his many collaborations  in this excellent blog post by Doug Payne

The last session of the Spring season takes place Wed 9th May at Dolan's . Limerick Jazz Society

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