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Christine Tobin Trio For Limerick Jazz Festival 2013

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Christine Tobin Jazz retakes the city of Limerick for four days as the Limerick Jazz Festival returns for its second edition from the 26th – 29th September at various venues around town.

Legendary Irish jazz guitarist Louis Stewart
Louis Stewart
Louis Stewart
b.1944
guitar
kicks off the festival on Thursday, in an intimate duo performance with pianist Jim Doherty.

Winner of the special jury prize at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1968, Stewart is described by Cormac Larkin of The Irish Times as “one of the finest, most fluent guitarists in the be-bop style there has ever been.”

Stewart established his reputation as one of the preeminent jazz guitarists of the day in the bands of clarinetist Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
Benny Goodman
1909 - 1986
clarinet
, and saxophonists Tubby Hayes
Tubby Hayes
Tubby Hayes
1935 - 1973
saxophone
and Ronnie Scott
Ronnie Scott
Ronnie Scott
1927 - 1996
sax, tenor
. Stewart and Doherty will be playing numbers from their duo album Tunes, released in March, 2013.

Friday sees one of the world’s finest saxophonists, Larry McKenna
Larry McKenna
Larry McKenna
b.1937
sax, tenor
lead a quartet featuring vibraphonist Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
Tony Miceli
b.1960
vibraphone
, and two of Ireland’s top jazz musicians, Damien Evans on bass and John Daly on drums. McKenna has played with some of the finest jazz musicians in the world and holds the rare distinction of having performed with both Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
Frank Sinatra
1915 - 1998
vocalist
and Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
Tony Bennett
b.1926
vocalist
.

Singer Christine Tobin, arguably the finest jazz singer Ireland has ever produced, leads her trio on Saturday night. In a career spanning three decades, Tobin has collaborated with saxophonist Jean Toussaint
Jean Toussaint
Jean Toussaint
b.1957
saxophone
, pianist Jason Rebello
Jason Rebello
Jason Rebello
b.1969
piano
and was an integral part of guitarist Don Patterson’s jazz-folk group Lammas, alongside saxophonist Tim Garland
Tim Garland
Tim Garland
b.1966
saxophone
.

Her 2012 album Sailing to Byzantium, inspired by the words of poet W. B. Yeats was described by leading UK magazine Jazzwise as “an unqualified masterpiece.” Tobin will be joined by guitarist Phil Robson and bassist David Whitford in a special program celebrating the music of singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
Leonard Cohen
b.1934
vocalist
.

Closing Limerick Jazz Festival at 3pm on Sunday afternoon, the big band Crisis Point features some of Ireland’s finest musicians in a program of old and new arrangements. Special guests include Slovakian gypsy jazz guitar sensation Andreas Varady—recently back from a tour with the legendary Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
Quincy Jones
b.1933
producer
—guitarist Nigel Mooney, Connor Ryan of RTE’s The Voice fame and up and coming singer Aoife Doolan.

Free events, jazz workshops and the Limerick Jazz Trail from 10pm on Friday and Saturday will make for a packed, fun program for lovers of good music.

For venue and ticket information visit the Limerick Jazz Festival website.


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