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Eliane Elias To Headline Bray Jazz Festival

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Eliane Elias Bray Jazz returns for its 14th edition during the Bank Holiday weekend of May 3rd to 5th with an exciting and varied line-up that will appeal to lovers of jazz in its many incarnations.

Headlining Ireland’s premier annual celebration of jazz is Brazilian pianist Eliane Elias
Eliane Elias
Eliane Elias
b.1960
piano
. In a long and distinguished career, the New York-based pianist and vocalist has recorded over twenty albums as a leader and has collaborated with pianist Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
, saxophonist Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
1949 - 2007
sax, tenor
and guitarist/singer Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil
Gilberto Gil
b.1942
guitar
. Equally conversant in classical, bossa nova and jazz idioms, Elias’ undoubted technical expertise never overshadows the strong emotional vein in her playing.

A Grammy nominee and winner of Downbeat’s Best Jazz Album, Elias appears in her trio alongside legendary bassist Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson
Marc Johnson
b.1953
bass
—pianist Bill Evans
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
1929 - 1980
piano
’s last bassist—and guitarist Steve Cardenas. The Bray crowd is in for a treat and can expect to hear compositions from Elias acclaimed album Swept Away (ECM, 2012) as well as from her forthcoming release, I Thought about You (Concord Jazz, 2013) – the pianist/singer’s tribute to trumpeter Chet Baker
Chet Baker
Chet Baker
1929 - 1988
trumpet
. Elias and her trio will perform in the Mermaid Arts Center on Sunday 5th May. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Other festival highlights include innovative guitarist Christy Doran
Christy Doran
Christy Doran
b.1949
guitar
’s New Bag, which incorporates elements of jazz, electronica and progressive rock in a fascinating mix - watch out for Doran’s much talked about Swiss vocalist Sarah Buechi, whose THALi scored such a big hit at the 12 Points Festival in Dublin in February. French trumpeter Mederic Collignon is another gig not to be missed. He brings his idiosyncratic talents to reinterpretations of the music of trumpeter Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
and progressive rock band King Crimson
King Crimson
King Crimson

band/orchestra
.

Musicians from Turkey, Serbia, Greece, Sweden, Norway, Scotland and America are testament not only to jazz’s universal identity, but to the global vision of Bray Jazz Festival. Local talent is represented by saxophonist Michael Buckley’s band and one of Ireland’s most original outfits, the multi-national Yurodny.

Over forty concerts, recitals, free gigs and workshops will serve up jazz and good vibes galore in Bray, Ireland’s oldest seaside town, nestled at the foothills of the Wicklow Mountains just a short trip from Dublin. It promises to be a great weekend for lovers of jazz and creative music.


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