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Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds Plays One-off Irish Gig

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Jeff Ballard It’s not every day that Dun Laoghaire plays host to one of the world’s greatest jazz drummers, so music fans are in for a tremendous evening on Wednesday 10th July when drummer Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
Jeff Ballard
b.1963
drums
swings by The Pavilion Theater with his band Fairgrounds, for one night only.

Modern Drummer, the world’s premier drum magazine has said of Ballard: “This much is unanimously agreed upon: In the hierarchy of jazz drummers, Jeff Ballard has climbed so high he can clearly see the summit.” High praise indeed. Ballard’s CV is second to none, and by the time he arrived in New York he already had a three-year stint with pianist/singer Ray Charles
Ray Charles
Ray Charles
1930 - 2004
piano
under his belt.

Since moving to jazz HQ, the Californian sticksman has also played with saxophonists Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
Joshua Redman
b.1969
saxophone
and Tim Garland
Tim Garland
Tim Garland
b.1966
saxophone
, composer/bandleader Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider
Maria Schneider

band/orchestra
, guitarists Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
Pat Metheny
b.1954
guitar
and Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
Kurt Rosenwinkel
b.1970
guitar
, pianists Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
Danilo Perez
b.1966
piano
, Chick Corea
Chick Corea
Chick Corea
b.1941
piano
—and since 2005—Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
b.1970
piano
. In short, Ballard has brought his dynamic polyrhythms to a who’s who of the greatest names in contemporary jazz.

One of the most technically gifted and musical of post Tony Williams
Tony Williams
Tony Williams
1945 - 1997
drums
drummers, Ballard co-leads the collective FLY
FLY
FLY

band/orchestra
, alongside bassist Larry Grenadier
Larry Grenadier
Larry Grenadier
b.1966
bass
and saxophonist Mark Turner
Mark Turner
Mark Turner
b.1965
sax, tenor
. And from co-leader to outright leader, Ballard brings with him to the Pavilion Theatre an absolutely stellar band - guitarist Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
Lionel Loueke
b.1973
guitar
, pianist Tigran Hamasayan and bassist Reid Anderson
Reid Anderson
Reid Anderson
b.1970
bass
.

Benin-born Louke has been described as a “genius virtuoso” by the New York Times. This most versatile of guitarists has played with trumpeter Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
Terence Blanchard
b.1962
trumpet
and pianist Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
Herbie Hancock
b.1940
piano
and is a leader in his own right. His album Heritage (Blue Note, 2012) has garnered widespread critical acclaim.

Anderson is one third of The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus
The Bad Plus
b.2000
band/orchestra
, one of the most original of modern trios, whose fusion of jazz and rock is as vital as it is genre-defying. Reid is also a composer of note, and recently premiered The Rough Mixes – a collaboration between chamber orchestra, percussion and electronics.

Hamasyan is one of the most exciting of up-and-coming jazz pianists, drawing glowing praise from the likes of Hancock, Corea and Mehldau. Hamasyan has played with oud player Dhafer Youssef and percussionist Trilok Gurtu
Trilok Gurtu
Trilok Gurtu
b.1951
tablas
, who has said of the young Armenian: “He plays piano like a raga, the next Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
.” Downbeat described his album A Fable (Verve International, 2012) as “poetic and haunting”.

Dun Laoghaire residents and those who make the short trip from Dublin or Bray are in for a special treat – the birth of what on paper looks likely to be one of the most exciting jazz quartets in a generation. Don’t miss Jeff Ballard Fairgrounds’ only gig in Ireland.

For tickets phone the box office on 01 231 2929 or visit the Pavilion Theatre’s website.


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