Limerick Jazz Festival – Dublin City Jazz Orchestra

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Updated: July 15th, 2016

Limerick Jazz Festival presents

California Dreamin’ 

Mulligan and Kenton by the DCJO with

Claire Daly and Norma Winstone

With guests Norma Winstone (vocalist) and Claire Daly (baritone saxophone)

DCJO     norma Winstone    Claire Daly

A Concert Performance of Stan Kenton’s Big Band Music and the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band Music

Belltable | Fri. 23rd Sept | €25

The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra, DCJO returns to Limerick after its outstanding concert at the Limerick Jazz Festival of 1914 of the Sacred Music of Duke Ellington, with its new presentation “California Dreamin’”.

It is a celebratory jazz welcome to the music of two of the great arrangers and composers of twentieth century American West Coast Jazz, enriching the jazz music landscape of Limerick. There have been jazz orchestral concerts, but never one that celebrated Stan Kenton and Gerry Mulligan on the same evening. It is ambitious, with high quality assured, a concert repertoire new to audiences, with a vibrant jazz orchestra, blending with an instrumental and vocal soloist. There are two linked repertoires of two major international jazz artists of the twentieth century, who both played in Ireland. The Kenton Big Band in 1953 and Mulligan with a big band of Irish jazz musicians in the 1970s and on other occasions with his friend Charles Meredith.

‘California dreamin’, the relaxed sun-drenched culture of California made its way into jazz in a decidedly non-East Coast of America way during the 1950s, as the “West Coast” style of jazz emerged around Los Angeles and San Francisco.  Kenton and Mulligan traded the virtuosic, frenetic energy of East Coast jazz for a more relaxed thoughtful approach to jazz music. In the years following the Second World War this new sound of jazz appealed to big band fans forever changed by the experience of war.

For this concert featuring the music of the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band, in which Gerry Mulligan himself performed as the featured soloist, this role is taken by the American baritone saxophonist Claire Daly, an outstanding performer. She has played this music with big bands in America.

Ciaran Wilde, leader of the DCJO has been a Kenton enthusiast for a long time. This concert also features the music of Stan Kenton and it will include in that part of the concert some arrangements that Gerry Mulligan wrote for the Kenton Big Band. This links the two parts. The brilliant English jazz singer Norma Winstone will perform songs associated with Anita O’Day, June Christy and Chris Connor, the Kenton Big Band singers. Norma Winstone has a long association with Ireland since 1991 and has forged musical associations with Irish artists.

The ambition for the DCJO is to raise the bar ever higher on the quality of its performances. This concert will be its forty-fourth concert around Ireland over the last six years and definitely is one to come and hear.

Originally called the Dublin City Big Band, the group was formed by Ciaran Wilde and Raymond Martin to showcase to children in the Ballymun Wind project the full experience of a Big Band sound to inspire their own musical projects.

Since then, the Jazz Orchestra has gone from strength to strength playing weekly residencies at several different venues around Dublin and going on to perform at festivals such as Electric Picnic and Kilkenny Arts Festival. They have received nationwide publicity through TV stints on the Late Late Show (featuring vocalists Mary Coughlin and Jerry Fish) and have just recently received funding from the IMC and Music Network for a nationwide tour from September 2010 – December 2010.

The orchestra features 5 saxes, 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, piano, bass, drums and guitar all from professional full-time musicians who represent some of the finest in Europe. As individual session musicians, members have performed and recorded with the likes of U2, Oasis, Van Morrison, The Symphony and Concert Orchestra and top visiting artists like Dave Liebman, John Faddis, and Bobby Watson.


Please note all ticket prices include €1 per ticket booking charge.

No exchanges or refunds.

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Fri 23 Sep