The Jazz Lab Jam session kicks off early from 7:30pm downstairs in the Grand Social.
Saturday opens with vocalist Ríona Sally Hartman’s new sextet FÓD, with a collection of joyous, uptempo song cycles inspired by a smorgasbord of influences from West African percussive singing to the inventive Brazilian melodies of Hermeto Pascoal.
Cormac O’Brien’s Gamerz fuse elements of Americana, electronic music, free improv and some old skool jazz swagger. An exciting new band featuring some of the finest musicians to come out of Ireland and the UK in the last decade, featuring rising star, UK pianist Kit Downes, the quartet reflect both the jazz quartet tradition and an expansive modern aesthetic.
South African saxophonist Chris Engels’s BigSpoon, our Irish act for 12 Points 2017 in Denmark, also features a cohort of Ireland’s leading improvisers and electro-sonic explorers to create mesmerising jazz for the 21st century. With influences from experimental pioneers Jaga Jazzist & Flying Lotus to Weather Report, BigSpoon deliver genre defying goodness with organic heart and electronic soul.
Mining diverse influences from jazz, hardcore punk and contemporary classical music, Belfast natives Robocobra Quartet sound utterly unique, with a no-holds-barred live approach, complete with howling drummer-vocalist and menacing saxophones, they have been described as are a “must-see” live act. Think “Fugazi meets Mingus.” – Drowned in Sound
‘Round about midnight on Saturday at Down With Jazz We Three Kings take to the decks; Hipdrop Records co-founder, Keith Fennell, 70’s Funk & Soul specialist and South American connoisseur, James Keating, and top dollar jazz drummer and Dublin’s hip-hop’s premier beat man, Dennis Cassidy ensure you are in good (jazz) hands into the wee hours.