Preview: Rosslare Jazz Festival 2013

The first ever Rosslare Jazz Festival will be held from 25 to 27 July with acts including the Phil Ware Duo and the Dave Jones Trio

Rosslare Community Development Association (RCDA) are delighted to announce the first Rosslare Jazz Festival in Co. Wexford, Ireland. Admission to all events is free of charge, which will be held at a number of venues on Rosslare Strand from 25 to 27 July, kicking off with a jazz jam session with a house band at Redmond’s, The Bay, on Thursday 25 July at 9pm.
On Friday 26 the festival moves to Rosslare Golf Club, and features the Dave Jones Trio at 9.30pm. Welsh pianist/composer and Jazz Journal contributor Jones has released several highly acclaimed albums of his own compositions, including the 2010 CD Journeys, which was chosen as Jazz CD of the week in the London Evening Standard. He has been described by saxophonist Simon Spillett as “…a musician of formidable gifts”. Dave has played and recorded all over the UK, in Ireland, and in the USA, his recordings have been heard on BBC Radio 3, Jazz FM, and RTE Radio, and he has made numerous television appearances including an S4C programme about the Brecon Jazz Festival. Here at Rosslare, he will once again team up with Kevin Lawlor from Wexford (drums), and on this occasion with David Duffy from Cork (bass), playing a selection of material from Jones’ recent albums, and also from Lawlor’s fine 2012 debut album, Exodus, which received an excellent review in Drummer magazine.
Saturday 27 features the renowned Phil Ware Duo in Kelly’s Hotel at 2pm. Born in London, but raised in the wilds of Lincolnshire, Ware (pictured) was twice a finalist in the Young Jazz Musician of the Year competition. He has played at Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club in London with BBC Jazz Award-winning vocalist Ian Shaw, and also with Tudo Bem, Zrazy, the Night In Havana Orchestra, and vocalists Honor Heffernan, Cormac Kenevey, and Maria Tecce. Phil appears on radio and television and has produced and played on various albums, including his own trio’s debut CD In Our Own Time. Ware relocated to Ireland in the year 2000, and is coordinator of the prestigious BA in Jazz Performance at Newpark Music Centre in Dublin. Although they’ve never met, Phil has a number of things in common with pianist Dave Jones – they’ve both lived in Lincolnshire, played with Jim Mullen and other great London-based jazz musicians, and are both coordinators of BA courses which are the first of their kind in their respective countries of residence.
The finale at the Cedars Hotel at 8pm on Saturday 27 features Wexford’s own Cuba Libre!, bringing the festival to a vibrant close with an exciting mix of fiery Afro-Cuban, Samba, and laidback bossa nova, an event that should have everyone on their feet.

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