Jazz Acts

The Jonathan Kriesberg Quartet(USA)

Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg has been steadily building his name as one of the most compelling composer/performers in Jazz.  Combining timeless melodicism with forward thinking lines and textures, His style and approach has created a strong following of fans around the world.  He frequently tours worldwide and records with his own groups as well artists such as Dr. Lonnie Smith, who says of Kreisberg “He is a passionate musician with great vision, and he is constantly in fiery pursuit of innovation’


Kriesberg meets Veras

“The greatest collaborations are often built upon two unique and different personalities combining to create something beyond their individual realms. Thus is the case with the new “KREISBERG meets VERAS” project, which promises to be one of the most exciting guitar duos in the jazz and guitar worlds. Jonathan Kreisberg and Nelson Veras are both highly acclaimed artists on their instruments, and they have combined forces to create a program of original works and rarely played classics which welcome the listener to experience the start of a beautiful musical friendship.”






Pee Wee Ellis Quartet(USA/England)

Pee Wee Ellis is an American saxphoneist, composer and arranger. With a background in jazz, he was an important member of James Brown’s band in the 1960s, appearing on many of Brown’s most notable recordings and co-writing hits like “Cold Sweat” and “say it loud – im black and im proud”. He also worked closely with Van Morrison.






The Dirty Jazz Club(Ireland)

Drums/Saxophone/Double Bass/Trombone/ Trumpet/Keys

The Dirty Jazz club have been a massive part of the Dublin Jazz scene for about 15 years. Their focus is on the exploration and deconstruction of songs and an emphasis on creating a depth and textural soundscape on the melody, form and feel of the tunes. Playing their own dirty renditions of tunes from Fats Waller to John Coltrane to Frank Zappa






Colour’s Afrobeat(Ireland)

Launched originally as Colours Afrobeat Foundation – ‘Boye PapaGee (Gboyega Akerele) is a Belgian/Nigerian (Yoruba) born drummer/percussionist, saxophonist, singer/song-writer, musical director/producer, cultural envoy and custodian, overseer and keeper of authentic, genuine Afrobeat in Ireland; he is the founder and leader of Colours Afrobeat a 12-piece Band, Ireland’s first and foremost multicultural Afrobeat band



Wild Card(Eng)

Wild Card has a residency at Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts and is playing festival such as Seemore Jazz Fest 2019 in Germany or UK Scarboourgh Jazz Fest, Canary Wharf Jazz Fes and is playing regularly at venue like the 606 jazz club or Jazz in the scrypt with special guests: Binker Golding, Paul Booth, Binker Goldind, Graeme Flowers, Imaani, Tim Garland, Denys Baptiste, Rosie Turton, James Copus or Emilia Martenson…Wild Card is an organ trio based combo, we play a mix of Afro/Samba, Hard bop and raw funk numbers, mainly originals.





Charlie Moon Chet Baker Tribute(Ireland)

Charlie is is a jazz and blues singer and guitarist based in Dublin, son of legendary musicians Nigel Mooney and Mia Parsons. He is also available as a trio/quartet.







Laurent Courthaliac Trio(France)

Born in Le Puy en Velay – France, Laurent Courthaliac learned to play piano as a self-taught musician, before becoming a student at the Music Conservatory in Lyon. After he graduated in 1994, he started to be very active on the Rhone Alpes music scene, playing with such musicians as Steve Grossman, Serge Lazarevitch, Yannick Rieu, Charles Bellonzi. He took also part to the Collective MU Orchestra, a band with whom he won the first price of competitions in Jazz a Vienne (1995), and the first price at Jazz a la Defense(1996) Since then, working in  Paris he has become one of the top pianist in France and has released several albums to much acclaim. 






Beneath The Underdog(Charles Mingus Tribute)(Ireland)

A celebration of all things Mingus by some of the top jazz musicians in Ireland. Led by John Quearney on vocals and bass and with Richie Buckley(sax) Hugh Buckley(guitar) Cian Boylan(piano) Shane O’Donovan(drums)





Honer Heffernan (Ireland)

Honor Heffernan is an internationally acclaimed jazz/blues singer who has been performing as both a singer and actress for over 30 years. She has released three solo albums- ‘Chasing the Moon’, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘The Other Side’ and one duo album entitled “Two heads are better than one” with guitarist Hugh Buckley. On this night she is joined by three of Ireland’s leading musicians Phil Ware on Piano, Damian Evans on Double Bass and Kevin Brady on Drums. A night of music not to be missed!!!! Singer/Actress Honor Heffernan began her career in 1971. Over the years she’s sung pop, folk, rock, blues and jazz, but has concentrated on jazz since the 80s. As an actress she is best known for her roles in Neil Jordan’s ‘Angel’ and the RTE soap opera ‘Fair City’. Her jazz career took off in the early 80s when she began singing regularly in Dublin with the jazz pianist Jim Doherty and collaborated with Noel Kelehan. She has released three solo albums- ‘Chasing the Moon’, ‘Fire and Ice’ and ‘The Other Side’. Her second album ‘Chasing The Moon’ [1991] was recorded with Kelehan and featured Peter Ainscough, Richie Buckley, Mike Nolan and Martin Curry. She became a regular attraction at the annual Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. She worked in Norway with the Knut Mikalsen Trio and the Sandvika Big Band conducted by trombonist/ arranger Rob McConnell. She also sang with the BBC Big Band, recording two concerts for radio with them


The Whistling Girl

Inspired by the words of the famous American wit, writer and human rights campaigner Dorothy Parker, “The Whistling Girl” is the culmination of many years work between vocalist Honor Heffernan and composer Trevor Knight, resulting in a darkly atmospheric body of work, fusing ‘dirty’-cabaret, vaudevillian rock and jazz, that culminates in a thrilling and theatrical live performance.






Tal Cohen Trio(USA/ISR)

Now based in the US, Tal Cohen’s unique piano style owes its roots to the Jewish folk songs and classical music he played in his formative years growing up in Gedera, Israel. He graduated from WAAPA in 2008 and immediately began accumulating awards and prestigious performance opportunities. He was the 2015 winner of the Freedman Fellowship Award and in 2014 won the Barry Harris Piano Competition in the US. His recent album ‘Gentle Giants’ has received overwhelming attention including a 4 star review from the acclaimed Downbeat Jazz Magazine.





Mâäk Quintet(Belgium)

Mâäk is one of Belgium’s longest existing and most active avant-gardist jazz collective. Their compositions are always steeped in trance and influenced by diverse artistic encounters bringing each concert to another dimension. Next to their Quintet, there are some other Mâäk projects: MikMâäk, Mâäk Kojo & Mâäk Kawral








Nigel Mooney & The Johnny Taylor Trio (IRE)

Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as Ireland’s leading jazz singer and guitarist. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980s, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans of both jazz and the blues. A self-taught musician, Mooney was influenced by the blues from an early age and his hard-bop style of guitar playing is expressive and melodic with a bluesy groove. He possesses a warm and rich tenor voice and has an almost flawless sense of pitch. His first album, ‘All My Love’s In Vain’ (Rubyworks) was released in 2005 to critical acclaim and has become one of Ireland’s highest selling albums by a jazz artist. The single, ‘Beautiful Day’, charted on the Irish hit parade and still receives regular airplay. Mooney’s second album, ‘The Bohemian Mooney’ is out now on Lyte Records.






The Richie Buckley Quintet(IRE)

With his unique style and virtuosic technique, Richie Buckley is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s leading jazz performers. Described by the Irish Times as “something of a genius…[with] a world reputation amongst saxophonists”, he has collaborated with musicians as diverse as Van Morrison, Freddie Hubbard, Bob Dylan, Georgie Fame, Jon Hendricks, Carlos Santana, Barry Manilow, Elvis Costello and James Williams.









Beckett, Howe & Redmond(IRE/ENG)

Since forming in 2016, Beckett/Howe/Redmond have steadily become a fixture on the UK and European jazz scene. Their dynamic approach is filtered through the jazz tradition of improvisation and interplay, blending the classic piano trios of Oscar Peterson and Ahmad Jamal, mixed with modern styles give them a unique understanding of swing. The Trio have featured at many great venues and festivals including, the Cork Jazz Festival (Cork, Ireland), Love Supreme Festival (Glyde, Lewes), Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club (London), Arthur’s Jazz and Blues Club (Dublin), The Verdict Jazz Club (Brighton) and more, as well as live radio appearances for BBC Radio, RTE, Linley Hamilton’s Jazz world











Led by Irish-based German guitarist, Matthias Winkler,
ÄTSCH fuse contemporary jazz improvisation with the
sound aesthetics of modern-day post-rock. ÄTSCH create
a soundworld rich in lyrical melodies with ample space
for each of the soloists to shine. Taking their cues in equal
measure from post-rock giants like “Sigur Rós” or
“Explosions in the Sky” as well as contemporary Jazz
artists such as “Gilad Hekselman” or “Julian Lage” ÄTSCH
have certainly got the attention of the European Jazz
Scene, being the first Irish artists to perform in
Jazzahead’s Club night series which runs concurrent to
the main showcases in Germany.
This is promising music that mixes jazz improv with a
post-rock sensibility.
Guitarist Winkler is joined by drummer Hugh Denman,
bassist Eoin O ’Hallaran and pianist Graeme Bourke.