Guinness Cork Jazz Festival 2011

Guinness Jazz Festival 2011I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to jazz music but I know the sound of a good festival and the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (28th-31st October 2011) is shaping up to be just that. The opening act is none other than Damon Albarn, along with his band, Another Honest John’s Chop-Up, a collective of musicians who take inspiration from jazz funk and southern soul.

The Kyle Eastwood Quintet is another outstanding act who will be performing. Son of actor/director Clint Eastwood, Kyle has made a name for himself on the jazz scene, releasing eight albums and composing numerous scores for his father’s films including Gran Torino and Million Dollar Baby.

Other noteworthy acts on the schedule include; Randy Brecker, the acclaimed trumpet player, Tia Fuller, the saxophonist, who not only has her own highly successful band but also plays alongside Beyoncé and Richard Galliano, the renowned accordionist. Galliano’s performance at the festival will be inspired by the work of Coppola and the music from The Godfather.

Randy BreckerTia Fuller

I hope to be down at some point over the weekend. Tickets are on sale at now.

Arcade Fire at the o2

Arcade Fire’s gig in the o2 on the 5th December was truly special. The stage setup was one of the best I’ve seen and the band were really up for it. Someone caught Wake Up in HD and is embedded above. Fourteen thousand people pretty much lifted the roof off.

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

Seeing Arcade Fire in the o2 in a week or so. Haven’t seen them in a few years and really looking forward to it. This is the music video for ‘The Suburbs’, directed by Spike Jonze: