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Jazz star David Lyttle returns to Mayo

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Described earlier this year by the Irish Independent as ‘the best in jazz coming out of Ireland today’, jazz drummer David is one of the island’s most forward-thinking and celebrated instrumentalists. With nominations in the MOBO Awards and Urban Music Awards, he has performed in over twenty five countries and collaborated with jazz icons Joe Lovano and Kurt Rosenwinkel, and hip hop visionaries Talib Kweli and Soweto Kinch.
And Mayo jazz aficionados will have the chance to see him in the flesh next week when David Lyttle plays the Clew Bay Hotel in Westport on, Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm.
Recently he brought his unique performance concepts to China, making three trips with his solo drums show, and last year he travelled from LA to New York in a Cadillac DeVille, performing for unusual audiences from cowboys to UFO tourists in a month-long Arts Council funded project in which he featured Football Special as his official tour drink.
“I started that trip fairly confident that people would be open to our music and that we’d find a way to connect with people who probably had no real interest in jazz. In my fifteen years as a jazz musician, I’d become so used to hearing people say that jazz was too intellectual or highbrow for the average person to appreciate, but I never really believed that. In America we played for a lot of people who were hearing this kind of music for the first time and we didn't have any bad experiences, so I think I proved that that notion wasn't really true and in the process introduced a lot of people to jazz,” said David.
In his 40 date tour of small towns and rural communities, David will be joined by the hugely promising Derry guitarist Joseph Leighton, who he introduced to jazz as a teenager. Joseph has since studied at the Banff Centre in Canada and Trinity Laban in London, and in 2016/2017 was one of NI arts organisation Moving On Music's Emerging Artists, which allowed him to study with leading European jazz guitarist Jesse van Ruller in Amsterdam.
The 21-year-old said: ‘I’m really looking forward to going out on my first tour with David in a format which is not very common and will challenge my playing a lot. I’m excited to see how the music will develop over the tour.”
The duo have already played across Ulster including the islands of Tory and Arranmore. Westport features in the second leg of their tour, along with Carrick-On-Shannon, Inishturk, Killarney, Bere Island, Tramore and Newcastle, Wicklow.

David Lyttle plays the Clew Bay Hotel, Wednesday, November 14 at 8pm. Admission is free. For more information visit davidlyttle.com.