Westport Jazz – a group of local music lovers dedicated to bringing top jazz to their town – is putting on another great gig this month. This Sunday, June 26, will see a superb trio of jazz musicians stop off in the Mayo town during their national tour.
Put together by bassist Dave Redmond (Richie Buckley Quintet, Kevin Brady’s Electric Quartet), the trio features Dave alongside Darren Beckett on drums and the wonderful visiting Belgian alto-sax-player Stéphane Mercier.
Brussels- and Boston-based Stéphane Mercier leads his own quartet, the Jazz Station Big Band, and plays and composes for Brooklyn-based BZ Sounds. He is also a regular member of the Christian Brenner Quartet, Marylène Corro, the Dinant Jazz Orchestra and State of Time. His experience ‘runs the gamut from rock to avant-garde and hip hop to Brazilian and African grooves’, according to All About Jazz.
Belfast-born Darren Beckett teaches drums at Brighton’s BIMM institute and has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London, from Glastonbury to Mumbai’s Mahindra Blues Festival.
He’s performed on over 50 albums recording with notable jazz names like Brandon Flowers, Daniel Lanois, Madeleine Peyroux, Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler. as well as musicians like Lauryn Hill, Mercury Rev, Amen Dunes, Shane McGowan and Sinéad O’Connor.
Bassist Dave Redmond is best known for his collaborations with renowned Irish and international groups and musicians, including the acclaimed american pianist Bill Carrothers as part of the Kevin Brady Trio. He’s a member of both the Phil Ware Trio and Tommy Halferty Trio, as well as Yurodny, one of Ireland’s leading world music groups.
David has appeared on over 30 albums of established Irish and international artists, and in 2013, released his own debut recording featuring leading jazz musicians Jason Rigby (sax) Bill Carrothers (piano) and Kevin Brady (drums). All About Jazz featured this recording as one of the top releases of 2013, while The Irish Times gave it a four-star review.
The trio will perform in the Clew Bay Hotel’s Madden’s Bar this Sunday, June 26, at 9pm. Doors open 8.30. Tickets, €10, from the venue.