2013 Festival

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Mike Stern / Victor Wooten Band

Featuring B. Franceschini and D. Watson B. FRANCESCHINI & D. WATSON

Tuesday July 16

VICTOR WOOTEN electric bass / vocals
DERICO WATSON drums / vocals

Hawks Well Theatre Sligo, 16 July 2013 Doors 9pm, Band 9.30pm. €35 TICKETS available from 1 May 2013, 10am hawkswell.com or phone +353 71 9161518
Excitement abounds since Sligo Jazz Project’s announcement of our 2013 headliners and festival openers Mike Stern/Victor Wooten Band. Stern, one of the world’s most respected jazz-fusion guitarists, who has collaborated with many jazz greats including Miles Davis, Brecker Brothers and Esperanza Spalding, is joined for an exclusive Irish date for the first time by arguably the world’s greatest electric bassist, Victor Wooten, at the Hawks Well Theatre on July 16. Since the news broke of Wooten’s imminent visit, the excitement has been tangible, in the music community and general public all over Ireland and beyond.
Victor Wooten is the bassist with Bluegrass/Jazz Fusion supergroup Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, with whom he has won five Grammy awards, in a glittering career spanning over thirty years. Victor Wooten was voted one of the top ten bassists of all time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2011, and is widely renowned amongst the most innovative bassists in modern music history. He has been called “the Michael Jordan of the bass” and hailed as “one of the most fearless musicians on the planet”.
A joint SJP/Hawk’s Well Theatre promotion, this will undoubtedly be one of the musical highlights of 2013. Tickets for this exciting concert go on sale on 1st May at 10am. Of course if you enrol for Sligo Jazz Project’s international summer school, you will gain admission to this and a plethora of festival concerts included in your summer school fee!
Wed July 17: World/Fusion Double Bill: The Olllam (Ire/USA) & Janek Gwizdala Trio (USA/UK/Ireland) Thur July 18: Kenny Werner Trio (USA) Kenny Werner (p), John Riley (d), John Goldsby (b) Fri Jul 19: Dublin City Jazz Orchestra with guests Ian Shaw (UK), Marshall Gilkes (USA/Ger), Jean Toussaint (UK) Sat July 20: SJP All Stars – The entire teaching faculty of SJP international summer school lead by Kenny Werner and John Riley.


The Olllam and Janek Gwizdala

Fusion Double Bill – The Olllam and Janek Gwizdala/Mike Nielsen/Stephen Davis

At SJP we always try to feature the best world music alongside our jazz acts and tonight we have both rolled into a fab double bill: a real treat for music lovers, with two very different types of fusion music, one Celtic, the other jazz.
the olllam, lead by master piper John McSherry, visits Sligo Jazz Project on its very first Irish tour, with influences from traditional Irish music, jazz and rock. A must see for fans of Bothy Band/Moving Hearts/Donal Lunny/Lunasa and everything trad thats good. the olllam ‘s cross-genre sextet line up also treats us to some awesome musicianship such as that of cult hero Vulfpeck bassist Joe Dart. Another bass hero leads the second double bill act as Janek Gwizdala teams up with Sligo’s greatest jazz export Mike Nielsen for the first time. Don’t miss this exciting addition to SJP’s 2013 festival bill.

The Olllam

John McSherry (pipes / whistles)
Tyler Duncan (pipes / whistles / guitar / keyboards)
Michael Shimmin (drums / percussion)
Joe Dart (bass)
Sean O’Mara (guitar)
John McCullough (keyboards)
In 2012, three of Celtic music’s contemporary masters came together to create one of the most interesting musical collaborations of the year. Dubbed “the olllam” (an old Irish word which refers to a master of a particular trade or skill), the trio is the creative offspring of Belfast-native John McSherry (uilleann pipes and whistles), and Detroit-natives Tyler Duncan (uilleann pipes, whistles, guitar, Rhodes), and Michael Shimmin (drums and percussion).
Building on their tight-knit friendship and shared musical history together, they decided to write and record an album from across the Atlantic—via Skype, e-mail, and cell-phone voice memos. Almost as soon as they began, they discovered a synergy that took on a life of its own, creating an intensely heart-felt, powerful, and personal sound that actually gave them chills. Listeners may be reminded of modern artists such as Radiohead and Coldplay at one moment and seminal Irish artists such as The Bothy Band and Planxty may be equally reminiscent at another. Yet, the overarching musical impression is organic, focused, distinct, and musically mature.

Janek Gwizdala/Mike Nielsen/Stephen Davis

Opening our double bill is a world premiere collaboration between one of the world’s finest electric bassists, SJP e-bass tutor 2013, Janek Gwizdala and Ireland’s most original jazz guitarist Michael Nielsen, with Stephen Davis (NI) on drums.
London born US based Bass player and record producer Janek Gwizdala has been on the international music scene for over a decade. He has been touring as a band leader and working as musical director or sideman with some of the most respected names in the industry. These include: Randy Brecker, Hiram Bullock, Mike Stern, John Mayer, Airto Moreira, Flora Purim, Pat Metheny, Marcus Miller, Dave Kikoski, Adam Rogers, Jojo Mayer, V.V. Brown, Jem, Paul Shafer, Delta Goodrem, Gary Husband, Peter Erskine, Wayne Krantz, and Mark Turner. Janek leads the way in online bass education with his internet music school videobasslessons.tv.
Equally innovative on acoustic and electric guitars, Michael Nielsen has gained a reputation as one of the leading guitarists in European jazz. He has performed with international artists including; Kenny Wheeler, Larry Coryell, Kenny Werner, Jason Moran, Simon Nabatov, Eric Revis, Michael Moore, Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman.
Stephen “Dakiz” Davis is a professional percussionist and composer and has been active in such fields in the UK and Europe. Steve was born in Belfast and is known as much for his jazz drumming as his free improvisational style of playing. He has played with, amongst others, jazz luminaries Rufus Reid, Norma Winstone, Django Bates, Matthew Bourne and Evan Parker.




A double bill featuring Kenny Werner Trio and a new Hawks Well Theatre/Arts Council Commission by Eddie Lee and David Lyttle: The Barinthus Suite.
Kenny Werner Trio
Kenny Werner – Piano
John Riley – Drums
John Goldsby – Double Bass

Kenny Werner is a world-class pianist and composer. His prolific output of compositions, recordings and publications continue to impact audiences around the world. Kenny was recently awarded the 2010 Guggenheim Fellowship Award for his seminal work, No Beginning No End. No Beginning No End is a musical journey exploring tragedy and loss, death and transition, and the path from one lifetime to the next. Utilizing over 70 musicians, Kenny’s third album for Half Note Records is an expansive composition featuring Joe Lovano, Judy Silvano, Wind Ensemble, Choir and String Quartet. His book “Effortless Mastery” is widely acclaimed as a work of great depth and value to musicians and professionals worldwide.

Grammy award winning recording artist, John Riley returns to Sligo as principal drum tutor for the third year running. John is enjoying a stellar career as a jazz drummer, including concerts and recordings with artists such as John Scofield, Mike Stern, Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Miles Davis. He currently performs regularly with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Bob Mintzer, Jon Faddis and Joe Lovano. John is on the faculty of Manhattan School of Music and SUNY-Purchase and has written three critically acclaimed books about jazz drumming – “The Art of Bop Drumming,” “Beyond Bop Drumming” and “The Jazz Drummer’s Workshop.” He is also a winner of the 2004 and 2005 Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll.

Double Bassist John Goldsby has performed with Koln’s WDR Big Band since 1994. Like John Riley, John Goldsby also visits Sligo for the third time. On his latest 2012 visit he shone with John Taylor and Diana Torto as well as with the SJP All Stars. John has performed with Kurt Elling, John Taylor, Barney Kessel, Tom Harrell, Dave Liebman, Buddy DeFranco, Peter Erskine and Scott Hamilton.


Sligo Jazz Project has added a new specially commissioned item to its 2013 programme of events. David Lyttle and Eddie Lee have been commissioned by the Hawks Well Theatre to write a suite of music for performance during the festival. The piece, entitled The Barinthus Suite, is named after the ancient Celtic god of the sea and water, and inspired by Sligo’s megalithic landscape, written in Sligo. It will be a fusion of Celtic, jazz and hiphop influences and feature, alongside David on drums and Eddie on double bass, Kenny Werner on piano and soloists including Jean Toussaint, Mike Nielsen, other special guests including piper/low whistler Tyler Duncan (from the olllam), bodhran master John Joe Kelly and others TBC. Thanks to the Arts Council of Ireland for funding the commission.



World Music – Trad Fusion Festival Club, 10.30pm, SOURCE SLIGO. Two floors of music for just €10! TICKETS AT DOOR
Featuring the amazing Moxie and members of the olllam plus a jam session!
A spectacular festival club line up for our traditional world music night, Thursday night features a hugely exciting action packed treble bill:
1. Arguably Ireland’s youngest and most exciting, cutting-edge crossover act Moxie
2. Members of the USA/Ireland trad/jazz/punk/funk hybrid the olllam, fresh from their Hawks Well Theatre appearance the night before, will play a set.
3. As usual, our festival club JAM SESSION featuring a host of international talent, downstairs in Source from 10.30pm.


Formed in late 2011 as part of the annual folk festival, Sligo Live, Moxie are a Sligo and Limerick based band that formed through years of musical friendships from playing together at certain festivals around Ireland. The band incorporates Irish music with other genres such as folk, rock and new age bluegrass. A vibrant new band playing an exciting mix of traditional based compositions with richly developed layers of fantastic harmony. Moxie are Ted Kelly banjo, tenor guitar, vocals – Jos Kelly accordion, keyboards, vocals –Cillian Doheny guitar, banjo – Paddy Hazelton percussion, vocals – Darren Roche accordion and melodeon
Also performing are members of the olllam who perform a longer set on Wednesday 17 in the Hawks Well Theatre:
John McSherry (pipes / whistles)
Tyler Duncan (pipes / whistles / guitar / keyboards)
Michael Shimmin (drums / percussion)
Joe Dart (bass)
Sean O’Mara (guitar)
John McCullough (keyboards)


Dublin City Jazz Orchestra and Guests

One of SJP’s highlights of 2011 was Ireland’s premier big band, the DCJO with special guests from our stellar summer school faculty, Marshall Gilkes and John Riley. This year DCJO returns with a programme of music featuring the original compositions of US based Irish composer David O’Rourke, and no less than three guests from SJP’s 2013 faculty: vocalist Ian Shaw, trombonist Marshall Gilkes and saxophonist Jean Toussaint.
There is nothing to beat the rhythmic drive and sheer power of a jazz big band. The Dublin City Jazz Orchestra brings this quality to its concerts with superb ensemble playing and its outstanding soloists from all four sections, reeds, trombones, trumpets and rhythm. All of the members of this 17 piece jazz orchestra are well known members of the Irish jazz scene and they bring to this orchestra all their well honed skills as they perform arrangements from the great International writers and Irish composers.
The members of this orchestra have played with Bobby Wellins, Tina May, James Williams, Georgie Fame, Guy Barker, Scott Hamilton, Jon Faddis, Brad Mehldau, Louis Stewart, Bobby Watson, Alan Barnes, Stacey Kent, Christine Tobin, Harry Allen, Roy Williams, Spike Robinson, Joe Temperley, George Masso, John Wadham, Mike Nielsen, Greg Osby, Claire Martin, John Taylor, Mihály Borbély, Julian Arguelles, Rick Peckham, Steve Arguelles, Florian Ross, Gilad Atzmon, Sean Carpio, Furio di Castri, Francesco Turrisi, Justin Carroll, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Phil Woods, John Dankworth, Cleo Laine, Sid Lawrence Orchestra, ‘Back to Basie’ Big Band and the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, Van Morrison, Ronnie Drew, Shane McGowan, Dana, Johnny Logan, Amy Winehouse, Emer Mayock, Cora Venus Lunny, Sharon Shannon, The Commitments Band, The Waterboys, RTE Concert Orchestra, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Irish Film Orchestra, Wexford Opera, Cyprus State Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
Musical Director: Brendan Doyle
Shaw has been described as one of the most distinctive, original and creative jazz singers on the scene, and is also a talented pianist and songwriter. Twice voted “Best Jazz Vocalist” at the BBC Jazz Awards and nominated this year for a JazzFM award, he has more than a dozen albums to his name. While his solo shows become ever more popular, he is much in demand as the featured soloist with big bands and orchestras both in the UK and internationally, alongside pairings with the likes of Guy Barker, Liane Carroll and Claire Martin and over the years has also worked with Quincy Jones, Abdullah Ibrahim, Cleo Laine, Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor.
Marshall Gilkes currently resides in Cologne, Germany where he is a member of the WDR Big Band. Mr. Gilkes is a graduate of The Juilliard School as well as Interlochen Arts Academy. In addition to his work as a leader, Mr. Gilkes has performed as a member of the internationally acclaimed Richard Bona Band, Edmar Castañeda Trio, Maria Schneider Orchestra, and the David Berger Jazz Orchestra. In addition he has performed with Billy Cobham, Dave Douglas, and the Village Vanguard Orchestra. He has taught and presented master classes at institutions around the world including The Banff Center, Berklee College of Music, and on behalf of the Juilliard School. In 2003 Mr. Gilkes was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition.
Jean Toussaint with The Jazz Apprentices 2011
US tenor saxophonist Jean Toussaint joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1982, beginning an inspired four-and-a-half years in one of the most important groups in the history of jazz. Since 1987, he has been based in London, and his performing credits include notables such as McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Roy Ayers, Gary Bartz, Kenny Kirkland, Terence Blanchard, Max Roach, Cedar Walton, Horace Silver and Lionel Loueke. Jean had the saxophone post on Sligo Jazz Project in 2011 and we are delighted to welcome him back this year.
Note: This concert is affiliated to the Arts Council sponsored DCJO June 2013 tour “David O’Rourke – A Prophet In His Own Land”, featuring the US based Irish guitarist/composer David O’Rourke. Although David will not be here in person, his music will be featured.

David Lyttle and Interlude

FUNKY FRIDAY FESTIVAL CLUB: David Lyttle and Interlude

Don’t miss this opportunity to get down with your bad selves at our Friday night funk & hip hop extravaganza featuring some of the funkiest people in Ireland and Britain! David Lyttle and his Interlude band will be performing some material from the CD of the same name. This is urban music at its grooviest.

David Lyttle – drums Rhea – vocals Anne Lyttle – vocals Homecut – vocals Robert Mitchell – Piano/Keys Tom Harrison – sax

“…incredible…soulful…” – Daily Mirror “…an exceptional album.” – MOBO Awards
“Interlude is a beautifully-produced, neo soul/hip hop/nu-jazz album, that fans of the likes of Erykah Badu, D’Angelo and the Young Disciples should lap up in droves…rich and dynamic…stellar. A rare sort of treat to come out of Ireland. Superb.” – Hot Press
David Lyttle began performing professionally at the age of four in his family folk group and has gone on to be described by premier Irish music magazine Hot Press as a ‘veritable one-man industry’. A household name in Irish jazz, his groups have featured the global upper-echelon, including US giants Greg Osby and Jean Toussaint, while his new album ‘Interlude’ is earning him recognition outside of jazz as an urban producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Recently brought to millions by a Channel 4 album advert campaign with HMV, and championed by BBC Radio 1’s Introducing and a range of media from specialist music magazines to the tabloids, it features David on keyboards, bass, drums, cello and vocals, revealing his strong personality as a songwriter whilst confirming the influence of producer heavyweights Q-Tip, Mark Ronson and Pharrell.
“Interlude” collaborators include MOBO-winning/Mercury-nominated rapper Soweto Kinch, UK rapper/vocalist Homecut and Brooklyn rapper iLLspokinN (Run DMC, KRS One). Talent from Ireland such as rising star vocalist Rhea Lyttle, rapper Wile Man, guitarist Andreas Varady and his folk singer mother Anne Lyttle also appear. In addition, David enlists A-list session guests Jason Rebello (Sting), Pino Palladino (Adele, D’Angelo), Michael Buckley (Glen Hansard), Keith Duffy (The Corrs) and Linley Hamily (Van Morrison).


Tony Miceli Quartet

Tony Miceli Vibes
Phil Ware Piano
Dave Redmond Bass
John Daly Drums

“Tony Miceli is a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness.” – Vic Schermer, All About Jazz Vibraphonist Tony Miceli, whose playing has been compared with the legendary Milt Jackson and Gary Burton, grew up in New Jersey, currently resides in Philadelphia, and has been working steadily on the jazz scene since 1980. As a group leader, sideman, and recording artist, he has performed with numerous top musicians including David Liebman, Jimmy Bruno, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, Diane Monroe, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle, Larry McKenna, and many others. In addition to his work with the group Monkadelphia, which he co-founded in 1990, Miceli is a member of the PhilOrch Jazz Ensemble (a quartet featuring members of the Philadelphia Orchestra) and the Adam Unsworth Ensemble. His recordings include a compilation CD, Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note, with Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Crepuscule (featuring Monkadelphia); Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for a documentary showcasing the Philadelphia Orchestra.


Nigel Mooney Septet

Nigel Mooney – gtr, vcls,
Johnny Taylor – piano
Dan Bodwell – bass
Dominic Mullan – drums
Linley hamilton – trumpet
other horn(s) TBC

“…one of the most enjoyable jazz albums to emerge in many a year.” – Donald Helme, RTE Lyric FM
“Great tunes, great sound…Mooney may have another hit on his hands.” – Irish Times
“…nothing less than stunning…” – Hot Press
Nigel Mooney has long been regarded as Ireland’s leading blues singer/guitarist. His sensitive tenor voice, soulful jazz guitar stylings and preference for an acoustic-sounding, jazz approach to the blues have made him a unique and popular artist. Mooney’s Gripewater Blues Band was a significant group on the Irish blues scene of the eighties, but the Mooney of today was first documented on debut first album ‘All My Love’s In Vain’ (Rubyworks). It became the island’s biggest selling jazz album of 2005, with major airplay from champions such as RTE’s Ryan Tubridy, and chart placements for the single ‘Beautiful Day’.
‘The Bohemian Mooney’, his much-awaited second album, sees him in both small group and big band settings, with VIP appearances by international music icons Georgie Fame and Louis Stewart. Debuting at number 1 on iTunes following an RTE album of the week placement on Radio 1 and a TV appearance on RTE’s The Late Late Show, it features his working group of Johnny Taylor (piano), Dan Bodwell (bass) and Dominic Mullan (drums), with Richie Buckley (Van Morrison), Linley Hamilton (Paul Brady) and Michael Buckley (Glen Hansard) among the horn section.