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Sligo Jazz Project Presents

Conor Guilfoyle Octet


This event has now been CANCELLED.

Birth of the Cool.
On Jan 21st, 1949 the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis assembled a nonet of four brass, two saxophones and three rhythm to record four tracks with eight more to come in April 1949 and March 1950. These recordings would make jazz history creating what we now call the “Birth of the Cool” sessions. Arrangements and compositions for the nonet were provided by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, John Carisi and Miles himself. The music fused elements of classical harmony with the jazz rhythm section and is now considered as important as Duke Ellington’s 1940’s recordings or Miles’s later masterpiece “Kind of Blue”.

Conor Guilfoyle Octet.
Led by one of Ireland’s leading drummers and educators the members of the octet are handpicked from his former students of the Newpark Jazz programme (now DCU) and represent some of the finest young players on the scene today. The octet music has been a look back to the 1950’s to a style associated with the west coast called “Cool Jazz”, the origins which really began on the east coast with the seminal “Birth of the Cool” recordings, though they also plays hard bop classics by Horace Silver, Benny Golson and Tadd Dameron.
Despite the importance and fame of the “Birth of the Cool” this will be the first opportunity an Irish audience will have to hear it in its entirety. They will also get to hear great arrangements from Gerry Mulligan a central figure of this seminal recording and one of the main exponents of the “Cool” style of jazz.

Preceded by Drinks Reception and Sligo Jazz Project Official 2020 Programme Launch at 7pm