Friday, May 19, 2006
Brazilian Jazz Carnival comes to Cork!
Brazilian jazz and funk pioneers visited Cork last night for a gig in Cyprus Avenue! These guys have been combining soul and jazz with samba for years and their classic track "Jazz Carnival" is one of the most influential tracks ever produced. It used be a huge tune for me back in the day on the "Yo Latino" night I used do in the Half Moon, so I was well looking forward to them playing an intimate gig in Cork! It was raining and miserable for over 24 hours though, which didn't really help things, and I was really worried when only a few people were in the venue by the time I arrived. It filled up a bit alright but ultimately the crowd was dissapointing for a band of this stature, and a lot of the big jazz heads in the city didn't seem to know it was on.
The crowd there mainly heard about it word of mouth and in fairness, everyone was really into it and eagerly received the 2 hour session of mind-blowing musicanship. The band themselves were really humble too, and clearly delighted to be spreading the good vibes that they have been consistently bringing for many years. They are still recording with the excellent Far Out label and they played a mixture of old and new tunes. They paid tributes to musical legends such as Antonia Carlos Jobim and Chick Corea and played a nice re-working of my own favourite song of all time, "What's Goin On" by Marvin Gaye. They even took a break half way through, one of my buddies commented that it was the first time he saw a split show since "Little Red Riding Hood" in the Opera House years ago! By the later half of the gig we had forgotten about the rain and were instead whisked away into a sunnier world of beautiful jazz, funk, samba and soul by these amazingly talented legends of Brazilian music!
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- I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays http://www.pavilioncork.com also you can catch me at http://djstevieg.podomatic.com