Cork Jazz Festival 2014


So, now we are back from Cork after some fabulous days of Jazz, enjoyment and amazing nature…

It all started Friday with Carla Cook

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and Michel Legrand (just check out the Oscars and other prices he got for his work)

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Both are famous, well known, yet a wee bit too much show for our liking. The music was ok, but not the best you can imagine…

Around Cork you find plenty of entertainers, trying to make a living as well

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Some of them really good!

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So next day (Saturday) we opted out to find another concert (this time in a much smaller venue) and were totally mesmerized by the Lulo Reinhardt Latin Swing Project – http://www.lulo-reinhardt-project.de/). He is the great-cousin of world famous Django Reinhardt and an extremely good musician with an amazing repertoire.

The club was very cosy

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Lulo at the guitar

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The drummer does a kind of “Skat” singing (Indian music)

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And the violin was the “fiddler in the dark”

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Double-bass was played by Harald Becher

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Nice way of doing condom advertisements Smiley

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Very stylish… a spermobile Zwinkerndes Smiley

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In the evening the next concert started with Ed Cherry & The Bruce Barth Trio

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All amazing musicians

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Ed Cherry

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This time at the side

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And now Dianna Reeves

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Again very poppy, American and showy – so not so much our cup of tea…

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Showtime Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Sunday we were heading for a small concert once more and were lucky to get tickets for the Triskel Christchurch – a converted church. First came the Vanbrugh Quartet (http://vanbrughquartet.com/) – actually a classical music quartet, but they played wonderful pieces by Maurice Ravel (String quartet – 1902) and Peter Schickele (String Quartet No. 1) – both classical with heavy Jazz influences.

For those of the non-faint hearted… Here is Ravel:

The second part were Italian classical pieces from the 16th century converted into Jazz format with a wonderful singer… Really 1st class!

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He (Francesco Turrisi) plays and composes very nice!

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Here is an example:

What do you do with some 3 h between 2 shows while in Cork? Eat & drink…

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The good thing is that in most pubs there is good live music as well

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And the waiters are costumed

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Especially interesting if they don’t like the shot Zwinkerndes Smiley

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Bars are cosy places

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As it is Guinness Jazz Festival most pubs only serve Interbrew beverages (Guinness, Carlsberg, Heineken, Smithwicks, …), so this one here was a nice deviation

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And this one as well. With the kind of food you get there you need some colour solver…

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The following concert with Carmen Lundy was world class again

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Her keyboarder is a Grammy winner as well

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And her show really cool

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A bit less, please…

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Perfect double-bass

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Wonderful! She looks relieved

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As it was a double feature again the 2nd part – where we were not allowed to take pictures – was even better.. Ginger Baker and Pee Wee Ellis – outstanding!

Afterwards (it’s around 23:00 now) the streets are filling with the usual people going out in Cork

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Security checks (age…) are very tight

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And we just enjoyed ourselves

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Watching the dress code

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and various costumes

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or not so much dress-code

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legs are growing again this year

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And the Gardai helping and protecting

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Everybody contributes

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to the show

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and enjoys it obviously

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In the end we had some time left so we were heading for our favourite spot – the West Coast…

Beautiful weather made it even better…

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and our trip became an outstanding impression

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A teeny bit too wet for walking without proper shoes

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with magnificent countryside

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endless

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peat cutting

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and again Nothing – but loads of it Smiley

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Shy Zwinkerndes Smiley

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The road to nowhere

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comes from nowhere

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it’s getting massive now

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the and road just slopes through

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sunny patches

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and misty hillsides

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cause instant admiration

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These sharp images, the difference

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make the landscape so special

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As you continue it changes again and gets woodier

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Old oaks and beeches

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With patches of sunshine

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create stunning images with

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amazing colours

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Due to the recent rains the rivers are all quite loaded

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And fast running

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Wonderful impressions

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And the colours where just awesome

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Yarrow is beautiful and so much searched for by bees

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Even further down the road the coast gets closer

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and suddenly is there

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amazing landscapes

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I just love these views

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They are so diverse and beautiful

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You can’t stop looking

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Water created small rivulets

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and patches of land

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Before it gets really, really rocky

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With the low sun the colours started to glow

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and the pink stones were just outstanding

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Reflections everywhere

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And tidal pool inhabitants

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A roadside

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with strange markings – quite for sure some old art artefacts

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Evening is coming

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and sunset close

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the last rays…

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Rivers cut through the toughest stone

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And the ever present fisher

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Yet some people really consider this not too cold…

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Back towards Dublin we had a nice background view of Mount St. Patrick

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Again in full view

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