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This is also the time of year when Ireland’s jazz community rouses itself from its winter slumber and comes awake with a slew of festivals

It was all Herbie Hancock’s idea. For the legendary Chicago-born pianist, jazz is much more than a style of music – it’s an attitude, and the values o(...)

Festival goers at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Photograph: Guinness Cork Jazz

Loud enough to wake the dead – that might well be the motto for this year’s Guinness Cork Jazz Festival which kicked off Thursday night. The streets (...)

The Blind Boys of Alabama will play the 2018 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Jazz aficionados heading for Leeside this year are in for a novel treat when the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival kicks off with a meeting of Halloween and(...)

Jen Chapman: just having a break

It was a year of cultural and social upheaval, a year when the internet, still reeling from the maddening meat-grinder that was 2016, looked unto the (...)

Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Photograph: STX Films/Europacorp

We so wanted to get behind Luc Besson’s big, silly spectacle. Shouting out for original science fiction, in this age of juggernaut franchises, is like(...)

Joey Alexander is in constant demand as a performer

Joey Alexander has the world at his feet: his first two albums have attracted Grammy nominations; his playing partners and musical mentors are some of(...)

Simon Jermyn

FRIDAY 07 TERRA INCOGNITA Fireplace Dragon Courthouse, Ennistymon, Co Clare (Friday); Black Gate, Galway (Saturday); Arthurs, Dublin (Sunday afternoo(...)

 Lionel Loueke: ‘I didn’t go to Paris to play African music, I got to Paris to play jazz’.   Photograph:  Jalal Morchidi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

At first glance, Lionel Loueke’s early life looks like an African musical boyhood straight out of central casting: banging on anything that made a noi(...)

Impressive showing: Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper, Drake, Rihanna, Kanye West and Adele

The nominations for the 59th annual Grammy awards, which will be handed out on February 12th, had some expected outcomes – Beyoncé dominated, with Le(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

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