Down With Jazz
Down With Jazz is back and jazzing with a special edition to give a belated kick-start to the new roaring 20’s in the wake of you-know-what!
Sunday September 5th 2021 | Meeting House Sq, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Tickets are FREE, booking essential. Available at www.improvisedmusic.ie from Friday 27th August.
As part of DUBLIN LIVE! Dublin City Council’s Live Local Performance Programme Funded by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
“The festival with a sense of humour” (The Irish Times) harks back to 1930s Ireland when jazz and ‘foreign’ music was seen by the Catholic Church as a filthy force of corruption. A repressive ‘anti-jazz’ campaign arose to ban jazz from the dance halls and airwaves of Ireland, and protect the ‘morality’ of the sons and daughters of Erin.
Today’s Down With Jazz festival connects 21st century Ireland’s vibrant and diverse music scene, with this notorious period in our social history, through a tongue-in-cheek presentation of some of the hottest jazz and improvised music acts around!
The festival takes a tongue-in-cheek look back to 1930s Ireland when jazz and ‘foreign’ music was seen by the Church as a filthy force of corruption, which culminated in a repressive ‘anti-jazz’ campaign to ban jazz music from the dance halls and airwaves of Ireland. Today’s Down With Jazz festival links audiences with 21st century Ireland’s vibrant and diverse music scene through the playful prism of this notorious period of our social history.
The popular weekend festival ran from 2012-2017 in Dublin’s Meeting House Square, and now, with thanks to Dublin City Arts Office’s Local Live Performance Scheme, it is back for a special live and proud edition for all of you hungry post-pandemic jazz fans.
Performing at this shameless Sunday of groove are artists including Toot Sweet and the Shadowman for a swampy New Orleans sound, Conor Guilfoyle’s Latin Swing Quintet with their unstoppable groove, and the spirit-lifting feel-good funk of ZASKA. Dana Masters spins her slick ensemble around her soul-infused vocals, and Aoife Doyle’s sweet, powerful lyricism will stop you in your tracks.