Christmas Jazz Café at the Island Theater, Ballinamore

The Island Theater is delighted to present North by Northwest Quartet, Rollins by Night at the Christmas Jazz Cafe this Friday December 17th at 8pm.

Leitrim saxophonist Cathal Roche who recently presented his project Duke Ellington at Island Theater Ballinamore returns with a new jazz quartet of musicians from Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal and Belfast to pay tribute to the music of legendary saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Cathal says: “I started playing jazz as a 14-year-old busker 30 years ago under the Merchant Arch in Dublin after hearing Sonny Rollins’ album ‘The Bridge’ for the first time.
“Sonny instantly became a hero and one of my guides. As a recording of jazz standards, “Them Bridge” sounded completely different from anything I had heard before. The playful sound of Sonny’s tenorb saxophone is sought after and personal, carrying something of the nighttime street sounds of Williamsburg Bridge, New York, a bridge Sonny trained on for a two-year sabbatical before moving on. occur before recording the album.

“The music and openness of this man gave jazz musicians the right to perform solo and to absorb, to attract people and places, and to make things more spontaneous, more sincere and personal… ”
Cathal’s new band, The N x NW Quartet, will revisit some of Rollins’ favorite tracks in the spirit and sax-guitar combo of The Bridge and feature the talents of legendary British guitarist Phil Robson (Roscommon), bassist by Donegal Conor Murray (half of the Murray Brothers’ twin duo) and Belfast drummer Dr David Lyttle.

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This project was made possible with the support of Leitrim County Council and the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sports and Media as part of the 2021 local live entertainment programming program.

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