Self-ish Thoughts

The musings of Dave Self

Dave Self is a lifelong jazz fan, performer and DJ. He is a presenter of a jazz show for Blast 1386 - Tuesdays midday to 1pm, repeated on Fridays 8pm to 9pm. You can listen in to his show by clicking here.

Short review of the 2010 Cork Guinness Jazz Festival:

Firstly we were blessed with great weather for the week end and after a little rain. Thought we would have to don our wet weather gear, as is usual for the many times I have attended the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival, but we were lucky, the Gods were with us and although weather was a little chilly, it was fine and just great for the Jazzers.

This is one of the best festival's I have attended plenty of good Jazz and plenty of different genres to suit all tastes.

I believe the Festival has been going since 1978 and most of the greats have appeared there, although sadly many are no longer with us.

I have been attending the Festival since 1994 and have always enjoyed the warmth of the local people and the great talents that have appeared there since I have been privileged to attend on a Media Pass.

Heading up at the top of the line up was Herbie Hancock. What a show. He is the true idiom of modern music with 21st century sounds he held his audience for more than 80 minutes, his allotted time and I am afraid Cinderella would have definitely missed her coach, such was the intoxication of the great talents performing, with the many super stars and Kristina Train on vocals and violin were the icing on the cake for me and that was just one gig.

Charles McPherson was another great talent I saw playing my kind of jazz on the alto saxophone and wowing his audience.
Something like a 1000 musicians appear at this Festival and something like 40,000 people attend the Cork Jazz Festival every year in October which is Bank Holiday. Cork. is surely one of the friendliest of places on the planet, with the "Welcome to Cork", with a great smile I am always greeted on arrival to this City.

You can visit the Metropole Hotel the main hub of many great bands of all types. There is something from everyone and you need to be well rested to keep up with the many bands playing in all different rooms from Quartet's and Trio's to big bands. Something for everybody's taste.

One Band that caught my eye was the Mark McKnight Quartet, a very young guitarist from Belfast lead the quartet with equally talented sidemen. Vancover' Seamus Blake Tenorist, Ross Stanley on Organ from England with a very talented James Maddren, also from England, driving the rhythm section on drums.

Finally there was a great Free Gig at the Clarion Hotel Sunday afternoon and evening.
Among the Musicians appearing were the Christine Tobin Quartet in the afternoon and a special concert in the evening by the Cluskey Hopkins Band. Dedicated to the memory of Prof Peter O'Brien, the late stride piano player who appeared with the band some time ago and Des Hopkins brother Billy, who sadly passed away recently. Billy was also a member of the Cluskey Hopkins band. Also appearing was great all Girl band called Sax Appeal, who were fantastic playing all the Saxes.

If Cork keeps bringing this fantastic music next year, I suggest you'll need to book your Bed & Breakfast now, as there will not be even a garage space within 50 miles of Cork City to rest your weary head on.

Verdict, a fantastic Festival.

A rough guide to Cork:

Cork City is not only a friendly City. It has a lot more to entice you, and here is a summary in Bullet points as a rough guide.

ENGLISH MARKET .- FISH MEAT AND VEGETABLES ( ABSOLUTLY STUNNING) A SUPERB MARKET RESTAURANT WITH LOTS TO SEE. GREAT FOR CAMERA BUFFS AND REALLY ONE OF THE BEST MARKETS I HAVE EVER SEEN.

CORK CITY - SUPERB RESTAURANTS GREENS ISSACS JUST TO NAME TWO OF MY PERSONAL FAVOURITES.

CORBH (QUEENSTOWN) - TITANIC'S LAST PORT OF CALL - GREAT SMALL MUSEUM WITH RECENT EARLY HISTORY OF THE IRISH AND THEIR BOATS THEY WENT TO AMERICA WHEN THEY EMIGRATED THERE. ALSO ALL ABOUT THE FAMOUS SHIP WRECKS OF THAT TIME THE HARDSHIPS AND OF COURSE ALL ABOUT TITANIC.

BLARNEY - THE STONE - GREAT SHOPPING AT BLARNEY WOOLEN MILLS - TWEEDS WOOLENS & SWEATERS ALL TOP QUALITY - LOTS OF LOCAL CRYSTAL AND MANY OTHERS SHOPPING DELIGHTS. TO MANY TO MENTION HERE.

KINSALE - GREAT VIEWS OF A PICTURESQUE PHOTOGENIC HARBOUR VERY FRIENDLY PEOPLE AND MANY GOOD RESTAURANTS

SAMS BAR - ASK FOR BRENDON THE LICENCEE OF A GREAT AND FRIENDLY PUB WHERE YOU CAN MEET THE LOCAL PEOPLE ( HE IS THE FOUNTAIN OF ALL KNOWLEDGE IN KINSALE AND SERVES A GREAT PINT OF GUINNESS)

THESE ARE OSERVATIONS FOR THOSE VISITING CORK FOR THE FIRST TIME BY DAVID SELF A RADIO JAZZ PRESENTER FOR "BLAST 1386" WHO HAS BEEN ATTENDING THE GUINNESS CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL TO FOR MANY YEARS.