Longford’s first Jazz Club was established at a meeting in Backstage Theatre on Tuesday night last.
The need for a Longford Jazz Club arose out of the response to the recent DIT Jazz Ensemble Concert at the Theatre. According to County Arts Officer, Fergus Kennedy; “Jazz is a minority interest but jazz lovers are everywhere, the question therefore was – is there enough interest in jazz in County Longford to establish and sustain a jazz club and a small annual programme of concerts? That question was answered for us by the excellent turnout for the recent DIT Concert and the enthusiasm of the response afterwards.”
The priority for the committee now is to schedule a programme of jazz concerts for the rest of the year. It is hoped to run one mid-Summer event and two Autumn/Winter events. The Autumn/Winter gigs will be held in the Canal Studio, Backstage Theatre which will be especially adapted for the night to create the sense of an atmospheric basement jazz club.
According to Adrian Duncan, the newly-appointed Chairman of Longford Jazz Club; “our priorities are two-fold; to provide live jazz experiences in small intimate settings for Longford audiences - something which has been absent heretofore and to provide a platform for Longford musicians to hear top quality live jazz and to play jazz to a live audience. To this end we intend to invite a local musician or musicians to provide a short, curtain-raiser performance before each concert with the ultimate intention of scheduling a full night of jazz by local musicians.”
Adrian adds that though the audience for jazz is small, jazz fans are passionate about their music. “If we are to maintain a live jazz scene in Longford and spare music lovers the expense and inconvenience of having to travel to Dublin or Sligo to hear live music then it is imperative for all music lovers to turn up for events and support local live music.”
For further news and information on the Longford Jazz Club see www.longfordmusic.ie