Down With Jazz, Dublin’s annual festival of ‘filthy foreign rhythms & divilish beats’ moves across the Liffey and into The Grand Social for it’s 6th edition on 10th-11th June with a shameless line-up of jazzy grooves.
Way back in 1917 the very first shellac jazz record was cut by a New Orleans quintet called The Original Dixieland Jass Band. It also marked the birth of the undisputed First Lady of Jazz, Ms Ella Fitzgerald. Jaysus, not another bleedin’ centenary says you!
Fast forward one hundred years and there is plenty to celebrate in our diverse Irish jazz scene, with Down With Jazz bent on “reimagining mainstream jazz and bringing everyone together for a hell of a good time.” - All About Jazz
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.
“Down With Jazz… remembering those anti-jazz nutters with some of the freshest and most innovative jazz, world and experimental acts around” - Irish Times
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