An old-school “little big band” inspired by Miles Davis’s and Gil Evans’s Birth of the Cool ensemble
Drummer and educator Conor Guilfoyle has form when it comes to whipping horn sections into shape. His superb Latin jazz bands in the 90s were a proving ground for generations of Dublin musicians, delivering authentic Afro-Cuban grooves and tightly arranged horns to adoring audiences. The Dun Laoghaire percussionist’s latest project is an old-school “little big band” inspired by Miles Davis’s and Gil Evans’s Birth of the Cool ensemble, which wowed audiences at the Bray Jazz Festival last month. The tight-as-a-drum horn section includes saxophonist Peter Dobai and trumpeter Bill Blackmore (see also Tuesday), along with saxophonists Yuzaha O’ Halloran and Kelan Walsh, trombonist Paul Frost, pianist Darragh Hennessy and bassist Barry Rycraft.