Live jazz venues in Dublin

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In a few days, on April 30th, the United Nations will observe the International Jazz Day.

“The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”

What are the best places to listen to jazz music in Dublin? Here is my advice, illustrated with videos and pictures.

One of the most famous jazz bars in Dublin is JJ Smyths on Aungier Street, Dublin 2. It is a very old pub founded in the 1730’s. Jazz and blues gigs take place almost every night there. On April 19th at 5pm, jazz pianist Norvald Dahl from Norway will perform with his quartet. Their main influences are the famous Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarrett.

Another bar to explore is Olesya’s Wine Bar & Bistro on Exchequer Street, Dublin 2. It hosts live jazz sessions from 7:30pm to 10pm every Wednesday in the main dining room.

Olesya's Wine Bar & Bistro / Image credit: from the Facebook Page of Olesya's
Olesya’s Wine Bar & Bistro / Image credit: from the Facebook page of Olesya’s

On Friday and Saturday nights, The Mint Bar also hosts some of the most famous Irish jazz players, in particular Cormac Kenevey, who is the only Irish jazz artist currently signed onto an international record label. Most of the time he plays with his band called The Velvet Lounge Band.

Sunny days are coming back. You may want to listen to live jazz outside, on a cool evening. Enjoy the Thursday Jazz from 6 to 9pm in the garden of House Dublin, Lower Leeson Street.

Garden of House Dublin ? Image credit: from the Facebook page of House Dublin
Garden of House Dublin / Image credit: from the Facebook page of House Dublin

To conclude, do not miss the 12 Points Festival! It takes place from April, 15th to 18th in Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Twelve jazz bands from all over Europe will play live music: A.M.P Trio from Hungary, Auditive Connection from France, Black Dough from Sweden, Bruut! from the Netherlands, Elias Stemeseder from Germany, Hildegard Lernt Fliegen from Switzerland, Laura Jurd Quartet from the United Kingdom, Moskus from Norway, STUFF. from Belgium, SVIN from Denmark, Virta from Finland, and finally Umbra from Ireland! All of these bands play different kinds of jazz, for every taste.

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