Nigel Mooney with The Johnny Taylor Trio and guest Richie Buckley

Nigel Mooney with The Johnny Taylor Trio and guest Richie Buckley

On an afternoon in early 1986, guitarist Nigel Mooney walked into J.J. Smyth’s pub on Aungier St., seeking a venue for his Gripewater Blues Band. So began a Friday night residency that was to last ten years, and so began Dublin’s only jazz and blues club of the modern era. Following the huge success of Mooney’s blues band in the eighties, other Irish jazz and blues acts took up residency in J.J.’s, most notably Louis Stewart with his Monday night gig, and Noel Kelehan’s legendary Ozone quintet, which featured the great drummer John Wadham - their Thursday night session would metamorphose into the long-running Isotope gig, featuring Richie and Hugh Buckley. For most of the last 30 years or so, J.J.’s has been home to the cream of Dublin’s jazz fraternity and the go-to club for any international musician visiting the city, as well as the Dub-hub for the jazz fan.

Last November rumours surfaced that J.J.’s days were numbered; J.J. Smyth was to retire and had sold the premises to a non-jazz fan. Sadly, that final day has arrived and J.J.’s last gig will take place on the afternoon of Sunday, 23rd of April. Fittingly, the last performance will feature Ireland’s King of the Blues, Nigel Mooney, with the Johnny Taylor Trio and special guest Richie Buckley.

Nigel Mooney is widely regarded as one of Ireland's leading jazz singer and guitarists. A charismatic figure on the Dublin jazz and blues scenes since the early 1980's, his Gripewater Blues Band spearheaded the blues movement in Ireland and drew many fans of both jazz and the blues. A self-taught musician, Mooney was influenced by the blues from an early age and his hard-bop style of guitar playing is expressive and melodic with a bluesy groove. He possesses a warm and rich tenor voice and has an almost flawless sense of pitch…..

Johnny was born in London and studied classical piano and clarinet from a young age, playing in orchestras and gaining an ABRSM diploma in piano performance. Upon moving to Ireland, he became a music scholar at Trinity College and graduated with a First Class Honours degree in 2006. After studying with a scholarship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Johnny returned to Dublin and began playing jazz full time. He currently leads his own piano trio as well as playing in the groups of various notable Irish musicians including Nigel Mooney, Cormac Kenevey, Alex Mathias and Suzanne Savage and Louis Stewart. Currently he is musical director for Emilie Conway. In April 2014 he toured with The Emilie Conway Quintet in Ireland, presenting the Songs of Alec Wilder.

Doors 4.30pm (Music 5pm / Over 18’s)   -   Adm €12

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