JAZZGate is a series of jazz concerts which I curate and perform on in The Black Gate Galway. The series pays tribute to the greatest jazz artists and composers of all time, as well as featuring local and visiting musicians – celebrating the absolute cream of the Irish Jazz scene.

JAZZGate Autumn / Winter 2019 Season

*Doors for the JAZZGate series are at 9pm unless otherwise advertised,
and music starts soon after.

September 13
The Music of Aretha Franklin
featuring special guest Barbara Vulso on vocals

September 21
The Music of Wayne Shorter
featuring special guest Cathal Roche on saxophone

September 28
The Music of Aengus Hackett!
A new trio performing brand-new compositions of mine,
feat. Derek Whyte (bass) and Matthew Jacobson (drums)

Thursday October 17
The Music of Naomi Berrill & Matthew Berrill
feat. special guest Naomi Berrill (vocals, cello)

Friday October 25
Brazilian / Bossa Nova night
feat. special guest Mike Nielsen (guitar)

Thursday October 31
JAZZGate ‘Halloweekend’: Fancy Dress Jazz Party
feat. six-piece band of Ireland’s finest musicians;

Cathal Roche (saxophone/clarinet)
Matthew Berrill (saxophone/clarinet)
Colm O’ Hara (trombone)
Aengus Hackett (guitar)
Neil O’ Loclainn (bass)
Dan Walsh (drums)

Tickets €15

Friday November 1 *(late start – 10pm)
JAZZGate ‘Halloweekend’: New Orleans theme
feat. six-piece band of Ireland’s finest musicians
Tickets €15

Saturday November 2
JAZZGate ‘Halloweekend’: Vocal night feat. Róisín Mulliez
feat. five-piece band of Ireland’s finest musicians
Tickets €15

Thursday November 7
The Music of Bill Evans
feat. special guest John Donegan, UK (piano)

Saturday November 16
The Music of Joni Mitchell
feat. special guest Suzanne Savage (vocals)

Saturday November 23 *(CANCELLED)
The Music of John Coltrane
feat. special guest Kevin Brady (drums)

Thursday November 28
The Music of Carla Bley
feat. special guest Izumi Kimura (piano)

Izumi Kimura – Piano

Matthew Berrill – Saxophone/Clarinet

Aengus Hackett – Guitar

Thursday December 7

Clarinet in Jazz (Benny Goodman/Sidney Bechet)
feat. special guest Matthew Berrill (clarinet)

Matthew Berrill – Clarinet
Mike Nielsen – Guitar
Dan Bodwell – Bass
Phil McMullan – Drums

Thursday December 12

The Music of Chet Baker
feat. special guests Paul O’ Driscoll (vocals, bass) & Bill Blackmore (trumpet)

Paul O’ Driscoll – Vocals & Bass
Bill Blackmore – Trumpet
Aengus Hackett – Guitar
Miki Belton – Drums


Thursday December 19
‘A JAZZGate Christmas’
feat. special guest Sarah O’ Toole (vocals)

Sarah O’ Toole – Vocals

Aengus Hackett – Guitar

Dan Bodwell – Bass

Barry Duffy – Drums

Tuesday December 31
New Year’s Eve Jazz Party

Lineup TBC


Below is the summer season 2019: