Bray Jazz Festival 2024

Late Night @ The Gallery

As one of the host venues of the festival Mermaid Arts Centre are delighteed to have partnered with Bray Jazz Festival once again to bring a range of events including the newest addition to the programme - Late Night @ The Gallery.

We want to keep the good vibes rolling into the night with our new late night lounge. Picture this: casual, intimate events in our Gallery space following the 8pm headline shows on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The best part? No tickets required! All festival attenders are welcome each evening, however our gallery space is a little smaller than the main auditorium so it will be first come, first served. Worry not - the bar will open and fully stocked and the music will carry through the space. Late Night @ The Gallery are not formal seated perfomances so feel free to stay for a while or stay for the evening.

This new innovation is made possible through the support of The Arts Council as part of their Late-Night Events Pilot Scheme. This support has allowed us to keep the doors open and the music flowing into the night. "The scheme aims to promote a vibrant cultural ecosystem in Ireland that thrieves after dark." - Minister Catherine Martin TD.

The Late Night @ The Gallery events are also very kindly being supported by Wicklow Wolf Brewing Company and Powerscourt Distillery.

Phil Robson’s Organ Trio (UK)

With Ross Stanley (organ) & Gene Calderazzo (drums)

Phil Robson, an award-winning, versatile and creative guitar player as well as celebrated composer, joins forces with the Hammond virtuoso Ross Stanley and the inspiring and powerful drummer Gene Calderazzo in this all-star band.

The music is played with great energy and the incredible rapport between the three members is something that definitely sets this band apart.

Influenced by such legends as Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery and John McLaughlin, but also with a heavier rock-grooving predilection and energy, this tight team add to the organ trio tradition their own, refreshing touch. You will hear powerful melodies, grooves and burning improv all melded together by the formidable blend of guitar and Hammond, driven by Gene’s dynamic drumming.

With this acclaimed band, he brings some new music alongside the pieces that the audience got to know and like, from the album “The Cut Off Point”.

The recording was hailed as an album steeped in the jazz language of the organ/guitar trio, a uniquely jazz format, yet one that adds a twist all of its own and given 4 Stars by Jazzwise magazine. Phil Robson’s compositional palette is revealed in all its colours and the trio’s live and fiery performances leave a lasting impression.

British guitar phenomenon Phil Robson hardly needs any introduction, save that his new musical departure is realised by an organ trio offering a smörgåsbord of exciting and imaginative compositions. All About Jazz

Getting home? We have you covered.

Bray Jazz are providing a (limited availability) subsidised late night bus service home from these shows. To find out more about the transport options available, heading northbound and southbound from Bray, click on the link here.

Please note that there are planned works due to take place in the Dart line throughout the bank holiday weekend which may impact your journey getting here. For full details see Iarnród Eireann (Irish Rail).

Kindly supported by The Arts Council