Pianist and provocateur Connie Han has created an edgy blend of modern and traditional jazz with her incendiary Mack Avenue Records debut CRIME ZONE. At 23, this young lioness is on a fast-climbing trajectory to jazz stardom with rave reviews from The New York Times, Jazziz Magazine, Downbeat Magazine, and more. According to Downbeat Magazine, Han has “already absorbed the post-bop piano masters” with “all the technical mastery she’ll ever need.” Weaving in and out of the tradition, Han pays tribute to McCoy Tyner, Mulgrew Miller, and Kenny Kirkland with her own unique edge and fire at the piano. In 2019, Han became a Steinway Artist, joining an exquisite circle of renowned artists such as McCoy Tyner, Art Tatum, Kenny Barron, and Duke Ellington. Jazziz Magazine claims, “Han has been labeled a rising star and rightfully so — she’s an intriguing artist with mastery over her instrument as well as a deft bandleader. Given the maturity and brilliance she demonstrates on ‘CRIME ZONE’, perhaps ‘rising’ could be dropped from that designation.” Doors 9 Music 9.30 tickets ->
If you turn on an Irish radio station and hear a pedal steel guitar, chances are that the man in the driving seat is Richard Nelson. The list of musicians he has performed with reads like a who’s who of top Irish musicians, from Van Morrison and Paul Brady to Daniel O’Donnell, and countless others. He has played on over 500 albums over the years. He is one of the most sought after session musicians on the Irish music scene. Richard has released two albums of jazz standards, the first “Moments Notice” in 2005 and “Song for my Father” in 2019 and has collaborated with many of Ireland’s top jazz artists such as Phil Ware, Hugh Buckley, Dave Redmond and Kevin Brady. He is the founder of the Irish Pedal steel guitar festival which has been running annually for 18 years, He has also performed at many leading jazz venues such as the Montreux Jazz festival, North Sea Jazz Festival and Portalen jazz club in Copenhagen. He is also a Graduate of the DIT masters in jazz performance programme. This latest collaboration includes guitarist Lee Meehan, pianist Phil Ware, saxophonist Richie Buckley and veterans Dave Fleming on Bass and John Philip Murray on drums, and included compositions by Bob Berg, John Coltrane and Charlie Parker. Richard Nelson – pedal steel guitar Lee Meehan – guitar Phil Ware – piano Dave Fleming – bass Richie Buckley- sax John Philip Murray – drums Doors 8.30 music 9 entry 10€
The Ben Prevo Organ Trio — A one off non jazz trio engagement featuring the genre busting guitar and vocal stylings of Expatriate New Yorker Ben — accompanied by the masterful Dominic Mullan on drums & Darragh Hennessy on organ — blues and much more support by Claire Bonass Doors 3.30 Music 4 Entry 10euro
THE LEGENDARY ROB STRONG CELEBRATES 55 YEARS ON THE ROAD!He may be 72 years old this year but Rob Strong, as his name suggests, is still going strong! The Derry native with the sensational blues/soul voice, is celebrating an amazing 55 years on the road this year! Rob first started out as a bass player with the Polka Dots and then progressed to front The Plattermen, one of the biggest showbands in the 1960s, who were then managed by Jim Aiken. Rob played with the band for six years and he and the overdrive brass section of the band laid down some of the funkiest sounds ever heard in Ireland. In the early 1970s nobody in Ireland personified the raw energy of rock and blues music like Rob Strong, one of the most unique voices of the era. He even once turned down the offer of joining the world-famous Deep Purple! In 1974, as the disco music began to replace the showbands, Rob formed The Rob Strong Band, who later became The Rockets in the late 70s. The band played prestigious venues such as The TV club in Harcourt St for The Spotlight Night Out. They recorded many singles on various labels, such as Scoff, Good Vibration and Polydor Records and played all the top venues in the city, including residencies at The Lower Deck, Portabello, on Mondays, The New Moran Hotel on Thursdays and The Coconut Grove in Stillorgan on Fridays. The band also sold out many gigs at The Sportsman’s Inn and The Baggot Inn. In 1986 Rob Strong’s album “Hollywood Nights” was recorded LIVE in The Coconut Grove. The LP achieved the amazing distinction of being the longest album sleeve in the world – a three-metre long gatefold containing signatures of 6,000 adoring fans. It is available on Spotify today. To say that the musical talent runs in the Strong family is a huge understatement! Rob’s father, Robert, was an accomplished accordion player while his son, Andrew Strong, hit the big time at the tender age of 17, when he wowed audiences all over the world with his rendition of ‘Mustang Sally’ in the smash hit 1991 movie The Commitments. Rob was vocal coach for Andrew and the singers in the band and occasionally plays bass guitar with Andrew’s band today. Nowadays his daughter Niamh sometimes guests with Rob but is making waves in the industry in her own right and has just started touring theatres with her Eva Cassidy Show, to rave reviews. The magnetic pull of performing LIVE is still every bit as strong for Rob today. After touring Ireland’s finest theatres with Don Baker to huge acclaim last year, Rob continues to perform in this, his fifty fifth year on the road. Not many artists can claim to have continuously played LIVE for the last six decades! Sean Behan, on lead guitar, is already being described as one of the country’s finest guitarists while Cormac Crowley on the kit is outstanding at the back! Rob has just recorded his latest album ” Stronger Together” in Denmark with top producer Peter Bremer, from Copenhagen with Rob still has that unique distinctive voice that saw him mesmerise audiences all those years ago!
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John Donegan – piano John Daly – drums Dan Bodwell – bass With guest Ray Preston – harmonica John Donegan, UK based and originally from Cork, is a modern jazz pianist and composer. His music has been featured on the BBC, Jazz FM, RTE and independent radio stations in UK and Ireland. He has worked with a variety of UK, Irish and International artists, including Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel and Greg Abate. John’s major influences have been the likes of Bill Evans, Wynton Kelly, Bud Powell and Keith Jarrett. He has also performed in France, Spain and Portugal and at Birdland in New York. John more recently composed a suite of 21 contemporary pieces which have been released as 2 CDs, Siamsa Vol 1 & 2. Recent review in Musicians Union Magazine “An intriguing combination of classic bebop laced with Irish folk melody, this album from pianist John and his saxophonist friend Tommaso Starace is full of sublime lyrical moments” He has just released a new Sextet album, A Kite for Kate, dedicated to his youngest daughter. It comprises of totally original pieces and has already been featured on RTE, BBC, K 107FM and various other independent radio stations. Recent review in the Musician – MU magazine “ The fourth of a series dedicated to each of his family in turn, pianist John Donegan’s refined modern jazz sextet blends in brass, double bass, drums and sax for an authentic bebop flavour.” John received huge acclaim on his recent tour in Ireland where he played in Galway, and performed solo concerts in Dublin and Cork in addition to masterclass at the CIT School of Music in Cork.
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