George Colligan Trio Album Launch

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After a highly successful trio tour in 2019, George Colligan, Darren Beckett and David Redmond will collaborate again in April 2020 on a tour of the UK and Ireland to celebrate the release of their live album ‘The George Colligan Trio Live in Arklow’, which was recorded during the same tour. The recording is to be released on leading UK jazz label Ubuntu April 2nd. On this tour, they will be playing a selection of arranged standards and original compositions by Colligan. Beckett and Colligan have an extensive playing and recording history in New York, having recorded for the Steeplechase record label as a trio and also with artists such as Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. George Colligan is not only one of the great jazz pianists of his generation, but he has earned an international reputation as a multi-instrumentalist (drums, trumpet, organ, keyboards), composer, accompanist, teacher and bandleader. Winner of the 2015 DownBeat Magazine Critics Poll (Keyboard), he has had a long association with living jazz legend Jack DeJohnette. With over 130 albums to date as an accompanist, Colligan has worked with a long list of jazz greats, including Buster Williams, Cassandra Wilson, Don Byron, Ravi Coltrane, and many others. His latest album, ‘Nation Divided’ (Whirlwind Records) is his 30th as a bandleader. Colligan, a New York resident for 15 years, now resides in Portland, Oregon where he is an Associate Professor at Portland State University. Darren Beckett (drums) won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s performed on over 50 albums, recording with notable names like Brandon Flowers, Daniel Lanois, Madeleine Peyroux Lee Konitz and Kenny Wheeler. Over the years, Darren has worked with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, James Hunter, jazz pianist Aaron Parks, played festivals all over the world from Austin City Limits to Montreux to NH7 in India. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers) and American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, with whom he toured with for over ten years. Darren co-wrote the lead single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’ number one charting second solo album ‘The Desired Effect’. He currently teaches drums at BIMM in Brighton, and has been touring the US and Europe with Indie darlings Amen Dunes this year, also spending part of the year recording in LA, Austin and New York with various artists and film composers. Darren’s band Ambulance LTD recently reformed to play some shows in New York. Darren was recently featured in Modern Drummer Magazine in an article entitled ‘On The Beat’. Since moving to the UK in 2016 he’s been a regular on the London jazz scene playing Ronnie Scott’s and the 606 club, playing with Jason Rebello, Gilad Atzmon and Alan Barnes. Irish Bassist David Redmond is best known for his collaborations with renowned Irish and International groups. He regularly performs with artists such as Bob Dorough, Bill Carrothers, George Colligan, Darren Beckett, Anders Bergcrantz, Gonzalo Del Val, Stéphane Mercier, Keith Copeland, Seamus Blake, Georgie Fame, Jesse van Ruler, Bobby Wellins, Dave Liebman, Jason Rigby, Guy Barker, Bobby Wellins, Ian Shaw, Scott Hamilton and Norma Winstone. Redmond has appeared on over 35 albums of established Irish and International artists. He regularly performs abroad at festivals such as Euro Jazz festival in Mexico, Dubai Jazz Festival, Glasgow Jazz Festival, Azores Jazz Festival, Brecon Jazz Festival and Abu Dhabi Jazz Festival. He has also performed at the famous london jazz club Ronnie Scotts as part of the Ian Shaw septet (UK’s leading male jazz vocalist). He has also performed all over Europe, U.S.A., Hungary, Colombia, Cyprus, China and Scandinavia.
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Nigel Clark Trio

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Nigel Clark – Guitar Dave Redmond – Bass Darren Beckett – Drums

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Nigel Clark is one of the UK’s top acoustic guitarists. He was the guitarist and arranger with eighties’ chart band Hue & Cry before going on to an illustrious career playing, recording – and touring the world. He has worked with such supreme talents as Moya Brennan of Clannad, soul music superstar Gloria Gaynor, jazz diva Carol Kidd, the giants of European jazz guitar; Jan Akkerman and Philip Catherine and American jazz icons Steve Swallow and Carla Bley. He has also worked with multi award winning cinema composers Craig Armstrong and Brian Byrne. Born in Scotland, Nigel began his professional career at the age of eighteen in London. He now lives in Dublin Ireland.

Plaza Real play the music of Weather Report

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Bassist Barry Donohue leads ‘Plaza Real’, a band dedicated to playing the music of 70/80’s jazz fusion group Weather Report.

“Donohue’s father gave him a copy of Weather Report’s masterpiece Heavy Weather when he was thirteen and thus another young life was diverted from the path of ordinary music. Now one of the most respected young jazz musicians on the Dublin scene, Donohue may not be the only bassist to be captivated by the sound of the great Jaco Patorious, or the era-defining music of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, but his talent-rich Plaza Real band – with saxophonist Chris Engel, keyboardist Darragh O’Kelly, percussionist Eamonn Cagney, and drummer Shane O’Donovan – is one of the gutsiest and most authentic homages to Weather Report you’re ever likely to hear on a Dublin stage.” ~ Cormac Larkin, The Irish Times

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The RBG Trio with Scott Flanigan(Postponed)

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Meliana Gillard – Tenor Sax Dave Redmond – Double Bass Kevin Brady – Drums with Scott Flanigan – Piano

Ohio raised saxophonist and composer Meilana Gillard emerged as a rising star on the New York scene whilst studying at the New School in the early 2000s.She has worked with U.S. icons Christian McBride, Charli Persip and Greg Osby, who released her debut album Day One on his Inner Circle Music label in 2009, as well as Debbie Reynolds, Glenn Campbell and the New York all-female big band DIVA. Based near Belfast since 2012, she’s now working with One of Ireland’s critically acclaimed rhythm sections; featuring Dave Redmond on Bass & Kevin Brady on Drums. Joining them on the night is Scott Flanigan. Scott Flanigan is one of the foremost keyboard players on the Irish jazz scene. He performs regularly across the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Germany, and has recently performed with Van Morrison, the Ulster Orchestra, Larry Coryell, Jean Toussaint, Jim Mullen and Linley Hamilton. As a leader, Scott successfully tours his own contemporary piano trio, as well as a hard-swinging organ quartet. A night of top class improvised music is to be expected. Early Arrival at Venue Recommended! Music: 9.30pm Adm: €10


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