01/12/2023 JAZZ CAFE POSK 20:00 £17
JOHN DONEGAN SEXTET: 'LIGHT STREAMS' ALBUM LAUNCH
John Donegan Sextet will be playing tracks form this new album as well as a selection of tracks from previous albums - 'Shadows Linger' and 'A Kite For Kate'. John Donegan, UK based and originally from Cork, is an outstanding 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 performed with a variety of UK, Irish and International artists, including Art Blakey, Art Farmer, Barney Kessel and Greg Abate, Louis Stewart and many more. John’s major influences have been the likes of Bill Evans, Kenny Barron, Wynton Kelly, Bud Powell, Chic Corea 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 released a new Sextet album in Aug 2019, A Kite for Kate, dedicated to his youngest daughter. Recent, four star review from “The Jazz Mann” – “an impressive offering from Donegan in which he demonstrates his command of a variety of styles, as both pianist and composer, As a writer he also demonstrates an unfailing gift for melody". During Lockdown, John has written and arranged more than 20 new pieces which will comprise of two albums of new material for the Sextet. The first of these was recorded in 2022 with The Irish Sextet and recently released. Ian Patterson has written in All About Jazz – “Donegan and his sextet members do not set out to reinvent the wheel with Shadows Linger, which is just as well, because in sticking to what they know and love, they have delivered a memorable straight ahead album of vintage calibre”. Shadows Linger received a four star review from Peter Vacher for Jazzwise Magazine in July 2023 issue."This is his Irish Band, drawn from all four corners of the island of Ireland and quite stirring in both its energetic responses to Donegan's original compositions and the sheer panache of the solo extemporisations. His compositional flare is well demonstrated and his pianism intriguing yet poised. More please!"
He has also written new pieces for Volume 3 of Siamsa and a suite to commemorate all those who lost their lives in the pandemic called the Elegy Suite.
In 2022 John was asked to perform in The Chopin Festival at Café Posk in London. He arranged 5 pieces for a Jazz quartet and this was performed to much acclaim. He has since arranged and written 5 further pieces and hopes to record these in due course. They have been more recently performed at Burford Jazz Club. John has also been a regular performer for Global Music Foundation who held online concerts during Lockdown.
Martin Shaw - trumpet and flugel horn
Riley Stone-Lonergan - tenor sax and soprano
Jamie O'Donnell - alto sax
John Donegan - piano /composer
Alec Dankworth - double bass
Matt Fishwick - drums