John Donegan Sextet

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John Donegan Sextet

John Donegan - Piano Richie Buckley - Sax Michael Buckley - Sax Linley Hamilton - Trumpet Dan Bodwell - Bass John Daly - Drums

By Arthur's Blues and Jazz Club

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Sun, 16 Apr 2023 15:30 - 18:00 IST


Arthur’s Blues & Jazz Club 28 thomas street Dublin Ireland

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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John Donegan - Piano

Richie Buckley - Sax

Michael Buckley - Sax

Linley Hamilton - Trumpet

Dan Bodwell - Bass

John Daly - Drums

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 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. It comprises of totally original pieces and has already been featured on RTE, BBC, K 107FM and various other independent radio stations. 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.” The second of these albums is scheduled to be recorded in 2023.

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 on 15th October to much acclaim. He has since arranged and written 5 further pieces and hopes to record these in due course.

All 7 albums, under his own name, are available on his

Website, and on all the usual sites: BandCamp; Tunecore: Spotify, iTunes etc. John can also be contacted on John Donegan Jazz, FaceBook page.

John has also been a regular performer for Global Music Foundation who held online concerts during Lockdown.

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Arthurs Blues and Jazz Club