Dublinjazz.ie Presents at Bagots Hutton LIVE
We are delighted to finally get the chance to promote Darren Beckett in Dublin's best music room, Bagots Hutton LIVE. Arguably Ireland's most successful jazz export after Louis Stewart, Darren has played and performed with some of the greats of the jazz and music world. HIgh profile artists he is currently playing behind are Brandon Flowers of The Killers, French pop/movie composer Émilie Simon and for the last 10 years, Madelaine Peyroux. Just looking at his Website gives you an indication of some of the prodigious people and places he is associated with.
He is touring Ireland and the UK with another giant of the UK jazz scene, Benn Clatworthy who has been based for most of his career in Los Angleas.
Darren Beckett - Bio
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 30 albums and was a studio drummer for jazz label SteepleChase, recording with notable names like Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. Over the years, Darren has worked with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, English soul singer James Hunter, Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Lanois and jazz pianist Aaron Parks. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers), French pop/movie composer Émilie Simon and French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, whom he’s worked 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”.
Benn Clatworthy - Bio
Born in England 1955, Benn Clatworthy grew up in London. Active in the London music scene during the 1970's, he moved to Los Angeles in 1980 where he studied Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet with Phil Sobel. In the late 80's he was recommended for Horace Silver's band, Horace in turn recommended Benn to discovery records resulting in his first CD release as a leader "Thanks Horace".
In addition to his work as a solo artist, Benn leads a quartet and also the band System 6. He has appeared on many albums over the span of a 43 year career.
Clatworthy has performed with; Jimmy Cleveland, The Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Higgins, Otmaro Ruiz, Cab Calloway, Donald "Duck" Bailey, The Temptations,
Alex Acuna, Larry Gales, Cedar Walton, Bobby Shew, Roy McCurdy, The Platters, Ernie Andrews, Francisco Aguabella, Tony Inzalaco, Albert "Tootie" Heath, Pete Christlieb, Jimmy Branly, Cecilia Coleman, The Coasters, The Mills Brothers, Ray Armando, Cyndi Lauper, Henry "The Skipper" Franklin, Lawrence Marable, John Heard, Martin Drew, Art Hillary, Donald Dean, Johnny Hammond Smith, Frank Strazzeri, John Beasley, Kei Agagi, Joey Sellers, Eric Reed, Willie Jones III, Barbara Morrison, Herlin Riley and many others...
John Donaldson - Bio
After some early classical training he attended evening classes at the City Literary Institute in London taught by Stan Tracey in 1974. He attended the Barry Summer School in 1975 where the piano teachers were John Taylor, Gordon Beck and Johnny Burch.
He started playing Jazz gigs when he was a student in 1978, being part of the Cambridge Modern Jazz Club’s resident trio along with Chucho Merchan and Nic France and backed visiting guest soloists in the city. In 1980 he won the prize for best soloist at the San Sebastian International Jazz Competition.
In 1982 he moved to California. He took some lessons with saxophonist Joe Henderson, played in groups with locals including Larry Grenadier, Jeff Ballard, Donny McCaslin, Eddie Marshall, Kenny Wolleson and Ben Goldberg as well as gigs with notables inc Eddie Henderson, Red Holloway, Eddie Daniels, John Handy, Richie Cole, Paul Jackson, David Baker, Laurindo Almeida.
In the UK he has featured in groups led by Iain Ballamy, Art Themen, Peter King, Clark Tracey, Alan Barnes, Don Weller, John Etheridge, Dick Pearce, Norma Winstone and has also worked with visiting Americans including Art Farmer, Conte Condoli, Freddie Hubbard, Buddy de Franco/Terry Gibbs, Scott Hamilton, Steve Grossman, Ingrid Jensen, Jon Gordon, Eric Alexander.
He has worked with other artists as diverse as Viv Stanshall’s ‘Big Grunt’, Larry Adler and Pete Brown. He has toured the music of classic prog rock band ‘Gentle Giant' alongside original members Kerry Minnear and Gary Green.
He won the piano category at the British Jazz Awards in 2006
He has appeared on numerous recordings under his own name and others.
He currently co-leads a new sextet called ‘Hexagonal’ playing original music as well as new arrangements of the music of Bheki Mseleku and McCoy Tyner.
Simon Thorpe - Bio
Nominated in 2016 and 2017 for a British Jazz Award, Simon is one of Britain's best-known jazz bass players. In addition to recording and touring with artists like Stacey Kent, Bobby Wellins and Alan Barnes, he has also written music for films, for the theatre and for BBC TV.