R.I.P. Ted McKenna

Rock drummer Ted McKenna has died aged 68, following complications occurring during a routine Hernia operation.

His fellow musician from the ever popular Band of Friends and Rory Gallagher Band Gerry McAvoy announced today on Facebook: “I’m lost for words creating this post. I lost my friend and comrade this morning. After what should have been a routine operation, there were complications, meaning Ted started hemorrhaging blood. Sadly the surgeons could not stop the bleeding”.

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Goodbye Dennis and Marvin

March 2016 with Bromo at FCB

On the back of Letlowe’s break-up recently, it was sad to hear that Dennis and Marvin Ledermann (aka Bromo aka Brother Movement) have also decided to call it a day musically, at least for the time being.  I still have fond memories of a nervous Dennis Ledermann way back in February 2016 presenting a couple of songs alone before being joined in March by brother Marvin for the dynamic duo’s first appearance.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Catching early appearances at Toys 2Masters I didn’t think the duo would have a chance against the rockers and rollers (including eventual winners Letlowe, then known as Millennia).  How wrong I was (and how pleased to be wrong!)

Good luck with the future guys – and hope to see/hear you again before too long.

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Cool Sax in Dottendorf with Christine Corvisier

It might have been cold outside on the Dottendorfer Strasse, but in the Dottendorfer Ortszentrum, the Jazz sounds were hot. The Dottendorfer Jazznight Season kicked off in fine style on Friday, with a packed house enjoying the modern jazz grooves of the Christine Corvisier 5tet. Falling attendances for live music? Don’t you believe it. All available seats were sat on a good half hour before show-start.

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Sven Hammond Sunday Date

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Concerts at Bonn Harmonie are underway with a vengeance in 2019, with an early gem to catch this Sunday (13 Jan).  The press bio to Dutchman Sven Hammond and his band describes “A whirlwind guaranteed to make rockers,  soul-freaks, fun-lovers and the pop and jazz-crazy alike sky-high with happiness. It’s almost as if Prince and Lenny Kravitz have created an extremely musical child”. 

Will they live up to the hype?  There’s only one way to find out: be at the Harmonie for 7pm…

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and a video taster:

 

 

Christine Corvisier 5tett in Dottendorf

Jazz saxophone lovers in Bonn have a late Christmas present coming their way in the form of French virtuoso Christine Corvisier.  Hailing from Perpignan, Corvisier started playing saxophone at the age of 14 and quickly integrated into bands like the JMSU Big Band (directed by JF. Jacomino) with whom she went on frequent European tours

After moving to Germany in 2010 she founded a new quintet with some of the best musicians of the Cologne jazz scene – quickly establishing herself beyond the borders of the region as a virtuoso and, at the same time, melodic improviser and composer.   She’s already appeared in Dottendorf (in 2016) and those with a good memory might remember her from 2013’s Jazztube.  On Friday she will be appearing as a 5tett along with Marin Schulte (Guitar) Sebastian Scobel (Piano) David Andres (Bass) and Thomas Sauerborn (Drums).

Below is a taster of the lady in action, but for the real thing make a date:

Ortszentrum Dottendorf

Dottendorfer Str. 41
53129 Bonn

Friday, 11 January

Entry: 7pm  Concert start: 8pm

Tickets: 15 Euro (Concessions: 10 Euro)

 

 

2018 Review

Samantha Fish cooking in the Harmonie

So, How was it for you, Bonn music lovers?.  3songs certainly caught some interesting Concerts at Kunst!rasen – but (regrettably) missed probably the two most memorable. Tom Jones was a quality opener for sure, and Steven Wilson by all Accounts played a blinder. I did catch Alanis Morrissette but was more Impressed by Support duo Ezio (So much that I visited the duo’s ‘Xmas Show’).  It was great to see Steve Winwood still so obviously enjoying making music too, although his guest star Gary Clarke Junior rather disappointed – possibly with his thoughts on the London Hyde Park gig three days later with the likes of Clapton present.  The highlight from what I did see was the appearance of Supertramp’s Roger Hodgson (John Illsley’s Dire Straits Show was admirable, but Dire Straits without Mr Knopfler? Isn’t- if you Know What I mean). Singing along to ‘Dreamer.. was a dream come true!

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