Bluesbenders in the Park

On the face of it Bonn and Chicago don’t have too much in common.  I am glad to say though that they do share a taste in both the playing and hearing of good raw electric Blues.   The best proof local proof being Bill Baum and his Bluesbenders, who once again proved at the Trink Pavillion in Bad Godesberg that you don’t need to be living on the streets of Chicago to play mean electric Blues.  You just need to feel it – and this quartet proves, time and again, that they do just that.

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Folk Club 103 with Cynthia Nickschas

I would be a happy man indeed to make it to100.  Bonn Folk Club though has now made it to 103 and, on Friday’s evidence, it has never been healthier.  A visit from the very popular and very talented Cynthia Nickschas to Dotty’s Sports Bar was always going to draw a big and enthusiastic crowd – and so it proved.  An evening of song, laughter, and …plants.

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Dottendorf Jazz with Jürgen Spiegel and Vladyslav Sendecki

Jürgen Spiegel and Vladyslav Sendecki are two high profile international Jazz musicians.

Vladyslav Sendecki is viewed as one of the most vibrant and creative pianists on the European Jazz scene with Süddeutsche Zeitung praising him as a “master of emotion, who possesses gripping musical virtuosity.” New York’s Village Voice named him as one of the 5 currently most significant Jazz pianists in the world.   Praise also came from the late Al Jarreau: “Vladyslav Sendecki is highly ranked among the great pianists of the last 100 years, with Herbie, Chick and Duke and Jarrett.”

Jürgen Spiegel will be known to Jazz lovers as the driving rhythmical force in the highly acclaimed Tingvall Trio and, alongside Till Brönner, regarded as a “figurehead” for German Jazz Worldwide.  Spiegel has also made a name for himself as producer for a variety of music and video projects. These days the two have made Hamburg their home, where they worked on an unusual piano/drum duo project that became the acclaimed release ‘Two in the Mirror’ – breaking down the barriers between Jazz, Classical and World Music.

Spiegel & Sendecki will be appearing in Ortszentrum Dottendorf on 7 June from 8pm.  Tickets 18 Euros

Ortszentrum Dottendorf

Dottendorfer Str. 41
Bonn, NRW 53129 Deutschland
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Ismael de Barcelona & Juan del Rhin in Kessenich

Proof that you don’t need big halls and big bucks to hear top notch musicians was proven by Ismael Alcalde‘s appearance on a balmy Saturday evening in the unlikely location of a public library.  As it proved though, books are not just good to read, they also provide a good acoustic environment.  The solar roof of the Stadtbucherei St Nikolaus in Bonn-Kessenich also sent soft and shimmering Summer evening light onto the 100 or so people enjoying the music.

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China in Bonn

The City of Bonn celebrated its tenth anniversary of being twinned with Cheng Du in China this Saturday with a stage program in front of Bonn Guildhall on Marktplatz.

Bonn has maintained contacts with Chengdu, the capital of the southern Chinese province of Sichuan, since the year 2000. In 2009, both cities signed an agreement to build friendly relations to further deepen cooperation, and, in addition to a lively cultural exchange, today there is also close cooperation in future-oriented topics such as the environment, mobility and sustainable tourism.

More about Chengdu HERE


Democracy & Music at Marktplatz

It’s coming to the end of a long and busy day in Bonn Marktplatz.  There are several hundred people watching Makeda as she sings ‘The Day I Loved You Most’.  But for a handful of votes, she would have instead been singing this very song tonight in front of several million people in Tel Aviv.  Eurovision’s loss is Bonn’s gain though, as she joins top young Bonn Jazz drummer Richard Münchhoff and his Band, to bring the curtain down on this Democracy Festival Day on Marktplatz with a classy presentation of Pop/Jazz.

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