Rainer Böhm Standard Trio coming to Bonn Pantheon


A treat is in store for Jazz lovers at the end of April when Rainer Böhm brings his ‘Standard Trio’ to the Pantheon.  Böhm has been one of the outstanding German jazz pianists on the jazz scene for some years now and has won numerous prizes.  He studied jazz piano and jazz arrangement at the Musikhochschule in Mannheim and Cologne and has participated in more than 50 CD recordings both as a bandleader and as a sideman. As a much sought-after pianist, the 40-year-old has made a name for himself in the international jazz scene.

For the concert in Bonn on 29 April Böhm will be joined by Christian Ramond on Upright Bass and Jonas Burgwinkel on Drums.   As internationally sought-after sidemen and multiple prize winners, both Burgwinkel and Ramond have made a name for themselves around the globe.  Ramond is a master of his trade and has performed alongside Joe Pass, Albert Mangelsdorf, P.Catherine, Kenny Wheeler, Lee Konitz, Ch.Mariano, Thomas Stanko, Bobby Shew, Jon Eardly, Dave Liebman, K.Berger, Itaru Oki.

Burgwinkel is a co-founder of the Cologne Jazz Collective ‘KLAENG’ and nominee/recipient of numerous Jazz awards such as “ECHO JAZZ 2012”, the SWR- and the WDR-Jazzpreis, and the “BEST SOLOIST AWARD” at the North Sea Jazz Festival.  He has appeared on numerous CDs;  and countless radio and television recordings document the success of his musical work. Like Ramond, Jonas Burgwinkel has performed worldwide, with jazz greats such as John Scofield, Chris Potter, Uri Caine, Dave Liebman, Lee Konitz and John Taylor.

The Standard Trio set-up is one of the favourite projects of Rainer Böhm, and his interest in interpreting the standards of the “Great American Songbook” sets a contrast to his many other musical focuses.
In this project, the trio play the compositions quite unpretentiously – and by doing so bring to the audience’s ears what normally happens behind closed doors in the rehearsal room.

Freedom and joy of improvisation of the completely unarranged original are in the foreground and promise an exciting evening full of surprising moments.

Monday, 29. April 2019 Pantheon Theater Bonn
Concert: 20:00 Uhr / Doors open: 18:30

More Details/Tickets see Pantheon Website

Big Daddy Wilson coming to Bonn Harmonie

You might remember him from the 2017 Blues Caravan with Sy Cranston and Vanessa Collier.  Perhaps even in 2018 when Big Daddy Wilson returned to Bonn again, this time with Baums Bluesbenders as support.

Big Daddy will be back again on 14 April bringing his new CD ‘Deep In My Soul’ with cool, authentic Soul-blues to The Harmonie.  Well recommended!

Big Daddy Wilson in Bonn

More details HERE


Barry Barnes, Sinnerboy, and an Irish Legend-Interview

On 20.04.2019 Barry Barnes from Manchester is the guest with his band Sinnerboy at the Hotel Klosterhof in Euskirchen.
No one evokes the sound and sheer emotion of a Rory Gallagher concert like Barnes.  He developed his enthusiasm for the guitar playing of the enigmatic Irishman at an early age.  At that time, in 1969, Rory still headed the band TASTE. After Barry had visited a show it was clear for him THIS was his music! From then on he honed his guitar playing skills and internalized the technique of Rory Gallagher.


After Rory’s death in 1995, Barry’s life also changed. He organized the first tribute concert in Manchester and regularly played the music of his hero in the bars and pubs of England and Ireland.
When he turned 50, Barnes decided to quit his normal job and devote himself entirely to the music of Gallagher. It’s unlikely that any other musician has played so many tribute concerts, or performed so often at what is probably the largest Gallagher tribute festival in Ballyshannon (IE). With his band Sinnerboy, Barry Barnes is the most sought after name to recreate the Gallagher sound at festivals throughout Europe. Whether Greece, Austria, Italy, Norway, Spain or Germany, the list could be endless.


Barnes interprets Rory’s music in his own way, close to the original but never as a cover, clearly Rory, but unmistakably Sinnerboy. What he does comes from the heart, acoustically alone, electrically with Sinnerboy, as a guest with other bands or with guests at his own show. Barry Barnes embodies, just as his great role model did, the buddy from next door with whom you can drink a pint, talk about music, down-to-earth, authentic, uniquely sympathetic.


In advance of the show in Euskirchen, guest 3songsbonn contributor Peter Reimer asked Barry Barnes about his life taking the music and magic of Rory Gallagher around Europe: INTERVIEW HERE

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Michael Jackson: A Man in the Mirror

David LaChapelle – The Beatification (segment)

Following its controversial run at the National Portrait Gallery in London and the Grand Palais in Paris Michael Jackson: OnThe Wall has continued to court publicity during its current run at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. No publicity is bad publicity? It certainly won’t do the attendance figures any harm that Dan Reed’s ‘Leaving Neverland’ film has put Jackson back in the spotlight.

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Michael Jackson Jazz-style with Rüdiger Baldauf in Dottendorf

Rüdiger Baldauf’s “Jackson Trip” is an instrumental and jazzy homage to unique titles by Michael Jackson.  Bensberg born  Baldauf is one of the most versatile trumpeters in Germany so his decision to re-visit some of Michael Jackson’s hits from a new perspective should make for an interesting and enjoyable evening at the Dottendorfer Jazz night on 12 April.

Baldauf has toured with greats like Shirley Bassey, Joe Zawinul and Maceo Parker.  He has also been involved in various projects with George Duke, Ray Charles, James Brown and Barbara Streisand.  He describes ‘Jackson Trip’, his second own project after the successful jazz album Own Style, as a journey through an unforgettable, unique musical repertoire.

Concert date: 12 April

Entrance 7 pm,  start 8 pm

More details HERE

Over The Border Festival – 22.03 – 7.04.2019

Following positive energy,  great feedback from the audience, and enthusiastic cooperation from local partners over the previous three years Bonn is proud to introduce once again it’s Music Diversity Festival ‘Over The Border’ in 2019.



From 22nd March to 7th April Bonn will be introducing the best of international music, without prejudice or borders. “Over the Border” reflects for many citizens of Bonn a facet of the City that makes it a very special place to live – home to many departments of the United Nations, as well as many other International organizations.


Commitment to integration, understanding between nations and religions and combating racism are more relevant than ever. The realization and the understanding that many people grow up with two cultures and are allowed to carry both in their hearts on an equal footing reflects the values of both City and Festival.


violin virtuoso Ara Malikian (29 March) is just one of the many top international artists in this year’s Festival.







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Coming this month to Folk Club Bonn…

The 100th show celebrations may be over, but Folk Club Bonn isn’t wallowing in nostalgia.  Indeed the future at Dotty’s Sports Bar is looking very bright indeed, as the two featured artists for 5th April prove.

British singer-songwriter Daria Kulesh. has an Ingush and Russian heritage and is a popular figure in the current UK Folk scene as proven by her many nominations in the prestigious ‘Folker’ Awards. This year she is a nomination for best duo (with Jonny Dyer).


Canadian singer-songwriter Lindsay May will also be a guest.  Her distinctive, sometimes smoky voice, should make for a truly magical evening.

7pm start, but as always, my advice is to get there early!