Dad’s Phonkey opens Dottendorfer Jazznacht Season 2020

Around ten years ago The Ortszentrum Dottendorf looked set to close its doors.  The solution it seems was for the citizens themselves to look after business.  The idea of a cultural centre was put forward and now, as a new decade begins, the Bürgervereins Dottendorf/Gronau e.V. seems to be on the crest of an ever growing wave as The first Dottendorfer Jazznacht show of 2020 with Dad’s Phonkey proved on Friday.

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Come On In – Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado (RUF 1271)

Speaking to trumpet player and Manager Peter W. Kehl last February, the good news after the band’s super show at Bonn Harmonie was that a new Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado disc was on its way.  The bad news, that it wasn’t going to hit the shops/internet until much, much later in the year.  Recorded at Viktoria studios Copenhagen between January and October, ‘Come On In’ has indeed been a long time coming – but well worth the wait.

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Folk Club – Simon is Back!

Well, he certainly left it late this year.  The new CD was pressed just days before this year’s December evening at Bonn Folk Club.  Regulars will know that Edinburgh singer-songwriter extraordinaire Simon Kempston made a ‘crossroads-like’ deal with John Harrison some years back – a secure guest-spot in return for a new CD. Since 2011 in fact, Simon has been a ‘regular’ in the literal sense of the word at the Club.  With copies of a new CD neatly arranged on the merchandise table, same procedure as every year, all is right with the World at Dotty’s Sportsbar.  Folk Club number 108 can begin!

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Sold Out (Again!) – Julian Sas

What is there left to say about Julian Sas at Bonn Harmonie?  Fact: this was his 18th appearance here since 2003.  Fact: Most of those shows have been sold out within a few days.  Fact: Julian Sas is one of Europe’s best guitar players.  Fact:  I’ve taken pictures of Julian’s devoted, mostly dutch, followers regularly over the years, and the faces don’t change.  So what makes these people ‘fans for life?’.   It’s Saturday night on a sunny November night in Bonn.  Wintertime.  Inside the Harmonie though it’s a hot and balmy evening – it’s Sas time…

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Escape to Bonn – Danny Bryant at The Harmonie

The new disc ‘Means of  Escape’ was recently nominated for Best Album of 2019 in the European Blues Awards, as well as being included in Joe Bonamassa’s personal Spotify Playlist of music from musicians who are keeping the Blues alive.  It was recorded in as few takes as possible says the English guitarist behind it, in order to keep the live feel.  Here we are then to test out just how well that live CD vibe aimed for by Danny Bryant matches a room full of Blues fans on a chilly November evening at The Harmonie

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The Chaingang Kings in Session

One of the most welcome surprises for me this year was the discovery at Dottendorf’s Blues Night that there is a band delivering smoky, vintage Chicago Blues with style in Bonn.  Good reason then when I heard they were playing in a smokey Bonn Club to see them.  The Chaingang Kings were at Session in Gerhard-Von-Are Strasse so I laced up my Boogie Shoes and got ready for a sweaty night of hard liquor, low lighting and Blues.

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Fortunate Bonn – Laurence Jones at the Harmonie

“Sing along if you recognize this one!” Laurence Jones calls out, before launching into a powerful version of the John Fogerty classic ‘Fortunate Son’ at Bonn Harmonie on Monday.  Those present were indeed fortunate, this really was a devastating performance from the acclaimed British ‘Blueser’, truly live music from the heart and soul.  For his last appearance here with Blues Caravan in 2014 Laurence Jones was just a youngster with star potential under the RUF Records roster, at 27 though he has very definitely made the step up to Premier League status.

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