Siamsa leads quartet with jazz piano

Tonight's gig is mostly original composition with some jazz standards too.

A LATE jazz gig this Friday night in Dolan’s will close out the month of February. On stage after 9pm in the Upstairs venue, musician and composer John Donegan will lead a sassy quartet for the overnight stop, one of four in Ireland for the London-based Cork man.

He invites a guest musician to join his core trio each night and Friday Feb 28 sees saxophone supremo Michael Buckley play with John Donegan on keys, Don Bodwell on bass and host John Daly of Limerick Jazz on percussion.

Retired from his work in a UK bank, “John Donegan puts all his effort into his music now. He’s a lovely man and piano player, outrageous at times – as in outrageously good,” John Daly tells us. “He has three albums out, ‘Siamsa’ Vol 1 + 2 and ‘A Kite for Kate’, Kate being his granddaughter, and that album has a sextet in there for some of its numbers.

“They feature some really nice music and we will be doing a lot of John’s original compositions on this tour as well as some standards.”

Michael Buckley, an old pal of Limerick Jazz, will return with his band the House of Horns for this year’s festival running September 24 (jazz trail) to the 27th. “His wife Margot Daly, a singer, will be with them and they are a super band. We have a great line up for the festival and there will be some extra stuff happening such as a collaboration with UL. That is going to be interesting.”

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