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Damon Brown Trio, with Darren Beckett and Sean Drabitt
September 13 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm£15.00
Damon Brown is one of the UK’s leading jazz trumpet players and composers.
Born in Manchester (UK) he studied the trumpet at the Leeds College of Music and London’s Guildhall School of Music .
In the 90’s Damon played and toured with many pop and dance stars including: Paul Weller, Maxi Priest, The Specials, and The Pasadenas. With the London Acid Jazz Group, Push and the DJ Gilles Peterson he made the first of many visits to Japan.
In the mid 90’s Damon formed his first jazz group, the Damon Brown Quintet, and toured the UK. In 1998 the Damon Brown Quintet appeared at the Red Sea Jazz International Festival promoting Damon’s debut album “A Rhythm Indicative” (ZahZah 1998).
Since this debut as composer, player and bandleader Damon Brown has confirmed his place in the UK jazz scene: he has played over the years at all the UK’s leading clubs and festivals and has also performed internationally, particularly in Europe and the Far East, with his own groups. His sideman credits include tours with international stars such as Benny Golson, Dave Liebman , Doug Raney , Big Jon Patten and other luminaries. He has also performed with many of the UK’s leading players such as Peter King, Stan Tracey, Claire Martin , Don Weller and Alan Barnes.
Darren Beckett (drums) won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s performed on over 30 albums and was a studio drummer for jazz label SteepleChase, recording with notable names like Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. Over the years, Darren has worked with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, English soul singer James Hunter, U2 producer Daniel Lanois and jazz pianist Aaron Parks. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers), French pop/movie composer Émilie Simon and French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, whom he’s worked with for over ten years, and critics favourites Amen Dunes from New York. Darren co-wrote the lead single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’ number one charting second solo album, ‘The Desired Effect’.
Born in Vancouver and raised in Victoria, Sean Drabitt has earned a reputation as a world class jazz bass player. Spending most of the ’90’s in the vibrant jazz scenes of New York and New Orleans, he was able to work with many of the top names in jazz, including Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, all the Marsalis family, Betty Carter, Mike Stern, Greg Tardy, Aaron Goldberg, Eric Harland and many others. He’s also performed on records with Jason Marsalis and Nicholas Payton. Sean’s played in over 40 countries and spent a year teaching bass at two colleges in Seoul, Korea. His most recent projects include his Jaco Pastorius tribute band and Vancouver’s Hip-hop fusion funksters Namedropper.
Damon Brown trio-
Darren Beckett Drums
Sean Drabbitt Bass
Damon Brown trumpet
Damon Brown brings this unique trio to Belfast for the first time, exploring older standards and his own compositions.
These 3 musicians have all played in different combinations but not in this unique form.
Sean and Darren used to live in NYC and played a lot together in The New York clubs. Damon and Darren play in Europe together with their quintet, and Sean and Damon both currently live in Seoul South Korea, and are both very active on the scene there.
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