Monday 19 February 2018

Big Band nostalgia as clarinettist Crooks to channel Goodman

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Mark Crooks (clarinet) and Richard Pite (drums) will pay tribute to Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa in the National Concert Hall next Saturday night, with the James Langton Big Band Orchestra.

The clarinettist studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music before moving to London for the postgraduate jazz course at the Guildhall School of Music.

He is a member of the Back to Basie Orchestra and the John Wilson Orchestra. Previous appearances in Dublin, from 2006 to 2012, included tributes to Artie Shaw as well as Benny Goodman.

Richard Pite, in the Gene Krupa role, is committed to early, i.e. pre-bop, drumming styles.


Emilie Conway (vocals) is back in the Wild Goose Grill, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, on Friday nights.

Backed by Johnny Taylor (piano) and Dave Fleming (double bass), she begins at 9.30pm, and there is no cover charge.

Next Sunday afternoon the Louis Stewart Quartet plays in the Purty Kitchen in Monkstown.

This is the first of a new residency by Louis on the last Sunday of every month. Doors open at 4.30pm.

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