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Creative Jazz Club: Mark Donlon Shadowbird Quartet

Creative Jazz Club: Mark Donlon Shadowbird Quartet

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  • Wed 11 May ’16, 8:00pm – 10:00pm


Albion Hotel, 119 Hobson St, Auckland CBD



Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $16.00
  • CJC Members: $10.00
  • Students: $10.00
  • General Admission Door Sales (Cash Only): $15.00
  • CJC Members / Students Door Sales (Cash Only): $10.00
  • CJC Student Members - Door Sales (Cash Only): $5.00

Mark Donlon - piano
Roger Manins - tenor sax
Cameron McArthur - double bass
Lance Philip - drums

Contemporary jazz piano led group

Mark Donlon is a British-born pianist, composer, conductor and educator, having moved here in 2013 to take up a position as Senior Lecturer and Head of Jazz at the New Zealand School of Music .

Mark’s current group, as heard on his forthcoming CD release ‘Shadow Bird’ (on the Fuzzy Moon UK record label), features award-winning Australian saxophonist Jamie Oehlers, drummer Lance Philip, and bassist Cameron MacArthur.

Tonight also sees the launch of ‘Southern Shift’, Mark’s new release of solo piano music, and will feature Roger Manins on sax.

As a solo pianist Mark has recorded CDs and given recitals of his Jazz/Contemporary Classical crossover compositions in Europe and Australasia to critical acclaim in the press. He is also particularly known as a specialist in Latin Music. He has performed and collaborated with luminaries such as Kenny Wheeler, Tim Garland, Mike Gibbs, Dave Valentin and Maceo Parker as well as performing on two pianos with Mike Nock, to mention but a few. He has recently recorded a duo album ‘Between Moons’ with New York based trumpeter Alex Sipiagin which will be released later in 2016.

Mark founded the highly successful CUK Big Band in 2004 and was presented with an award for excellence in Jazz Education in recognition of that undertaking by the International Association of Jazz Educators in Toronto in 2008.

As well as releasing a number of CDs he has had works published for solo piano, small jazz ensembles and Jazz orchestra.

‘A fabulously gifted pianist’ (Manchester Evening News - Alan Brownlee)

‘Brilliant, focused playing’ (The Times, London - " Alyn Shipton)

‘Streaming up-tempo freedom, at times suggestive of the implacable precision of early Paul Bley . . . Donlon’s take on ‘My Foolish Heart’ and ‘Recorda Me’ was a revelation’ (The Guardian, London - " John Fordham)

CJC Creative Jazz Club Aotearoa

Every Wednesday CJC presents a featured member artist or international guest. We are currently located in the basement bar at The Albion Hotel, 119 Hobson St until further notice - please check the website for changes.

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