Kevin Brady Trio featuring Bill Carrothers

  May 6th, 2009 at 8.30 p.m.

  Dolan’s Upstairs €15/10

  Kevin Brady (Drums)

  Bill Carrothers (piano)

  Dave Redmond (bass)


This is a rare opportunity for audiences to listen to some fine exponents of the jazz piano trio as some of Ireland’s leading talents perform with one of the USA’s great modern improvising musicians. The music performed features compositions from the groups’ critically acclaimed album release entitled ‘Common Ground’ and their latest recording ‘Zeitgeist‘. The new release will be released Worldwide by the renowned jazz label Fresh Sound Records.

You can hear the trio in session on RTE Lyric FM’s “JK Ensemble” on Monday May 4th and also on RTE Radio 1’s “Arts Show” on Wednesday May 13th.

After two critically acclaimed tours & festival performances throughout Ireland, Drummer & Composer Kevin Brady continues his collaboration with the innovative U.S. pianist  Bill Carrothers. Brady has many years of experience playing with some of lreland’s  most prominent trios including Organics and The Phil Ware Trio.

‘ Brady is one of the most dynamic forces in the Irish jazz scene today’ Sunday Tribune.

Bill Carrothers is quite exceptional in this setting, having recorded with many acclaimed trios. Performed & Recorded with luminaries such as Gary Peacock, Billy Higgins, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller “Carrothers’ a relentlessly inventive pianist with harmonic sophistication has to be heard to be believed.” Chicago Tribune


  •  ‘Kevin Brady Trio  debut album  entitled ‘Common Ground’ selected as one of the Top 20 album releases of 2008 by ejazznews
  • ‘One of the finest drummers to emerge in recent years’

            The Sunday Independent

  • ‘Common Ground, Highly Recommended’! 

            All About Jazz (U.S.A.

Kevin Brady – Drums

Dublin based drummer Kevin Brady has been performing professionally for 15 years. He is a founder member of the Hammond organ group Organics and is also a member of the critically acclaimed piano trio led by U.K. pianist Phil Ware. After studying classical piano and trumpet from an early age. His interest in drums began at 19 first at Newpark Music Centre. He later attended the Drummers Collective in New York, where his teachers were Kim Plainfield and Bobby Sanabrias; previous teachers have included Jeff Ballard, Matt Wilson, Ben Perowsky, Ralph Peterson, Joe Cusatis, Casey Scheurell, Elliot Zigmund and Keith Copeland.

He achieved a Diploma in jazz performance from the Guildhall School Hall of Music in  London and received a Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston , USA. 

Over the past five years he has played with International jazz musicians : Ronnie Cuber (Baritone Saxophone) Ian Shaw (Vocalist/Pianist), Tim Ries (Saxophone), Jesse Davis (Saxophone) Guy Barker ( Trumpet ) Jim Mullen (guitar), Bobby Watson (alto), Ulf Wakenius (Guitar) Giovanni Mirabassi (Piano) Tim Whitehead (Sax) and on the home front has worked with Van Morrison, and leading jazz guitarist Louis Stewart and Choice Award nominee singer Dave Geraghty (BellX1).


In 2004 he performed at the Sydney Opera House, Australia, with award winning contemporary Irish group, Grada. He has performed at many jazz clubs & festivals worldwide, Ronnie Scotts, Pizza Express – London, the Jazz Utsav Festival in India, The Euro Jazz Festival, Mexico and numerous New York City clubs. In 2008, he was invited to represent Ireland in the European Jazz Colours Jazz Orchestra in Italy. He was recently endorsed  by Bosphorus Cymbals  Company in the USA.

Bill Carrothers – Piano

Bill Carrothers has been a professional pianist for over 25 years. He has played many venues throughout the U.S. and Europe including the Village Gate, Knitting Factory, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), the Audi Jazz Festival in Brussels, the Nevers Jazz Festival (where he  shared the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz Middelheim, and the Marciac Festival in France. In October of 2000, Mr. Carrothers headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. He has been a leader on fifteen recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim. His side- man credits have included some of the greatest names in jazz, including Joe Beck, Scott Colley, Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Eric Gravatt, Drew Gress, Tim Hagans, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Bill Stewart, Ira Sullivan, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace.  Visit:

Dave Redmond – Double –Bass

David began playing electric bass at the age of 16 and played in a rock band, he continued to study music throughout his early years. He attended The Newpark Music Centre, Dublin for three years (!999-2002) where he began studying double bass and received the Associate in Jazz Double Bass Performance, awarded by the London Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In the summer of 2003 he continued his studies and travelled to New York to The School for Improvisational Music and studied under Steve Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Vijay Iyer, Don Byron and other leading jazz musicians. In 2005, he studied for a week with bassist Drew Gress and in 2007 with Ben Allison. Redmond has performed with visiting artists such as Bob Dorough, Keith Copeland, Dave Leibman, Jason Rigby, Bobby Wellins, Guy Barker, Ian Shaw, Jacqui Dankworth, Scott Hamilton, and Jim Mullen. He has peformed at numerous festivals and clubs in throughout the World such as Ronnie Scotts and Pizza Express (London), Mexico (Tour with Phil Ware trio), N.Y.C, Dubai and Abu Dhabi (Cormac Kenevey Quartet), Switzerland, Hungry, (Yurodny) and Spain.