Togetherness feat. Graeme Blevins (AUS)

“an extravagantly talented group” – Sunday Tribune

“Consistent brilliance” – Irish Times

Justin Carroll’s group Togetherness return to Dolan’s as part of their mini tour in Ireland and Germany. Since moving to NYC, Justin has been working with many local musicians such as Loren Stillman and Ed Rosenberg and performing at venues in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn. Also residing in NYC but originally from Dublin, bassist Simon Jermyn has been busy performing and setting up his own projects with musicians such as Tom Rainey, Ingrid Laubrock and Matt Maneri. Dublin born and based drummer Sean Carpio has recently has been composing for his own project and touring in the UK and France. Togetherness released their self titled debut album in 2009 to critical acclaim and since then have performed at many international festivals including 12 Points! Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Bray Jazz Festival, Berlin Young Generation Jazz Festival, Hamburg Jazz Festival and Lander Festival Stuttgart. The personnel of Togetherness is Graeme Blevins on tenor saxophone, Justin Carroll on piano, Simon Jermyn on electric bass, Sean Carpio on drums.

Justin Carroll Biography

Dublin-born Justin Carroll is a keyboardist and composer currently living in New York City. His main instruments are acoustic piano, Hammond organ and a variety of electric keyboards. He holds a Diploma in Jazz Performance and a Masters Degree (first class honors) from Trinity College Dublin. He leads a quartet Togetherness who have performed at festivals in Berlin, Hamburg and Stuttgart and in Ireland at the Cork Jazz Festival and Bray Jazz Festival. They released their debut album in 2009 on the Livingroom Project label. Justin is a member of jazz quintetMetier led by Ronan Guilfoyle. They were artists in residence with Dun Laoghaire/ Rathdown County Council for three years and in that time performed three concert series in Cabinteely House with guest artists Vincent Courtois, Nils Wogram and recorded their debut album “Cascades”. They have also performed at the London Jazz Festival and European Nights Festival in Oslo, Norway. Justin is a founding member of award winning organ trio “Organics” who have performed extensively in Ireland, Mexico, USA and South Africa. They have recorded two albums, “New Light” and “Liquid Sunshine”. Justin has composed music and performed in a theatre show “1900, the pianist on the Ocean”, a monologue play performed by Donal O’Kelly with a live 5-piece jazz group. This production toured in Ireland for 14 weeks. He composed music and performed in a contemporary dance piece “Beatbox Bingo” by Catapult Dance Company with live music of organ and vocal beatbox. He has composed music and performed in “Secondary Sources” by Rex Levitates Dance Company performing at the Dublin Dance Festival and APAP New York. Justin’s composition “Helicopter Duo”, an electronic piece for two performers to manually rotate two hand-held speakers was performed at the Crash Ensemble Festival and the RTE Living Music Festival 2004. Justin has studied with pianists such as Kenny Werner, Simon Nabatov and Jason Moran. Justin has also toured with Van Morrison band playing Hammond Organ in the U.S.A opening at New York’s Madison Square Garden and has recorded with many Irish artists such as Mary Coughlan, Hothouse Flowers, Lisa Hannigan, Jerry Fish and the Mudbug Club, Autamata, Dublin Gospel Choir.

Graeme Blevins Biography

Graeme Blevins is a talented and versatile tenor saxophonist based in London and originally from Perth, Australia. Graeme has worked in London with many fine jazz musicians such as Guy Barker, Mark Turner, Bobby Watson, BBC Big Band, Ronnie Scott’s All-Stars and has worked with and toured extensively for several years with the Kyle Eastwood band. He has also done session work recording and touring around the world with many artists such as Kylie Minogue, Craig David, Kelly Rowland, The Script, James Taylor Quartet, The Fratellis, Boyz to Men, Dominic Miller, Manu Katche, Carleen Anderson, Max Cole, The Blockheads, Natalie Williams, X Factor Big Band, Tony Hadley, Ben Cullum, Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, The Singapore Symphony Orchestra, The West Australian Symphony Orchestra, The Delta Saxophone Quartet, The Endymion Ensemble, Domu, Nicola Kramer, Dave Jones, Michele Amador, Michelle Escoffery, Spiritual South.