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Derek Doc O’ Conor Band

Derek Doc O’ Conor Band

Date: Sun 29th
Oct
Time: 4:30pm
€0.00 Free Gig
Crane Lane Theatre Phoenix Street, Cork City, Cork, Ireland +353 (0)21 427 8487

Derek O’Connor or ‘Doc’ as he’s known to the music world has continually refined and expanded his talents as a solo artist whilst establishing an elite reputation as one of Irelands finest Saxophone players and as a first-call sideman for some of the worlds major artists.  Derek was born in Dublin, Ireland and as a young boy started playing in his father’s family jazz band.  The band toured in all of the major venues in Ireland and as a child he studied his father who played the saxophone and from the age of nine he took up the instrument himself. While learning everything from his father, at the same time he discovered a Michael Brecker CD,that would change his life forever and begin his journey and love for Jazz.  Derek turned professional at seventeen and in 1993 at the age of 20 won himself a scholarship for Berkley but around the same time was also offered an extensive tour with The Commitments as the movie became a global hit.  His love for traveling won out and he choose to go on tour with this band and toured extensively over the next eight years.  Derek also won himself a place with the European Jazz Youth Orchestra in 2001 becoming Ireland’s only representative. 

 

Over Derek’s career his style has very much evolved into the mould of Bob Berg, Michael Brecker and his live playing is always an exciting experience.  Derek’s ability to blend into any musical surrounding coupled with his talents as a multi-instrumentalist has led to him being regularly chosen to perform with many well-known artists.  Derek has toured, performed and recorded around the world with Paul Brady, Van Morrison, Chaka Khan, Wet Wet Wet, Bob Geldof, Imelda May, Andrew Strong, Heartbeat of Home, and Jeffrey Osborne to name but a few.   He has worked with many of Irelands top country, pop and rock stars and also can be seen on Irish television every Friday night on the long running popular TV show called ‘The Late Late show’ playing piano and saxophone as part of the house band called the Camembert Quartet.