Darren Beckett (drums) won a prestigious Bass Ireland Award as a teenager, leaving the emerald isle to study jazz in New York, where he resided for 21 years. Across his career, he has played drums everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Royal Albert Hall in London. He’s performed on over 30 albums and was a studio drummer for jazz label SteepleChase, recording with notable names like Lee Konitz and Rich Perry. Over the years, Darren has worked with Lauryn Hill of The Fugees, English soul singer James Hunter, Canadian singer-songwriter Daniel Lanois and jazz pianist Aaron Parks. His current main gigs today are with Brandon Flowers (The Killers), French pop/movie composer Émilie Simon and French-American jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, whom he’s worked with for over ten years. Darren co-wrote the lead single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ on Brandon Flowers’ number one charting second solo album, ‘The Desired Effect’.
Darren will be joined by Oz Dechaine on bass and Oli Howe on Piano.
Beats 'N' Pieces present jazz every Tuesday night at the Mesmerist, covering everything from J Dilla and A Tribe Called Quest to Herbie Hancock and Miles Davis.