Practically Married

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Spiegelsaal Berlin. Photo Dovile Sermokas

James and Declan have been ‘Practically Married’ since April 2015, a name proudly awarded to them due to their ability to spend time together almost every day with only minor frustrations, and the fact that they play almost every concert together. Since 2015 they have collaborated with Vilde&Inga, Tobias Delius, John Hollenbeck, Max Andrzejewski, João Lopes Pereira, Eric Vaughn and many more, and have become a regular fixture on the Berlin jazz, improvised music and swing scenes. They also perform as part of other acts including the award-winning Rachel Sermanni, James Banner’s USINE, The Good Old Good Ones and have performed sold out shows at Spiegesaal and Konzerthaus Berlin (with Fabiana Striffler and Mirna Bogdanovic) and Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018. They have 4 releases available on Bandcamp, and currently curate a monthly series at Berlin’s Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian.


Upcoming shows:

all shows cancelled/postponed due to COVID-19

Previous shows (selection):

2015 – present at DONAU115, Sowieso, Miss Hecker and other grassroots venues – in duo and with guests including Greg Cohen, Eldar Tsalikov, Dima Bondarev, João Lopes Pereira, Will Howard, Jordan Dinsdale, Leo Forde, Fabiana Striffler, Paul Santner, Ugo Alunni, Tobias Delius, Rachel Sermanni, Mirna Bogdanovic, John Hollenbeck, Uli Kempendorff, Julian Erdem, Rudi Mahall, Meschiya Lake, Fermin Merlo, Matthew Herd, Max Andrzejewski, Jeff Williams, Richard Koch, Joel Hunter String Trio, Vilde&Inga + more

2015 – present @ Turnhalle, Nou Tango, Rotbart, Tangotanzen Macht Schön, Edelswing, Swing in der Alte Turnhalle, Swing Base, Havelhop etc. music for dancing/dancers

2015 – present – concerts at venues across Berlin including Sowieso, Atelier 3/4, Festsaal Kreuzberg, Konzerthaus Berlin, Spiegelsaal Berlin, Miss Hecker, Theatre am Schlachthof, Villa Neukölln, Artistania, Café Dujardin, Werkstatt Der Kulturen, fuk;s, ZigZag Jazz Club, Zukunft am Ostkreuz + galleries and house concerts

Collaborations: Rachel Sermanni (UK/Berlin Concerts, ‘So It Turns’ Album Recording), Meschiya Lake (UK/Berlin Concerts + Album Recording 2019)

Festival performances: Festival USA at Konzerthaus Berlin; Leeds Jazz Festival 2018


— Practically Married + João Lopes Pereira – Lisbon Tour 2019 —
Café Dias
Fábrica do Braço de Prata
Alô Alô
O Bom O Mau e O Vilão

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with Vilde&Inga, 2015