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 swing dance scene, performing with Ugo Alunni and The Good Old Good Ones. They also perform as part of other acts including the award-winning Rachel Sermanni and James Banner’s USINE, and have performed sold out shows at Spiegesaal and Konzerthaus Berlin (with Fabiana Striffler and Mirna Bogdanovic) and Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018. Upcoming releases are planned for 2019 with Jordan Dinsdale & Will Howard (UK), as well as Toby Delius & Max Andrzejewski playing the music of Herbie Nichols.
They curate a monthly series at Berlin’s Donau115, named ‘one of the best jazz clubs in Europe’ by The Guardian, and released their first album ‘Circus’ featuring João Lopes Pereira in October 2018.
Practically Married + João Lopes Pereira – Circus
Practically Married + Will Howard + Jordan Dinsdale
Practically Married play Herbie Nichols [featuring Tobias Delius + Max Andrzejewski]
06.01.19 @ Zig Zag Jazz Club w/Fabiana Striffler + Mirna Bogdanović [the music of Duke Ellington]
Previous shows (selected):
2015 – present @ DONAU115 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, Uli Kempendorff, Julian Erdem, Rudi Mahall and Max Andrzejewski
2015 – present @ Turnhalle, Nou Tango, Rotbart, Tango Tanzen Macht Schön, Edelswing, Swing Base etc. music for dancing/dancers
2015 – present – concerts at venues across Berlin including Sowieso, Miss Hecker, Villa Neukölln, Artistania, Café Dujardin, Werkstatt Der Kulturen, fuk;s, Zukunft am Ostkreuz + galleries and house concerts
29.11.15 @ tBerlin feat. Vilde&Inga
11.06.16 @ Miss Hecker feat. John Hollenbeck
22.07.18 – ‘Unknown Ellington’ @ Leeds Jazz Festival [Leeds College of Music Rooftop, 7pm]
12.10.2018 @ Festsaal Kreuzberg (with Rachel Sermanni)
27.10.2018 @ Atelier 3/4, Berlin (feat. João Lopes Pereira) [Double concert with Joel Hunter, Michal Beck, Michael Brooks-Reid (String Trio)]
6.12.2018 @ Theatre am Schlachthof, Berlin
7.12.2018 – Practically Married #11 @ DONAU115 (feat. Fermín Merlo + Matt Herd)
8.12.2018 – Swing Dancing @ Nou Tango (feat. Matt Herd)
11.12.2018 – ALBUM RECORDING [The Music of Herbie Nichols feat. Tobias Delius + Max Andrzejewski]
12.12.2018 – Swing Dancing @ Rotbart