Mick Donnelly

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 Mick Donnelly (Saxophonist)


About Mick

Mick was born in the north east of England and grew up in Hartlepool. His first instrument was the recorder then he progressed to the saxophone at the tender age of 11. His early influences were wide and varied and ranged from Charlie Parker to David Sanborn. At the age of 19 he turned professional and moved to London applying his trade in clubs, bars and hotels. His big break came when a close friend recommended him to Ian Dury for a live TV show, Ian hired him and the rest is history. He has been a highly regarded session player since the early eighties, playing with an array of well-known artists, such as Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Britney Spears, Sting, The Bee Gees, Ronan Keating, Cool and the Gang, James Brown, Sammy Davis Jr, Whitney Houston, Lulu, Shirley Bassey, Jr Walker, Princes, Tony Bennet, Desmond Decker, Gene Pitney, Steps, The Four Tops, Ben E King, Boy Meets Girl, Madness, Bob Mintzer, Spear of Destiny, Ian Dury, Imagination, Bobby Shew, The Temptations, Kiki Dee, Stuart Copeland, Robbie Williams, Dexy’s Midnight Runners, Swing Out Sister and many more. Throughout the nineties and into the present, he has continued to tour and record and is a musician at peace with his own sound and development, yet still hungry. He is as eager as he was in his youth to continue making music that challenges the mind and rewards the heart and soul. 

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