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The Hot Box is a new radio show coming to you from www.jazzireland.ie, and presented by Donald Helme. The show focusses on setting the best of Irish jazz within the international language to which it belongs. The focus is on enjoyability, and will doubtless evolve as it goes on.

Donald Helme presented Jazz Alley on RTE Lyric fm from the station’s first week on air, each week for the following 17 years, when the show was axed, leaving a large gap in representation of jazz on the national airwaves.

Of The Hot Box Donald says the hope is that it will satisfy the huge demand for a hosted and curated nationally available programme dedicated to this most pleasurable of musical forms. “We will be covering the best of Irish recorded jazz both current and past, set in the wider context of the international scene, some new releases, and where possible check out visiting jazz musicians too”.

The Hot Box will also attempt to delve into some of the history of jazz in Ireland.

We hope to release a new Hot Box every 2 weeks so stay tuned for more as the show develops.

what is jazz ireland

​What is Jazz Ireland and what does it do?

Jazz Ireland is a brand new website for Irish Jazz. We want to provide a dedicated space where musicians, fans and venues can connect. The main function behind Jazz Ireland is to list every jazz event and venue in the country in one place.

  • Musicians can manage their own events, sell their CDs and find venues to perform in all around Ireland.
  • Fans can suggest events, tell us about venues and find events anywhere.
  • Business owners can advertise their venues in the directory and make themselves available to a larger audience.

Aside from all that we will promote the content on the site through Social Networks, Search Engine Optimisation, newsletter campaigns, the blog and the shop.

Moving Forward

Ireland has arguably some of the world's finest jazz musicians; we want to give them a platform that they can participate in. The aim of the site is to improve awareness of Irish jazz, fill the gap in promotion and encourage tourism from Europe and beyond.

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