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LL Groove Band - Fine & Strange EP

LL Groove Band have released their new EP entitled Fine & Strange on September 24th

Recorded during the pandemic under lockdown this EP features all new material with a mix of funk, jazz and hip-hop. The EP is available on all music streaming platforms via distrokid.

This EP is a reflection of our inspirations, our way of coping with 2 difficult years. You will find punchy lyrics from Malin and tight grooves. Let yourself drown in the melodies and the flow.

Drums: Ben Cooper
Guitar: Gerry Lane
Saxophone: Yuzuha O'Halloran
Vocals and lyrics: Malin
Bass: Léon Laisne

Tales from the far Side 16.09.21 Irish jazz Scene

On this edition I celebrate the reopening of possibilities for LIVE JAZZ GIGS and the announcement of reinstalling Jazz Festivals in Ireland, celebrating it with some great Jazz by Paul Dunlea, the Fergus McCreadie Trio, Scott Flanigan, the Kevin Brady Electric Quartet, Kieran Halpin, Linley Hamilton, Adam Nolan and others, hoping to see them performing live soon.

New Album Release “Only Hugh” Solo Guitar Album from Hugh Buckley

Only Hugh - the debut fingerstyle solo guitar release by guitarist Hugh Buckley. The material on this recording includes original tunes by Hugh, tunes by Ellington, Monk and Harold Arlen and a couple of pop tunes from Hugh's youth. All tunes arranged by Hugh Buckley.

“During lockdown I had time to work on some solo guitar playing and I am really excited about developing this area of my musical journey. I have recorded my first solo guitar album for release in September 2021.”

Recorded by Ciaran Buckley Dorman, August 2021.
Cover art design by John Salinero.
Super8 b/w footage by Jonathan Matthey.
Video by HuBu.

New Album Release “Colours” from Ksenia Parkhatskaya

World-renowned Russian dancer Ksenia Parkhatskaya and Irish double bassist David Duffy have co-written a full-length original album, Colours to be released on Jazzville records, Oct 3rd.

Back in 2020, world-renowned Russian dancer, Ksenia Parkhatskaya released Rose and Blue, a jazz-infused song accompanied by a beautifully animated video which went on to win a host of filmmaking awards, also being nominated for best music video at La Jolla (LA), and PAMA (Paris)

She looks to solidify her reputation as a jazz singer (think Melody Gardot meets Stacy Kent meets Katie Melua...) this autumn with a full-length original album, Colours, released on Jazzville records, Oct 3rd

Tales from the far Side 09.09.21 Elvin Jones - a force of nature, a force of Jazz

On this edition I celebrate and explore the magic timekeeping of Elvin Jones, remembering a true master at the drum kit at what would have been his 94th Birthday, from his work with the classic John Coltrane Quartet to his contributions as a sideman and leader of his own groups. Always remembered ELVEEEN

Aoife Doyle releases new song - STRENGTH TO BE STRONG

Irish singer songwriter Aoife Doyle released STRENGTH TO BE STRONG, the first single from her upcoming album on 3rd September. The song is a groovy, soulful mix of gospel, jazz and roots, with stomping brass arrangements.

“STRENGTH TO BE STRONG is about having to dig deep to find the strength to stay strong in the face of ongoing adversity.  To release this song as the first single off the album felt like an appropriate choice, given the world events of the last 18 months.”

Aoife Doyle is originally from Bray, Co. Wicklow, and has been living in Liscannor, Co. Clare since 2014. She grew up in a house steeped in traditional and folk music, and completed a BA in jazz performance at the prestigious Newpark Music Centre, and an MA in Songwriting at the World Academy of Music and Dance in UL in 2018/2019.

The Hot Box #073 - Swing Classics

The 73rd episode of The Hot Box……

This time around the jazz hour has some swing classics and samples from two new albums that amount to “jazz archaeology”. A compilation of 1930’s recordings by very underappreciated trumpeter and singer Valaida Snow, and a - literally - lost session by the NEA Jazz Master - Sheila Jordan.

This episode also breaks the record for the number of tracks played in a Hot Box!