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Tales from the far Side 20.02.20 It's Carnival Time-Jazz and Carnival

Jazzy Carnival Celebrations with music by Luiz Bonfa, Stan Getz, Ray Brown, Jimmy Rowles, Sonny Rollins, Donald Harrison, TigraN, Anat Cohen, Oregon and many more, the soundtrack for dancing in the rain.

Jazz Mine No. 247 Saturday 15th February 2020 with guest Allen Smith

On this episode of Jazz Mine Sean Brophy interviews Allen Smith from Jazz on the Terrace you can hear tracks from Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble, Mike Nielsen, Ronan Guilfoyle & Conor Guilfoyle, Ellen Cranitch and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 13.02.20 The Jazz Harp

On this edition I follow the majestic harp on its excursion into Jazz territory and I feature the pioneering and ground-breaking playing of Dorothy Ashby and Alice Coltrane and showcase their influence on a new generation of players like Deborah Henson-Conant, Brandee Younger, Edmar Castaneda and Alina Bzehzhinska.

Jazz Mine No 246 Saturday 8th February 2020 incl. Noel Kelehan

On this episode of Jazz Mine Sean Brophy interviews Dominic Reilly from Dublinjazz.ie you can hear tracks from Noel Kelehan Quintet, Honor Heffernan, Joey Alexander, Linley Hamilton and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 06.02.20 Jazz in February between Winter Blues and Spring Feelings

FEBRUARY JAZZ from Winter Blues to Spring Feelings the soundtrack delivered by Wayne Escoffery, Sunna Gunnlaugs, Blossom Dearie, Sonny Stitt, Hank Jones, Alina Bzhezhinska Quartet, Hank Crawford, King Curtis and others.

Sofa Sessions Spring Season 2020

The Sofa Sessions, Kilkenny announce an exciting Spring season of concerts, commencing Thursday 6th February, featuring national and international musicians in the atmospheric Terrace Room at Billy Byrne’s. 

Musicians from the US, Japan, France, Germany and Venezuela join some of the finest Irish jazz musicians in an intimate, listener-friendly space that RTE Radio 1 has called ‘perhaps the best jazz venue in Ireland’.

The Sofa Sessions at Billy Byrne’s is thrilled to announce its Spring programme with an exciting and eclectic programme of fresh-sounding creative music, featuring some of the finest musicians on the national and international stage. Programmed by local musician and Irish Times jazz critic Cormac Larkin, the Sofa Sessions begins its fifth year of weekly concerts the next one being on Thursday February 13th, bringing high-level instrumentalists and acclaimed vocalists to the discerning Kilkenny audience.

The Conor Guilfoyle Octet performs “Miles Davis’s BIRTH OF THE COOL” and West Coast Cool Jazz from the 1950s.

Birth of the Cool. On Jan 21st, 1949 the great jazz trumpeter Miles Davis assembled a nonet of four brass, two saxophones and three rhythm to record four tracks with eight more to come in April 1949 and March 1950. These recordings would make jazz history creating what we now call the “Birth of the Cool” sessions. Arrangements and compositions for the nonet were provided by Gil Evans, Gerry Mulligan, John Lewis, John Carisi and Miles himself. The music fused elements of classical harmony with the jazz rhythm section and is now considered as important as Duke Ellington’s 1940’s recordings or Miles’s later masterpiece “Kind of Blue”.