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Louis Stewart – Out On His Own

The recently reactivated Livia Records announces the release of a newly re-mastered edition of Louis Stewart’s milestone and career best solo album, “Out On His Own” on 24th February 2023.

Recorded in late 1976 and released in 1977 (LP and cassette) and CD in 1995, this new edition includes 3 previously unreleased tracks, a 16-page booklet with extensive sleeve notes and several previously unseen photographs.

About “Out On His Own”

“Out On His Own” is a fitting title for Louis Stewart as he is perhaps the only Irish jazz musician to attain international front-rank status. This solo record features a mix of lead only and rhythm with lead tracks with a repertoire of Jazz and American Songbook standards, contemporary composers (Chick Corea, Steve Swallow etc.) plus an interpretation of an Irish traditional tune and a self-composed blues.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Musician-in-Residence Scheme - Applications now open

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Arts Office and Music Network invite applications for the 2023 dlr Musicians-in-Residence Scheme. 

Now in its 9th year, the scheme provides musicians with space and time to create new work, develop their skills, collaborate with other artists and showcase their music. 

Successful artists will receive funding up to a maximum award of €5000, a space to work in and advice and mentoring to support their career development. Audiences will also have an opportunity to engage with the resident musicians at a series of public performances in Dún Laoghaire. 

Three residencies are available to musicians working in any genre of music, from rock to pop, classical to trad and everything in between.  Applicants must be able to demonstrate a strong connection to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, or propose a project that links with the area, for example taking inspiration from the location or by engaging with local communities or musicians. 

The Hot Box #094 - Jazz in Italy

The Box goes abroad this time, heading south east to Italy, where some exceptional and distinctive jazz can be found. In this edition we highlight the marked attention to lyricism which informs so much Italian jazz, as though perhaps the traditions of Italy’s great classical tradition and opera lie beneath much of the contemporary jazz scene. We start however at the inception of jazz in Italy, banned as it was by the Fascist regime in the 1930s.

Tales from the far Side 26.01.23 For the Love of Motian, the music of Paul Motian

On this edition you can hear a handpicked selection of recordings by the legendary Paul Motian, one of the greatest timekeepers of JAZZ, recordings he did as a sideman and as a leader. And there are also some tracks by some of his companions celebrating his music legacy.

Tales from the far Side 19.01.23 Jazz for the rainy Day

On this edition i feature some Jazz to bring you to the rainy season to brighten up your day. Music delivered by Oded Tzur, Eric Alexander, Vincent Herring, Ella Fitzgerald, Gerry Mulligan, Billie Holiday, Ron Carter, Bill Evans, Ron Miles, Dexter Gordon and many others