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"Spring will be a little bit late this year"

The longing for spring, love, sunshine and romance is the theme of this week's edition of "Tales from the far Side", where you can hear spring-related Jazz tunes and songs with contributions by Sarah Vaughan, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Red Garland, Jim Hall, Pat Metheny, Tony Bennett, Bill Evans, Herlin Riley, Clifford Brown, Max Roach and Zoot Sims.

Come on in for a musical Spring Fantasy.

In the 12th edition of The Hot Box we establish a flashback to jazz events in Ireland in the distant past. In Hot Box 11 we heard how a hotel in Ballsbridge had not one, but two resident jazz groups, and how members of the famous Ray Charles big band used to sit in. "Free jazz for the price of half a pint" said our correspondent, who was an impecunious student in 1964.

Now dubbed Unreliable Memories, in the next historic tale, Donald Helme recalls Ireland’s Number 1 location for the presentation of jazz in the late 1960s, The Fox Inn in Ballymadun, Ashbourne, Co. Meath! Purchased by American saxophonist Jim Riley, when the gents toilet was the next door field, and the nightly takings were £5, the remote country pub became a haven for jazz fans for about 6 years, with residencies by the likes of Keith Jarrett, Jon Hendrix , Annie Ross, John Surman, Mal Waldron and Lee Konitz.

In this episode of Jazz Mine you can hear racks from Tommy Halferty Trio, Erroll Garner, Josh Green & The Cyborg Orchestra, Max Richter, Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra and more.

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Jazz Mine is a play on jasmine which is one possible originator in respect of JAZZ as a description of the music being featured on this weekly show. Jazz keeps developing so the intention is to keep the focus on newer stuff with many forays into the Jazz Mines to illustrate past jazz musical triumphs.

On this edition I pay tribute to baritone saxophonist, composer and arranger Gerry Mulligan on what would have been his 90th Birthday and you can hear a hand-picked selection of his work from the early days with Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool Nonet via his pianoless Quartet with Chet Baker and his Concert Jazz Band to his final recordings.

Remembering JERU, one of the greatest Jazz musicians ever lived.

In the 100th episode of Jazz Mine you can hear racks from Colette Cassidy & Nigel Clark with their new album “Confetti Falling In The Rain” as well as Al Jarreau, Christine Tobin, John Coltraine, Lou Donaldson and more.

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Jazz Mine is a play on jasmine which is one possible originator in respect of JAZZ as a description of the music being featured on this weekly show. Jazz keeps developing so the intention is to keep the focus on newer stuff with many forays into the Jazz Mines to illustrate past jazz musical triumphs.

On this edition I pay tribute to the late great tenorsaxophonist Michael Brecker on what would have been his 68th Birthday but who sadly lost his fight against cancer 10 years ago, the life and music of one of the leading saxophonists of our time remembered with a selection of his work.

The 11th edition of The Hot Box takes a new turn on the A-Z of pianists, and digresses to pay tribute to the recently deceased guitar hero Larry Coryell, who died on February 19th, not long after declaring that he wished to come and settle in Ireland! His dislike of the recent political events in the USA were well publicised. He is a sad loss to the jazz world, and The Hot Box has mined the archives for 2 pieces recorded with a quartet (including Fintan O’Neill) in Dublin back in 2004.

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