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The Hot Box #057 – The Blakey Beat

In this episode of the Hot Box we celebrate the life and music of Art Blakey whose centennial was not so long ago. We find ourselves in very unfamiliar times, gigs and festivals have been cancelled the wold over which means no work for thousands of jazz musicians who rely on live performances to earn a crust. Perhaps we can help by purchasing their recordings so check out the Jazz Ireland Shop for a range of albums.

On a brighter note it’s always very exciting for me, and a personal pleasure to put up a brand new Irish album and to be able to give it a 5 STAR rating, in Hot Box 057 I get to do that twice.

Jazz Mine No. 252 Saturday 21st March 2020 incl. Memphis Slim

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from Earl Hines, Hank Mobley, Joey Alexander, Cab Calloway, The Paul Horn Quintet and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 19.03.20 A Celebration of Irish Jazz

On this edition I celebrate the strong and healthy state of IRISH modern contemporary JAZZ with a selection of exciting tracks from artists like Linley Hamilton, Ryan Quigley, the Kevin Brady Trio with Bill Carrothers, Scott Flanigan, the Conor Guilfoyle Octet, ReDiviDeR, Paul Dunlea and others.

Jazz Mine No. 251 Saturday 14th March 2020 incl. Earl Hines & John Coltrane

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Earl Hines, Jimmy Woods, Lou Donaldson, James Moody and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 12.03.20 Remembering McCoy Tyner

On this edition I pay tribute to the late great McCoy Tyner, one of the greatest Jazz pianists of our time who sadly passed away on the 6th of March at the age of 81. And I am looking back at his extraordinary career as a member of the ground-breaking classic John Coltrane Quartet and as a leader of his own groups.

ReDiviDeR “Mere Nation” Album Release

Mere Nation is the third Diatribe release from Dublin-based two-horns-no chords quartet ReDiviDeR. It follows ‘meets I Dig Monk, Tuned’ (2013) and ‘Never odd or eveN’ (2011), which were described as “an inspired endeavour” by No More Workhorse, “a big leap forward” by Marlbank and “a striking musical collage…recommended for those generally disposed to imaginative, genre-bending music” in All About Jazz.

The group, lead by drummer and composer Matthew Jacobson and completed by alto saxophonist Nick Roth, trombonist Colm O’Hara and bassist Derek Whyte, took a short sabbatical from performing after their last release, and in the last few years have been developing a new approach that aims to give maximum freedom to each of the musicians’ considerable improvisatory instincts, while still retaining Jacobson’s penchant for off-kilter grooves and interlocking melodies.

The Hot Box #056 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 22 – The Letter W

Welcome to The Hot Box #056 where we delve into the Piano in the key of W. We are getting to the end of the piano files and who knows what comes next. The W file is a very big file with so many great players that we might run into two episodes, which it gives us an opportunity to hear some slightly longer pieces that we would have had to cut out for the sake of time.