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BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021

BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021

Supporting women in jazz and creative improvised music

BAN BAM Commission & Development Award 2020/2021 is a new creative commissioning and career development opportunity open to Irish-born or resident female composers on the island of Ireland (North and South) presented by Improvised Music Company (IMC) and Moving on Music (MOM).

Following IMC’s ‘BAN BAM’ activity in 2017/18 promoting women in jazz and improvised music, combined with MOM’s extensive experience with their emerging artists programme, IMC and MOM are pleased to come together with a commission and development opportunity for female and gender-minority artists across the island of Ireland for 2020/2021.

Jazz Mine No. 265 Saturday 1st August 2020 incl. George Duke

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from 3rd Man featuring Peter Kienle, Rick Britto, Marcin Wasilewski Trio with Joe Lovano, Grace Black, Josh Muir and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 30.07.20 The Saxophone Trio in Action-another Jazz fairy-tale

THE SAXOPHONE TRIO IN ACTION ........

giving the pianist a break .....

on this week's edition of TALES FROM THE FAR SIDE

with music by Rudresh Mahanthappa, Joe Henderson, Sonny Rollins, Albert Ayler, Joe Lovano, Kenny Garrett, JD Allen and their trios.

New Single Release “Rainy Days” from Mauricio Ribeiro & Jennifer McMahon

‘Rainy Days’ is the first single from Mauricio Ribeiro (BR) and Jennifer McMahon (IRL). The pair met while studying at Berklee College of Music back in 2016 and have collaborated on various projects since. ‘Rainy Days’ was composed by Mauricio, at the beginning of the Covid-19 quarantine in Spain earlier this year. In what has become somewhat ‘the norm’ in these unprecedented times, a remote collaboration developed when Mauricio sent a demo to Jennifer to write the lyrics. It’s no surprise that the imagery was very much conjured up at the beginning of the pandemic, when things seemed strangely empty and eery; yet the song offers a glimmer of hope, as we all so need to hold onto these days.

With the song ready to go, Mauricio set about gathering an impressive band of musicians from across the globe.

Guinness Cork Jazz Festival cancelled due to Covid-19

The 2020 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival has been cancelled.

In a statement, organisers said: “As a result of COVID-19 and current Government restrictions on indoor and outdoor activities, with the requirement for physical distancing, the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Committee regrets to confirm the cancellation of this year’s Festival. “

“We know that this announcement will be disappointing for music fans, artists, publicans and the wider Cork community but their health and safety is our number one priority. We look forward to bringing back a strong, exciting and memorable Festival in 2021.”

Jazz Mine No. 264 Saturday 25th July incl. Louis Stewart & Jim Doherty

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from Louis Stewart & Jim Doherty, Scofield & Metheny, Lizz Wright, Ivo Neame, Fuzzy Logic Ensemble and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 23.07.20 Sligo Jazz-Magic in the past, hope for the future

MAGIC in the past, HOPE for the future ........ the shining beacon of SLIGO JAZZ !!!!

On this edition I revisit the Sligo Jazz Festival, one of the best if not THE best Jazz Festival on this island, which, despite being affected from the pandemic, thankfully won't give up and continues to spread the message of Jazz around the globe. You can hear contributions by Liane Carroll, Sara Coleman, Emila Martenson, Shannon Barnett, Meilana Gillard, Linley Hamilton, the Impossible Gentlemen, Paul Booth, John Goldsby and others.