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The Hot Box #018 – The Prospect of Guitar Night!

In this edition of The Hot Box, Donald Helme rejoices in the rebirth of Dublin Guitar Night (last Tuesday of every month) in its new venue, The Grand Social, and presents a wide ranging soundscape of guitar from Frank Vignola to Laurindo Almeida, from Eric Bibb to Phil Upchurch, and of course, a couple of local heroes too, Hugh Buckley and Nigel Mooney.

The guitar is far and away the most popular instrument in blues, rock and jazz, and that is reflected in the audiences it always attracts. Enjoy nearly an hour and a half of guitar in The Hot Box #18.

Jazz Mine No 122 Saturday 2nd. September 2017

On Jazz Mine No 122 you can hear jazz from Elva MacGowan, Cormac Kenevey, Andy Williams, Kurt Elling, Monika Ryan, Atzilut , Mumbo Jumbo & Bob Dylan,and many more ..........A wide range of jazz covering many ages & genres. Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie.

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Tales from the far Side 31.08.2017 Tribute to John Abercrombie

On this edition I pay tribute to music and life of the late great Jazz Guitarist John Abercrombie who sadly died on the 22nd of August at the age of 72. This versatile and inventive guitarist explored Jazz-Fusion, Jazz-Rock, Post-Boop and Free-Avantgarde and created a patchwork of many colours, which made him to one of the most influential acoustic and electric Jazz guitarists of our time.

Tales from the far Side 24.08.2017 The Spirit of Fats Waller

On this edition I feature the music and legacy of Fats Waller, hugely popular in his lifetime as one of the greatest stride pianists, singer, entertainer and composer of some 400 songs, his work unfortunately very often neglected after his death but thankfully now reinterpreted by a new generation of Jazz musicians, people like Jason Moran or Mark Lewandowski both featured together with the man himself and a couple of surprises thrown in for good measure.

Jazz Mine No 121 Saturday 26th August 2017

On Jazz Mine No 121 you can hear jazz from Lou Donaldson, Horace Silver, Deodato, John Scofield, Christine Tobin, Kenny Burrell, George Benson & Joe Farrell and many more ..........A wide range of jazz covering many ages & genres. Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie.

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Talking Jazz with Emilie Conway

Irish jazz singer and composer / lyricist Emilie Conway with pianist Darragh Hennessy were invited to perform at the American Writers Museum, Chicago, The Village Trip, a new Greenwich Village festival, the American Irish Historical Society, in May to mark the centenary of writer Maeve Brennan, culminating in a performance in Greenwich Village's legendary Cornelia Street Cafe. On September 12 the Emilie Conway Quartet perform "You Won't Forget Me" Words & Music Celebrating Maeve Brennan with readings by Cathy Belton at the National Concert Hall.

Here Emilie records her impressions of the American trip ......

Tales from the far Side 17.08.2017 Jazz Classics from the vaults of the Atlantic Label

On this edition you can hear a selection of Jazz Classics from the "Golden Years" of the ATLANTIC LABEL under the guidance of label co-owner Nesuhi Ertegun who produced and recorded artists like Jimmi Giuffre, Les McCann, the Modern Jazz Quartet, Thelonious Monk with Art Blakey, Cornette Coleman, John Coltrane and Charles Mingus all featured on this show.