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In The Hot Box #16 we take a listen to many of the just-released new albums, and also pay tribute to one of jazz’s most luminous pianists, who died in June from cancer at the age of 60, Geri Allen. Geri featured in Hot Box No.7 when we checked out pianists filed under the letter A!

The new material includes a wide range of singers from the latest wonder voice in America, Jazzmeia Horn, to our own Aoife Doyle from her new, self-penned quartet album “Clouds”. Also included are tracks from Diana Krall’s latest album “Turn Up the Quiet”. The show also makes good an omission from Pianists filed under the letter D from Hot Box 12, where tracks from Irish pianist John Donegan were unavailable. John’s new solo album, Jen’s Progress is duly sampled here!

On this edition I salute one of the Beatles groundbreaking album and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sgt.Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band with a selection of tracks from the album covered, rearranged and recorded by Jazz artists. You camn hear Bill Frisell, the Count Basie Orchestra, Django Bates and the Frankfurt Big Band, Collin Towns and the NDR Big Band, Wes Montgomery, Brad Mehldau and David Liebman. Quite a "jazzy" Hearts Club Band.

Piano special this time with Dominic Reilly guesting. We also paid tribute to the late Brian Smyth who ran JJ Smyths jazz venue for many years prior to it being sold earlier in 2017. Rest in peace Brian.

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On this edition I pay tribute to saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist Eric Dolphy who tragically died in Berlin on the 29th of June 1964 at the young age of 36, his influence still immensely felt in Jazz today. You can hear some of his most important recordings, music recorded in the final days of his life and his influence on a new generation of progressive musicians.