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Tales from the far Side 18.03.21 The Best in Jazz All around the Home

For this edition I chose some Jazz recordings reflecting about Home, one of the most important places in everybody's life, but after a year of pandemic restrictions a place many of us would love to leave for a while. Jazz to enjoy "at Home", with music by John Lindberg's Rapture Trio, Melissa Aldana, Bobby Watson, Charles Mingus, Jutta Hipp+Zoot Sims, Nico Gori+Fred Hersch, Jim Hall+Chet Baker and many others.

Jazz Mine No. 297 Saturday 13th March 2021 with presenter Sean Brophy

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from Zoophyte, Chick Corea & Bela Fleck, Chris Barber's Jazz Band, Seth McFarlane, Fabrice Mourlon and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 11.03.21 TUBA MAGIC - Remembering Howard Johnson

On this edition I’d like to remember the late great Tuba virtuoso and pioneer Howard Johnson who sadly passed away in January 2021 at the age of 79, remembered here with some of his greatest music as sideman, musical director and leader of his own groups, from his early days with Hank Mobley via his work with Taj Mahal and the Band to his leadership of All Tuba Bands like Gravity and others.

The Hot Box Xtra 4 - Chick Corea 1941-2021

Chick Corea 1941-2021

A Hot Box Xtra checks out the music of one of the most important musicians in jazz. Sadly, he passed away in February this year aged 79.

A pianist, composer and bandleader who visited all corners of the music box from Hispanic to Fusion, from Jazz to Classical. Chick Corea collected an amazing 23 Grammy Awards over his career - probably more than any other musician - delivering almost 90 recorded albums during his 60 plus years as a professional. He had played concerts in Ireland on several occasions.

Footnote: Since this programme was recorded, the 2021 Grammys were announced March 14, and Chick Corea received posthumously two more awards, for Best Improvised Jazz Solo (All Blues - included in this tribute show) and the album Trilogy 2 in which it featured.

Jazz Mine No. 296 Saturday 6th. March 2021 with your host Sean Brophy

On this episode of Jazz Mine from Sean Brophy you can hear tracks from Shai Maestro, Ian Ballantine, Frank Sinatra, Reis Demuth Wiltgen Trio, Prime Trio and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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ZASKA announces new album - A Better Way

Guitarist, songwriter, and bandleader Max Zaska has announced the second ZASKA album, A Better Way, has named its featured artists, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign to bring the project to light.

A Better Way features vocalists Tolü Makay, Faye O’Rourke (Soda Blonde), Melina Malone, Jess Kav, (The Waterboys), Carly Coonagh, and Precious Okpaje (Super Silly). James Smith (Gypsies On The Autobahn) who sings on the album, also plays keys and co-produces the album with Zaska. The band is rounded out by longtime collaborators Dylan Lynch (Soda Blonde) on drums and Neil Dorrington (BARQ) on bass.

Tales from the far Side 04.03.21 The Best in Jazz - JAZZ MOODS

In this edition I try to explore the influence of Jazz on our state of mind and I try to bring you into some JAZZ MOOD, the artistic and improvisational mood of some of the greatest musicians of its genre expressed in music, exploring the interpretation of Duke Ellington, Nina Simone, Mulgrew Miller, Niels-Henning Oerstedt Pedersen, Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Mark Murphy, King Pleasure, James Moody, Yusef Lateef, Anat Cohen, Fred Hersch and others.