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The Hot Box #078 - New Year’s Eve Hot Box Special

Listen back to the live broadcast of The Hot Box on Jazz Radio Ireland for New Year’s Eve 2021. This is a 2-hour special edition of The Hot Box presented by Donald Helme.

Tales from the far Side 09-12-2021 The Female Heartbeat/Drumbeat in Jazz

On this edition you can hear some of the best female timekeepers in Jazz, from the early days of Viola Smith to the funky grooves of our time, from Terri Lyne Carrington to Marilyn Mazur.

The Hot Box #077 - Singers Unlimited

The Hot Box #77……What’s Inside?

Taking a leaf out of the book of jazz station WBGO Newark New Jersey, this edition of The Hot Box presents “Singers Unlimited”.

So if vocal jazz sets your pulse racing, this one’s for you. And there’s a little nod in the direction Christmas as well. Every one of these great singers has appeared in Ireland over the years. (And of course, some of them are Irish!)

New album from The Celtic Hotclub - A Meeting Of Strangers

The Celtic Hotclub’s new album “A Meeting Of Strangers” was released on November 28th 2021 and is now available on Jazz Ireland, Bandcamp, Apple Music and Spotify.

The Celtic Hotclub are a band who play celtic fused Jazz Monouche (gypsy jazz). Traditional Irish melodies and devices are drawn upon liberally, to inform and inspire our gypsy jazz themes, interplay and improvisation.

Virtuoso Violinist Anne Phelan (RTE Concert Orchestra) joins seasoned guitarist Eamonn Moran (Cotton Club Quartet), Rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Vincent “Teck” Jézequel (Brittany France) and rising star of the double bass Derek Whyte, to produce an album that creatively blends Traditional Irish music and Jazz Manouche.

The Sofa Sessions at Yulefest Kilkenny

The Sofa Sessions, Kilkenny’s long-running jazz and creative music series, is moving from its home at Billy Byrne’s bar to the Yulefest Bandstand on Parade at Kilkenny Castle for Christmas week.

Programmed by Irish Times jazz critic and Sofa Sessions curator Cormac Larkin, the evening concerts at 7pm on Monday 20th, Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd will present some of the biggest stars in Irish jazz in suitably festive form: internationally renowned bassist Ronan Guilfoyle’s Brazilian project, Tudo Bem! (20th); Dublin blues eminence Nigel Mooney’s special Christmas show (21st); and legendary rock guitarist Jimmy Smyth with his Xmas Organised band (22nd).