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Jazz Ireland Blog

The blog is dedicated to Irish Jazz and to the fans, musicians and venues that support it. if you have any content you would like to add to the blog please get in touch.

The Hot Box 003 is a guitar parade, put together in honour of JJ Smyth’s jazz venue, and their legendary “Guitar Nights” which are now looking like things of the past following the sale of the pub this autumn. The Hot Box honours some of the finest Irish guitarists, including Tommy Halferty, Mike Nielsen and Hugh Buckley. You’ll also hear tracks from Jon Scofield’s new album “Country for Old Men”, from Frank Vignola and Bill Frisell among others.

The Hot Box #002 – Tribute to Louis Stewart

In the second issue we wanted to pay personal tribute to the great Irish musician Louis Stewart who died recently. I feel that whilst musicians around the world recognised Louis’ brilliance, the listening public in Ireland never really appreciated the talent in their midst, excepting a few dedicated guitar fans. The 90 minute show gives us a musical insight and included rare material with the Tubby Hayes band as well as an extraordinary recording with the late drummer John Wadham.

The Hot Box is a new radio show coming to you from www.jazzireland.ie, and presented by Donald Helme. The show focusses on setting the best of Irish jazz within the international language to which it belongs. The focus is on enjoyability, and will doubtless evolve as it goes on.

Donald Helme presented Jazz Alley on RTE Lyric fm from the station’s first week on air, each week for the following 17 years, when the show was axed, leaving a large gap in representation of jazz on the national airwaves.

what is jazz ireland

​What is Jazz Ireland and what does it do?

Jazz Ireland is a brand new website for Irish Jazz. We want to provide a dedicated space where musicians, fans and venues can connect. The main function behind Jazz Ireland is to list every jazz event and venue in the country in one place.

  • Musicians can manage their own events, sell their CDs and find venues to perform in all around Ireland.
  • Fans can suggest events, tell us about venues and find events anywhere.
  • Business owners can advertise their venues in the directory and make themselves available to a larger audience.

Aside from all that we will promote the content on the site through Social Networks, Search Engine Optimisation, newsletter campaigns, the blog and the shop.

Tales from the far Side 30.08.18 Hot and Cookin' Jazz

On this edition I serve you a delicious and most tasteful musical 10 course meal of hot and COOKIN' Jazz recordings with some of the genre's master chefs du cuisine offering their virtuosic recipes with music by Miles Davis, Clifford Brown, Horace Silver, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, Oscar Peterson, Eddioe Lockjaw Davis, Shirley Scott, The Cookers, Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath, Larry Coryell and others.  JUST COOKIN' !!!!!