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Tales from the far Side 15.08.19 Peaceful Country Roads and enchanting Jazz

On this edition I’d like to take you for a stroll along the Country Roads and other places accompanied by some enchanting theme-related Jazz courtesy of Gary Burton, Keith Jarrett, Jan Garbarek, Mildred Bailey, Bob Brookmeyer, Nat and Julian Adderley, Nancy Wilson, Joel Harrison, Cassandra Wilson, Duke Ellington with Charles Mingus and Max Roach and their sidemen/women.

The Hot Box #048 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

A Special Edition celebrating the centennial of pianist George Shearing 1919 - 2011

The Pianist George Shearing was born in Battersea, London in August 1919, blind from birth. He emigrated to the USA in 1947, soon establishing the so-called “Shearing Sound” with his quintet. The band scored popular hits in the late 40’s and early 50’s, unwittingly inventing a sound formula that would endear itself to commercial arrangers across the world. Of particular interest for Irish listeners is the fact that Shearing’s preferred guitarist for much of the late 20th century was Louis Stewart. Shearing was knighted for his services to music. “Not bad for a blind boy from Battersea”.

Jimmy's Cousin - I'll Never Love Again - Official Music Video

Jimmy's Cousin is the later ego of Irish recording artist Ian Dodson. His debut album ‘Waxwings’ was released in May 2019. In support of the album he completed an Irish tour with MCD and is heading for the UK and Germany later this year as well as playing four more dates in Ireland this November. We’ll be in touch with these dates in the coming weeks.

When asked about the song Jimmy’s Cousin had this to say;

“The song was written in a fit of anger and humour. At the end of a relationship you begin to question yourself and wonder about the qualities you wish you had, that might have kept it alive. Wishing that you were cleverer or taller or prettier or smarter or anything you think that would’ve made you more palatable to the person who has left you. It’s actually a kind of self-affirming song and a declaration that I’ll never love again in a bad way, in a way that would see me doubt myself or wish I was different to what I am.”

I’ll Never Love Again’ is the third single from the album ‘Waxwings’

Jazz Mine No. 220 Saturday 10th. August 2019 incl. Milos

On this episode of Jazz Mine you can hear tracks from artists such as Cal Tjader Quartet, Cliff Jordan, Milos, Eddie Cano, Don Rendell Jazz Six, Tubby Hayes and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 08.08.2019 Charlie Haden remembered

On this edition I pay tribute to Charlie Haden, one of the greatest player and innovator on the String bass with a selection of his work from his early days with Ornette Coleman, his work with Carla Bley in the Liberation Music Orchestra, his collaboration with Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett and within his ground-breaking Quartet West.

Another jazz classic “Ella & Louis Porgy & Bess” to get RTÉ Concert Orchestra treatment

‘Inspired by conversation with Russell Garcia, I have always wanted to perform this score, and this concert is a culmination of many years of research into this project.’

Ryan Quigley

After the sell-out success of Kind of Blue Orchestrated in May, the next jazz classic to get the RTÉ Concert Orchestra treatment is the iconic 1958 Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong album Porgy and Bess.

Recreating Russell Garcia’s arrangement, award-winning jazz trumpeter Ryan Quigley has painstakingly recreated the lost score from the recording. The RTÉ CO presents the first ever concert version. Taking the title roles are Nicola Emmanuelle (‘the real deal’ – Time Out) and five-time British Jazz Awards winner Enrico Tomasso – who as a child actually knew Louis Armstrong.

Jazz Mine No. 219 Saturday 3rd. August 2019 incl. Nancy Wilson

On this episode of Jazz Mine you can hear tracks from artists such as Julien & John, Johnny Jake, Jacob Collier, Third World Love, The George Shearing Quintet featuring Nancy Wilson and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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