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Tales from the far Side 21.11.19 Female Jazz Trumpeters

On this edition I try to explore the exciting development and sound of young female trumpeters in Jazz coming on strongly in the new century and breaking down gender boundaries. I also dig into the history books on the search for the first female pioneers on this male dominated instrument. You can hear music by Valaida Snow, Clora Bryant, Ingrid Jensen, Laura Jurd, Yazz Ahmed, Airelle Besson and Barbara Donald.

Jazz Mine No. 234 Saturday 16th November 2019 incl. Julie London

On this episode of Jazz Mine you can hear tracks from Todd Mosby, Edel Meade, Olympia Brass Band, Sue Rynhart, Robyn Bennett & Bang Bang and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 14.11.19 November Reflections - the Best in Jazz

On this edition you can hear Jazz influenced by the month of November and you can hear some musical reflections by Iiro Rantala, Ben Wendel, Norma Winstone, Charlie Rouse and others. And there are also some impressions of this year's Berliner Jazz Tage with contributions by the Joachim Kuehn Quartet with the HR Big Band and Ambrose Akimusire's Origamo Harvest Project. "The November of my Jazz".

Jazz Mine No. 233 Saturday 9th November 2019 with guest Roseanne Lynch

On this episode of Jazz Mine Sean Brophy has Roseanne Lunch in studio to talk about her upcoming play Zandra, Queen of Jazz. There are two shows 18th – 23rd of November in Smock Alley Boys' School Theatre and 6th & 7th of December in The Studio at dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire. You can hear some samples of music from the play as well as tracks from John Coltrane, Django Reinhardt, Joe Venuti & Eddie Lang, Coleman Hawkins and more..........Saturdays 5PM on dublincityfm.ie

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Tales from the far Side 07.11.19 Characters and Jazz around 52nd Street

On this edition I would like to bring you back in time for a stroll down 52nd Street in the heart of New York City to meet some legendary characters of Jazz and to inhale some of the hot spot's musical vibrations with music by Tadd Dameron, Harlan Leonrad's Rockets, Sarah Vaughan, John Coltrane, Chu Berry, Joe Lovano, Jack Bruce as well as Charlie, Miles and Dizzy.

An Original Play About an Extraordinary Woman of Jazz

As with most interesting stories it started with a saxophone, then a google search, then an idea.  Roseanne Lynch actor, playwright and partner in Darn Skippy Productions had left her saxophone idle for some time much to the dismay of husband Richard Lennon who thought it was time she picked it back up again. He went out and bought her a set of reads and Roseanne played again.

She decided to look up female saxophonists on Google and found a radio documentary on Lyric FM by Marc Mc Menamin about Zandra Mitchell, Ireland’s first professional female saxophonist. Inspired by the story she decided to write a play about Zandra.