The Hot Box #020 – A Tale of Two Festivals

In Hot Box Episode 20 we pay homage to two jazz festivals that present contrasting pleasures to jazz fans over the October public holiday weekend in Ireland. The one celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2017 and is recognised worldwide as one of the major jazz-focussed events in the calendar, the other remains something of a secret, but gaining in its reach and appeal each year.

So listen in as Donald Helme takes into the world of gypsy jazz at Django Sur Lennon, (in Ramelton, County Donegal) and checks out a couple of the headliners at Cork 2017 (well you know where that is).

And in The Hot Spot this time are tracks from Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ambrose Akinmusire.

We are still seeking recordings by Irish pianists, so if you know of any, let us know. The Hot Box is released on every 2 weeks and can be heard on-line around the world. Tell your jazz loving friends, and talk to us direct with comments and suggestions to

Track List for The Hot Box #020 – A Tale of Two Festivals

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 0:00
02 Denis Chang Group Forbach 01:42
03 Ian Date Group Dance Norvegiene 06:18
04 Django Reinhardt I’m Coming, Virginia 10:16
05 Django Reinhardt Low Cotton 13:41
06 Django Reinhardt & Stepahne Grapelli Minor Swing 17:20
07 Monty Alexander Trio Django 21:52
08 Monty Alexander Trio One Mint Julep 29:49
09 Dee Dee Bridgewater This is New 35:56
10 Dee Dee Bridgewater Afro Blue 40:10
11 Kenny Garrett Wiggins 46:10
12 Scott Hamilton I Just Found Out About Love 54:30
13 Kurt Rosenwinkel Caipi 1:03:16
14 Ambrose Akinmusire Response 1:07:56
15 The Rosenberg Trio & Bernard Burkhout Songe d’automne 1:15:15
Donald Helme
Author: Donald Helme
Donald presented Jazz Alley, Ireland’s number one jazz show, on RTE Lyric FM from the station’s first week on air until the end of 2015. “I am not a musician, and have never pretended to be anything other than a lifetime fan with loads of experience and hopefully, good ears.”
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