The Hot Box #049 - Porgy & Bess

The Hot Box 49 is an advanced peak behind the curtain of an upcoming concert from the RTE Concert Orchestra featuring a feast of George Gershwin music cantering on the first ever live performance of the Concert Version of the Armstrong / Ella orchestration “Porgy & Bess”.

The recreation of Russel Garcia’s entire score has been achieved by Derry born, award-winning jazz trumpeter and arranger Ryan Quigley. The world premiere of this concert will be performed by RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the 11th of September in The National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Ella & Louis parts will be delivered by Nicola Emmanuelle (‘the real deal’ – Time Out) and five-time British Jazz Awards winner Enrico Tomasso – who as a child actually knew Louis Armstrong.  

The night is packed with more Gershwin greats: Rhapsody in Blue, featuring internationally acclaimed pianist Adam Johnson, The Man I Love, Embraceable You, Fascinating Rhythm and Nelson Riddle’s arrangement of I Got Rhythm.

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Track List for The Hot Box #049 - Porgy & Bess

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 00:00
02 Fats Waller I Got Rhythm 02:08
03 Louis Armstrong There’s A Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York 07:02
04 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Summertime 13:23
05 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong It Ain’t Necessarily So 19:03
06 Ella Fitzgerald My Man’s Gone Now 27:32
07 Art Pepper Fascinatin Rhythm 32:49
08 Bob Cooper Strike Up The Band 37:25
09 Ira Gershwin I can’t get Started 41:09
10 Ella Fitzgerald Oh Lady Be Good 45:04
11 Coleman Hawkins Someone To Watch Over Me 48:31
12 Ella Fitzgerald Summertime 54:34


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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