This is a BIG Hot Box, responding to the demands of listeners for a Big Band Special. However, it doesn’t contain the standard historic fare of Basie, Ellington and Herman. Instead you’ll find the one-off bands of bassists Ron Carter (celebrating his 80th birthday this year) and Christian McBride, the modern sounds of both Bob Mintzer’s Big Band and The Big Phat Band from Hollywood, California, and from above the 49th Parallel, the Grammy winning band of trombonist Rob McConnell, The Boss Brass. You’ll also find some tracks laid down by Dublin’s Hot House Big Band, now commencing a residency at Harry’s on The Green.

As a pause for breath, Hot Box 14 also features new material from Irish jazz singer Edel Meade, from Brazilian singer and pianist Eliane Elias’ new album on Concord, “Dance of Time”, and from New England pianist Pete Malinvarni’s new album “Heaven”.

Dare we say… a heavenly set! It runs one and a half hours. Enjoy!

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 #014 – A Big Band Special

# Artist Track Title Time
01 Michel Camilo One More Once 0:00
02 Ron Carter’s Great Big Band Con Alma 02:15
03 Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass Phil not Bill 07:17
04 Bob Mintzer’s Big Band Get Up! 12:45
05 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band East Coast Envy 19:14
06 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Backrow politics 24:25
07 The Hot House Big Band Cupcake 33:34
08 The Hot House Big Band Dimensions in Blue 38:34
09 Gene Harris Superband Lonely Bottles 41:48
10 Gene Harris Superband Girl Talk 48:59
11 Eliane Elias O Pato 55:07
12 Pete Malinvarni Wade in the Water 01:00:06
13 Edel Meade Sideways 01:05:52
14 Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band Hit the Ground Running 01:10:50
15 Christian McBride Big Band In a Hurry 01:16:16
16 Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass Can’t Stop My leg 01:23:32
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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