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The Hot Box covers the best in Irish recorded jazz, set it in the wider context of the international language that is jazz.

The Hot Box Donald Helme

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The Hot Box covers the best in Irish recorded jazz, set it in the wider context of the international language that is jazz.

    The Hot Box #054 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter U & V

    The Hot Box #054 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter U & V

    Welcome to The Hot Box #054 where we get ever closer to the end of the long-running series The Piano Files! In this episode we explore pianists under the letters U… and V as well as a few omissions from the letter T. It turns out that the popularity of the letter V as the first letter in Cuban surnames becomes extremely focussed when it comes to piano players. All the Vs are Cuban. As for U, only one player was found with that initial letter!

    • 1 hr 3 min
    The Hot Box Christmas Bonus

    The Hot Box Christmas Bonus

    A Special Christmas Edition of The Hot Box in which we try to avoid the schmaltzy Christmas songs you know and love…….

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Hot Box #053 - All new material

    The Hot Box #053 - All new material

     
    Over an hour of newly released jazz in The Hot Box 053, you’ll find tracks from Corkonian John Donegan to veteran British multi-instrumentalist Alan Barnes, from Chick Corea to new singing sensation Veronica Swift.
     

    • 1 hr 13 min
    The Hot Box #052 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter T

    The Hot Box #052 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter T

    The Hot Box #052 continues down the alphabet of pianists, and this time investigates the musicians filed under the letter T. A file that contains at least 3 of the all-time legends of jazz, not to mention 4 piano players with the same surname!
    We are still seeking recordings by Irish pianists, so if you know of any, let us know. The Hot Box is released on www.jazzireland.ie 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 donald@jazzireland.ie (mailto:donald@jazzireland.ie)
    All shows available on Jazz Ireland: http://www.jazzireland.ie/blog/the-hot-box.html (http://www.jazzireland.ie/blog/the-hot-box.html)

    • 1 hr 11 min
    The Hot Box #051 - Festivalisation

    The Hot Box #051 - Festivalisation

    “Festivalisation” of jazz was a gradual process but one that seemed, a few years ago, to be terminal. Luckily, good sense has prevailed and jazz festivals have taken their rightful place in the overall scheme of things. Now Ireland boasts at least 7 such events, most of which are autumnal, including the great-grandmother of them all, Guinness Cork Jazz Festival. Started in 1978 and still prospering. In the Hot Box we check out some of the artists and bands appearing in Cork 2019, including headliners Kurt Elling, Linley Hamilton and Fred Hersch. And some less well-known - Airelle Besson, Sue Rynhart and Les Fans Flures.

    • 1 hr 12 min
    The Hot Box #050 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 19 – The Letter S

    The Hot Box #050 - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 19 – The Letter S

    We have a really fantastic line-up in The Hot Box #050 for Pianists under the letter S. Sampling multiple styles you will hear tracks from artists such as Ralph Sutton, Horace Silver, Helen Sung, Matthew Ship, Willie “The Lion” Smith, Martial Solal, Esbjorn Svensson, Bobo Stenson and more.
    We also feature a track from Gwilym Simcock who is performing the New Ross Piano Festival Jazz Day on September 26th. You can view the event listing here. Then a wonderful track to close the lid on the 50th Episode of The Hot Box Podcast from Christian Sands entitled Reaching for the Sun.

    • 1 hr 12 min

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