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The Hot Box

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The Hot Box
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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.

Latest Episodes

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…….

72 MIN22 h ago
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The Hot Box Christmas Bonus

The Hot Box - 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.

73 MIN2 w ago
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The Hot Box - All new material

The Hot Box - 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)

71 MINNOV 12
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter T

The Hot Box - 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.

72 MINOCT 8
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The Hot Box - Festivalisation

The Hot Box - 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 asRalph Sutton,Horace Silver,Helen Sung,Matthew Ship,Willie “The Lion” Smith,Martial Solal,Esbjorn Svensson,Bobo Stenson and more. We also feature a track fromGwilym Simcock who is performing theNew Ross Piano Festival Jazz Day on September 26th. You can view the event listing here. Then a wonderful track to close the lid on the50th Episode of The Hot Box Podcast fromChristian Sands entitledReaching for the Sun.

72 MINSEP 18
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 19 – The Letter S

The Hot Box - Porgy & Bess

The Hot Box 49 is an advanced peak behind the curtain of an upcoming concert from theRTE Concert Orchestra featuring a feast ofGeorge Gershwin music cantering on the first ever live performance of the Concert Version of the Armstrong / Ella orchestration “Porgy & Bess”. The recreation ofRussel Garcia’s entire score has been achieved by Derry born, award-winning jazz trumpeter and arrangerRyan Quigley. The world premiere of this concert will be performed by RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the11th of September in The National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Ella & Louis parts will be delivered byNicola Emmanuelle (‘the real deal’ – Time Out) and five-time British Jazz Awards winnerEnrico Tomasso – who as a child actually knew Louis Armstrong. The night is packed with more Gershwin greats:Rhapsody in Blue, featuring internationally acclaimed pianistAdam Johnson,The Man I Love,Embraceable You,Fascinating RhythmandNelson Riddle’s arrangement ofI Got Rhythm.

55 MINSEP 2
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The Hot Box - Porgy & Bess

The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

A Special Edition celebrating the centennial of pianistGeorge Shearing 1919 - 2011 The Pianist George Shearing was born in Battersea, London in August 1919, blind from birth. He emigrated to the USA in 1947, soon establishing the so-called “Shearing Sound” with his quintet. The band scored popular hits in the late 40’s and early 50’s, unwittingly inventing a sound formula that would endear itself to commercial arrangers across the world. Of particular interest for Irish listeners is the fact that Shearing’s preferred guitarist for much of the late 20th century wasLouis Stewart. Shearing was knighted for his services to music. “Not bad for a blind boy from Battersea”.

66 MINAUG 20
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

The Hot Box - All Female Vocal

The Hot Box number 47 in which we have wall-to-wall female vocalists…………………. This is the first time Hot Box has gone all-female-vocal, but a really exciting programme results, with several current singers featured both from Ireland and beyond. It seems that there is an explosion of female vocalising today, and it recalls the days when all the big bands had to front with at least one female vocalist - a “canary” as they were pejoratively nicknamed. Most of them fell into obscurity. Nowadays the singer is more likely to have to make a solo career from scratch.Its still a struggle but a different kind of struggle. The surge in vocal jazz also makes for song selection that encompasses material from the popular to the classic, reaching as it always has, to the world beyond jazz.

71 MINJUL 31
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The Hot Box - All Female Vocal

The Hot Box - Big Sounds

There are few sounds in jazz more appealing than that of a big fat unit comprising around 17 musicians, well drilled, swinging, and with star solo improvisations on top. The 46th Hot Box celebrates some of those sounds with a mix of familiar and unfamiliar, including The New Irish Jazz Orchestra, whose formerly unpublished pieces from live concert performance are featured here. Also sit back and enjoy two wonderful tracks from Fred Hersch’s brand new album - a significant departure for him - with the WDR Big Band under the direction of the multi-award winning arranger Vince Mendoza.

63 MINJUL 16
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The Hot Box - Big Sounds

The Hot Box – A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R

Another hour of superb jazz piano from Donald Helme in The Hot Box #045 A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R. In this episode you can hear from artists such as Ted Rosenthal, Gene Rodgers, Eric Reed, Renee Rosnes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michele Rosewoman and many more. There is some really amazing music in this one.

68 MINJUL 4
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The Hot Box – A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R

Latest Episodes

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…….

72 MIN22 h ago
Comments
The Hot Box Christmas Bonus

The Hot Box - 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.

73 MIN2 w ago
Comments
The Hot Box - All new material

The Hot Box - 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)

71 MINNOV 12
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 20 – The Letter T

The Hot Box - 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.

72 MINOCT 8
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The Hot Box - Festivalisation

The Hot Box - 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 asRalph Sutton,Horace Silver,Helen Sung,Matthew Ship,Willie “The Lion” Smith,Martial Solal,Esbjorn Svensson,Bobo Stenson and more. We also feature a track fromGwilym Simcock who is performing theNew Ross Piano Festival Jazz Day on September 26th. You can view the event listing here. Then a wonderful track to close the lid on the50th Episode of The Hot Box Podcast fromChristian Sands entitledReaching for the Sun.

72 MINSEP 18
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 19 – The Letter S

The Hot Box - Porgy & Bess

The Hot Box 49 is an advanced peak behind the curtain of an upcoming concert from theRTE Concert Orchestra featuring a feast ofGeorge Gershwin music cantering on the first ever live performance of the Concert Version of the Armstrong / Ella orchestration “Porgy & Bess”. The recreation ofRussel Garcia’s entire score has been achieved by Derry born, award-winning jazz trumpeter and arrangerRyan Quigley. The world premiere of this concert will be performed by RTÉ Concert Orchestra on the11th of September in The National Concert Hall in Dublin. The Ella & Louis parts will be delivered byNicola Emmanuelle (‘the real deal’ – Time Out) and five-time British Jazz Awards winnerEnrico Tomasso – who as a child actually knew Louis Armstrong. The night is packed with more Gershwin greats:Rhapsody in Blue, featuring internationally acclaimed pianistAdam Johnson,The Man I Love,Embraceable You,Fascinating RhythmandNelson Riddle’s arrangement ofI Got Rhythm.

55 MINSEP 2
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The Hot Box - Porgy & Bess

The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

A Special Edition celebrating the centennial of pianistGeorge Shearing 1919 - 2011 The Pianist George Shearing was born in Battersea, London in August 1919, blind from birth. He emigrated to the USA in 1947, soon establishing the so-called “Shearing Sound” with his quintet. The band scored popular hits in the late 40’s and early 50’s, unwittingly inventing a sound formula that would endear itself to commercial arrangers across the world. Of particular interest for Irish listeners is the fact that Shearing’s preferred guitarist for much of the late 20th century wasLouis Stewart. Shearing was knighted for his services to music. “Not bad for a blind boy from Battersea”.

66 MINAUG 20
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The Hot Box - A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 18 - George Shearing

The Hot Box - All Female Vocal

The Hot Box number 47 in which we have wall-to-wall female vocalists…………………. This is the first time Hot Box has gone all-female-vocal, but a really exciting programme results, with several current singers featured both from Ireland and beyond. It seems that there is an explosion of female vocalising today, and it recalls the days when all the big bands had to front with at least one female vocalist - a “canary” as they were pejoratively nicknamed. Most of them fell into obscurity. Nowadays the singer is more likely to have to make a solo career from scratch.Its still a struggle but a different kind of struggle. The surge in vocal jazz also makes for song selection that encompasses material from the popular to the classic, reaching as it always has, to the world beyond jazz.

71 MINJUL 31
Comments
The Hot Box - All Female Vocal

The Hot Box - Big Sounds

There are few sounds in jazz more appealing than that of a big fat unit comprising around 17 musicians, well drilled, swinging, and with star solo improvisations on top. The 46th Hot Box celebrates some of those sounds with a mix of familiar and unfamiliar, including The New Irish Jazz Orchestra, whose formerly unpublished pieces from live concert performance are featured here. Also sit back and enjoy two wonderful tracks from Fred Hersch’s brand new album - a significant departure for him - with the WDR Big Band under the direction of the multi-award winning arranger Vince Mendoza.

63 MINJUL 16
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The Hot Box - Big Sounds

The Hot Box – A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R

Another hour of superb jazz piano from Donald Helme in The Hot Box #045 A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R. In this episode you can hear from artists such as Ted Rosenthal, Gene Rodgers, Eric Reed, Renee Rosnes, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michele Rosewoman and many more. There is some really amazing music in this one.

68 MINJUL 4
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The Hot Box – A to Z of Jazz Piano Part 17 – The Letter R
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