Playlist 30/10/10

The Bad Plus – Radio Tower – Never Stop; Emarcy 2010

Miles Davis featuring Sonny Rollins – Bluing – Dig; Prestige 1951 (Reissue 2010)

Chet Baker – Everything Happens To Me – Chet Baker Sings: It Could Happen To You; Riverside 1958 (Reissue 2010)

Oregon – Song for a Friend – In Stride; Cam Jazz 2010

The Bad Plus – You Are – Never Stop; Emarcy 2010

Bill Evans Trio – Waltz for Debby – Waltz for Debby; Riverside 1961 (Reissue 2010)

Kairos 4tet – Unresolved – Kairos Moment 2010

This week’s video come from The Bad Plus. It features the trio talking about and recording their new album ‘Never Stop’



Playlist 11/09/10

Miles Davis – Straight No Chaser – ’58 Sessions; Columbia 1958

Christine Tobin – Corner of an Eye – Secret Life of a Girl; Babel 2008

Phronesis – Abraham’s New Gift – Alive; Edition Records 2010

Nina Simone – Wild is the Wind – Wild is the Wind; Philips 1964

Thelonious Monk – Blue Monk – Monk’s Greatest Hits; Columbia 1969

Phronesis – Eight Hours – Alive; Edition Records 2010

Here’s a short video from  Danish bassist Jasper Høiby about his trio Phronesis. They’ve been described by Jon Newey (editor of the UK’s Jazzwise Magazine) as “the most exciting and imaginative piano trio since EST” – high praise indeed. Their excellent new album Alive is available now from Edition Records.

Playlist 04/09/10

Herbie Hancock – The Song Goes On – The Imagine Project; Sony Music 2010

Bill Evans and Jim Hall – My Funny Valentine (alt take) – Undercurrent; Blue Note 1962

Dee Dee Bridgewater – Don’t Explain – Eleanor Fagan To Billie With Love From Dee Dee Bridgewater; Emarcy 2010

Billie Holiday – P.S. I Love You – Travlin’ Light: Johnny Mercer Songbook; Verve 1998

Scott Colley – 5.30am – Empire; Cam Jazz 2010

Tamco – Don’t Think Twice – Don’t Think Twice; Edition Records 2010

Herbie Hancock – Tamatant Tilay/Exodus – The Song Goes On; The Imagine Project Sony Music 2010

Buddy Rich – Ac-cent-tchu-ate the Positive – Johnny Mercer Songbook; Verve 1998

Scott Colley – Now What? – Empire; Cam Jazz 2010

Our video this week comes from Scott Colley Quartet recorded at the Jazz Bakery in March 2009

‘Dun Laoghaire – A Life in the Day’, a film by Ellen Cranitch and Ciarán Ryan, with music by Ronan Guilfoyle, performed by Métier

Ronan Guilfoyle, one of Ireland’s leading jazz musicians and composers founded Métier in 2007. With the support of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Métier has become the dlr Jazz Ensemble in Association, working with local schools and hosting an annual series of concerts with international artists. The group’s debut CD featured a moody photograph from one of Gary Coyle’s ‘At Sea’ series on the cover. This offered a clue as to the nature of this new collaboration with filmmaker Ellen Cranitch. ‘Dun Laoghaire – Day in the life’ is a silent film exploring this multifaceted, vibrant town by the sea. Jazz and film collaborations have a long history, most notably Miles Davis’ score to Lift to the Scaffold, one that added greatly to the Parisian visuals of director Louis Malle. Now it’s Dun Laoghaire’s turn.

Pavilion Theatre
Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Friday 30th April @ 8 pm. Tickets €7/5
Booking  01-2312929 or

Sadhbh Murphy interviewed Ellen Cranich on Jazzorama’s sister programme Artbeat last Wednesday. Listen to the interview here.

Berklee College of Music is returning to Dublin

For the second year in a row, Boston’s Berklee College of Music will return to Dublin to invest in Irish musicians, April 5 to 11. In addition to a week of improvisation workshops with Berklee’s world renowned faculty,applicants for full-time study in Boston will participate in the college’s required audition and interview, vying for a piece of the more than $20 million scholarship dollars awarded annually to musicians from all over the world. Last year, Dublin saxophonist Matt Halpin was awarded one of Berklee’s coveted Presidential scholarships, covering tuition, room, and board for all four years of attendance.

Des FitzGerald  spoke on the phone last Saturday to Berklee College of Music’s dean of admissions Damien Bracken about the upcoming Dublin auditions for Summer and Full-Time Scholarships and Workshop.

You can hear Jazzorama’s interview with Damien here.

Love:live music – Ireland’s first National Music Day on Friday April 16th

A member of the Rathfarnham Concert Band helps launch National Music Day

On Jazzorama’s sister programme Artbeat, I recently interviewed Music Network’s Aisling Ryan on Ireland’s first National Music Day. Music Network describes Love:live music as “Ireland’s first National Music Day, takes place on Friday April 16th and is coordinated by Music Network in association with RTÉ lyric FM and supported by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. In recognition of the influence that music has in our lives, everyone is invited to join in this celebration across all types of music: from big bands to buskers, hip hop to Bartok and everything in between. In this, the inaugural year, there will be lots of free live music events in cities and towns across the land as well as two flagship events in Dublin and Limerick.”

You can hear the interview with Aisling here.

Sonny Rollins tribute this Sunday

Alex Mathias

Sonny Rollins is recognised as one of the most important jazz saxophonists since Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. Rollins will be celebrating his 80th birthday this year and is still playing live – most recently (on this side of the pond) at London’s 2009 Jazz Festival. Jazz writer Stanley Crouch has said of his playing, that “With its brass body, its pearl-button keys, its mouthpiece, and its cane reed, the horn becomes the vessel for the epic of Rollins’ talent and the undimmed power and lore of his jazz ancestors”. Following on from his recent tribute to Bird, Saxophonist Alex Mathias and his hardworking trio return to the Twisted Pepper to pay homage to Rollins – followed at 8pm by an open jam session featuring guest trumpeter Ellister Van Der Molen from Holland.