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2015-12-20 11:17:16

This Sunday night, we'll listen to a divertimento by Stravinsky; Kurt Weill (!) with Charlie Haden; Ray Charles "with" the Basie Orchestra; Shara Worden, a.k.a. My Brightest Diamond; a sad movement by Armagh-born composer Gareth Williams; Dick Gaughan, singing a Jagger/Richards song; harpist Anne Van Schothorst's tribute to this very programme; Clifford Brown with strings; the Norwegian Wind Ensemble, conducted by Maria Schneider; English folk singer Bill (Belinda) Jones; and Steven Osborne (see video), performing the opening movement of Ravel's "Gaspard de la Nuit". Also on tonight's BLUE, Roland Hanna, Tom Waits, Chamber Choir Ireland, Shirley Horn, Bruce Cockburn and Craig Ogden, delivering Christmas fare; as well as Eno's "Discreet Music Part VII", realised by Contact; and a jazz piano trio led by Marcin Wasilewski.

 

 

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2015-12-19 15:29:02

On Saturday's BLUE, the New York Philharmonic performs a Caucasian Sketch by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov; Laurence Hobgood jazzes up "Little Drummer Boy"; Andy Partridge duets with Harold Budd; Ivan Ilic plays Morton Feldman; Nancy Wilson asks "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?"; Amira (see video) delivers traditional Macedonian fare; Eno's "Discreet Music Part VI" is realised by the Contact ensemble; Janel & Anthony leave the woods; Elvis Costello sings material you may know from a collaboration between Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson; we hear "Greensleeves" interpreted by the King's Singers and drummer/bandleader Bill Stewart performs new original music.

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10:20pm (approx)

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2015-12-18 01:25:48

In 2012, the guitarist/singer John Pizzarelli (see video) worked on Paul McCartney's "Kisses on the Bottom" album. Two years on - out of the blue - Pizzarelli received a letter from the one-time Beatle which read, “I have this crazy idea to run by you.” Macca's madcap suggestion was, in a nutshell, for Pizzarelli to make a "polite jazz" recording of Paul McCartney songs. This wouldn't be the first time Pizzarelli had tacked McCartney material (he'd already done so on "John Pizzarelli Meets the Beatles"). However, this time round, it would be lesser-known, post-Beatles fare. The resulting album, "Midnight McCartney", was released in September. Tonight, we'll hear Pizzarelii's reading of "My Love". Also coming our way on Friday's BLUE, Chinese vocalist Gong Linna; the UCD Choral Scholars, singing a traditional Scottish work; English saxophonist Andy Sheppard, from his "Movements In Colour" release; acoustic Buddy Guy and Junior Wells; Bach, transcribed by Ensemble Contraste; Irish singer-songwriter Ultan Conlon; contemporary gutbucket jazz by a Swiss quintet that's heavy on horns; a Tomaso Vitali chaconne; the ambient strains of Sean MacErlaine; Italian jazz trumpeter Enrico Rava's musings on a "Space Girl"; more discreet Eno; the late Aldo Ciccolini, performing a waltz by Massenet; and "Tosca", re-invented by the Pablo Held Trio.

 

 

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2015-12-13 00:57:18

The bassist/bandleader Eberhard Weber turned 75 last January. His label ECM has just released a live album drawn from the birthday concerts which took place in Stuttgart: big band arrangements of Weber's music, peppered with guest turns from a number of his past collaborators - Pat Metheny, Jan Garbarek and Gary Burton, among them (see video). Stroke victim Weber contributes himself, by way of taped recordings of his playing. Also on Sunday's BLUE, The Holst Singers interpreting Tavener; Arianna Svall and Petter Udland Johansen play a tarentela; there's jazz from Thomas Siffling, Verneri Pohjola and Billie Holiday; Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) is wond'ring aloud; Naoko Yoshino performs Prokofiev on harp; Ferran Savall improvises; the California Guitar Trio gives "Greensleeves" a run through; The Junior Mance Trio swings a famous Irving Berlin melody; Graham Ross directs the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge; Stan Kenton wishes us a Merry Christmas; we've a Jacobean song of love and loss; and Bill Evans performs a Michel Legrand tune at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

 

 

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2015-12-12 08:45:18

On Saturday's BLUE, we'll listen to seasonal fare that derives from Laurence Hobgood, Anne Marie O'Farrell, John Lennon, Charles Brown, Howard Skempton (see video), Horslips and Tchaikovsky; less topical turns from Savourna Stevenson, Domenico Scarlatti, Richard Pinhas, Pat Metheny, Frank Bridge, Robin Williamson, Linnea Olsson and Carl Nielsen; more Bill Evans on Fantasy Records; 3 from Ol' Blue Eyes on the day that's in it; and David Lang's "Sunray".

 

 

"The Blue of the Night" - RTÉ lyric fm, Saturday 10:20pm (approx)