Interview with Booka Brass Band

‘Ben O’Dwyer met up with Booka Brass Band after they were announced for Trinity Ball. Joined by James Doherty (JD), Rónán Scarlett (RS) and Jack Marks (JM). The group discuss the experiences they’ve had so far, juggling college and music and what the future holds for Booka Brass Band. Your sound is very unique in…

Q&A – Booka Brass

‘We once played Madonna’s ‘Like a Virgin’ while Richard Branson drove in on a Virgin Media truck . That was pretty weird.“ We caught up with Jack Marks, sousaphone player with Booka Brass ahead of their performance on the Other Voices stage at Electric Picnic.  Jack spoke to us about the group’s forthcoming debut album Chilled Milk and plans for Electric Picnic 2016.…

We’re jammin’: James Taylor Quartet

‘No wonder James Taylor needs a little lie down: he’s about to play his 125th gig at London’s Jazz Cafe. That’s his 125th just in this venue; the grand total would need to take in to account that his band is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, releasing its 20th album, and keeps up a…

Moving the room with the James Taylor Quartet

‘There was some serious attention seeking going on when I called James Taylor at his home studio in Kent. It wasn’t down to him though, but his Cairn terrier, Heidi, after he shut her out of his studio in a bid to answer my questions.“I don’t know why, but she’s quite possessive, quite yappy and jealous.…

REVIEW: Dublin City Jazz Orchestra – Crescent Arts Centre

‘Seductive, slick and stylish. Just a few of the superlatives to describe the opening night of the Brilliant Corners Jazz Festival, with the Dublin City Jazz Orchestra. Brilliant Corners jazz festival returned to Belfast on Wednesday night for the third consecutive year and those who were privileged enough to be there for its opening verse had a real treat.’…

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