Joy o' Keeffe - "The Joy of Jazz"
Having been a relatively late comer to preforming Joy is definitely making up for lost time!
After studying Jazz at the ripe age of 39 with Limerick jazz society she moved to Galway where she stated busking on the infamous Shop street where she spent the next 5 years preforming Jazz and swing on the streets.
A regular fixture in the music scene in Galway. Joy started a jazz trio called THE Joy of Jazz and a swing band called the lounge lizards who preformed at weddings, corporate events as well as pub gigs and even started her own monthly Swing night with her band the lounge lizards.
Since relocating to Waterford a year ago Joy had become somewhat of a tourist attraction and can be regularly seen and heard preforming her jazz and swing repitoire on the streets of Waterford, Dungarvan and Kilkenny and plans to travel all over the East Coast bringing Jazz and swing to the streets restrictions permitting.
Joy has always loved Jazz since she was a young girl and is particularly drawn to the lyrics and story telling aspect of Jazz standards.
Her influences include Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone Etta James, Louis Armstrong, Dinah Washington, Julie London, Little Esther and crooners such as Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Paul Anka and Dean Martin whos playful approach to music makes it more relatable for the listener she says.
A self proclaimed jazz purist at heart Joy loves the Golden age of Jazz and is influenced by its vintage speakeasy loungy style in her outfits as well as her preforming.
Everything was just more glamorous back then she says!
She is currently recording her first album of Jazz standard cover versions with her band in Galway featuring Karl Clews on bass( another of our Jazz radio Ireland presenters!) and is hoping to have it available from June.
It’s jam packed with the tunes I love to preform with my bands over the years and the ones I sing on the streets as bringing Jazz to a wider audience on the streets has been a source of great joy for both me and the listener. (pardon the pun!)
Her show the aptly named ‘The Joy of jazz’ focuses on the more playful side of Jazz standards and the stories and lyrics behind classic jazz and swing standards.
You can catch Joy's show soon on Jazz Radio Ireland
Dave Hartnett - "Jazz Tonight" Sunday
9pm-11pm (GMT+1) 4pm(EDT)
Dave has had a love for all genres of music from an early age, but his heart lies with jazz and everything about jazz. His earliest memory was listening to a record his Grandfather played of Bing Crosby and he just fell in love with the sound. He wanted to know more and so he started to listen to Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, before moving on to Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong and many more.....
At 17 he started to DJ around Cork and Waterford and also set up his first radio station Static FM which played dance, trance and Rnb. Since retiring from both after 10 years due to illness in 2018 he took a break to concentrate on getting better
He had two shows on a community radio station CRK FM playing 80's and 90's before it closed down.
In May 2020 he set up Jazz Radio Ireland. He new it was time to follow his passion and noticed that there were very few jazz stations in Ireland. His ears then turned to smooth jazz and smooth jazz vibes radio show was born.
You can catch Dave's show on Jazz Radio Ireland soon.....
Karl Clews - Bassist, songwriter, producer
"In The Pocket" Friday's 8pm - 9pm(GMT+1) 3pm(EDT)
Karl began his musical journey at the age of 8, on the classical guitar. Having achieved a distinction at grade 8 and a Performer’s Diploma by the age of 16, Karl turned his attention to the bass guitar: ‘I was heavily into soul, funk and fusion as a teenager,’ he states, ‘and I quickly realized that it was the bass guitar that really drove and directed this kind of music.’
Influenced by such virtuoso bass players as Stanley Clarke, Jaco Pastorius, Marcus Miller, Louis Johnson, Armand Sabal-Lecco and Mark King, Karl developed a distinctive percussive and rhythmic style that quickly established him as an in-demand player for jazz, blues and soul bands whilst still at university in Oxford. Following a period spent living in France, where he played extensively around the clubs of Paris and Nancy and gigged and recorded with such stars of the French music scene as MC Solaar, Manu Dibango and Laurent Voulzy, Karl moved to London, where he spent six years as a session player, songwriter and producer.
Karl is a founder member, songwriter and producer of the UK funk and soul band, Harambe, who have so far recorded and released two commercially-available albums via the Universal label, 2003’s Roots and 2007’s Testify (an expanded version of which was licensed in Japan to the CCRE label in 2008), and co-wrote and produced the eponymous Broken Angel album (2005).
Karl is now settled in Galway on the west coast of Ireland and is currently working with various top Irish function bands, typically playing around 150 gigs per year throughout Ireland. He is also involved in a number of original projects, including jazz-funk-fusion outfit Earthship, The Tom Portman Trio, and funk-rock trio Happy Inc, and is in constant demand as a session player and dep. Most notably, he played bass on the charity single, Tiny Dancer, which reached No.1 in 5 countries in 2012/13.
Some of the artists Karl has worked with, either on recording sessions or live, over the years include: David McAlmont, Keziah Jones, Manu Dibango, Jamiroquai, The Brand New Heavies, PJ Harvey, Gary Barlow (Take That), Ronan Keating, John Harrison (producer: Liberty X, Sugababes), Neil Conti (drummer: Scritti Politti, Level 42), Dr John, Fred Wesley & The New JBs, Luke Lockhart, Pete Ray Biggin, Clayton Denwood, MC Solaar, Laurent Voulzy, Soweto Kinch, Zoe Rahman, Moe Loughran, Martina Flaherty, Niceol Blue, Paul King and Krishna BlackEagle.
Karl’s publishing interests are handled by Hornall Brothers in the UK. Alongside his band projects, he has also released two albums of original solo bass and bass-led compositions, Dissident, and Navigator, available from www.karlclewsbass.bandcamp.com and all the usual download and streaming sites.
Karl is also available for teaching, product demonstrations and clinics, and has appeared in this capacity at NAMM in Anaheim, CA, and the Frankfurt Musikmesse on various occasions, for various clients.
Finally, as a side project, Karl also has a youtube channel on which he presents a series of his own solo electric bass arrangements of popular songs and his original compositions: www.youtube.com/karlclews
You can catch Karls show on Jazz Radio Ireland every friday 8pm-9pm GMT/show repeated 2am-3am Saturday GMT