The Paul Jost quartet take Feels Like Home and highlights from their repertoire to tour Ireland

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman …

Published: 17 Sep 2022. Updated: 2 months.

The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn like fabulous yellow roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars and in the middle you see the blue centerlight pop and everybody goes ‘Awww!’

Jack Kerouac from On the Road (1957)

Any beats out there? Bit of a must for jazz vocals fans on the Irish scene and the Kerouacians among us keen to discover a new voice to get into coming up because the US bebop soaked singer and harmonica player Paul Jost is touring next week with his quartet.

Jost, whose throaty, passionate, style while highly multi-faceted lands in the Mark Murphy lineage as one point of entry (verging, moving into bluesy-rock, on the Joe Cocker side of the tracks on 'Feels Like Home') last year released While We Were Gone, a live double album recorded in Brooklyn at the Soapbox Gallery. Jost's ''blues harp'' work makes me think of the sound of Carey Bell. Jost can do vocalese well too into the bargain, that's scatting to instrumental lines. Personnel include the quartet to tour Ireland at the heart of the remarkable sound: Jim Ridl on piano, Dean Johnson on bass and Tim Horner playing the drums..

Jim Ridl is known for his association with the late Pat Martino on 2015 live album, Nexus.

And both bassist Johnson and drummer Horner appeared on fine singer Roseanna Vitro's 2006 album Live At the Kennedy Center within the great Kenny Werner's trio.

Dates include Belltable, Limerick 23 September; Dolans, Limerick 25 September, in the afternoon; Magy's Farm Dechomet 26 September (sold out).

Paul Jost, photo: Chris Drukker

updated 19 September

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A sizeable strand of the UK modern-mainstream scene decamps to Scarborough for the 2022 festival - looking ahead in today's podcast

In the podcast today we look ahead to next week's Scarborough Jazz Festival A significant feature of the 2022 running of the Scarborough Jazz Festival is the Bill Evans project A Time Remembered with the great singer Norma Winstone, pianist Nikki …

Published: 17 Sep 2022. Updated: 2 months.

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In the podcast today we look ahead to next week's Scarborough Jazz Festival

A significant feature of the 2022 running of the Scarborough Jazz Festival is the Bill Evans project A Time Remembered with the great singer Norma Winstone, pianist Nikki Iles, saxophonist Stan Sulzmann and bassist Dave Green delving deeply into the immortal music of Kind of Blue pianist Bill Evans. UK trombone legend, the ex-Maceo Doncastrian Dennis Rollins, the duos of Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen, Martin Taylor and Ulf Wakenius, the Shirley Smart Trio and collecting en masse Tubbyologically speaking the Simon Spillett big band are also among the line-up at September's long-running jazz festival in the east Yorkshire seaside resort town this autumn.

Dates are Friday 23-Sunday 25 September - click for tickets and further information

Dennis Rollins photo: press