Freelance broadcaster, author and educator, Eamonn Lenihan, has lived in the West of Ireland for most of his life.
He remembers being first exposed to jazz through film and television. (Years later, while studying composition at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Eamonn was re-acquainted with Lalo Schifrin’s movie music in a course textbook).
Eamonn first presented dedicated jazz music programmes on national radio as long ago as 2002. This period marked the beginning of important associations and collaborations between the Irish state broadcaster, RTÉ, and domestic musicians, societies, venues and promoters. During his 14 years with RTÉ, Eamonn devised and presented thrice-weekly specialist music shows, airing vintage and contemporary jazz, electronica, nu jazz, soul-jazz and jazz-rock fusion. He hosted, amongst other programmes, “The Third Wave”, “Jazz Alley”, “After Hours”, and “The Blue of The Night”, which one Irish national print journalist described as “…probably the best radio programme in the world”.
Eamonn has also introduced concerts aired across the European Broadcasting Union. A documentary about the (now defunct) West Clare International Jazz School remains one of his proudest achievements…
Now Eamonn returns to broadcasting with The Jazz UK
You can hear 2 special shows on:
Monday 1st April 2018 & Monday 7th May 2018 at 1pm -3pm (with repeats at 6pm -8pm the same day) on the RedTrain Express