ITMA unlocks a piece of Irish jazz history

The first jazz conference in Ireland will take place at TU Dublin, Conservatory of Music and Drama, Rathmines from 17 January to 19 January 2019. ITMA will be on hand on Thursday 17th to 'play' the earliest known Irish jazz recording - a 1949 78 rpm disc recorded in Dublin.

DIT Jazz historian Damian Evans visited ITMA in the Summer of 2018 bringing with him a unique 78 rpm disc belonging to jazz musician Ronan Guilfoyle - the earliest known recording of Irish jazz. The label, The Irish Recording Company, was known to ITMA as we hold over 90 IRC discs donated by the family of company founder Bill Stapleton. 

Staff at ITMA were delighted to offer expertise and equipment to play and digitise the 1949 recording, an event captured by Luke Clancy for the Lyric FM Culture File radio series.

ITMA will provide another live listening opportunity on Thursday 17 January 2019 at the DIT Jazz Conference when the disc will be given another spin for the gathered delegates.

For those who can't make the conference, have a listen to Luke Clancy's feature on the historic day in ITMA when the secret sounds of Irish jazz were heard again.

For more information on Documenting Jazz, 17-19 January 2019 see here