Father of Irish Jazz

Cormac Larkin of the Sunday Tribune recently wrote a great article about Allen in a recent edition. In this article he points out the important role Allen played in encouraging Irish artists in Ireland and encouraging foreign artists to come and play here. It also reminds me of how many of my father’s promotional adventures involved the whole family mucking in. I can’t quite recall how much we got paid per 100 Jazz Fusion ’84 leaflets folded but that was one of the ways we were encouraged to help out! Larkin also points out that Allen commissioned his son (my brother) Blaise to design album covers: to be honest I think everyone of us has at some point designed a flyer or poster for Dad. I also used to do poster runs around the noticeboards of Dublin for a hard earned fee – that was hard work and many the time I looked after the door on the night of various gigs. A very unlikely bouncer I was too

Allen on Four FM

Ireland has recently seen the launch of 4 FM a brand new multi-city radio station, broadcasting to counties Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Clare. Among the DJs lined up to present their varied schedule, aimed at the over forties, is Allen Smith, the man behind Jazz on the Terrace and this website (and my father!). You can hear Allen play an eclectic selection of Jazz every Wednesday from 9pm til 10pm. Continuing his role as a promoter and supporter of Irish jazz talent you can expect to hear many new and familiar Irish musicians alongside their international peers on Allen’s show.

This Wednesday’s show celebrates the launch of 4 FM and Jazz on Four by focusing on the number four and multiples and divisions of it. You can expect to hear among others the Count Basie Orchestra, Tommy Halferty and Mike Nielsen, Chet Baker and Blossom Dearie. The track list also includes a song composed by Paul McCartney and John Lennon. Did I mention eclectic? So tune in on Wednesday 4th March at 9pm, sit back, and enjoy!

The full playlist will be posted here after each show and will include all the usual details and track length, album, composers and labels. A treasure trove for any music fan!

You can listen on 94 or 104 FM in the counties mentioned above (click here to check the exact frequency for your area). Online broadcast will be coming soon and all programmes will be available online to listen to again for seven days after broadcast.

Allen would like to take this opportunity to wish all his fellow presenters and the team and management of 4 FM all the best in their exciting, new endeavour.