Guy Barker's extraordinary career has seen him move from jazz soloist and bandleader – working with an unbelievable rollcall of artists – to composer and one of the most sought-after arrangers in the world today.

He is Associate Artist of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and Irish audiences have got a flavour of their incredible concerts together in recent years with evenings of Miles Davis, soul classics and more.

Now the RTÉ CO is gearing up for another musical challenge later this month, as Barker returns to the Irish stage with a new take on jazz legend Charles Mingus, exploring the music that shaped Mingus, notably Duke Ellington, all in Guy's fantastic new orchestrations - he talks to RTÉ Arena above.

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The Duke and Mingus is at the National Concert Hall on Thursday, January 26th - find out more here. Listen to RTÉ Arena live nightly from Mon-Fri on RTÉ Radio 1 from 7pm - or listen back here.