BBC radio stations and Jazz FM team up for only the second time with more content than ever before on a temporary digital BBC Music radio station
A collaboration between BBC Music, BBC Radio and Jazz FM, the 2016 pop-up sees commercial and public service broadcaster come together for a diverse range of the best jazz music for everyone from jazz novices to connoisseurs. It will feature all-star presenters, and performers, archive gems, live content from BBC Radio 3’s collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival, bespoke content from BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland and Jazz FM.
Jonathan Arendt, CEO Jazz FM:
Key BBC radio content highlights include over 25 hours of jazz documentary programming from the BBC archive, featuring jazz icons such as Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. A BBC Radio Scotland series Godfathers of Jazz explores the work of great pioneers of the genre, including Lalo Schifrin, Herbie Hancock and Tony Bennett, who is 90 this year. Jools Holland presents Leader of the Band: Chris Barber Story, a two-part documentary about the trombonist, bassist, bandleader and pioneer of British jazz and blues. Jamie Cullum presents several programmes of interview and performance highlights from his Radio 2 programme, including a special BBC Music Introducing show.
Highlights of Jazz FM’s programming include evenings celebrating great jazz icons Quincy Jones and Cleo Laine. David Bowie Jazz Genie looks at the influence of Bowie on generations of jazz musicians, and at the influence jazz had over Bowie’s music. Jazz FM also explores the differences between the British and New York jazz scenes with special editions of two regular programmes; TransAtlantic Jazz with Marcus Miller and True Brit with Helen Mayhew. Former Radio 3 presenter Jez Nelson – who re-joined the commercial station in the spring of this year – returns to the BBC with a special edition of his Jazz FM show Somethin’ Else.
More information and full schedule will be announced in due course.
BBC Music Jazz is led by Controller of BBC Radio 3 Alan Davey, BBC Music Editor James Stirling and Jazz FM CEO Jonathan Arendt. BBC Music Jazz this year will be the 7th BBC music radio pop-up service, following in the footsteps of Radio 2 Country, Radio 2 50s and Radio 2 Eurovision services.