Jazz FM has announced Christmas specials presented by Candi Staton, bassist Marcus Miller and Jacqui and Alec Dankworth.
Also, the digital station starts Christmas Eve with Vinny Marino’s TransAtlantic Jazz, from beneath the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in New York.
On Christmas Day, the station welcomes Christmas Day with The Dankworths – Jacqui and Alec present three hours of hand-picked music, direct from The Stables – the jazz venue in Milton Keynes that mum and dad Cleo and John founded in 1970.
Jamie Crick returns to Jazz FM with two hours packed full of listener, presenter and musician requests with “Christmas Day Requests”.
Marcus Miller, who has worked Miles Davis, Luther Vandross, Herbie Hancock and Dizzy Gillespie presents a special Christmas Day edition of “Dinner Jazz”, and on New Year’s Eve, the station’s “Funky Sensation” brand returns for 8 hours of jazz funk and soul hosted by Jeff Young, John Osborne and Mike Vitti along with a guest spot for Candi Staton who will see in the new year.
Nick Pitts, Jazz FM’s Content Director said “we are delighted that some of the most prestigious artists are joining us to present brilliant programmes over the holidays. I’m looking forward to giving our listeners the opportunity to spend Christmas with these tremendous people”.