Jazz FM and BBC pop-up jazz station returns
The pop-up digital station run by Jazz FM and the BBC is returning for 2016, for five days from November 10th.
BBC Music Jazz is led by Controller of BBC Radio 3 Alan Davey, BBC Music Editor James Stirling and Jazz FM CEO Jonathan Arendt.
Presenters including Stewart Lee, Gregory Porter, Laura Mvula, Will Young, Cerys Matthews, Moira Stuart, Jamie Cullum, Soweto Kinch, Jools Holland, Craig Charles, Ana Matronic, Jay Rayner, Julian Joseph, Claire Martin and more will feature on the broadcast.
Live concerts will air from EFG London Jazz Festival in partnership with BBC Radio 3 along with Jazz FM’s archive recordings, and specially commissioned new content for the first time this year.
And a countdown of the Top 50 Jazz albums of all time with Radio 3’s Geoffrey Smith and Jazz FM’s Helen Mayhew will feature.
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, says: “As a station Radio 3 has an illustrious history of broadcasting jazz and connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture, as well as supporting new talent and broadcasting from major festivals like EFG London Jazz Festival. What better way to help celebrate our 70th anniversary than to come together once again with our sister BBC radio stations and Jazz FM to bring an astonishing amount of new and archive content to jazz obsessives, the uninitiated and everyone in between.”
James Stirling, BBC Music Editor, says: “BBC Music is keen to partner with the industry to ensure the very best of music is getting to audiences across the UK and further afield, which is why we’re excited to unite the best of jazz radio under one roof in such an ambitious way.”
Jonathan Arendt, CEO Jazz FM, says: “It’s a privilege to be working with BBC Music and Radio 3 again following our groundbreaking collaboration in 2015 with the EFG London Jazz Festival. This year’s pop-up digital radio station will reflect the tangible increase in popularity for jazz across the UK over the last year. We are delighted that the station will include substantially more content from Jazz FM with specially commissioned shows and some of our most popular archive material.”
BBC Music Jazz first aired in 2015 for four days on DAB and digital radio.