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GCap Media station theJazz is set to introduce a full schedule of experienced presenters and big names to its digital-only output from April 6th. From David Jensen on drivetime to Jamie Cullum at weekends, plus a handful of former Jazz FM presenters, GCap really have gone to town on the new sound.

The programme schedule is full of current presenters from various GCap stations up and down the country. Mark Forrest from Classic FM joins for breakfast, ex-Capital Life host Anthony Davis will look after mid-mornings and David Jensen from Capital Gold will present drivetime.

Capital 95.8 weekend presenter Margherita Taylor will host Easy Jazz at 6 whilst Power FM presenter and current station voice-over Claire Anderson has signed up for weekend breakfast.

Former Jazz FM presenters binned by GMG Radio have found a new home on the channel. Helen Mayhew will host Monday to Thursday evenings from 9pm whilst Mike Chadwick looks after the same slot on Friday and Saturday. Ramsey Lewis and Campbell Burnap also feature on the schedule.

Jazz musician Jamie Cullum will host a two hour show on Saturday mornings to play some of his personal favourite jazz tracks. Speaking about his new programme, man of many words Jamie said: “It’s great to be working on theJazz.”

theJazz Party with Chris Philips follows Mike Chadwick’s Saturday evening Latin Party programme from 8pm. Chris, who also presents on Choice FM, will play an upbeat jazz mix for Saturday night.

At 1pm on Sunday afternoons, jazz singer Jacqui Dankworth presents two hours of her favourite music. Jazz trumpeter Digby Fairweather follows Jacqui from 3pm on Sunday afternoons with two hours of music spanning and celebrating the heritage of jazz music, and Britain’s leading jazz saxophonist Courtney Pine turns the spotlight on the current jazz scene in the weekly Courtney Pine Experience.

Speaking about the schedule, Darren Henley, Managing Director of theJazz said: “We’re filling a gaping chasm in the British radio landscape, delivering Britain’s first truly national jazz radio station. Musically, we will cherish jazz’s heritage while at the same time championing jazz’s future. Our presenters are passionate advocates of the music we play and we’re all looking forward to bringing jazz to a new audience across the country.”

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