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Manchester gets new Jazz radio station

A jazz radio station will launch next month to cover the Manchester Jazz Festival.

The obviously named Manchester Jazz Festival Radio will broadcast online powered by the on-demand music service Deezer.

Organisers say the station will feature the coolest new sounds in jazz from the finest musicians from the North West and around the world. The radio channel is available on Manchester Jazz Festival’s website and Facebook page, as well as Deezer’s website and apps. Audiences can listen to the tracks from key artists from the festival’s impressive programme over the last 5 years.

Steve Mead, Artistic Director of Manchester Jazz Festival said, “mjf are thrilled to announce this new partnership with Deezer and to become the first major UK jazz festival to launch an internet radio channel. It’s an exciting and invaluable platform for providing a taster of our distinctive programme of music. As well as featuring artists appearing at the 2012 event, we’ve dipped back into the festival archives from the last five years to produce a playlist that epitomises mjf. Thanks to Deezer’s music-centred approach, listeners have a chance to re-visit their favourite musical moments and discover a few gems they may have missed, as well as sample some of the up-coming delights on offer at this year’s festival.”

Mark Foster, MD of Deezer UK said, “Deezer is thrilled to be partnering with the Manchester Jazz Festival, an event praised for its diverse and eclectic programme of jazz music. Deezer is particularly proud of its extensive jazz catalogue and this partnership cements Deezer’s ongoing commitment to providing jazz lovers with a wonderful selection of tracks and encouraging more people to listen to the genre”.

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