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Art Pepper

Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose saxophonist Art Pepper's finest recordings.

Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose saxophonist Art Pepper's finest recordings, and also reveals his remarkable talents on the clarinet, on the tenor sax and as a composer.

Despite a lifelong battle with narcotics, harrowingly related in his book "Straight Life", Art Pepper was one of the finest alto saxophonists in jazz. In this programme, British saxophonist Alan Barnes joins Alyn Shipton to choose Pepper's finest recordings, and also reveals the American's remarkable talents on the clarinet, on the tenor saxophone, and as a composer.

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Trevor Watts

Saxophonist Trevor Watts joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of his recorded career.

Prior to his appearance with Veryan Weston at the 2011 London Jazz Festival, saxophonist Trevor Watts joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of his recorded career.

Prior to his appearance with Veryan Weston at the 2011 London Jazz Festival (in association with Radio 3), saxophonist, percussionist and bandleader Trevor Watts joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of his recorded career. From the vigorous sounds of Amalgam in the 1970s, via his Drum Orchestra, Celebration Band and Moire Music, Watts brings us to the present with solo recordings as well as examples of the duo which will be appearing in London.

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Wynton Kelly

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tim Richards to explore the recordings of pianist Wynton Kelly.

Alyn Shipton explores the recorded catalogue of Wynton Kelly, one of the most individual pianists in jazz, famous for his work with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery.

Wynton Kelly was one of the most individual pianists in jazz, famous for his work with Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Wes Montgomery. He also led his own trio - often with fellow Miles Davis sidemen Paul Chambers (bass) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) who played with him on "Kind of Blue". Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through Kelly's impressive catalogue of recordings.

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Jon Hiseman

Drummer Jon Hiseman joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights of his recorded work.

Drummer John Hiseman, best known as the leader of the fusion bands Tempest and Colosseum, joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from his eclectic oeuvre.

Best known as the leader of the fusion bands Tempest and Colosseum, drummer Jon Hiseman's career in jazz covers almost all styles and genres. He talks to Alyn Shipton about a catalogue of recordings that includes free jazz trios with Mike Taylor, big bands, his own groups including Colosseum, and his work with his wife Barbara Thompson in Paraphernalia and the United Jazz and Rock Ensemble.

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Barney Wilen

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to pick key recordings by saxophonist Barney Wilen.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to explore the recorded repertoire of French saxophonist Barney Wilen, who is best known for his 1950s recordings with Miles Davis.

The French saxophonist Barney Wilen is best known for his 1950s recordings with Miles Davis, on the score for Louis Malle's film "Lift to the Scaffold". But his work is much wider than this. After growing up in America, he fitted naturally into groups led by the drummer Roy Haynes, Art Blakey and Kenny Clarke. But he was also a towering figure in his own country's music, pioneering both jazz rock and world music influences on jazz. Tom Perchard joins Alyn Shipton to explore the high points in Wilen's recorded repertoire.

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George Avakian

Alyn Shipton is joined by veteran record producer George Avakian to select his best work.

Alyn Shipton is joined by veteran record producer George Avakian to select the finest sessions that he supervised, including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Gil Evans and Dave Brubeck.

To celebrate the 92nd birthday of George Avakian, the veteran record producer joins Alyn Shipton to pick his personal favourites from a long career in supervising record sessions, starting in 1939.

From the Chicago jazz of Eddie Condon and Jimmy McPartland, the programme covers a vast stylistic range including Erroll Garner, Miles Davis's quintet and his Gil Evans collaborations, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, Dave Brubeck's most famous quartet and the Louis Armstrong All Stars.

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Bud Powell

Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of pianist Bud Powell's recordings.

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to explore the best examples of recordings by the innovative bebop pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41.

Alyn Shipton explores the best examples of recordings by pianist Bud Powell, who died in 1966 aged 41 and altered the course of jazz piano through his bebop innovations of the 1940s.

He left an impressive legacy of recorded work, although this also charts his slow decline as a consequence of mental illness and addiction problems.

Shipton is joined by pianist Geoff Eales to consider the largest body of Powell's work, for the Blue Note label.

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The life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.

Jazz historian Helen Mayhew looks at the remarkable life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings.

Jazz historian Helen Mayhew looks at the remarkable life of Louis Armstrong as told through his archive of tape recordings, covering his personal life as well as his music.

This programme contains language that some may find offensive.

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Louis Armstrong

Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select essential work by exotic bandleader Sun Ra.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Author and critic Brian Morton joins Alyn Shipton to select the essential examples of bandleader Sun Ra's work.

Born Herman Blount, he was as famous for his exotic headgear and claims that his inspiration and music came from outer space, as his band The Arkestra. Yet beneath the exotic image, Ra was a highly creative musician, redefining the structure and sound of the jazz big band.

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Nina Simone

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the catalogue of Nina Simone.

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the recorded catalogue of the jazz singer and pianist Nina Simone. With an excerpt from an archive interview.

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert select highlights from the recorded catalogue of the jazz singer and pianist known as the High Priestess of Soul. The programme includes part of an archive interview by Alyn with Nina herself, recorded on her last visit to Britain, as well as her best songs ranging from Porgy through Mississippi Goddam to I Put a Spell on You.

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Carla Bley

Pianist and composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records.

Pianist/composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records, from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill via her various big bands, to her current small groups.

Pianist and composer Carla Bley joins Alyn Shipton to choose her essential records, from the jazz opera Escalator Over the Hill via her various big bands, to her current small groups.

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Carmen McRae

Alyn Shipton picks highlights from the recordings of singer Carmen McRae.

Christine Tobin joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from the more than 60 albums that singer Carmen McRae, a Billie Holiday protegee, made before her death in 1994.

Singer Carmen McRae was a protegee of Billie Holiday but soon grew beyond that early influence to develop her own distinctive musical personality. Singer Christine Tobin joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from the more than 60 albums that McRae made before her death in 1994.

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Stan Getz

Alyn Shipton and Dave Gelly select the best recordings by the great saxophonist Stan Getz.

Alyn Shipton is joined by biographer Dave Gelly to select the finest recordings by the great saxophonist Stan Getz, including some with the 1940s Woody Herman Orchestra.

To choose the finest recordings by Stan Getz, Alyn Shipton is joined by the great saxophonist's biographer Dave Gelly. Together, they pick the critical high points of Getz's work, from the 1940s Woody Herman Orchestra, through to his many small groups, and by way of the bossa nova craze to his final quartet of the 1980s.

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Lionel Hampton

Alyn Shipton with career highlights of the great vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton.

Alyn Shipton is joined by critic and pianist Brian Priestley to select career highlights of the great swing era drummer, vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton.

Critic and pianist Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select recording highlights from the career of drummer, vibraphonist and pianist Lionel Hampton, one of the greatest musicians of the swing era. Including his work with Benny Goodman, his many studio recordings from the 1930s and the regular working bands he led from the 1940s for the rest of his life.

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Bing Crosby

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert pick Bing Crosby's jazziest recordings.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick Bing's jazziest recordings, ranging from his Paul Whiteman days to the swing bands of Buddy Bregman and Billy May.

Focusing on the jazz side of Bing Crosby, Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick Bing's jazziest recordings, ranging from his Paul Whiteman days to the swing bands of Buddy Bregman and Billy May, and including Bing's immortal discs with Louis Armstrong.

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Benny Golson

Alyn Shipton interviews saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009.

Alyn Shipton interviews saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009. With Golson looking back at his career with Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie, plus his new album.

Alyn Shipton interviews veteran saxophonist Benny Golson, who turns 80 in 2009, and who is to be honoured at the Kennedy Centre in Washington DC for his lifetime achievements in jazz. The programme features Golson looking back at his career with musicians including Art Blakey, Lee Morgan and Dizzy Gillespie as well as his own Jazztet, plus a preview of his new 80th birthday album New Times, New 'Tet.

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Lee Konitz

Alyn Shipton charts a course through the recordings of alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Alyn Shipton talks to the American composer and alto saxophonist Lee Konitz about his music, from his days with Claude Thornhill to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool.

Alyn Shipton talks to the prolific American composer and alto saxophonist about the landmarks in his career, beginning with his early days with Claude Thornhill and Stan Kenton and progressing to his work on Miles Davis's Birth of the Cool and with Lennie Tristano and his circle.

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Nat King Cole

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work as a hugely influential pianist, charismatic vocalist and a combative jam session player.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to select the high points of Nat King Cole's work as a hugely influential pianist, charismatic vocalist, and one of the most combative of all jam session players. Music includes Straighten Up and Fly Right, Nature Boy and the legendary After Midnight sessions.

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BBC Music Introducing

The BME Sessions KOKOROKO - Ti-de

KOKOROKO perform at The BME Sessions

KOKOROKO perform at The British Music Embassy Sessions

KOKOROKO perform at The British Music Embassy Sessions.

As the British Music Embassy showcases at SXSW 2020 were cancelled, BBC Music Introducing and industry partners DIT, PPL, PRS, PRS Foundation, AIM & the BPI took over a venue to put on a series of sessions with some of the artists that were due to perform.

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Vince Wilburn Jr: Miles Davis

Miles Davis’ drummer and nephew Vince Wilburn Jr discusses his uncle's legacy.

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