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Martial Solal

French pianist Martial Solal talks to Alyn Shipton about his long recording career.

French pianist Martial Solal talks to Alyn Shipton about his long recording career and the Martial Solal International Piano Competition that takes place in Paris.

Martial Solal is one of France's most highly acclaimed jazz musicians. Prior to his solo appearance at this year's London Jazz Festival (in association with Radio 3) he talks to Alyn Shipton about his long recording career and also the Martial Solal International Piano Competition that takes place this month in Paris. His selection of albums ranges from solo piano to his current large ensemble the Newdecaband. He also talks about his long associations with American jazz musicians Lee Konitz and Paul Motian.

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Sarfraz Manzoor explores a fascinating period of jazz music history in India.

4 Extra Debut. Sarfraz Manzoor explores a fascinating time for jazz in India, when Leon Abbey brought his band to Bombay in 1935. From 2014.

Sarfraz Manzoor explores a fascinating period of music history in India when American violinist Leon Abbey brought his jazz band to Bombay in the 1930's, leaving behind an incredible legacy.

The early years of jazz calls to mind places such as New Orleans, Chicago and Paris. What is often overlooked is that the Indian city of Bombay, now Mumbai, had its very own thriving jazz scene in the 1930's that lasted three decades.

Manzoor charts this extraordinary story of jazz in India when some of the world's most accomplished musicians including Dave Brubeck, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong brought their talents to the East and mixed with performers such as Chic Chocolate, Micky Correa, Teddy Weatherford and Frank Fernand -all regarded in India today as jazz legends. This cultural exchange produced music that wove threads into Bombay's story. These threads would later become inextricably a part of the city's own definitive creation: Bollywood, and its music in particular.

Discovering India's jazz heritage and the areas the music has been preserved Manzoor travels to Mumbai to visit Naresh Fernandes author of the critically acclaimed book The Taj Mahal Foxtrot. He meets with musicians and singers along with the widow of Micky Correa and the daughters of Chic Chocolate and explores the development of jazz with saxophonist Braz Gonsalves, the first man to play Be-Bop in India.

Examining the music and legacy of the Indian Jazz legends he searches for their impact today and his journey ends in Goa, now regarded as the new 'Jazz Capitol of India' by music promoter Colin D'Cruz .

Producer: Stephen Garner

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 2014.

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Max Roach

Richard Pite joins Alyn Shipton to pick the best discs by drummer Max Roach.

Richard Pite joins Alyn Shipton to pick the best discs by the founder of modern jazz drumming, Max Roach. They include pieces by many of Roach's own groups.

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London Jazz Festival 2010 Geri Allen

Pianist Geri Allen joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from her recorded work.

In front of an audience at London's Purcell Room at the 2010 London Jazz Festival, celebrated pianist Geri Allen joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from her recorded work.

A product of the M-Base revolution and then a major artist on the Blue Note label, Geri Allen is one of the most accomplished female pianists in jazz. In this programme, recorded in front of an audience at London's Purcell Room, she joins Alyn Shipton to pick the highlights from her recorded work.

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Dinah Washington

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings by Dinah Washington.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings by the great jazz diva Dinah Washington, including her bluesy mid-1940s repertoire and American popular song.

Dinah Washington was only 39 when she died of an accidental overdose of barbiturates in 1963. Yet in her short life she was one of the most successful of all jazz singers, also crossing into blues and pop territory. Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick the essential recordings by Dinah, starting with her bluesy repertoire of the mid-1940s and tracing her career as she became one of the finest interpreters of American popular song. The programme includes her collaborations with Quincy Jones and with the fourth of her eight husbands, Eddie Chamblee.

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Ken Clarke's Jazz Greats

Series 9 Episode 3: Joe Henderson

Ken Clarke MP examines the life and music of the saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Soweto Kinch joins Ken Clarke MP in the studio to discuss the life and music of the saxophonist Joe Henderson.

This week Ken examines the life and music of Joe Henderson, the tenor saxophone star of both Verve & Blue Note Records. Born in Ohio in 1937 Joe Henderson taught himself to play at the young age of 9, later perfecting his craft at college and university. By the time he was 25 he'd led his own band and joined a group with Kenny Dorham. Over the course of his career he went on to play with jazz greats such as Miles Davies and Herbie Hancock and even joined the jazz-rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears.

His own projects won several Grammys and in his later career he became something of a national star in America, even performing for Bill Clinton at his first presidential inauguration. He had a lovely lyrical style with a virtuosic technique and is widely regarded as one of the greatest improvisers in jazz.

Ken is joined in the studio by one of UK's leading saxophonists, Soweto Kinch.

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Heath Brothers

Alyn Shipton talks to the Heath brothers about their collective and individual careers.

On one of the Heath Brothers' last visits to London before bassist Percy's death, Alyn Shipton talked to all three of them about their collective and individual careers in jazz.

Few families have produced three such exceptional musical brothers as Percy, Jimmy and Tootie Heath, a bassist, saxophonist and drummer who have worked at the highest level. On one of their last visits to London before Percy's death in 2005, Alyn Shipton talked to all three of them about their collective and individual careers in jazz, introducing not only the finest albums they made together, but their discs with other musicians as varied as Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, Dexter Gordon and Wes Montgomery.

The Heath Brothers band was a legendary ensemble in jazz from the 1970s to the death of bassist Percy Heath in 2005. All three brothers, Percy, saxophonist Jimmy and drummer Tootie, were masters of their art, and there was a collective magic about their appearances together. But in this programme Percy also talks about his work with Miles Davis and the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jimmy remembers his earliest records with John Coltrane when they were fellow members of Dizzy Gillespie's band, and Tootie recalls the thrill of accompanying Wes Montgomery and Dexter Gordon. We also hear their work together on the albums 'Triple Threat' and 'As We Were Saying'.

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Shelly Manne

Richard Pite joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights from drummer Shelly Manne's career.

Alyn Shipton is joined by drum expert Richard Pite to select highlights from Shelly Manne's prolific recording career, showing his total mastery of percussion in any idiom.

Alyn Shipton is joined by drum expert Richard Pite to select highlights from Shelly Manne's prolific recording career, showing his total mastery of percussion in any idiom. Manne spanned more different styles of jazz than almost any musician, ranging from the swing groups of Coleman Hawkins to the free jazz of Ornette Coleman.

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Stuff Smith

Alyn Shipton and Chris Garrick celebrate the career of violinist Stuff Smith.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Chris Garrick to celebrate the career of fellow violinist Stuff Smith, who was one of the most unusual instrumentalists in jazz.

To mark jazz violinist Stuff Smith's centenary year in 2009, Alyn Shipton meets fiddle player Chris Garrick to celebrate one of the most unusual instrumentalists in jazz. They chart a course through the available recordings, from the 52nd Street days of Stuff's Onyx Club Boys to his latter-day triumphs as a soloist in Europe, and also present new releases of previously unavailable material.

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Dave Brubeck

Alyn Shipton introduces an interview with Brubeck in which he selects favourite recordings

Dave Brubeck: To celebrate the pianist's 87th birthday, Alyn Shipton introduces a conversation with Brubeck, in which he selects some of his favourite recordings from his catalogue.

Dave Brubeck

To celebrate pianist Dave Brubeck's 87th birthday, Alyn Shipton introduces part of a conversation with Brubeck recorded during his quartet's 40th anniversary tour of the UK, in which he selects some of his favourite recordings from a catalogue that includes over 100 albums.

As well as such perennial favourites as Take Five by his historic quartet with Paul Desmond, Brubeck also looks at his collaborations with Gerry Mulligan, the London Symphony Orchestra and his present day band with saxophonist Bobby Militello.

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Hampton Hawes

Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through highlights of pianist Hampton Hawes' recordings.

Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through the highlights of pianist Hampton Hawes' trio recordings, made with figures such as saxophonist Art Pepper.

In the 1950s, Hampton Hawes was the most exciting and technically gifted pianist in Los Angeles. Pianist and author Tim Richards guides Alyn Shipton through the highlights of Hawes' trio recordings made with the likes of saxophonist Art Pepper, works which are considered landmarks in the history of jazz piano. After a period in prison, Hawes emerged a changed man - Richards also selects the key recordings from his later more contemplative years.

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Graham Collier

The late bandleader Graham Collier joins Alyn Shipton to pick his key recordings.

The late bandleader and composer Graham Collier joins Alyn Shipton to pick key recordings from his career, from early triumphs such as Down Another Road to a 70th birthday album.

Few people did more to promote the cause of jazz in Britain than Graham Collier, who died on September 9th. He led a succession of pioneering ensembles over the last 45 years, and was a key figure in Jazz Education. Collier was still actively writing and composing right up until the time of his death. In this special memorial edition of Jazz Library, Alyn Shipton presents an archive interview with Collier, who selected highlights from his long career, from early triumphs such as Down Another Road to his last issued album Directing 14 Jackson Pollocks.

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Django Reinhardt

John Etheridge joins Alyn Shipton to select the finest recordings by the guitarist.

Django Reinhardt: John Etheridge, leader of the Django tribute band Sweet Chorus, joins Alyn Shipton to select the finest recordings by the guitarist.

Django Reinhardt

The first European jazz musician to make a significant impact on the world stage, guitarist Django Reinhardt's effect was felt throughout jazz.

John Etheridge, leader of the Django tribute band Sweet Chorus, joins Alyn Shipton to select the finest recordings by the gipsy genius. From the Hot Club Quintet of France to Reinhardt's solo waltzes, and from his later electric guitar triumphs such as Nuages to his wartime big band discs, this covers all the essential Reinhardt recordings for any jazz collection.

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Cab Calloway

Alyn Shipton is joined by Cab's grandson to select from the singer's recordings.

Cab Calloway: Christmas Day marks the centenary of one of the most outsize talents in jazz, Cab Calloway. Alyn Shipton is joined by Cab's grandson to select from his recordings.

Cab Calloway

Christmas Day marks the centenary of one of the most outsize talents in jazz, the Hi-de-Ho man himself, Cab Calloway.

To select from such recorded gems by Cab as Minnie the Moocher, St Louis Blues and Nagasaki, Alyn Shipton is joined by the singer's grandson Calloway Brooks, who leads the present day Calloway Orchestra and has an encyclopedic knowledge of his grandfather's work.

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George Russell

An interview with composer and theorist George Russell, reviewing his career higlights.

Alyn Shipton's interview with the late composer/theorist George Russell, in which he discusses highlights of his recorded music, including work with Dizzy Gillespie.

The jazz composer and theorist George Russell was a major innovator in jazz for over 50 years. In an archive interview with Alyn Shipton, Russell looks back at the highlights of a recorded repertoire that began with Dizzy Gillespie's big band and went on to encompass modal jazz and the dawn of jazz rock fusion.

George Russell was a ceaseless experimenter - spending most of his life writing his theoretical masterwork on Lydian Modal theory - but on the way writing extended compositions for Dizzy Gillespie in the 1940s, introducing Miles Davis and John Coltrane to modal jazz in the '50s, and mixing world jazz and rock with Jan Garbarek and Terje Rypdal in the 60s. His Living Time Orchestra ran from the '70s to the present decade and included innovative soloists from both sides of the Atlantic. In conversation with Alyn Shipton, who visited Russell at his home near the New England Conservatory in Boston, the composer looks back at what he considers the highlights of his work, and at his standard compositions such as All About Rosie and Ezz-Thetic.

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Erroll Garner

Alyn Shipton selects the best recordings of the great pianist Erroll Garner.

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist Neil Cowley to select the best recordings of Erroll Garner, who was one of the most distinctive and original piano players in jazz.

Erroll Garner was one of the most distinctive and original pianists in jazz. To select his finest recordings, Alyn Shipton is joined by the young British pianist Neil Cowley. The programme includes examples of Garner's earliest stride style, covers the emergence of his own individual jazz voice, and features his most popular album "Concert by the Sea".

Producer Alyn Shipton.

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Gerry Mulligan

Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select key recordings of saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.

Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select key recordings of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, including with his quartet, sextets, ten-piece bands and the Concert Jazz Band.

Gerry Mulligan was one of the finest baritone saxophonists in jazz history, bringing an effortless grace to the large instrument, enhanced by his skill as a composer and arranger. Brian Priestley joins Alyn Shipton to select Mulligan's key recordings, from his "pianoless" quartet through his sextets and ten-piece bands to the Concert Jazz Band. The music ranges from the early 1950s until the 1990s, and includes Mulligan's final, emotionally charged recordings.

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Harry Beckett

Alyn Shipton and Chris Batchelor review the career of the late trumpeter Harry Beckett.

Alyn Shipton and Chris Batchelor review the music of the late trumpeter Harry Beckett, including work from his own bands as well as with Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook and Graham Collier.

Barbados-born Harry Beckett was one of the most fiery and inventive trumpeters in British jazz, right up until his death in July this year. Chris Batchelor joins Alyn Shipton to look back at Beckett's recordings, and to pick his best performances. As well as a range of music from his own bands, the programme includes Beckett's work with Ian Carr, Mike Westbrook and Graham Collier.

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Louis Jordan

Alyn Shipton is joined by Gwyneth Herbert to pick the finest records by Louis Jordan.

Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert to select the best from the recorded catalogue of jump-jive saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan.

The saxophonist and singer Louis Jordan bridged the gap between jazz and rhythm and blues, pioneering many techniques that would be the foundation of r and b, and of rock, but always played as straight ahead jazz. Jordan produced dozens of classic recordings including "Five Guys Named Moe" and "Saturday Night Fish Fry". His discography stretches for over three decades from the mid-1930s and to pick his best work, Alyn Shipton is joined by singer Gwyneth Herbert.

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Great British Jazz Recordings

Alyn Shipton presents interviews with Kenny Baker, Vic Lewis, Coleridge Goode, Annie Ross.

Alyn Shipton presents archive interviews with Kenny Baker, Vic Lewis, Coleridge Goode and Annie Ross. They select some of the highlights of British jazz from 1930 to the 1960s.

In the final edition of the present series of Jazz Library, Alyn Shipton presents archive interviews with Kenny Baker, Vic Lewis, Coleridge Goode and Annie Ross in which they select some highlights of British jazz records from the 1930s to the 1960s, from Chicagoan-style Dixieland to free jazz.

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