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Billy Taylor

Pianist Billy Taylor joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of his recording career.

Pianist Billy Taylor joins Alyn Shipton to select his career highlights, including work with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, as well as with Ben Webster and his own trio.

Although he is not as well known in the UK as in America, where he is the best-known broadcaster on jazz, pianist Dr Billy Taylor is a hugely influential musical figure. He joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of a recording career that includes work with Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker, backing the great saxophonist Ben Webster and leading a widely celebrated trio.

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Clarinettist and saxophonist Tony Coe joins Alyn Shipton to select his finest recordings.

Clarinettist and saxophonist Tony Coe joins Alyn Shipton to select his finest recordings, including work by his own groups, as well as with Franz Koglmann and Neil Ardley.

Clarinettist, soprano, alto and tenor saxophonist Tony Coe is one of Britain's most brilliant jazz musicians, the first non-American to be awarded the "jazz Oscar" by Denmark's "Jazzpar" prize committee.

In this programme he joins Alyn Shipton to select his finest recordings, including work by his own groups, as well as with Franz Koglmann, Neil Ardley and the Kenny Clarke / Francy Boland Big Band. Coe also has strong views about the sound of the soprano saxophone and clarinet, and provides an illuminating commentary as to how he approaches playing these instruments.

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Mark Murphy

Ian Shaw joins Alyn Shipton to consider the recording career of singer Mark Murphy.

Ian Shaw joins Alyn Shipton to consider the fifty year recording career of American singer Mark Murphy.

American singer Mark Murphy is one of the most versatile vocalists in jazz. A master of scat and vocalese, he is also a renowned interpreter of ballads and standards. British singer Ian Shaw joins Alyn Shipton to consider Murphy's finest records, from his early work such as 'That's How I Love The Blues' to his vocalese masterpiece 'Stolen Moments'.

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Fred Anderson

Alyn Shipton selects the best recordings by Chicagoan saxophonist Fred Anderson.

In an archive recording, Alyn Shipton talks to the late saxophonist Fred Anderson about his best CDs, including work with Joe Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams and drummer Hamid Drake.

Fred Anderson, who died in June, was a founder member of the AACM in Chicago and ran the city's famous club, the Velvet Lounge. Alyn Shipton visited him at the site of his historic club before it was demolished in 2006, and talked to Anderson about his best recordings.

The music features Joe Jarman, Muhal Richard Abrams and Anderson's long-term collaborator, the drummer Hamid Drake.

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Ed Thigpen

Special tribute edition featuring the recorded highlights of the late Ed Thigpen's career.

In an interview recorded during one of his last visits to Britain, the late percussionist Ed Thigpen joins Alyn Shipton to select the recorded highlights of his career.

Jazz Library pays tribute to the drummer Ed Thigpen who died in January. He was such a consummate percussionist that he was known as "Mr Taste". A lynch-pin of the bands of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington and Oscar Peterson, Thigpen joined Alyn Shipton during one of his last visits to Britain to select the recorded highlights of his career.

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An interview in which trombonist Al Grey, who died in 2000, selects his key recordings.

Archive interview in which trombonist Al Grey, who died in 2000, joins Alyn Shipton to select his key recordings with, among others, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie.

Trombonist Al Grey (1925 - 2000) was one of the most distinctive soloists in big band jazz, working with many of the most famous swing orchestras. In an archive interview, recorded just before his death 11 years ago, Al selects his key recordings with, among others, Count Basie, Lionel Hampton and Dizzy Gillespie.

With his gap-toothed grin, pith helmet and extrovert trombone style, Al Grey was one of the most colourful characters in jazz. He and Alyn Shipton first met when Radio 3 broadcast Lionel Hampton's Golden Men of Jazz, for whom Al was musical director. They kept in touch, and not long before Al's death in March 2000, Alyn visited him at his home in Great Neck Long Island to pick the trombonist's favourite recordings from his voluminous catalogue.

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Brad Mehldau

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert pick the best recordings of pianist Brad Mehldau.

Alyn Shipton and Gwyneth Herbert pick the best recordings of Brad Mehldau, including his solo work, with his trio, and with the bands of Lee Konitz and Charles Lloyd.

Singer Gwyneth Herbert has proved herself an insightful commentator on the recordings of fellow vocalists on Jazz Library, but in this week's programme she shares her enthusiasm for the pianist Brad Mehldau, who is one of the most challenging and innovative of contemporary jazz players. With a repertoire ranging from Broadway songs to the works of contemporary rock players, his music seldom stands still. He is a romantic player in the grand tradition of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett, but also a fearless experimenter with time, and musical structure.

Gwyneth Herbert joins Alyn Shipton to pick Mehldau's finest recordings, as a soloist, with his trio and with the bands of Lee Konitz and Charles Lloyd.

Brad Mehldau performs at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

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Joni Mitchell

Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through the jazz-oriented repertoire of Joni Mitchell.

Singer Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through the jazz-oriented repertoire of Joni Mitchell, including her work with Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Hancock.

Singer Christine Tobin guides Alyn Shipton through the jazz-oriented repertoire of Joni Mitchell, including her work with Wayne Shorter, Jaco Pastorius and Herbie Hancock. Mitchell often employed jazz musicians on her recordings, but she was also fascinated by Charles Mingus, making an album of his music shortly before his death.

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Booker Little

Alyn Shipton selects the highlights from the recordings of trumpeter Booker Little.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to select the highlights from the recordings of pioneering trumpeter Booker Little, who died in 1961 aged 23.

Alyn Shipton is joined by Tom Perchard to select the highlights from trumpeter Booker Little's recorded catalogue. Before his death in 1961 aged 23, Little was seen as one of the brightest hopes of jazz in the 1950s, forging a new compositional and playing style that offered a way forward from bebop that was strikingly original.

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Chris Barber

Bandleader Chris Barber joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of his recordings.

Bandleader Chris Barber joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of his recordings from 1953 to the present, with his own groups, as well as Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Louis Jordan.

Chris Barber is one of Britain's best-loved bandleaders. He joins Alyn Shipton to select highlights of his recordings from 1953 to the present, not only featuring his own bands, but also his collaborations with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Louis Jordan, John Lewis and many other visiting Americans.

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Steve Swallow

Bassist Steve Swallow joins Alyn Shipton at the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Bassist Steve Swallow joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at 2010's Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his finest recordings, including work with Art Farmer and Carla Bley.

Bassist Steve Swallow joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

A specialist on the electric bass, Swallow looks back at his early days on the acoustic instrument and talks about the wide variety of his work over a forty-year period.

Significant partnerships include reed-player Jimmy Giuffre, trumpeter Art Farmer, the Gary Burton Quartet (with whom Swallow came to England many times) and fellow-Cheltenham Jazz Festival star John Scofield.

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Joe Henderson

Julian Siegel joins Alyn Shipton to assess the music of saxophonist Joe Henderson.

Julian Siegel joins Alyn Shipton to assess the music of fellow saxophonist Joe Henderson, who was regarded as one of the finest exponents of the tenor sax in jazz.

Joe Henderson was one of the finest tenor saxophonists in jazz. Fellow saxophonist Julian Siegel joins Alyn Shipton to assess Henderson's catalogue of discs from his early Blue Note days to his final triumphs playing the music of Strayhorn and Jobim. The programme also includes part of an archive interview with Henderson.

Joe Henderson's career falls into two distinct parts, his early days as a young lion, recording with the cream of 1960s modern jazz players for Blue Note, and his remarkable comeback after his celebrated trio disc "The State of the Tenor" in 1985, which led to a new international touring career. He discusses this later stage of his career with Alyn Shipton in a Radio 3 interview from the mid-1990s and the rest of his catalogue is assessed by Julian Siegel, a frequent UK poll winner who has been greatly influenced by Henderson.

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Cleo Laine

Cleo Laine joins Alyn Shipton to select recorded highlights of her career.

Ahead of her appearance at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, Cleo Laine joins Alyn Shipton to select some of the finest recorded performances from her distinguished career.

Looking forward to her appearance at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, Cleo Laine joins Alyn Shipton to select some of the finest recorded performances from her distinguished career.

DISC 1

Title: Just a Sittin' and A Rockin'

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Ellington, Strayhorn, Gaines

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo (Union Square)

Number BX403 CD3 Track 13

Personnel: Cleo Laine (vocals), Clark Terry (trumpet), Mark Whitfield (guitar) John Dankworth Orchestra.

DISC 2

Title: Mr and Mississippi

Artist: Cleo Laine with the Johnny Dankworth Seven

Composer: Gordon

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo (Union Square)

Number: BX403 CD1 Track 8

Personnel: Cleo Laine (vocals), Jimmy Deuchar (trumpet), John Dankworth (alto sax), Don Rendell (tenor sax), Bill Le Sage (vibes), Joe Muddell (bass), Eddie Taylor (drums). 4 March 1952.

DISC 3

Title: Easy Living

Artist: Cleo Laine with the Johnny Dankworth Seven

Composer: Rainger/Robin

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo (Union Square)

Number: BX403 CD1 Tr 6

Personnel: as above. 6 May 1953.

DISC 4

Title: A Child Is Born

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Jones/Wilder

Album: Christmas at the Stables

Label: Audio B

Number: 5011

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc; John Dankworth, ss; John Horler, p; Malcolm Creese, b; Allan

Ganley, d; Andy Panayi, fl; Chris Garrick, vn; Matt Skelton, perc. 1999.

DISC 5

Title: PIerrot Lunaire

Artist: Cleo Laine, Nash Ensemble - Elgar Howarth (conductor)

Composer: Schoenberg

Album: Cleo Laine sings Pierrot Lunaire and songs by Charles Ives

Label: RCA

Number: LRL1 5058

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc; Nash Ensemble - Elgar Howarth (conductor)

DISC 6

Title: Summertime

Artist: Cleo Laine and Ray Charles

Composer: George and Ira Gershwin, Heyward and Hayward

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number BX 403 CD 3 Track 10

Personnel: Cleo Laine and Ray Charles, with studio orchestra from the original RCA

album Porgy and Bess.

DISC 7

Title: He Was Beautiful

Artist: Cleo Laine and John Williams

Composer: Myers, Laine

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number BX 403 CD 3 Track 12

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc; John Williams, g. 1976.

DISC 8

Title: Shall I Compare thee to a Summer's Day

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Shakespeare, Laine, Dankworth

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number: BX 403 CD 3 Track 5

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc. Personnel not listed.

DISC 8

Title: Oh Tell me The Truth About Love

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Auden/Dankworth

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number BX 403 CD 3 Track 6

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc; John Dankworth, cl, arr., dir. Personnel not listed.

DISC 9

Title: Bill

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Kern/Wodehouse/Hammerstein

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number: BX 403 CD 3 Track 8

Personnel: Cleo Laine and John Dankworth Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, 1974.

DISC 10

Title: No One Is Alone

Artist: Cleo Laine and Jacqui Dankworth

Composer: Sondheim

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number: BX 403 CD 4 Track 2

Personnel: Cleo Laine, voc; Jacqui Dankworth, voc; ensemble arr and cond. John Dankworth.

DISC 11

Title: It was a Lover and His Lass

Artist: Cleo Laine

Composer: Shakespeare/Young

Album: I Hear Music

Label: Salvo

Number: BX 403 CD 3 Track 10

Personnel: as for disc 8.

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James Moody

Alyn Shipton selects the best records by saxophonist James Moody.

Alyn Shipton selects the best records by saxophonist James Moody, who died in December 2010. Including help from the man himself in a conversation recorded at Ronnie Scott's.

A fine saxophonist and a pioneer of jazz flute, James Moody died last December. Alyn Shipton remembers his career and picks his finest records with the help of the man himself in an archive conversation recorded at Ronnie Scott's. He recalls his long association with Dizzy Gillespie and his big hit 'Moody's Mood for Love'.

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Django Bates

Pianist, composer and bandleader Django Bates discusses his recordings with Alyn Shipton.

Pianist, composer and bandleader Django Bates joins Alyn Shipton at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his best recordings.

Pianist, composer and bandleader Django Bates has been one of the most innovative figures on the European jazz scene since the 1980s. In front of an audience at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, he joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his recorded career from his early days with Loose Tubes to his more recent bands. As well as his group Human Chain, he also discusses his Danish StoRMChaser project and his recent album Beloved Bird.

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John Taylor at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Alyn Shipton is joined by pianist John Taylor at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Pianist John Taylor joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his recordings, including work with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone.

John Taylor is one of the finest and most influential pianists in British jazz. He joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at the 2011 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to discuss his recorded catalogue, including his early collaborations with Kenny Wheeler and Norma Winstone, work with John Surman, and his own trios and duos, including a disc with legendary bassist Charlie Haden.

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Oscar Peterson

Alyn Shipton presents a special tribute programme devoted to jazz pianist Oscar Peterson.

Alyn Shipton presents a special tribute to Oscar Peterson. With the essential Peterson CDs, an interview from 2000 plus the pianist's own favourite recordings.

Alyn Shipton presents a special tribute edition of Jazz Library devoted to Oscar Peterson, who died in December 2007 and is regarded as one of the greatest jazz pianists. The programme not only suggests the essential Peterson CDs, but also calls on the help of the man himself, with an extended interview recorded in 2000.

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In Tune Highlights

Ronnie Scott’s All Stars, Treasures of Buckingham Palace & a Preview of the Proms

Sean Rafferty presents In Tune highlights, with performances from Jennifer Pike & more.

Sean Rafferty presents highlights from In Tune, with performances from Jennifer Pike + Martin Roscoe; Ronnie Scott’s All Stars; Solomon’s Knot; and Yeol Eum Son.

Sean Rafferty presents highlights from In Tune, with performances from Jennifer Pike + Martin Roscoe; a trio of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars – James Pearson, Sam Burgess, and Alex Garnet; and from the In Tune broadcast from Imperial College - Solomon’s Knot and Yeol Eum Son. Plus a guided tour of Buckingham Palace with Dr. Amanda Foreman and Lucy Peter, and an interview with composer Zosha di Castri ahead of the Proms.

In Tune Highlights

Musical pearls, from classical to jazz

Sean Rafferty presents the best live music and interviews from across the week.

Sean Rafferty presents the best live music and interviews from across the week. With jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, tenor Simon Bode and pianist Igor Levit.

Sean Rafferty presents the best live music and interviews from across the week on In Tune. With jazz piano from Brad Mehldau, Bach at lightning speed from cellist Nicolas Altstaedt, and lovely lieder from tenor Simon Bode with pianist Igor Levit.

Steve Wright’s Big Guests

Mick Hucknall and Keira Knightley

Mick Hucknall has a new album and tour, and Keira Knightley has a new film

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