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In Tune steps back in time to the Roaring Twenties
Live music from Alex Mendham & His Orchestra, the Fauré Quartet and The Gesualdo Six
Sean Rafferty presents musical highlights from In Tune, including sacred singing for Advent, a masterful piano quartet, and a Jazz Age extravaganza.
Sean Rafferty presents musical highlights from In Tune, including a Jazz Age extravaganza from Alex Mendham & His Orchestra. Plus The Gesualdo Six sing sacred music for Advent, and the Fauré Quartet play their own twist on Pictures at an Exhibition.
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Spine-tingling Bach from violinist James Ehnes
Sean Rafferty presents a host of musical highlights from the last week on In Tune.
Sean Rafferty presents a host of musical highlights from the last week on In Tune, including folk artist Sam Amidon and singer Bernadette Robinson.
Picks from across the week on In Tune with Sean Rafferty, including a very special live solo violin performance from James Ehnes. Plus folk artist Sam Amidon with a haunting murder ballad, and singer Bernadette Robinson's remarkable musical impressions of the greatest 20th century songstresses.
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Jazz Is Dead
Jamie’s guests this week are Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Jamie’s guests this week are Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, who are the founders of the new Jazz Is Dead record label.
Jamie sits down for an interview with Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad, the musicians, producers, and founders of the new Jazz Is Dead record label. They spoke about the label, and what it's like to work with some of the world's most prestigious jazz masters.
With music from Annie Ross, Joni Mitchell and Barb Yungr
Clare Teal with the best big band, swing and jazz, classic to contemporary.
Clare Teal presents an hour of the best in big band, jazz and swing, from the earliest recordings to the latest releases. A barrowful of big brass and classic songs.
Clare Teal is back this week with an hour of the greatest swing and big band, from the heritage to the modern. In this week's Heritage Pick spot, we head to 1940’s Hollywood for Artie Shaw and his Gramercy Five. We pay tribute to the influence of the late Annie Ross in Without That You Wouldn't Have This, and for our Night Cap, we hear from Sammy Davis, Jr
Jamz Supernova sits in with Zara McFarlane and Tom's Garden Tales
Jamz is joined by East London singer Zara McFarlane to discuss her brand new album.
Jamz is joined by Zara McFarlane to discuss her brand new album 'Songs Of An Unknown Tongue'. Plus Tom's Garden Tales returns, and The Shakedown focuses on the UK vs South Africa.
Jamz is joined by East London singer Zara McFarlane to discuss her brand new album 'Songs Of An Unknown Tongue'. They discuss the influence Zara's time in Jamaica has had on her music and going out of her comfort zone with producers Kwake Bass and Wu-Lu.
Plus Jamz' neighbour Tom is back with gardening and music tips in 'Tom's Garden Tales' and the Shakedown mix focuses on the relationship between UK and South African Dance music.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.