New Jazz pop-up launches on digital radio
BBC Music Jazz launches nationally at 2pm today (12 November) and will run until midnight on Sunday 15 November. The temporary pop-up digital radio station is a collaboration between the BBC and commercial station Jazz FM and aims to offer listeners the very best of jazz music with something for everyone from complete beginners to aficionados.
It will feature all-star presenters, performers, archive gems, live content from BBC Radio 3’s collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival, bespoke content from BBC Radios 2, 4, 6 and BBC Radio Scotland and Jazz FM will offer access to their flagship programmes and rare archive recordings.
BBC Radio 3’s Geoffrey Smith with special guest and Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew will present the ‘50 Greatest Jazz Artists’. The programme will be broadcast daily on the pop-up station with audiences invited to vote for their favourite artist.
Other presenters include; Jamie Cullum, Julian Joseph, Clare Teal, Craig Charles, Jez Nelson, Claire Martin, Chris Philips, Alyn Shipton and many other household names.
Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, says: “BBC Radio 3 has always had dedicated jazz strands and comprehensive live coverage of the EFG London Jazz Festival thanks to our collaboration with Serious. But all of us who love jazz must think what greater things we can all do together when it comes to reaching and serving audiences. That’s why I’m so proud to be working closely with Jazz FM, Serious and our sister BBC radio stations to give listeners such a unique digital Jazz offer that will, I hope, introduce new audiences to the wonders of jazz and remind existing fans of the great things available across the BBC and from our friends at Jazz FM - as well as the great talent on display at the EFG London Jazz Festival.”
James Stirling, BBC Music Editor: “I’m really pleased that we’re able to showcase the wide range of Jazz content available across the BBC and through working with Jazz FM, some rare archive. BBC Music Jazz will offer jazz fans and beginners alike something truly unique this autumn and demonstrates the power of BBC Music to bring audiences closer to the music they love.”
Jonathan Arendt, CEO Jazz FM: “It’s fantastic that jazz is bringing the BBC and commercial radio together in this unique collaboration. We know that the pop-up will introduce new audiences across the country to the wonders of jazz and the EFG London Jazz Festival. In our 25th anniversary year, we’re delighted to be working with the extraordinary teams from BBC Radio and Serious on this ground breaking digital station.”
Claire Whitaker on behalf of Serious, producers of the EFG London Jazz Festival: “We are delighted to be collaborating with both BBC Music and Jazz FM on this project, which will have the enviable result of building a wider audience both for the Festival, and the music we hold dear.”
You can listen to the station on DAB digital radio, online and on your mobile phone.
The full programme schedule can be seen here.