|A screen-shot of the mobile version
of the new BBC Music Jazz homepage
Jazz fans are going to have to remember or bookmark a curious new code: p05b84xr. Because henceforth http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05b84xr is the new permanent home for all things jazz.
A Press Statement issued today (we quote it in full ) states:
“BBC Music launches new digital home for jazz
“Music fans will be able to visit a brand new BBC website for jazz from today in time for the London Jazz Festival. Announced on BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum show, BBC Music Jazz is a dedicated, permanent digital destination that collates all of the BBC’s existing jazz and blues content. The site brings together the very best of the BBC’s archive alongside new content, interviews and recordings including Jamie Cullum’s recent session with Afro-Beat legend Tony Allen.
“BBC Music Jazz includes content from TV, radio and online and features BBC Radio 3 programmes such as Jazz Line Up and Jazz Now alongside Radio 2 shows including Clare Teal and Jamie Cullum and the very best jazz content from 6 Music shows such as Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles.
“Jazz fans will be able to enjoy archive programmes including Radio 3 programmes featuring Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonius Monk as well as listen to the freshest jazz content from the BBC including a concert broadcast last Saturday with legendary American saxophonist and David Bowie’s key collaborator on the No.1 album Blackstar, Donny McCaslin and his band. There will also a whole host of legendary TV jazz clips and documentaries making the site the one stop digital destination for jazz at the BBC.
“Jamie Cullum, Presenter, BBC Radio 2 says: ‘As a jazz lover I’m thrilled that BBC Music Jazz will allow everyone from new fans to life-long aficionados to enjoy jazz and blues music in the easiest way.’
“Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Radio & Music says: ‘BBC Music is dedicated to providing audiences with the music they love in the simplest and most innovative ways and BBC Music Jazz is a prime example of this. BBC Music Jazz reinforces the BBC’s commitment to jazz and blues music and brings together the very best of the BBC’s new and archive content from TV, radio and online. BBC Music Jazz will be the digital hub for jazz at the BBC and I’m sure music fans will love visiting the site.’
“Alan Davey Controller of Radio 3 says: ‘Collaboration is at the very heart of jazz music and BBC Radio 3 has been proud to be a part of BBC Music collaborations working together to get jazz to broader audiences. BBC Music Jazz is a great example of this as the site brings together the very best new and archive jazz content from BBC radio, TV and online. BBC Music Jazz will act as a brilliant showcase for the genre and will make the content easier to find for audiences and help the industry reach as many people as possible.'”
But will it include next week's editions of Radio 3 Composer of the Week, which just happens to feature Thelonious Monk on its five one-hour slots, and which just happens to me as its guest contributor?
Brian we have good news: the BBC confirm that it will include them (Sebastian)
Why did they ever stop their email roundups of Jazz broadcasts? Now I get emails about “Arts and Culture”, or something vague which might include jazz. But I never know what jazz is going to be broadcast without going to one or more websites to find out. I suppose we should be grateful that it is now reduced to 1 web page.