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BBC announces autumn jazz plans plus a content swap with Jazz FM

Peter Bacon reports:

The BBC has this evening announced some new jazz content and a tie-up with Jazz FM. Here is part of the press release:

“The BBC today unveiled a number of jazz programmes at the launch of the EFG London Jazz Festival. The initiatives include swathes of BBC Radio 3 content including a 6 hour overnight jazz takeover, a jazz collection on BBC Sounds, a partnership with Jazz FM which will see BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds broadcast Jazz FM content for the first time and Jazz FM to share key recordings from BBC Radio 3. There will also be a new jazz programme focussing on the emerging scene presented by composer and arranger Corey Mwamba, and high profile artist portraits on television including a seminal new feature documentary on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson for BBC Two.

Corey Mwamba (Photo: Alex Bonney)

“As part of the BBC’s commitment to showcasing the outer fringes of jazz, BBC Radio 3 will be launching a brand new programme, Freeness, a showcase for cutting edge improvised music in all its forms, linking the freedom-oriented roots of jazz to the vibrant underground scenes of the UK and beyond. The programme will be presented by Derby-based vibraphone player and composer Corey Mwamba and will appear on Saturday nights from the 2nd November.

“BBC Radio 3 will also be joining forces with Bauer Media for the first time in a unique partnership between commercial radio and public service. Shared content will appear on both BBC Radio 3 and BBC Sounds, and whilst the two stations have collaborated before with a digital pop-up BBC Music Jazz, this will be the first time BBC Radio 3 will be broadcasting content from Jazz FM on the network, with Jazz FM similarly sharing Radio 3 content from recorded concerts with their audiences in a reciprocal deal…

“Other upcoming jazz content includes Radio 3 broadcasts from the EFG London Jazz Festival opening gala concert, Jazz Voice, and new for this year there will be a two hour J-Z event at RIBA hosted by Jumoké Fashola. Other content includes a ‘Jazz Fix’ programme presented by Tina Edwards which will suggest a playlist for a public figure, encouraging them to fall in love with jazz for the first time.

“A special six hour overnight show as part of BBC Radio 3’s London Jazz Festival programming, will see the station transform the late night schedule into a heady mix of jazz including the best concerts from around Europe, BBC music content linked to the London Jazz Festival and sessions from BBC Radio 3 New Generation Jazz Artists.

“BBC Radio 2 will cover the London Jazz Festival through The Jamie Cullum Jazz Show, inviting a range of live jazz festival guests to perform on the programme. All of the BBC Radio content will appear on BBC Sounds and a dedicated ‘jazz collection’ will be created in order to make the content easy to find and available on demand.

“Meanwhile Head of BBC Music Television Commissioning, Jan Younghusband, confirmed that some of the UK’s emerging jazz artists will be reflected in the new run of Later with Jools Holland on BBC Two. BBC Two and BBC Four will also schedule a number of high profile new television documentaries this autumn. Highlights include a seminal programme on Miles Davis by Stanley Nelson with a London Jazz Festival screening on 16th November 2019. The programme features unseen archive and contributions from greats like Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones and Wayne Shorter amongst others. There will also be a BBC Four film on Bluenote by Sophie Huber. Whilst for next year a Billie Holliday programme has been commissioned and it has also been confirmed that the final of BBC Young Jazz Musician on BBC Four is to be held at the London Jazz Festival in 2020.”

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