Jazz FM has just announced its Christmas schedule. Norah Jones’ show is set to run at 3pm on Christmas Day…
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Christmas Eve: Friday 24 December
6pm –** Sarah Ward’s Christmas Collection** – Stalwart broadcaster Sarah Ward kicks off the Christmas weekend and break with her traditional selection of beautiful festive music from right around the world
Christmas Day: Saturday 25 December
6am – Jazz FM Christmas Breakfast – weekday breakfast show host Nigel Williams broadcasts live on Christmas morning with music to welcome you into the day
10am – YolanDa Brown on Christmas Day – Jazz FM’s Saturday afternoon presenter and CBeebies favourite YolanDa provides Christmas cheer and music.
1pm – Jamie Crick’s Christmas Request – we hand the radio station over to the listeners and stars of the music to choose the songs for two hours
3pm – Norah Jones. The multiple award-winning vocalist joins Jazz FM for a special relaxing afternoon of music.
5pm – Danny John-Jules. Actor, comedian and Jazz fan Danny joins Jazz FM to play his favourite jazz, soul and blues ahead of his return to BBC1 smash TV show ‘Death In Paradise’ on Boxing Day.
7pm – Parky – My Kind of Jazz at Christmas with Sir Michael Parkinson. The broadcasting legend returns to Jazz FM with a selection of his favourite Christmas songs from the Great American Songbook.
8pm – The Clare Teal Christmas Show – more classic Christmas themed jazz, big band and swing with the broadcaster and musician.
Boxing Day Sunday 26 December
7pm – A Lost Tapes special – Tony Bennett. Helen Mayhew hosts a special profile of this year’s Jazz FM Awards Lifetime Achievement Award recipient via a series of never before heard tapes from The National Jazz Archive will give a rare glimpse into Tony’s world through interviews recorded by journalist Les Tomkins in 1966 and 1972.
9pm – The Cabinet of Jazz Presents… The Presidential Inauguration Concert. As Jazz FM’s first ever comedy series finishes, this special episode hosted by Marcus Brigstocke pulls together all of the live performances recorded over the series by the guests who played the role of Acting President. Features Jay Rayner, Claire Martin, Clarke Peters, Dennis Bovell, Gary Crosby and Isy Suttie
Monday 27 December
6pm – Parky, My kind of Jazz (rpt). Sir Michael Parkinson plays the music in a selected repeat from his 2021 series. In this episode, Buddy Rich performs
9pm – Space Is The Place (rpt). A chance to hear again the ground-breaking drama series from 2020 back to back and in one go. Featuring the dramatized life stories of the original legends of jazz – Nina Simone, Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, and Sun Ra
11pm – Jazz FM Voices Party: Manchester with Pablo Blanquito. Manchester-based DJ, curator and event producer Pablo Blanquito presents an hour of music with a dancers mentality.
Tuesday 28 December
6pm – Parky, My kind of Jazz (rpt). Sir Michael Parkinson plays the music in a selected repeat from his 2021 series. In this episode, we hear from Duke Ellington
9pm – The Lost Tapes. Earlier in 2021, Helen Mayhew presented never-before tapes from Oscar Peterson and Art Blakey (thanks to the National Jazz Archive) plus Stan Getz (thanks to the Getz family). Tonight is a chance to hear the highlights from those four stunning interviews.
11pm – Jazz FM Voices Party: Bristol with Worm Disco Club. The Bristol collective Worm Disco Club showcase an hour of groovy, funky, Afro-tropical tunes with a heavy dose of disco.
Wednesday 29 December
6pm – Parky, My kind of Jazz (rpt). Sir Michael Parkinson plays the music in a selected repeat from his 2021 series. In this episode, we have a performance from Stephane Grappelli and Yehudi Menuhin
9pm – The Music That Made Me 2021 – Nigel Williams presents the highlights from this year’s series of in-depth conversations with Pat Metheny, Dianne Reeves, Candi Station, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and Nile Rodgers.
11pm – Jazz FM Voices Party: Liverpool with Dharma Collective. Liverpool-based duo Dharma Collective bring the heat with global sounds that are dance floor ready.
Thursday 30 December
6pm – Parky, My kind of Jazz (rpt). Sir Michael Parkinson plays the music in a selected repeat from his 2021 series. In this episode, we hear about Jonny Mercer with an excerpt from the TV Show
9pm – The Jazz FM Awards. A special presentation of October’s full ceremony and performances along with the backstage interviews with the winners. Featuring Courtney Pine, Ego Ella May, Jas Kayser, Emma Jean Thackray and many more.
11pm – Jazz FM Voices Party: London with Emily Dust. No stranger to the club scene – Emily Dust brings a London night out to Jazz FM with funk, soul, and global melodic gems.
New Year’s Eve Friday 31 December
7pm – 1am – A New Orleans New Year. A 6-hour commercial-free party playing nothing but the music from the birthplace of jazz that knows how to party – New Orleans, including…
7pm – DJ Lil’ Koko – Presenter of Jazz FM’s Big Easy presents the first two hours of the party 9pm – Kermit Ruffins – The US jazz trumpeter, singer, composer, and actor from New Orleans continues the party, direct from his home stateside
Saturday 1 January
9pm – Jazz FM Voices Party: Leeds with NikNak. Leeds based turntablist and music creative NikNak presents an uplifting mix of jazz that’ll get you grooving as we welcome 2022.
Sunday 2 January
9pm – Aretha Franklin: The Real RESPECT – Nigel Williams explores real-life events compared to the scenes of 2021’s Aretha Franklin biopic. Soul Music Historian and personal friend of Aretha, David Nathan separates fact from fiction and delves into the archives to reveal a whole chapter of her life that was missed out in the screenplay. The programme also features Jennifer Hudson in her lead role in the film.
Bank Holiday Monday 3 January
6pm – Helen Mayhew. Helen brings the festival season to a close with a perfect selection of classic and contemporary jazz to either relax you or get your foot tapping.
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