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20120527

2012052720150315 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of drumming great Roy Haynes.

What do Lester Young, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Chick Corea have in common? Drum legend Roy Haynes has played with them all, and is still going strong!

Geoffrey Smith surveys the starry career of a master musician who has just celebrated his 90th birthday.

First broadcast 27/05/2012.

20120527

20120617

Geoffrey considers the extent to which classical traditions have influenced jazz.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music. This week, he considers that although some jazz fans may resent classical music, classical traditions have influenced jazz from the beginning. Today's programme examines the effects of classical music on players and composers from Louis Armstrong and Coleman Hawkins to Lennie Tristano and Chick Corea.

email: GSJ@bbc.co.uk.

20120805

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

A special, Olympics-themed edition including gladiatorial displays from the likes of Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie and Sonny Rollins.

email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

Geoffrey Smith presents a special Olympic-themed edition.

20120819

Geoffrey Smith presents a gallery of jazz portraits.

Geoffrey Smith presents a gallery of jazz portraits, including works by Duke Ellington, Stan Tracey and John Surman.

20120923

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

One of the prime movers of hard bop, Horace Silver said his mission in jazz was "to burn", as pianist, leader and composer. Geoffrey Smith chooses fiery performances by him and such Silver admirers as Buddy Rich, Mark Murphy and Alan Barnes

20121223

Geoffrey Smith presents a Christmas miscellany.

Geoffrey Smith gets into the Yuletide spirit with his very own Christmas miscellany - a mixture of jokes, treats and curiosities from the likes of Woody Herman, Bessie Smith, Slim Gaillard and Clarence Williams.

20130210

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

20130707

Geoffrey Smith presents a personal journey, taking in great musicians and great music.

Because summer should be a time for fun, Geoffrey Smith's Jazz entertains the humorous and curious, from a sanctified Louis Armstrong to Iain Ballamy channelling Erik Satie to Don Ellis in a feline frenzy - just for starters.

20130714

Geoffrey Smith surveys pianists Herbie Nichols, Richard Twardzik and Elmo Hope.

Herbie Nichols, Richard Twardzik and Elmo Hope may not be the best known of jazz pianists, but their rugged individuality and subtle wit have made them favourites with connoisseurs-and with Geoffrey Smith, who surveys their achievement.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

20130721

Geoffrey Smith surveys the famous innovations of Stan Kenton.

A hero to his sidemen and fans, if not all critics, Stan Kenton led one of the loudest, boldest bands in jazz till his death in 1979. Geoffrey Smith surveys his famous innovations.

20131222

Music from Fats Waller and the Memphis Jug Band, plus James P Johnson and Charlie Parker.

Geoffrey Smith serves up some Christmas treats: food and drink from Fats Waller and the Memphis Jug Band; seasonal reflections by James P. Johnson and Charlie Parker; and a visit to Vienna with Joe Zawinul.

2014031620160410 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the meteoric career of trumpet prodigy Lee Morgan.

A teenage trumpet prodigy, Lee Morgan won crossover stardom with his irresistibly groovy hit, "The Sidewinder". Geoffrey Smith surveys the meteoric career that was cut short by his death in a shooting at just 33.

20140316

2013 Highlights20131229

Geoffrey Smith introduces highlights from 2013.

Geoffrey Smith looks back at highlights from 2013 with some bonus tracks that missed their chance to appear on the show first time around, including numbers from John Coltrane, Bud Powell, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang.

A Tribute To Stan Tracey20140119

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of the late pianist-composer Stan Tracey.

A colossus of British jazz, pianist-composer Stan Tracey died last month at eighty-six. Geoffrey Smith salutes his achievement with combos and big bands, including his classic suite Under Milk Wood.

Ahmad Jamal Piano Trio20130224

Geoffrey Smith on how Ahmad Jamal's piano trio influenced the work of Miles Davis.

Besides topping the charts in the 1950s, Ahmad Jamal's piano trio recordings had a profound influence on the music of Miles Davis. Geoffrey Smith explores a relationship that surprised the critics.

Al Cohn And Zoot Sims20120624

Geoffrey Smith surveys the partnership and individual careers of Al Cohn and Zoot Sims.

A personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

Separately and together, saxophonists Al Cohn and Zoot Sims epitomized the joys of swing. Geoffrey Smith surveys both their celebrated partnership and individual careers, including Zoot's global touring and Al's compositions for the likes of Woody Herman and Gerry Mulligan.

email: GSJ@bbc.co.uk.

Art Blakey20130901

A godfather of modern jazz, drummer Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers launched the careers of a galaxy of stars from Horace Silver to Wynton Marsalis. Geoffrey Smith plays such Blakey hits as "Moanin'" and "Blues March".

Art Farmer20120715

Geoffrey Smith considers the career of one of the aristocrats of jazz trumpet, Art Farmer.

Geoffrey Smith considers the career of one of the aristocrats of jazz trumpet, Art Farmer, from his bebop beginnings to eminence as one of the most respected players on the scene, especially renowned for his ballads.

Art Pepper20140309

Geoffrey Smith surveys the passionate career of alto saxophonist Art Pepper.

Famed for his intense alto saxophone style, Art Pepper starred with Stan Kenton and in a series of brilliant solo recordings, despite life-long struggles with addiction. Geoffrey Smith surveys his passionate career.

Art Tatum2012110420141012

For technical facility and harmonic imagination, Art Tatum was in a class by himself. Geoffrey Smith salutes a legendary virtuoso who astonished both jazz and classical masters.

Art Tatum20121104

For the BBC's piano season, Geoffrey Smith focuses on the work of pianist Art Tatum.

For technical facility and harmonic imagination, Art Tatum was in a class by himself. As a fitting end to Geoffrey Smith's survey of great jazz pianists we salute a legendary virtuoso who astonished both jazz and classical masters.

Artie Shaw20140810

Though a Swing Era idol and clarinet king, Artie Shaw (1910-2004) hated stardom. For him, the music was paramount, and his big bands and small groups produced a string of immortal hits. Geoffrey Smith picks some favourites from a remarkable career.

Geoffrey Smith picks favourite music from clarinettist, composer and bandleader Artie Shaw

Autumn20120902

Geoffrey Smith presents a seasonal selection of jazz recordings inspired by autumn.

As autumn approaches, Geoffrey Smith plays September songs of all sorts, from George Shearing and Dizzy Gillespie to Sarah Vaughan and Woody Herman.

Ben Webster2013060920140914

Geoffrey Smith selects the highlights from the career of tenor saxophonist Ben Webster.

Rugged and romantic, Ben Webster's big-toned tenor captivated jazz listeners for decades. From stardom with Duke Ellington to his solo classics of the 1960s and 60s, Geoffrey Smith chooses highlights from a unique career.

First broadcast in June 2013.

Benny Carter20120909

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

Geoffrey takes a look at the august career of altoist-composer Benny "King" Carter.

email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

Geoffrey Smith explores the career of alto saxophonist and composer Benny 'King' Carter.

Benny Golson2014092120160403 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of saxophonist-composer Benny Golson.

Benny Golson2014092120160403 (R3)

Born in 1929 and still going strong, saxophonist-composer Benny Golson has divided his career between brilliant solo playing (with the likes of Art Blakey) and writing such immortal standards as "I Remember Clifford". Geoffrey Smith celebrates both sides of a formidable talent.

Benny Golson20140921

Benny Golson20140921

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of saxophonist-composer Benny Golson.

Still going strong at eighty-five, saxophonist-composer Benny Golson has divided his career between brilliant solo playing (with the likes of Art Blakey) and writing such immortal standards as "I Remember Clifford". Geoffrey Smith celebrates both sides of a formidable talent.

Benny Goodman20120722

Geoffrey Smith surveys the achievements of Benny Goodman.

From trio to quartet, sextet and septet, Benny Goodman has been called the father of chamber jazz. Geoffrey Smith surveys his achievements with such celebrated sidemen as Lionel Hampton, Gene Krupa and Charlie Christian.

Benny Goodman20131215

Geoffrey Smith plays Benny Goodman's live performance classics.

Though Benny Goodman sold millions of records, his band was at its explosive best in live performance. Geoffrey Smith plays Goodman classics at his famous Carnegie Hall concert and from live broadcasts on the road.

Betty Carter20160320

Once dubbed "Betty Bebop", Betty Carter (1930-98) combined a smoky voice with scat and free-range improvisation to reinvent standard tunes as edge-of-your seat adventures. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a jazz diva in a class by

herself.

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of smoky-voiced improvising singer Betty Carter.

Big Joe Turner And Helen Humes20150215

Geoffrey Smith presents favourite songs from singers Big Joe Turner and Helen Humes.

How about some Valentine's Day blues? Geoffrey Smith serves up a tasty selection of moods and hues by a pair of classic singers with Kansas City connections: Big Joe Turner (1911-85) and Helen Humes (1909-81).

Bill Coleman20140817

Geoffrey Smith celebrates trumpeter Bill Coleman, who made his major career in France.

Though trumpeter Bill Coleman (1904-81) played with Fats Waller and Coleman Hawkins, he made his major career in France, with the likes of Stephane Grappelli and Django Reinhardt. Geoffrey Smith salutes a shining expat star.

Bill Evans20131110

Geoffrey Smith explores the music of the great pianist Bill Evans.

As a preview of next week's Composer of the Week tribute to the great pianist Bill Evans, Geoffrey Smith concentrates on his work as a swinging interpreter of other composers, including Cole Porter and Sonny Rollins.

Billie Holiday2013110320141109

Billie Holiday2013110320141109

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from Billie Holiday's great and complex career.

Billie Holiday2013110320141109

Billie Holiday2013110320141109

Though hailed as the pre-eminent jazz singer, Billie Holiday was also known for the tragic lifestyle that led to her early death in 1959. Geoffrey Smith picks his favourite recordings from a great and complex career.

First broadcast in November 2013.

Billie Holiday20131103

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from Billie Holiday's great and complex career.

Though hailed as the pre-eminent jazz singer, Billie Holiday was also known for the tragic lifestyle that led to her early death in 1959. Geoffrey Smith picks his favourite recordings from a great and complex career.

Billie Holiday20150405

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the centenary of the birth of Billie Holiday.

To mark the centenary of the birth of Billie Holiday on April 7, Geoffrey Smith concentrates on the passionately personal songs of her later years, before her tragic and untimely death in 1959 at the age of just forty-four.

Billie Holiday And Lester Young20160327

Highlights from the duo of revered vocalist Billie Holiday and saxophonist Lester Young.

As an Easter treat, Geoffrey Smith selects highlights from the immortal partnership of vocal legend Billie Holiday and her saxophonist soulmate Lester Young, co-creators of some of the greatest recordings of the Swing Era.

Billy Strayhorn20140504

Billy Strayhorn2014050420151129 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith pays homage to composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger Billy Strayhorn.

Billy Strayhorn2014050420151129 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith pays homage to composer, pianist, lyricist and arranger Billy Strayhorn.

Billy Strayhorn20140504

Billy Strayhorn2014050420151129 (R3)

Duke Ellington's alter ego and right hand man, Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was born 100 years ago this weekend. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a unique talent and immense influence in the art of jazz arranging and composition.

Billy Strayhorn2014050420151129 (R3)

Duke Ellington's alter ego and right hand man, Billy Strayhorn (1915-67) was born 100 years ago this weekend. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a unique talent and immense influence in the art of jazz arranging and composition.

Billy Strayhorn20140504

Geoffrey Smith pays homage to Billy Strayhorn, Duke Ellington's musical alter-ego.

Until his death in 1967, Billy Strayhorn was Duke Ellington's musical right arm and alter ego. Geoffrey Smith pays homage to his invaluable contributions to the classic Ellington canon, in which Strayhorn's genius played a full and distinctive part.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke2013040720151018 (R3)

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Bix Beiderbecke20130407

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of cornettist, pianist and composer Bix Beiderbecke.

Bix Beiderbecke is the doomed youth of 1920's jazz, a tender talent snuffed out all too soon. But there's joy and brilliance in his music too, a legacy for later generations which Geoffrey Smith will celebrate.

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg20130414

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg2013041420151025 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith presents a celebration of singer-pianists Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg2013041420151025 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith presents a celebration of singer-pianists Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg20130414

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg2013041420151025 (R3)

Jazz meets cabaret in the delectable wit of Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. Geoffrey Smith presents the combined talents of the much loved singer-pianists as they cast a playful eye on the passing scene.

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg2013041420151025 (R3)

Jazz meets cabaret in the delectable wit of Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. Geoffrey Smith presents the combined talents of the much loved singer-pianists as they cast a playful eye on the passing scene.

Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg20130414

Geoffrey Smith presents a celebration of singer-pianists Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg

Jazz meets cabaret in the delectable wit of Blossom Dearie and Dave Frishberg. Geoffrey Smith presents the combined talents of the much-loved singer-pianists as they cast a playful eye on the passing scene.

Bob Brookmeyer20160529

Valve trombonist, pianist, composer; sideman, leader and teacher, Bob Brookmeyer (1929-2011) was one of the great jazz all-rounders. Geoffrey Smith surveys his witty, swinging work with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and Clark Terry.

Valve trombonist, pianist, composer; sideman, leader and teacher, Bob Brookmeyer (1929-2011) was one of the great jazz all-rounders. Geoffrey Smith surveys his witty, swinging work with the likes of Gerry Mulligan, Stan Getz and Clark Terry.

Bobby Wellins20160221

One of the UK's finest and most distinctive saxophonists, Bobby Wellins turned 80 last month. Geoffrey Smith salutes a distinguished career, and the passionate, poignant sound which has led the way on such classic recordings as Stan Tracey's 'Under Milk Wood'.

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the distinguished career of British saxophonist Bobby Wellins.

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Geoffrey Smith celebrates boogie-woogie, introducing examples by pianists and big bands.

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Geoffrey Smith celebrates boogie-woogie, introducing examples by pianists and big bands.

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Boogie-woogie was a party-time sensation in the 1930s, a driving eight-to-the-bar piano style that took the world by storm. Geoffrey Smith selects some potent examples by pianists and big bands alike.

Boogie-Woogie20160306

Boogie-woogie was a party-time sensation in the 1930s, a driving eight-to-the-bar piano style that took the world by storm. Geoffrey Smith selects some potent examples by pianists and big bands alike.

Brad Mehldau20140824

Geoffrey Smith celebrates contemporary keyboard great Brad Mehldau.

From the Beatles and Radiohead to Gershwin. Monk and Brahms, pianist Brad Mehldau's repertoire knows no bounds in inspiration and virtuosity. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a contemporary keyboard great on the night of his 44th birthday.

Branford Marsalis20141116

Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

Branford Marsalis20141116

The eldest son of a celebrated jazz clan, saxophonist Branford Marsalis is more laidback and irreverent than his trumpet brother Wynton. Geoffrey Smith surveys a star career ranging from pop and funk to this year's London Jazz Festival.

Bud Powell20130630

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of bebop pianist Bud Powell.

The most brilliant of bebop pianists, Bud Powell set a standard for virtuoso fire and invention that influenced everyone who came after him. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a glittering but all-too-short career.

Buddy Rich20150208

Geoffrey Smith traces the career of drummer Buddy Rich.

Hailed as "the greatest drummer ever to draw breath", Buddy Rich (1917-87) was a jazz legend for fifty years. Geoffrey Smith traces his blazing career with Tommy Dorsey, Lester Young and his own super-charged ensembles.

Bunny Berigan And Bud Freeman20140518

Geoffrey Smith surveys the work of trumpeter Bunny Berigan and saxophonist Bud Freeman.

Trumpeter Bunny Berigan (1908-42) and saxophonist Bud Freeman (1906-91) were two of the brightest stars of the Swing Era. Geoffrey Smith surveys their work together, on their own and with major bands like Tommy Dorsey's.

Carmen Mcrae20150308
Carmen Mcrae20150308

Geoffrey Smith surveys the music of vocal artist Carmen McRae.

Tough, tender, sassy, sardonic, Carmen McRae (1920-94) made every song she sang her own. Influenced by her friend Billie Holiday, her poise and musicality made her a musicians' favourite. Geoffrey Smith surveys a rare vocal artist.

Charles Mingus20130127

Charles Mingus2013012720151004 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the musical career of double bassist Charles Mingus.

Jazz titan and turbulent spirit, Charles Mingus was one of modernisms's foremost movers and shakers. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his work as bass virtuoso, composer and leader in such classics as 'Goodbye Porkpie Hat' and 'Better Git It In Your Soul.'.

Charles Mingus20130127

Charles Mingus20130127

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of jazz titan Charles Mingus.

Jazz titan and turbulent spirit, Charles Mingus was one of modernisms's foremost movers and shakers. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his work as bass virtuoso, composer and leader in such classics as 'Goodbye Porkpie Hat' and 'Better Git It In Your Soul.'.

Charlie Christian20141026

Geoffrey Smith selects music by electric guitar great and bebop pioneer Charlie Christian.

Godfather of electric guitar, sparkplug of the Benny Goodman sextet, key figure in the evolution of bebop, Charlie Christian (1916-42) remains a source of jazz pleasure and inspiration. Geoffrey Smith picks some classic recordings.

Charlie Parker20130317

Charlie Parker2013031720150301 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks personal favourites by the great saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Charlie Parker2013031720150301 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks personal favourites by the great saxophonist Charlie Parker.

Charlie Parker20130317

Charlie Parker2013031720150301 (R3)

In the week of the anniversary of Charlie Parker's death in 1955, Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites by the alto saxophone master and prime mover of bebop, concentrating on the works of his later years.

Charlie Parker2013031720150301 (R3)

In the week of the anniversary of Charlie Parker's death in 1955, Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites by the alto saxophone master and prime mover of bebop, concentrating on the works of his later years.

Charlie Parker20130317

Geoffrey Smith picks personal favourites by the great saxophonist Charlie Parker.

In the week of the anniversary of Charlie Parker's death in 1955, Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites by the alto saxophone master and prime mover of bebop, concentrating on the works of his later years.

Chick Corea20130421

Chick Corea2013042120150510 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys Chick Corea's various musical alliances across a spectrum of styles

Acoustic, electric, swing, Latin, classical, free-pianist Chick Corea has embraced a whole spectrum of styles with unfailing passion. Geoffrey Smith surveys his alliances with the likes of Stan Getz and Gary Burton and his celebrated crossover band Return to Forever

First broadcast 21/04/2013.

Chick Corea20130421

Chick Corea20130421

Acoustic, electric, swing, Latin, classical, free-pianist Chick Corea has embraced a whole spectrum of styles with unfailing passion. Geoffrey Smith surveys his alliances with the likes of Stan Getz and Gary Burton and his celebrated crossover band Return to Forever.

Geoffrey Smith surveys Chick Corea's various musical alliances across a spectrum of styles

Christmas20151220

Geoffrey Smith's Christmas miscellany includes music from Lee Konitz and Norma Winstone.

Geoffrey Smith's Christmas miscellany includes seasonal frolics by Clarence Williams and Bill Harris, star turns from Lee Konitz, James P. Johnson and Norma Winstone, and a show-stopping finale with Jazz At The Philharmonic featuring Charlie Parker, Roy Eldridge and Lester Young.

Christmas 201420141221

Geoffrey Smith gets into the Christmas spirit with a mixed bag of treats - tracks that missed out first time around from the likes of Art Blakey, Fats Waller and Bunny Berigan, plus a farewell to Kenny Wheeler.

Chu Berry20150906

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of tenor saxophonist Chu Berry.

Despite his early death, tenor saxophonist Chu Berry (1908-41) was a swing era giant, allied with the likes of Coleman Hawkins, Lionel Hampton, Fletcher Henderson and Cab Calloway. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from his brilliant recordings.

Clark Terry20140511

Clark Terry2014051120150412 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of trumpeter Clark Terry.

Trumpeter Clark Terry died in February at the age of ninety-four, renowned for the joyous virtuosity of his playing and his hilarious 'mumbling' vocals. Geoffrey Smith recalls a great career with the likes of Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson.

Clark Terry20140511

Clark Terry20140511

Mentor to Miles Davis, key player with Duke Ellington; trumpeter Clark Terry is the premier elder statesman of jazz. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a great career, including his unique vocal hit, "Mumbles'", a scat masterpiece with Oscar Peterson.

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of trumpeter Clark Terry.

Clifford Brown-max Roach Quintet20130526

Geoffrey Smith surveys the great recordings made by the Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet.

The Clifford Brown-Max Roach Quintet was one of the golden groups of the 1950s, co-led by two of the most eminent stars on trumpet and drums. Geoffrey Smith surveys the great recordings they made before Brownie's untimely death at just twenty-five.

Coleman Hawkins20130331

Coleman Hawkins2013033120150719 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith celebrates Coleman Hawkins, considered the father of the jazz tenor sax.

Adolphe Sax may have invented the saxophone, but it was perfected by Coleman Hawkins. In a programme first heard in 2013, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the father of the jazz tenor whose massive tone, potent attack and harmonic daring challenged everyone who came after him, producing a legacy of masterpieces over a forty-year career.

Coleman Hawkins20130331

Coleman Hawkins20130331

Geoffrey Smith celebrates Coleman Hawkins, considered the father of the jazz tenor sax.

Adolphe Sax may have invented the saxophone, but it was perfected by Coleman Hawkins. Geoffrey Smith celebrates the father of the jazz tenor, whose massive tone, potent attack and harmonic daring challenged everyone who came after him, producing a legacy of masterpieces over a forty-year career.

Dave Brubeck Tribute20130106

Geoffrey Smith presents a tribute to pianist Dave Brubeck.

In a commemorative tribute to Dave Brubeck, who died last month, Geoffrey Smith surveys his ground-breaking work as pianist, composer and leader of his world-famous quartet, including such iconic albums as Time Out and collaboration with the likes of Louis Armstrong

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray2013120820160522 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith recalls the epic saxophone duels between Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray.

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray2013120820160522 (R3)

Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray were bebop's tenor kings, famed for their epic saxophone duels. Geoffrey Smith recalls those thrilling encounters and their later individual careers, marred by battles with drugs.

First broadcast in December 2013.

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray20131208

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray2013120820160522 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith recalls the epic saxophone duels between Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray.

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray2013120820160522 (R3)

Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray were bebop's tenor kings, famed for their epic saxophone duels. Geoffrey Smith recalls those thrilling encounters and their later individual careers, marred by battles with drugs.

First broadcast in December 2013.

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray20131208

Dexter Gordon, Wardell Gray20131208

Geoffrey Smith recalls the epic saxophone duels between Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray.

Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray were bebop's tenor kings, famed for their epic saxophone duels. Geoffrey Smith recalls those thrilling encounters and their later individual careers, marred by battles with drugs.

Dizzy Gillespie20131013

Dizzy Gillespie2013101320151108 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the post-bop career of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

"Dizzy like a fox", John Birks Gillespie was at once madcap wit, bebop theoretician and trumpet legend. Geoffrey Smith surveys his post-bop career, including work with his storming 1950s big band.

Dizzy Gillespie20131013

Dizzy Gillespie20131013

Geoffrey Smith surveys the post-bop career of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie.

"Dizzy like a fox", John Birks Gillespie was at once madcap wit, bebop theoretician and trumpet legend. Geoffrey Smith surveys his post-bop career, including work with his storming 1950s big band.

Django Reinhardt And Stephane Grappelli20120826

Geoffrey Smith presents music from Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli.

Anticipating next Friday's late night orchestral Prom celebrating The Spirit of Django, Geoffrey Smith features the gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt and his violinist partner, Stephane Grappelli.

Drummers20140720

Geoffrey Smith presents his favourite drummers, from Chick Webb & Gene Krupa to Max Roach.

Indulging his percussive past, Geoffrey Smith presents a survey of scintillating moments by some favourite jazz drummers, from Chick Webb and Gene Krupa to Max Roach and Philly Joe Jones, with a final burst from Buddy Rich.

Duke Ellington20121007

Geoffrey Smith explores the keyboard style of Duke Ellington, in solos and ensembles.

It's a jazz truism that, though Duke Ellington played piano, his real instrument was his band. But it's also true that he had a great and unique keyboard style, as full of colour and imagination as his orchestrations. Geoffrey Smith Jazz will present the full glory of Ellington the pianist, in solos and ensembles large and small.

Duke Ellington20160417

Beginning in the 1940s, Duke Ellington devoted his main creative energies to composing suites, based on his impressions of places and themes. Geoffrey Smith highlights Ellingtonian images ranging from the Deep South to the Far East, Shakespeare and H.M. the Queen.

Duke Ellington20160417

Duke Ellington20160417

Beginning in the 1940s, Duke Ellington devoted his main creative energies to composing suites, based on his impressions of places and themes. Geoffrey Smith highlights Ellingtonian images ranging from the Deep South to the Far East, Shakespeare and H.M. the Queen.

Duke Ellington20160417

Duke Ellington 50s-60s20150517

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from pianist Duke Ellington's career in the 1950s and 60s.

Duke Ellington's legendary triumph at the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival ignited a brilliant new phase in his career. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the 1950s and 60s including his Shakespearean Suite, Such Sweet Thunder, and his soundtrack to Anatomy of a Murder.

Duke Ellington Band20140105

Duke Ellington Band20140105

Geoffrey Smith presents classic tracks by the 1930s Duke Ellington band.

Geoffrey Smith gets 2014 off to a regal start with classic tracks by the 1930s Duke

Ellington band, crowned by his epic performance of "Diminuendo and Crescendo

in Blue" from the 1956 Newport Jazz Festival.

Duke Ellington's Small Groups20140615

Geoffrey Smith selects music from the 1930s sessions by Duke Ellington's sidemen.

In the 1930s, Duke Ellington encouraged his star sidemen - stars like Johnny Hodges and Cootie Williams - to record on their own, and their small group sessions form a rich addition to the Ellington canon. Geoffrey Smith selects some gems.

Earl 'Fatha' Hines20121028

Earl 'fatha' Hines2012102820150920 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the remarkable career of pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines.

revolutionized jazz piano in the 1920s, forming a trailblazing partnership with Louis Armstrong. After stints as a bandleader and sideman, he came roaring back to solo eminence in the 1960s, astonishing a new generation with his gifts. Geoffrey Smith surveys a remarkable career.

Earl 'Fatha' Hines20121028

Earl 'fatha' Hines20121028

revolutionized jazz piano in the 1920s, forming a trailblazing partnership with Louis Armstrong. After stints as a bandleader and sideman, he came roaring back to solo eminence in the 1960s, astonishing a new generation with his gifts. Geoffrey Smith surveys a remarkable career.

Geoffrey Smith surveys the remarkable career of pianist Earl 'Fatha' Hines.

Easter20140420

After celebrating Mardi Gras New Orleans-style, Geoffrey Smith returns to the Big Easy for the joys of Easter, with star turns by local heroes from Bunk Johnson and Lester Young to Trombone Shorty.

Geoffrey Smith presents music for Easter, with New Orleans music including Lester Young.

Ella Fitzgerald2012091620140525

Geoffrey Smith presents a personal journey, taking in great musicians and great music.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

From pop to scat: Geoffrey celebrates vocal legend Ella Fitzgerald.

email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

Ellington In Fargo20141102

Highlights from Duke Ellington's classic session in Fargo, North Dakota, in 1940.

In 1940, local radio recorded the Duke Ellington band live in Fargo, North Dakota, capturing a legendary ensemble at its spontaneous best. Geoffrey Smith compares ducal classics on the road and in the studio.

Ellington's Singers2012051320140427

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

Duke Ellington's singers have often been overshadowed by his great instrumental soloists. But tonight Geoffrey Smith surveys the contribution vocalists like Ivie Anderson made to the unique "Ellington effect".

email: gsj@bbc.co.uk.

Geoffrey Smith on contributions made by Duke Ellington vocalists, including Ivie Anderson.

Eric Dolphy2013011320140629

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of saxophonist Eric Dolphy.

One of the most adventurous musicians of the 1960s, reedman Eric Dolphy combined free jazz and form with the likes of Charles Mingus, and in such trail-blazing albums as Out to Lunch, until his untimely death in 1964.

Erroll Garner20150913

Geoffrey traces the career of witty, swinging jazz pianist Erroll Garner.

Pianist Erroll Garner (1921-77) was that rare thing, a jazz star who also won a huge popular following with joyous swing, wit and happiness. Geoffrey Smith traces the career of a national musical treasure.

Fats Waller20141005

Geoffrey Smith presents favourite tracks by pianist, singer and composer Fats Waller.

Fats Waller (1904-43) was a legendary bringer of joy. Brilliant pianist and singer, he was famous for hilarity and rhythm from New York to Hollywood. Geoffrey Smith picks favourites by this "cheerful little earful".

Gene Krupa20140126

Gene Krupa20140126

Geoffrey Smith surveys the celebrated career of drummer Gene Krupa.

The Mick Jagger of the Swing Era, Gene Krupa drove the jitterbugs wild with his manic drumming, first with Benny Goodman and then leading his own band. Geoffrey Smith surveys an iconic career.

George Russell20141019

Geoffrey Smith presents works from revolutionary pianist and composer George Russell.

A master theorist and composer, George Russell (1923-2009) reinvented jazz harmony while producing landmark albums featuring the likes of Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy and John Coltrane. Geoffrey Smith presents revolutionary works by Russell's Small-tet and Big Band.

Gerry Mulligan20140223

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan.

Composer and baritone sax virtuoso, Gerry Mulligan became an icon of West Coast jazz with his piano-less quartet and big band. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a versatile, witty and always swinging career.

Gil Evans20130512

Gil Evans2013051220150802 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks personal favourites from arranger-composer Gil Evans's work.

To Miles Davis, Gil Evans was "hipper than hip", a profoundly original arranger-composer whose sumptuous impressionism influenced the whole of post-war jazz. In a programme first heard in 2013, Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites from the rich array of Evans's work, including his classic collaborations with Davis and the evocative masterpieces he created under his own name.

Gil Evans20130512

Gil Evans20130512

Gil Evans20130512

Gil Evans20130512

Geoffrey Smith picks personal favourites from arranger-composer Gil Evans's work.

To Miles Davis, Gil Evans was "hipper than hip", a profoundly original arranger-composer whose sumptuous impressionism influenced the whole of post-war jazz. Geoffrey Smith picks some personal favourites from the rich array of Evans's work, including his classic collaborations with Davis and the evocative masterpieces he created under his own name.

Hampton Hawes20140330

Geoffrey Smith traces the colourful career of bebop and blues pianist Hampton Hawes.

Giving the lie to West Coast cool, pianist Hampton Hawes laid down a blazing trail of bebop and blues until his premature death in 1977. Geoffrey Smith traces his colourful, often tumultuous career.

Harlem Stride Pianists20120930

For the BBC's piano season, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the great Harlem stride pianists.

Jazz piano doesn't come more exciting that the stride masters of Harlem. The likes of James P. Johnson, Fats Waller and Willie the Lion Smith set a standard for keyboard heroics that reached its peak in the breathtaking virtuosity of Art Tatum. Especially for Radio 3's piano season, GS salutes the giants of stride.

Henry Red Allen20150809

Geoffrey Smith salutes the distinctive trumpeter Henry Red Allen.

Admired both in his native New Orleans and avant-garde New York, trumpeter Henry Red Allen (1908-67) starred with the likes of Coleman Hawkins and Lionel Hampton. Geoffrey Smith salutes a distinctive and ebullient jazz master.

Horace Silver2012092320140622

A tribute to Horace Silver, who died on Wednesday, aged 85.

One of the prime movers of hard bop, Horace Silver said his mission in jazz was "to burn", as pianist, leader and composer. Geoffrey Smith chooses fiery performances by him and such Silver admirers as Buddy Rich, Mark Murphy and Alan Barnes.

First broadcast in September 2012.

Independence Day20150705

Geoffrey Smith introduces music from Sonny Terry, Wynton Marsalis and Carla Bley.

As America celebrates Independence Day on the 4th of July, Geoffrey Smith joins the transatlantic festivities with whoops and hollers from Sonny Terry, Wynton Marsalis, Carla Bley and Jazz at the Philharmonic.

Jack Teagarden20131020

Geoffrey Smith introduces classic recordings by trombonist and singer Jack Teagarden.

Effortlessly magnificent as trombonist and singer, Jack Teagarden became a jazz legend both for his peerless solos and his immortal partnership with Louis Armstrong. Geoffrey Smith chooses some Big T classics.

James P Johnson20150125

Saluting pianist James P Johnson, who taught Fats Waller and accompanied Bessie Smith.

Godfather of Harlem piano, James P. Johnson (1894-1955) taught Fats Waller, accompanied Bessie Smith and composed both jazz standards and classical works. Geoffrey Smith salutes a keyboard master with a legendary left hand.

Jazz and Folk20150607

Jazz And Folk2015060720160131 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the deep roots shared between jazz and folk music.

music share deep roots, from the earthy spontaneity of the blues to the passion of spirituals and dance. As part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Geoffrey Smith surveys the folk-jazz connection from the likes of Lead Belly to Jan Garbarek and Dizzy Gillespie.

Jazz and Folk20150607

Jazz And Folk20150607

Geoffrey Smith surveys the deep roots shared between jazz and folk music.

Jazz and folk music share deep roots, from the earthy spontaneity of the blues to the passion of spirituals and dance. Geoffrey Smith surveys the folk-jazz connection from the likes of Leadbelly to Jan Garbarek and Dizzy Gillespie.

Jazz Goes Waltzing20120812

: Geoffrey Smith surveys swing in three-quarter time, from Fats Waller to Chick Corea.

Jelly Roll Morton2012070820140706

Geoffrey Smith considers one of the godfathers of jazz, Jelly Roll Morton.

Geoffrey Smith considers one of the godfathers of jazz, the flamboyant Creole genius, Jelly Roll Morton. Recordings include piano solos, classics by his Red Hot Peppers, and modern tributes from the likes of Gil Evans and Charles Mingus.

Jelly Roll Morton20160207

Geoffrey Smith pays tribute to New Orleans pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton.

To celebrate Mardi Gras, next Tuesday, Geoffrey Smith pays tribute to a New Orleans immortal, pianist-composer Jelly Roll Morton. His famous interviews at the Library of Congress in 1938 provide a feast of memory and music from the great days of the Crescent City.

Jim Hall20121209

Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of celebrated guitarist Jim Hall.

A guitar aristocrat, Jim Hall has formed inspired partnerships with the likes of Art Farmer, Bill Evans and Sonny Rollins, as well as leading his own acclaimed bands and starring at this year's London Jazz Festival. Geoffrey Smith surveys a distinguished jazz career.

Jimmie Lunceford20120603

Jimmie Lunceford2012060320151227 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the greatest hits of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford.

Jimmie Lunceford led one of the swing era's most celebrated bands, delighting fans across America with spectacular stage shows, screaming brass and irresistible rhythm. Geoffrey Smith surveys his greatest hits.

First broadcast 03/06/2012.

Jimmie Lunceford20120603

Jimmie Lunceford20120603

Jimmie Lunceford2012060320150614 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the greatest hits of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford.

led one of the swing era's most celebrated bands, delighting fans across America with spectacular stage shows, screaming brass and irresistible rhythm. Geoffrey Smith surveys his greatest hits.

First broadcast 03/06/2012.

Jimmie Lunceford20120603

Jimmie Lunceford2012060320120603 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the greatest hits of bandleader Jimmie Lunceford.

led one of the swing era's most celebrated bands, delighting fans across America with spectacular stage shows, screaming brass and irresistible rhythm. Geoffrey Smith surveys his greatest hits.

Jimmie Lunceford led one of the swing era's most celebrated bands, delighting fans across America with spectacular stage shows, screaming brass and irresistible rhythm. Geoffrey Smith surveys his greatest hits.

Jimmy Giuffre20140622

Geoffrey Smith presents highlights from the career of saxophonist/composer Jimmy Giuffre.

Crossing over from big band swing to country folk to cool abstraction, reedman-composer Jimmy Giuffre (1921-1008) was a fusion pioneer. Geoffrey Smith highlights such Giuffre classics as "The Train and River".

Jimmy Giuffre20140803

Geoffrey Smith presents highlights from the career of saxophonist/composer Jimmy Giuffre.

Crossing over from big band swing to country folk to cool abstraction, reedman-composer Jimmy Giuffre (1921-2008) was a fusion pioneer. Geoffrey Smith highlights such Giuffre classics as "The Train and River".

Jimmy Rushing20121216

Geoffrey Smith concentrates on hits of the later career of singer Jimmy Rushing.

Jimmy Rushing came to fame shouting the blues with Count Basie, then starred on his own till his death in 1972. Geoffrey Smith concentrates on the exuberant hits of his later career, including his signature tune, "Mr. Five by Five".

Joe Harriott20150830

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of Jamaican alto saxophonist Joe Harriott.

Jamaica's gift to British jazz, altoist Joe Harriott (1928-73) mixed bebop fire with intuitive, free-form improvisation and Indo-Jazz fusion, producing a series of ground-breaking recordings before his early death. Geoffrey Smith salutes a rare talent.

Joe Henderson20150322

Geoffrey Smith salutes the edginess, abstraction and elegance of saxophonist Joe Henderson

In a class by himself, tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson (1937-2001) combined edginess, abstraction and elegance, with the likes of Horace Silver and in classic recordings of his own. Geoffrey Smith salutes a distinctive voice and a great career.

Joe Venuti And Eddie Lang20130303

Childhood pals on violin and guitar, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang became one of the most famous duos in 1920s jazz, until Eddie's untimely death in 1933. Geoffrey Smith surveys their work with the likes of Bix Beiderbecke, and follows Joe's long career after Eddie's demise.

A personal journey, taking in great musicians and great music.

John Coltrane2013100620151101 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the music of the great saxophonist John Coltrane.

Saxophone titan and spiritual force, John Coltrane remains a central icon in the history of jazz. Geoffrey Smith surveys his prophetic works from Giant Steps to A Love Supreme.

John Kirby Orchestra20120701

A personal journey, taking in great musicians and great music.

Rather forgotten now, in the Swing Era the John Kirby Orchestra was known as "the biggest little band in the land", famed for witty, swinging arrangements of pop, folk and classical music. Geoffrey Smith surveys its brilliant career and star sidemen.

Johnny Griffin2013061620150823 (R3)

"The little giant of the tenor", Johnny Griffin was famed for a fast and furious attack, teeming with ideas and excitement. A star first in America and then in Europe, he made classic records with Thelonious Monk and a battling series of saxophone duels with Eddie Lockjaw Davis, which Geoffrey Smith includes in this Griffin tribute.

Geoffrey Smith explores the music of tenor saxophone player Johnny Griffin.

Johnny Hodges20130602

Geoffrey Smith picks some highlights from the career of Johnny Hodges.

To John Coltrane, Johnny Hodges was "the world's greatest saxophone player", and his gorgeous alto solos defined the Duke Ellington band for decades. Geoffrey Smith picks some highlights from a unique jazz career.

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley20140112

Julian 'cannonball' Adderley2014011220151206 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith introduces hit songs by alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley.

Witty, intelligent and soulful, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley became a superstar in the 1950s and '60s, leading his funky, fun-loving quintet. Geoffrey Smith showcases such Adderley hits as the gospel waltz "This Here".

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley20140112

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley20140112

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley20140112

Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley20140112

Julian 'cannonball' Adderley20140112

Geoffrey Smith introduces hit songs by alto saxophonist Julian 'Cannonball' Adderley.

Witty, intelligent and soulful, alto saxophonist Cannonball Adderley became a superstar in the 1950s and '60s, leading his funky, fun-loving quintet. Geoffrey Smith showcases such Adderley hits as the gospel waltz "This Here".

Kenny Wheeler20150111

Geoffrey Smith chooses his favourite works by the revered trumpeter-composer Kenny Wheeler

In honour of what would have been Kenny Wheeler's 85th birthday, Geoffrey Smith chooses favourite works by the revered trumpeter-composer who died last October, including excerpts from his portrait of Don Quixote, Windmill Tilter.

King Oliver20140608

Louis Armstrong's revered "Papa Joe", cornettist King Oliver (1885-1938) brought Satchmo to fame with his fabled Creole Jazz Band. Geoffrey Smith picks records by Oliver and such later admirers as Wynton Marsalis.

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

Geoffrey Smith celebrates vocal virtuoso Kurt Elling and his mentor, the late Mark Murphy.

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

Geoffrey Smith celebrates vocal virtuoso Kurt Elling and his mentor, the late Mark Murphy.

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

A feast of great jazz singing: Geoffrey Smith introduces surreal, rhapsodic, madly swinging selections by today's premier vocal virtuoso, Kurt Elling, and his legendary mentor, the late Mark Murphy, who died in October.

Kurt Elling and Mark Murphy20160110

A feast of great jazz singing: Geoffrey Smith introduces surreal, rhapsodic, madly swinging selections by today's premier vocal virtuoso, Kurt Elling, and his legendary mentor, the late Mark Murphy, who died in October.

Lambert, Hendricks And Ross20130217

Hailed as "the James Joyces of Jive", the celebrated vocal trio of Lambert, Hendricks and Ross set lyrics to jazz standards and improvised solos alike. Geoffrey Smith salutes their sparkling wit and virtuosity, and explores the history of "vocalese".

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the wit and virtuosity of vocal trio Lambert, Hendricks and Ross

Latin Jazz20130428

Geoffrey Smith picks some scintillating examples of jazz with a Latin impulse.

Jelly Roll Morton famously declared jazz needed a "Spanish tinge" to enhance its blues and swing, and the Latin impulse has assumed all kinds of infectious forms. Geoffrey Smith picks some scintillating examples from Jelly and Dizzy Gillespie to Stan Getz and Richard Galliano.

Lee Konitz20150419

Saluting alto saxophonist Lee Konitz, who came to fame with Miles Davis and Stan Kenton.

Still going strong at 87, altoist Lee Konitz came to fame with Miles Davis and Stan Kenton and has remained a global star renowned for his lucid, probing style. Geoffrey Smith salutes a legend of contemporary cool.

Lee Morgan20140316

A teenage trumpet prodigy, Lee Morgan won crossover stardom with his irresistibly groovy hit, "The Sidewinder". Geoffrey Smith surveys the meteoric career that was cut short by his death in a shooting at just 33.

Lennie Tristano20150426

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of unique free jazz pioneer pianist Lennie Tristano.

A trail-blazing teacher and pianist, Lennie Tristano (1919-78) influenced the likes of Bill Evans and Charles Mingus, while creating coolly radical music of his own. Geoffrey Smith salutes a unique free-jazz pioneer.

Lester Young20130324

Lester Young2013032420150222 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the post-Basie career of saxophonist Lester Young.

Hailed as "the President of all the tenors", Lester Young revolutionised saxophone playing with the Count Basie band. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from his post-Basie career in the 1940s and 50s.

First broadcast 23/03/2013.

Lester Young20130324

Lionel Hampton20130203

Lionel Hampton2013020320151011 (R3)

For fifty years Lionel Hampton was a legendary rhythm machine, igniting audiences around the world with his super-charged vibes, drums and big band. Geoffrey Smith celebrates one of the great crowd-pleasers and mentor to countless jazz stars.

Lionel Hampton2013020320151011 (R3)

For fifty years Lionel Hampton was a legendary rhythm machine, igniting audiences around the world with his super-charged vibes, drums and big band. Geoffrey Smith celebrates one of the great crowd-pleasers and mentor to countless jazz stars.

Lionel Hampton20130203

Lionel Hampton2013020320151011 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith features vibes player, pianist, percussionist and bandleader Lionel Hampton

For fifty years Lionel Hampton was a legendary rhythm machine, igniting audiences around the world with his super-charged vibes, drums and big band. Geoffrey Smith celebrates one of the great crowd-pleasers and mentor to countless jazz stars.

Lionel Hampton20130203

Lionel Hampton20130203

Geoffrey Smith features vibes player, pianist, percussionist and bandleader Lionel Hampton

For fifty years Lionel Hampton was a legendary rhythm machine, igniting audiences around the world with his super-charged vibes, drums and big band. Geoffrey Smith celebrates one of the great crowd-pleasers and mentor to countless jazz stars.

Louis Armstrong20120520

Louis Armstrong2012052020150503 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith surveys the influence of early masterpieces by the great Louis Armstrong.

In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong transformed jazz from entertainment into art. Geoffrey surveys the influence of his early masterpieces, from Billie Holiday and Bunny Berigan to Miles Davis and Guy Barker

First broadcast 20/05/2012.

Louis Armstrong20120520

Louis Armstrong20120520

Geoffrey Smith surveys the influence of early masterpieces by the great Louis Armstrong.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

In the 1920s, Louis Armstrong transformed jazz from entertainment into art. Geoffrey surveys the influence of his early masterpieces, from Billie Holiday and Bunny Berigan to Miles Davis and Guy Barker

Louis Armstrong20130811

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the triumphs of Louis Armstrong's later years.

In the week of Louis Armstrong's birthday, Geoffrey Smith celebrates the triumphs of Satchmo's later years, from big band explosions like Swing that Music to such All-Star classics as Muskrat Ramble and On the Sunny Side of the Street.

Louis Jordan20160214

Geoffrey Smith celebrates music of saxophonist-singer Louis Jordan.

On Valentine's Day eve, Geoffrey Smith invites lovers and others to party with the joyful jump band of saxophonist-singer Louis Jordan (1908-75). Immortalized in the West End hit 'Five Guys Named Moe', Jordan was the king of American jive.

Lucky Thompson20140413

Geoffrey Smith recalls the records saxophonist Lucky Thompson made in his prime.

Saxophonist Lucky Thompson's unlucky career veered from stardom with the likes of Miles Davis and Stan Kenton in the 1950s to exile and homelessness prior to his death in 2005. Geoffrey Smith recalls the great records he made in his prime.

Mardi Gras20140302

Ahead of Mardi Gras, Geoffrey Smith introduces new and old music from New Orleans.

Next week Mardi Gras swings into New Orleans, as the streets rock with pleasure, and the good times roll. Geoffrey Smith sets the heaving Crescent City scene with treats new and old.

Maria Schneider20151115

Geoffrey Smith surveys the work of American composer and bandleader Maria Schneider.

Perhaps the leading jazz composer of her generation, Maria Schneider combines impressionistic detail and melodic richness in scores evoking the beauty of her American homeland. Geoffrey Smith surveys her achievement, before her eagerly-awaited appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival.

Mary Lou Williams20141207

Mary Lou Williams2014120720160103 (R3)

Geoffrey surveys the long, brilliant career of pianist and composer Mary Lou Williams.

A female star in the male world of jazz, Mary Lou Williams (1909-81) was renowned as pianist and composer, colleague of Duke Ellington, a shining creator and performer. Geoffrey Smith surveys her long, brilliant career.

Mary Lou Williams20141207

Mary Lou Williams20141207

A female star in the male world of jazz, Mary Lou Williams (1909-81) was renowned as pianist and composer, colleague of Duke Ellington, a shining creator and performer. Geoffrey Smith surveys her long, brilliant career.

A female star in the male world of jazz, Mary Lou Williams (1909-81) was renowned as pianist and composer, colleague of Duke Ellington, a shining creator and performer. Geoffrey Smith surveys her long, brilliant career.

Max Kaminsky And Muggsy Spanier20140907

Geoffrey surveys the fiery legacy of trumpeters Max Kaminsky and Muggsy Spanier.

Trumpeters Max Kaminsky (1908-1994) and Muggsy Spanier (1901-1967) were brassmen of the old school, laying down a hot Dixieland lead with the likes of Eddie Condon and Sidney Bechet. Geoffrey Smith surveys their fiery legacy.

Mel Powell20130505

Geoffrey Smith celebrates pianist Mel Powell's dazzling solos and compositions.

A teen-aged prodigy with Benny Goodman, pianist Mel Powell produced dazzling solos and compositions, including Goodman hits like "Mission to Moscow". Later, he teamed up with cornettist Ruby Braff, before teaching classical music at Yale. Geoffrey Smith celebrates a rare talent.

Mike Gibbs20130818

Geoffrey Smith explores the work of composer, trombonist and keyboard player Mike Gibbs.

Mike Gibbs's pulsating compositions blend the colours of Africa, Charles Ives, Messaien and rock into a unique jazz style. Geoffrey Smith features his work for Gary Burton, Stan Getz, and his own band, including a new CD celebrating Gil Evans.

Mildred Bailey And Lee Wiley20140713

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the styles of swing era vocal stars Mildred Bailey and Lee Wiley

Vocal queens of the Swing Era, Mildred Bailey (1907-1951) was famed for her bouncy beat and perfect diction, while Lee Wiley (1908-75) entranced listeners with her husky sensuality. Geoffrey Smith celebrates their diverse styles.

Modern Jazz Quartet20130310

Geoffrey Smith explores the distinctive art of the Modern Jazz Quartet.

As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring, Geoffrey Smith explores the distinctive art of the Modern Jazz Quartet. Their classically trained music director, John Lewis, expanded the expressive range of jazz with his love of counterpoint, delicate textures and repertoire based on 18th-century European traditions.

Mose Allison20140831

Geoffrey Smith celebrates pianist Mose Allison, known as 'the sage of Tippo, Mississippi'.

Known as "The Sage of Tippo, Mississippi," Mose Allison charmed jazz fans and pop stars with his hip, bluesy songs and funky piano for over fifty years. Geoffrey Smith salutes a true jazz bard.

Nat King Cole20160501

Though Nat "King" Cole (1917-65) became an iconic pop vocalist, he began as a brilliant jazz pianist with a dazzling new trio style. Geoffrey Smith surveys his keyboard hits, which inspired the likes of Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall.

Geoffrey Smith surveys the keyboard hits of Nat King Cole.

Norma Winstone20150531

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of influential singer Norma Winstone.

Doyenne of British jazz singers, Norma Winstone has inspired composers like Kenny Wheeler, excelled at free improvisation and standards, composed lyrics and led her own innovative groups. Geoffrey Smith salutes an artist still in her prime.

Northern Lights: Jan Garbarek20151213

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek.

The haunting tone of Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek is one of the most distinctive sounds in international jazz. For Radio 3's Northern Lights season, Geoffrey Smith surveys his achievement and star partnerships with the likes of pianist Keith Jarrett.

Ornette Coleman20150118

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of saxophonist Ornette Coleman.

The legendary free-jazz maverick who turned jazz upside down in the 1950s and 60s, saxophonist Ornette Coleman mixed wailing passion and haunting tunes. Geoffrey Smith salutes a pioneer nearing his 85th birthday.

Oscar Peterson20160313

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the recordings of pianist Oscar Peterson.

A jazz superstar popular enough to fill the Royal Albert Hall, pianist Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) was renowned for his dazzling technique, mighty swing and the ensemble power of his great trios. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from his recorded legacy.

Oscar Pettiford20160605

Geoffrey Smith salutes double bass player Oscar Pettiford.

Oscar Pettiford20160605

A legendary master of the string bass, Oscar Pettiford (1922-60) starred with Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk before leading his own orchestra, on both bass and cello. Geoffrey Smith salutes a virtuoso renowned for his fluency, musicality and swing.

Oscar Pettiford20160605

Paul Desmond2013120120160515 (R3)

The celebrated saxophone voice of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond was a star in his own right. Geoffrey Smith picks some of his finest moments both with Brubeck and his own bands.

First broadcast in December 2013.

Paul Desmond2013120120160515 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks some of the finest music of celebrated saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Paul Desmond20131201

Paul Desmond2013120120160515 (R3)

The celebrated saxophone voice of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond was a star in his own right. Geoffrey Smith picks some of his finest moments both with Brubeck and his own bands.

First broadcast in December 2013.

Paul Desmond2013120120160515 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks some of the finest music of celebrated saxophonist Paul Desmond.

Paul Desmond20131201

Paul Desmond20131201

Geoffrey Smith picks some of the finest music of celebrated saxophonist Paul Desmond.

The celebrated saxophone voice of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet, Paul Desmond was a star in his own right. Geoffrey Smith picks some of his finest moments both with Brubeck and his own bands.

Pee Wee Russell20150816

Geoffrey Smith surveys the work of idiosyncratic clarinettist Pee Wee Russell.

(1906-69) played the clarinet like no one else, combining a uniquely growling, wailing attack with solos that constantly carved out new directions. Geoffrey Smith surveys a jazz original whose career encompassed Chicago Dixieland and Thelonious Monk.

Phil Woods20151122

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of alto saxophonist and bandleader Phil Woods.

The late Phil Woods had it all: a fiery alto soloist, first-call sideman with the likes of Thelonious Monk, leader of cutting-edge groups like his European Rhythm Machine. Geoffrey Smith salutes a model jazz professional.

Porgy And Bess2012061020120610 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith explores the many jazz interpretations of George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

George Gershwin's Porgy and Bess has provided jazz players and singers with a host of gorgeous melodies. Drawing on interpretations from Louis Armstong and Ella Fitzgerald to Sidney Bechet, Billie Holiday and Miles Davis, Geoffrey Smith presents on all-star omnibus version of the opera.

Ray Charles20141214

Though a superstar of soul and R&B, Ray Charles had deep jazz roots that stamped everything he sang and played. Geoffrey Smith picks tracks by one of the mightiest swingers of them all.

Red Garland20150524

Highlights from pianist Red Garland's work with Miles Davis, John Coltrane and others.

A mighty swinger, pianist Red Garland (1923-84) was the linchpin of Miles Davis's great 1950s band. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from his work with Miles, John Coltrane and his own hard-driving combos.

Review Of 201220121230

Geoffrey Smith reviews the 2012 editions of the programme, with listeners' suggestions.

Geoffrey Smith looks back at the last eight months of Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, responding to listeners' suggestions and delights. Count on a rich mix from the likes of Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker and Pee Wee Russell, just for starters.

Roland Kirk20140601

Geoffrey Smith salutes Jazz's ultimate one-man band, Roland Kirk.

Jazz's ultimate one-man band, Roland Kirk (1936-77) could play three horns at once and blow up a storm on flute, tenor sax, myriad bells and whistles. Geoffrey Smith salutes a spectacular talent.

Roy Eldridge20140202

Roy Eldridge20140202

Geoffrey Smith surveys the passionate career of trumpet great Roy Eldridge.

Roy Eldridge was a trumpet legend, the historic link between Louis Armstrong's virtuosity and Dizzy Gillespie's bebop pyrotechnics. Geoffrey surveys the passionate career of a fiery creative spirit, known in the business as "Little Jazz".

Ruby Braff20130804

Geoffrey Smith presents music from the 50-year career of trumpeter-cornettist Ruby Braff.

Devoted to "adoration of the melody", trumpeter-cornettist Ruby Braff forged a timeless style, at once lyrical, fluent and personal. Geoffrey Smith highlights some classic recordings from his fifty-year career.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

Sarah Vaughan20130908

Sarah Vaughan2013090820150621 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of singer Sarah Vaughan.

Sarah Vaughan2013090820150621 (R3)

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of singer Sarah Vaughan.

Sarah Vaughan20130908

Sarah Vaughan2013090820150621 (R3)

A jazz diva with operatic powers, Sarah Vaughan commanded a towering position on the vocal scene from bebop till her death in 1990. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a unique career.

First broadcast 08/09/2013.

Sarah Vaughan2013090820150621 (R3)

A jazz diva with operatic powers, Sarah Vaughan commanded a towering position on the vocal scene from bebop till her death in 1990. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a unique career.

First broadcast 08/09/2013.

Sarah Vaughan20130908

A jazz diva with operatic powers, Sarah Vaughan commanded a towering position on the vocal scene from bebop till her death in 1990. Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from a unique career.

Geoffrey Smith picks highlights from the career of singer Sarah Vaughan.

Shakespeare20160424

Geoffrey Smith presents swinging nods to the Bard, including Cleo Laine and Duke Ellington

Shakespeare20160424

A jazz flourish on Shakespeare's 400th birthday: Geoffrey Smith presents swinging impressions of the Bard, including Cleo Laine and John Dankworth's Shakespeare and all that Jazz, and Duke Ellington's suite, Such Sweet Thunder.

Shakespeare20160424

Sidney Bechet20121118

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the work of New Orleans saxophonist Sidney Bechet.

Reed master Sidney Bechet can claim to be the first great jazz soloist, winning international acclaim before his fellow New Orleans giant, Louis Armstrong. Geoffrey Smith salutes a genius who inspired saxophonists from Johnny Hodges to John Coltrane.

Sonny Rollins20121111

Geoffrey Smith selects key recordings by tenor saxophone player Sonny Rollins.

A tenor saxophone legend for over half a century, Sonny Rollins will headline this year's London Jazz Festival. Geoffrey Smith selects some gems from a great career, including his partnerships with Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk.

Sonny Rollins20131117

Geoffrey Smith selects archive performances by celebrated tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Geoffrey selects live archive performances by the legendary tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, in inspired partnerships with the likes of drum giants Tony Williams and Elvin Jones.

Sonny Stitt20140928

One of the great jazz gladiators, saxophonist Sonny Stitt (1924-82) loved to lock horns with the biggest names around - Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie. Geoffrey Smith selects some vintage encounters.

Sonny Stitt20140928

Geoffrey Smith selects vintage performances by saxophonist Sonny Stitt.

One of the great jazz gladiators, saxophonist Sonny Stitt (1924-82) loved to lock horns with the biggest names around - Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson and Dizzy Gillespie. Geoffrey Smith selects some vintage encounters.

Sound Of Cinema20130922

Geoffrey Smith selects key moments from jazz movies including The Benny Goodman Story.

From The Benny Goodman Story and The Man with the Golden Arm to Lester Young Jammin' the Blues, Geoffrey Smith selects some key moments from jazz movies for Radio 3's Sound of Cinema season.

Spring20140323

Geoffrey Smith welcomes the arrival of spring with songs by Miles Davis and Billie Holiday

Geoffrey Smith welcomes the (official) arrival of spring with songs of love and longing, festivity and fun from the likes of Bill Evans, Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Bessie Smith. Not forgetting the winter's storms.

Stan Getz20140216

Geoffrey picks highlights from saxophonist Stan Getz's extraordinary career.

Blending West Coast cool and tender lyricism with a chart-topping bossa nova beat, saxophonist Stan Getz was a major jazz star for almost fifty years. Geoffrey picks highlights from an extraordinary career.

Stuff Smith20140406

Geoffrey Smith surveys the exuberant career of violinist Hezekiah 'Stuff' Smith.

Hezekiah "Stuff" Smith was the clown prince of jazz violin. Ruling New York's 52nd street with his madly swinging sextet, he partnered the likes of Dizzy Gillespie till his death in 1967. Geoffrey Smith surveys an exuberant career.

Teddy Wilson20160124
Teddy Wilson20160124

Geoffrey Smith picks some favourite tracks from pianist Teddy Wilson (1912-86).

Famed for breaking the "colour bar" in jazz, pianist Teddy Wilson (1912-86) starred with Benny Goodman, made classic recordings with Billie Holiday and set a life-long standard for impeccable musicianship. Geoffrey Smith picks some favourite tracks.

Thad Jones And Mel Lewis20160508

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the big band of Thad Jones and drummer Mel Lewis.

In 1966, trumpeter-composer Thad Jones (1923-86) and drummer Mel Lewis (1929-90) assembled a cream-of-the-crop big band that became a jazz institution, a musicians' ensemble that played for sheer joy. Geoffrey Smith salutes their cutting-edge class and excitement.

The Band-within-a-band Craze20131027

Geoffrey Smith salutes the band-within-a-band craze of the swing era.

Small is beautiful this week, as Geoffrey Smith salutes the band-within-a-band craze of the Swing Era, from Chick Webb and Tommy Dorsey to Bob Crosby and Artie Shaw.

The Evolution Of Jazz In Concert20130120

In the week that marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of Benny Goodman's famous Carnegie Hall concert, Geoffrey Smith considers the evolution of jazz in concert, from Spirituals to Swing to Jazz at the Philharmonic, with star turns by the likes of Lester Young, Charlie Parker and Dinah Washington.

Geoffrey Smith on the evolution of jazz in concert. Includes music from Lester Young.

The Miles Davis Quintet And Sextet20130929

Geoffrey Smith presents music from the Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet with John Coltrane

The legendary Miles Davis Quintet and Sextet with John Coltrane produced a string of classic recordings in the 1950s, such as Kind of Blue. Geoffrey Smith selects some of his favourite tracks.

Thelonious Monk20130623

Thelonious Monk2013062320150712 (R3)

Popularly dubbed "the high priest of bebop", Thelonious Monk was as gifted as he was eccentric, creator of a quirky piano style and a unique body of jazz compositions. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his genius with such classics as "Round Midnight".

Thelonious Monk20130623

Thelonious Monk20130623

Popularly dubbed "the high priest of bebop", Thelonious Monk was as gifted as he was eccentric, creator of a quirky piano style and a unique body of jazz compositions. Geoffrey Smith celebrates his genius with such classics as "Round Midnight".

Geoffrey Smith celebrates the music of pianist Thelonious Monk, 'the high priest of bebop'

Time20150628

Geoffrey Smith presents a sequence of songs about time, from Billie Holiday to Miles Davis

For the long summer days, Geoffrey Smith presents a sequence of songs about time, as measured by the clock, the calendar and the heart. Reflections range from Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday to Woody Herman and Miles Davis.

Trombones20150329

Though adept at comic effects, the trombone is also capable of nobility, virtuosity and soul. In a trombone special, Geoffrey Smith salutes the horn and its star players, from Kid Ory to JJ Johnson and beyond.

Vogue20160228

In the 1950s, the French Vogue label released an amazing treasure trove of American jazz on the first LPs. Geoffrey Smith selects highlights, from Sidney Bechet to Charlie Parker, boogie woogie to r&b, Duke Ellington to Bud Powell and George Shearing.

Geoffrey Smith selects highlights from early Vogue recordings of the 1950s.

Wayne Shorter20130825

Geoffrey Smith salutes the great saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter.

On the weekend of Wayne Shorter's 80th birthday, Geoffrey Smith salutes the great saxophonist-composer with music written for his own groups, and those of Miles Davis and Art Blakey.

Wes Montgomery20160117

Wes Montgomery20160117

Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Wes Montgomery20160117

Geoffrey Smith surveys the career of guitarist Wes Montgomery.

Wes Montgomery20160117

Wes Montgomery20160117

Wes Montgomery (1925-68) was a guitar superstar, combining a smooth, mellow attack with blues-drenched swing. Praised by critics and musicians, he was a huge crossover hit as well. Geoffrey Smith surveys an impressive, all too brief career.

Wes Montgomery20160117

Wes Montgomery (1925-68) was a guitar superstar, combining a smooth, mellow attack with blues-drenched swing. Praised by critics and musicians, he was a huge crossover hit as well. Geoffrey Smith surveys an impressive, all too brief career.

Woody Herman20130519

Geoffrey Smith celebrates clarinettist, saxophonist and bandleader Woody Herman.

Geoffrey Smith's Jazz, a personal journey taking in great musicians and great music.

An icon of big band jazz, Woody Herman kept his Herds on the road for forty years, launching stars like Stan Getz and classics like "Four Brothers". On the centenary of Herman's birth, Geoffrey celebrates a great jazz impresario and inspiration.

Yusef Lateef20140209

A look at multi-instrumentalist and world music pioneer, the late Yusef Lateef.

A noted multi-instrumentalist and world music pioneer, the late Yusef Lateef possessed enduring credentials as a jazz master, admired by the likes of Miles Davis. Geoffrey Smith showcases his varied work on tenor saxophone, oboe and flute.