The Jazz Islands

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200A01Origins20000205

Ben Watson charts how a unique blend of local traditions and American influences helped musicians from the English-speaking Caribbean to place an unmistakable stamp on jazz and to create some of the most distinctive music of the past half-century.

1: `Origins'.

The sounds of swing, Nat `King' Cole and Louis Jordan made the trip from America to the Caribbean - and changed the music there for ever.

200A02Making Tracks20000212

Four programmes in which Ben Watson charts how the unique mix of Caribbean traditions and American influences has created some of the most distinctive music of the past half-century.

2: `Making Tracks'.

This week, Ben Watson continues his exploration of the Caribbean influence on jazz with a look at 1962 - the year of Jamaican independence and the birth of an international music scene.

200A0320000219

Four programmes in which Ben Watson charts how the unique mix of Caribbean traditions and American influences has created some of the most distinctive music of the past half-century.

3: A profile of Jamaican-born saxophone player Joe Harriot, who came to the UK in 1951.

Critics and fans alike now recognise him as a pioneer of modern jazz.

He died destitute in 1973 at the age of 44.

200A04The Future20000226

Ben Watson concludes his series examining the Carribean influence on jazz.

4: `The Future'.

Guests include saxophonist Courtney Pine and pianist Julian Joseph.