Jazz Legends

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20070105

The revivalist movement during the late 1940s and '50s was a great flowering of British jazz talent worthy of celebration despite the fact that it is rather unfashionable today.

To many musicians Sandy Brown was Britain's most original jazz voice.

He died in 1975 at the age of 46, and was named as the finest living clarinet player by several of the American musicians he encountered.

Alyn Shipton illuminates the life of this most individual musician with readings from Brown's collected writings The Mcjazz Manuscripts.

Another chance to hear Julian Joseph in conversation with American saxophonist Branford Marsalis.

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Julian Joseph talks to a legend who has become the undisputed doyen of British Jazz, Humphrey Lyttelton.

He discusses the many combinations that Humphrey has formed over the years, plus the regular appearances as a BBC radio presenter.

Miles Davis: Julian Joseph examines the recently released CD box set of the complete Miles Davis Seven Steps Sessions 1963-1964.

A celebration of the work of guitarist Derek Bailey, with composer and Bailey collaborator Gavin Bryars joining presenter Julian Joseph to guide us through Bailey's work.

To close the year, Julian Joseph salutes one of the all time great masters of the jazz piano, Oscar Peterson, who visited the UK this summer to celebrate his 80th Birthday.

Pianist and author Brian Priestly talks to Julian Joseph about the great tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Julian Joseph explores the life and music of Brazilian guitarist and composer Egberto Gismonti, whose work is a fusion of different influences - including classical, folk, jazz, blues and Brazilian.

As pianist Mulgew Muller celebrates his 50th birthday, Julian Joseph chats to him about his music associations with Betty Cater, the Mercer Ellington Big Band and his time working with Art Blakey.

Illinois Jacquet

Illinois Jacquet became a big star in the forties following his solo on Flying Home, and his success as an exciting high note expert in Jazz at the Philharmonic led some to dismiss the tasteful, talented tenor saxophonist.

Alyn Shipton talks to Illinois and plays recordings from a great jazz life.

Julian Joseph presents a special tribute to master trumpeter and arranger Maynard Ferguson who died recently.

Maynard came to prominence playing in Stan Kenton's Orchestra.

Julian Joseph continues to look at the life and work of pianist Mulgew Muller, who celebrates his 50th birthday this year, and talks to him about his important music associations and influences.

Pepper Adams

Julian Joseph looks at the life and work of American baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams.

Julian Joseph charts the music of innovative trumpeter Don Cherry, and plays tracks from his most successful albums, including Complete Communion and Art Deco.

Stacey Kent appreciates the tragically short life of singer Irene Kral, from her vocal development in the 40s to her Carnegie Hall debut in the 70s.

Julian Joseph celebrates what would have been John Coltrane's 80th birthday with a selection of the great saxophonist's recordings, along with appreciation and comments from British saxophonist Steve Williamson.

Julian Joseph talks to Bill Frisell, a guitarist with a unique voice and an extraordinarily eclectic range.

Julian Joseph reflects on the career of electric bass player Jaco Pastorius.

One of the brightest jazz stars of the 1970s and a member of the groundbreaking fusion band Weather Report, Pastorius fell victim to drugs and mental health problems in the 1980s and died at the age of 35 in 1987.

Julian Joseph talks to Norma Winstone, one of the UK's most highly regarded vocalists.

Her music ranges from free jazz with bands, such as Azimuth and Ian Carr's Nucleus, to her impressions and original lyrics on the established melodies of Jimmy Rowles and Wayne Shorter.

Julian Joseph talks to bandleader and composer Gerald Wilson, whose Latin-influenced scores are distinctive in their harmonic content.

Julian Joseph talks to the great pianist and composer Stan Tracey in the year of his 80th birthday.

Stan's interest in music began in the 1930s with the accordion, but it was the recordings by artists such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk that inspired him to improvise and develop an interest in jazz.

Julian Joseph is joined by broadcaster Elliot Meadow to discuss the musical career of bassist Buster Williams, who gave an exclusive interview to the programme after a concert in Edinburgh.

Williams has performed with many jazz greats, including Herbie Hancock, Betty Carter and Ron Carter.

Julian Joseph talks to writer and broadcaster Bob Sinfield about the life and music of singer and comic variety artist Slim (Bulee) Gaillard.

Julian Joseph is joined by writer James Wyllie to explore the career of one of the most respected elder statesmen in jazz, American saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Julian Joseph celebrates the life and music of Detroit-born pianist and composer Alice Coltrane, wife of saxophone colossus John Coltrane.

Johnny Griffin

Julian Joseph celebrates the life and music of Chicago-born tenor saxophonist Johnny Griffin, who began his musical career in his teens, touring with the Lionel Hampton Band, before going on to perform with legendary musicians such as Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey and Eddie 'Lockjaw' Davis.

Eddie Henderson

Julian Joseph is joined by trumpeter and composer Eddie Henderson, who was encouraged to take an interest in jazz by Miles Davis and went on to play with Herbie Hancock's sextet, Pharoah Sanders and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.

Gil Evans

Julian Joseph is joined in the studio by musician and journalist Brian Priestly to discuss the career of Canadian-born pianist and composer Gil Evans, who first became interested in jazz after hearing some Louis Armstrong records at the age of 14 and taught himself composing and arranging.

Julian Joseph is joined in the studio by musician and journalist Brian Priestly to discuss the career of saxophonist Don Rendell.

While he was initially influenced by Lester Young and John Coltrane, Rendell quickly developed his own unique style.

Alyn Shipton talks to the very individual tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman, whose career includes spells with Charlie Haden's Liberation Orchestra, Ornette Coleman and Keith Jarrett.

Julian Joseph is joined by saxophonist Tony Kofi to discuss the life and music of organist Larry Young, who took part in some of the earliest fusion experiments and featured on Miles Davis's Bitches Brew.

Larry died from pneumonia at just 38 years of age.

Julian Joseph talks to Scottish jazz vocalist and national treasure Fionna Duncan, recorded in front of an audience at the Islay Jazz Festival.

Her singing career has spanned over five decades since first appearing on the Glasgow scene in the late 1950s.

Julian Joseph celebrates what would have been John Coltrane's 80th birthday with a selection of classic recordings; including an appreciation and comments from British saxophonist Steve Williamson.

Julian Joseph examines the life and music of Brazilian vocalist Astrud Gilberto, whose international debut came in 1963, when she sang The Girl from Ipanema on Stan Getz's album.

Julian Joseph talks to Jamaican-born bassist Coleridge Goode about his life and music, and plays a diverse selection of related albums.

Stacey Kent explores the music and arrangements of American saxophonist Oliver Nelson, who is still remembered for his work with Singer Nancy Wilson, among others.

Stan Getz

Stacey Kent examines the classic album Focus by American tenor saxophonist Stan Getz, and plays the entire suite which attracted five star reviews and was originally commission by Getz for composer and arranger Eddie Sauter.

This is a rare chance to hear the work in its entirety.

Frank Rosolino: Julian Joseph is in conversation with trombonist and educator Scott Stroman on the musical life and career of arguably one of the greatest exponents of the trombone, Frank Rosolino.

Julian Joseph is in conversation with trombonist and educator Scott Stroman on the musical life and career of arguably one of the greatest exponents of the trombone, Frank Rosolino.

Julian Joseph is joined by writer and broadcaster James Wylie to profile the prolific American pianist Cecil Taylor, who committed himself to music at the age of 6, and was heavily influenced by the jazz greats of Thelonious Monk, Ella Fitzgerald and Billy Eckstein.

Julian Joseph is joined by writer and broadcaster Brian Priestley to examine the life and music of renowned American guitarist Jim Hall.

Lennie Tristano

Julian Joseph examines the life and music of American pianist and composer Lennie Tristano.

Julian is joined by one of Tristano's former pupils, British bass player Peter Ind, offering a selection of Tristano recordings, illustrated with personal insights and recollections.

Julian Joseph talks to journalist Jack Massarik about the British tenor saxophonist Tubby Hayes, whose career started at the tender age of 15.

Hayes occasionally ventured on to the vibes and flute, and gave some memorable performances with Ronnie Scott and the Jazz Couriers.

Julian Joseph talks to Julian Jackson about the life and music of Belgian harmonica player Toots Thielemans, who worked alongside artists such as Charlie Parker, Dinah Washington and George Shearing.

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Jackie McLean grew up in Harlem with bop already flowering around him.

He played in a neighbourhood band that included Sonny Rollins and Kenny Drew.

After school hours, he would jam and study with Bud Powell and, in an intimate and touching conversation with Alyn Shipton, he describes how Powell acted as his mentor and gained him entry into the Miles Davis band where he was playing alongside Sonny Rollins.