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Claire Martin presents part of a concert given in April at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh, featuring young pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock alongside leading jazz keyboardist John Taylor.

Their repertoire ranges from original tunes by Simcock to a version of the jazz standard On Green Dolphin Street.


Claire Martin presents a special all-CD edition of the programme, with a discussion with saxophonist Tony Kofi about his new album The Silent Truth.

A graduate of the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts, Tony has studied with musical figures such as Andy Magee, Ernie Watts and Billy Pierce and was also a member of the noted UK jazz group The Jazz Warriors.


Claire Martin presents a tribute to Allan Ganley, one of the UK's most influential drummers, who died in March this year.

In a concert given at the BBC's Maida Vale studios in West London, saxophonist Andy Panayi directs an all-star band of musicians - who regularly worked with Alan both in studio and on tour - performing a selection of his arrangements and compositions.

Ganley came into professional music as the era of the dance band faded away and Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie were heralding the arrival of modern jazz.

In autumn 1953, he began an association with John Dankworth that was to last for the rest of his life, playing in the very first gigs of the famous pianist's Big Band.

He also played in Kenny Baker's Dozen, perhaps the most popular broadcasting jazz group ever, and co-led his own band, the New Jazz Group, with pianist Derek Smith.


Julian Joseph presents a set at London's Roundhouse given by the award-winning Basquiat Strings, a band whose inspiration derives from a combination of the raucous traditional Hungarian string groups of Transylvania, Brahms sextets, and the wild, at times unruly compositions and workshop arrangements of Charles Mingus.

They are also joined by drummer Seb Rochford, known for his work with the band Polar Bear.


Julian Joseph talks to veteran bass player Peter Ind, who turned 80 in July and who earlier this week appeared for the first time alongside saxophonist Lee Konitz for his birthday celebrations at London's 606 club.

Ind established his own recording studio in 1957, and four years later started his own record company, Wave.

His 1958 album Looking Out includes solos, duos with Joe Puma and drummer Dick Scott, as well as tracks recorded with a trio and a quartet.

While living in Big Sur, California, he became the first double bass player to give concerts and broadcasts as an unaccompanied soloist.

Thereafter, he returned to the UK and continued to perform, teach and manage Wave.

He toured with Konitz and Marsh, and in 1984 opened the Bass Clef in London, which became one of the city's most popular clubs.


Claire Martin presents the programme from the Scarborough Jazz Festival, now in its 6th year.

Featuring bassist Laurence Cottle and trumpeter Tom Arthurs in session.


Claire Martin presents the programme from the sixth Scarborough Jazz Festival.

Featuring vocalist and BBC presenter Clare Teal singing with the BBC Big Band under Barry Forgie in the Spa Grand Hall, and specially arranged music by Barry Forgie.


Julian Joseph presents the programme with gig news reflecting the UK jazz scene and a mix of new releases.

Featuring an interview with double bassist Michael Janisch, a prominent new exponent of electric and acoustic bass.

An alumnus of Boston's Berklee College of Music, he has studied privately and institutionally with some of the world's top bassists, including Ray Brown, ChristIan Mcbride, Abraham Laboriel, Bertrum Turetzsky and Dave Santoro.

Still in his twenties, Michael has had the honour of recently being awarded the Young Jazz Musician of the Year Award, and he is a professor of acoustic jazz bass at the Royal Academy of Music in London.


Julian Joseph previews this year's London Jazz Festival in the company of journalist Kevin LeGendre, and interviews pianist and composer Tom Cawley.

Winner of the Jazz Line-Up Band of the Year with his group Curios, Cawley's writing is informed by romantic classical music as much as by jazz, and his piano playing betrays influences such as Phineas Newborn, Brad Mehldau and all points in between.

He has written for many types of ensemble, plays an important role in jazz education and holds a professorship in jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music.


Julian Joseph presents the programme from the Radio Theatre at London's Broadcasting House as part of this year's London Jazz Festival.

Featuring the Jazz Line-Up debut of Radio 3 New Generation Jazz artist Tom Arthurs (trumpet and flugel), performing with pianist Julian Sassoon and Stu Richie on drums.

Plus sets from versatile jazz guitarist Martin Taylor, of Spirit of Django and Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, and saxophonist Sanchez.


Claire Martin presents the Alec Dankworth Sextet at the London Jazz Festival 2008.

Claire Martin presents a concert given yesterday at London's Southbank Centre, featuring sets from the Alec Dankworth Sextet, with the bassist's Spanish project, and the Neil Cowley Trio, all performing in the London Jazz Festival.

Dankworth's unsusual sextet features a mix of leading British players: guitarist Phil Robson, saxophonist Julian Arguelles and Chris Garrick on violin, with the typically Spanish drumwork of Barcelona-based Marc Miralta and drone-work from French bagpipe expert Jean-Pierre Rasle.

Three tracks include singing from the youngest member of the Dankworth dynasty, Emily, as well as the great Cleo Laine.

The Neil Cowley Trio's gig is part of an intensive schedule of five performances in 24 hours, including sets at the Natural History Museum and The Vortex.

Known for their strong rapport with their audience, helped by Cowley's often hilarious and always amusing chat, the trio's live shows have led many shows on their tour to attract full houses and standing ovations.


Claire Martin presents a set from Stan Tracey and his Octet.

Claire Martin presents a set from Stan Tracey and his Octet, who perform a selection of Stan's original tunes including Newk's Fluke - dedicated to Sonny Rollins - Rocky Mount, a tune inspired by Thelonious Monk and the Cuban Connection, composed to show off the soloists.


Stan Tracey (piano)

  • andy cleyndert (bass)
  • clark tracey (drums)
  • mark armstrong (trumpet)
  • mark bassey (trombone)
  • sammy main, simon allen, mornington lockett (saxophone)

  • 20091011

    Claire Martin presents as South Korean piano virtuoso Yoonee talks about her current career in jazz and making her debut in the UK.

    Younee from South Korea is an impressively talented, virtuosic and versatile performer, who from an early age had a desire to break boundaries.

    Her learning began at the age of three, then involved studying classical piano for the next 20 years at the Yeon Arts High School, Seoul Arts High School - culminating in a BA in Classical Piano at Yonsei University.

    Younee is one of a small group of highly trained classical musicians who is equally at home on rock, pop and jazz stages.

    On her current trip to London she has been making a great impression with her stunning piano virtuosity 'sitting in' at London jazz clubs.

    Through a German fan, she became a friend of Grammy-winning American Jazz pianist Bob James.

    When James performed on a Korean TV show, he invited Younee to play his demanding piece for piano (four-hands).

    When she related her desire to become an international artist, James recommended London-based American producer/composer Richard Niles.

    Younee was already aware of Niles' impressive career and his work with Ray Charles, Paul McCartney and Pat Metheny.

    When she contacted him Niles was extremely interested and very encouraging, as Niles had worked in jazz, rock, pop and classical.


    Title: Night in Tunisia

    Artist: McCoy Tyner

    Album: Today and Tomorrow

    Label: Verve 060252 7068886

    Track: 2

    Comp: Dizzy Giliespie/Frank Paparelli


    10th Anniversary Edition

    Andy Sheppard

    Annual Round-table Discussion

    Arnie Somogyi

    Bath Festival 2010

    Bbc Performing Groups Weekend

    Ben Markland, Led Bib

    Big Band Britannia: Inspirations and Collaborations

    Big Jazz

    Blue Note Records 70th Anniversary20090329

    Claire Martin is joined by writer and broadcaster Kevin LeGendre to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records.

    Established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis, with Francis Wolff becoming involved shortly afterwards, it derives its name from the characteristic 'blue notes' of jazz and the blues.

    Since its creation, Blue Note has become one of the most prolific jazz labels in the world, and it helped launch the careers of greats including pioneering pianist Thelonius Monk, saxophonist Eric Dolphy, trumpeter Lee Morgan and composer/pianist Herbie Hancock amongst many others.

    The music featured on the programme includes Blue Note's first hit record - a version of Gershwin's Summertime performed by saxophonist Sidney Bechet.

    Title: Summertime

  • artist: sidney bechet
  • cd: jazz classics - volume 1
  • comp: George Gershwin
  • label: blue note cdp 7893842 1
  • pub:
  • track: 4

  • Bobby Mcferrin

    Bobby Wellins

    Brad Mehldau

    Brad Mehldau, Martin Taylor

    Branford Marsalis

    Buck Clayton Legacy Band

    Christian Mcbride/european Jazz Orchestra
    Christmas Special
    Curios, Django Bates

    Dave Holland At The 2009 London Jazz Festival

    Dr Lonnie Smith

    Dr Lonnie Smith

    Dr Lonnie Smith

    Eric Legnini, Hank Jones

    Esperanza Spalding

    European Jazz Orchestra

    Gary Husband's Drive

    German Jazz/trio Vd/maida Vale Tribute

    Guy Barker At Ronnie Scott's20081228

    Featuring a set recorded at Ronnie Scott's by trumpeter and composer Guy Barker.

    Featuring a set recorded at Ronnie Scott's where trumpeter and composer Guy Barker revisits some of the works he has written over the years that reflect his passion for film noir.

    Barker, the son of a film stuntman, has a passion for story-telling from that period and with his 13-piece band revisits classics such as Underdogs and his celebrated Sounds in Black and White, which recreates the story of the hero, the girl and the villain in classic film noir style.

    Plus a work by Barker that uses the unique voicing of the Tubax (contra bass baritone saxophone) and the contra bass clarinet.

    In a pre-concert interview, Barker describes how he voices his characters in the band and how his love of films comes through in his writing.

    Gwilym Simcock, Aaron Goldberg Duet

    Harry Connick, Jr, Ben Crosland

    Jerry Bergonzi

    Joe Zawinul's Last Recording20081222

    With Julian Joseph.

    Including features on Joe Zawinul and vocal harmony group Take 6.

    Julian Joseph chats to keyboard legend Joe Zawinul's biographer Brian Glasser about Joe's last recording and plays tracks from close vocal harmony group 'Take 6', and talks to Joey Kibble & Alvin Chea from the group.

    Title: On Green Dolphin Street

  • artist: Miles Davis
  • artist: joe zawinul and the zawinul syndicate
  • cd: joe zawinul and the zawinul syndicate 75th
  • cd: kind of blue
  • comp: joe zawinul
  • comp: kaper/washington
  • dur: 09.46

    title: madagascar

  • label: bhm productions bhm 4002-2
  • label: columbia 88697 438952
  • pub:
  • pub: emi united partnerships
  • track: 3 (cd1)
  • track: cd2 b1

  • Jose James

    Kind Of Blue Celebration

    Lea Delaria/cheltenham Jazz Festival20090413

    To coincide with the 14th Annual Cheltenham Jazz Festival, artistic director Tony Dudley Evans chats with Julian Joseph about the 2009 highlights, including trumpeter Hugh Masekela, guitarist Pat Matino, clarinetist Don Byron and drummer Jack DeJohnette.

    Also in the studio is vocalist Lea DeLaria who appears at the festival with her cool swing and Broadway approach to jazz.

    And as part of Radio 3's Handel celebrations, New Generation Artist Gwilym Simcock gives an improvised piano solo on a theme written by the great composer.

    Presented by Julian Joseph.

    With Lea DeLaria, and a 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival preview.

    Liam Noble/paul Clarvis20090301

    Claire Martin presents the latest mix of jazz releases reflecting the UK jazz scene, plus an interview with pianist Liam Noble and drummer Paul Clarvis, who celebrate the release of their CD Starry, Starry Night.

    Clarvis is one of the UK's most respected and talented percussionists, and has played with musical stars from Mick Jagger and Nina Simone to Herbie Hancock and Andy Sheppard, as well as working as a session musician on film soundtracks including Star Wars, The Bourne Ultimatum and Shakespeare in Love.

    Noble, best known for his quirky, individual compositions and improvisations, has worked with musicians such as Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett and Christine Tobin, as well as with cult minimalist composer Moondog.


    Title: Buzzy Bee

  • artist: ryan quigley
  • cd: laphroaig-ian slip
  • comp: ryan quigley
  • label: ryan quigley music rqm 0001
  • pub:
  • track: 2

  • London Jazz Festival 2011 Preview20111106

    Claire Martin is joined by Kevin Le Gendre for a preview of the 2011 London Jazz Festival and bassist Laurence Cottle pays tribute to the artistry of jazz icon Jaco Pastorius. Plus concert music from drummer Tom Bancroft's Trio Red featuring pianist Tom Cawley and Norwegian bassist Per Zanussi recorded at this year's Islay Jazz Festival.

    Claire Martin is joined by Kevin LeGendre for a preview of the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

    Madeleine Peyroux20090420

    Julian Joseph talks to vocalist Madeleine Peyroux about her latest CD Bare Bones.

    Julian Joseph talks to vocalist Madeleine Peyroux about her latest CD, Bare Bones, on which all the songs have been written or co-written by her.

    Mark Latimer, Asaf Sirkis

    Mark Lockheart

    Martin Drew Tribute

    Martin Speake Quartet

    Martin Zenker/dave Patrick

    Michael Garrick

    Neil Cowley Trio, Finn Peters Quintet

    Neil Cowley/martin Zenker Group

    Nils Landgren

    Norma Winstone

    Now is the Time, Geoff Eales

    Now is the Time, Geoff Eales


    Pat Metheny

    Paul Towndrow And Newology20101017

    Ramsey Lewis, Jerry Bergonzi

    Regina Carter20090208

    Julian Joseph presents music from Detroit violinist Regina Carter, who took up the piano aged two and the violin at four, and then went on to attend the prestigious Cass Technical High School.

    Since then, her jazz career has taken off and she has now established herself in the jazz community, working with musicians such as Kenny Barron and Max Roach.

    And 22-year-old trumpeter Christian Scott talks to journalist Kevin LeGendre about his forthcoming album Anthem.

    Julian Joseph presents music from violinist Regina Carter, plus interviews and new CDs.

    Ron Carter Quartet

    Ryan Quigley Big Band

    Sheila Jordan

    Stanley Jordan, Terence Blanchard

    The Portico Quartet And Eric Legnini
    Tim Whithead, Nicola Farnon

    Tom Arthurs, Richard Fairhurst
    Tom Arthurs/iain Ballamy/thomas Stronen/gareth Williams
    Tommy Smith, Gary Husband
    Trilok Gurtu, Kit Downes
    Trilok Gurtu, Kit Downes20100920

    Julian Joseph with a concert of music by Trilok Gurtu plus an interview with Kit Downes.

    Trilok Gurtu, Kit Downes20100920

    Julian Joseph presents concert music by Indian master percussionist Trilok Gurtu plus an interview with UK pianist Kit Downes whose latest album 'Golden' (Kit Downes Trio) has been nominated for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize.

    Kit studied music at both the Purcell School of Music and the Royal Academy of Music. He currently plays with his own trio, Stan Sulzman, Troyka, The Golden Age of Steam, Sam Crockatt and Clark Tracey - and has played with Joe Locke, Gilad Atzmon, Empirical, Gerard Presencer, Seb Rochford, Ian Ballamy, Peter Ind, Gwyneth Herbert, John Warren and Eugene Skeef. He has also performed with leading British bands Fraud, Asaf Sirkis' Inner Noise, Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble, Acoustic Ladyland, Nostalgia 77 and Dennis Rollins' Badbone and Co. His trio have been performing since 2005 and features Calum Gourlay (Tommy Smith, Martin Speake, Tom Cawley) on bass and James Maddren (Marc Copland, Stan Sulzmann, Gwilym Simcock) on drums. Inspired by a wide range of influences, ranging from Bela Bartok to Keith Jarrett to Rufus Wainwright, the trio endeavors to both celebrate the classic piano trio tradition as well as develop it.

    Kit reveals his approach to music making and navigates Julian through his latest album 'Golden'. Also on this edition of Jazz Line Up, edited highlights of a European Broadcasting Union concert set by Trilok Gurtu whose past work has included collaborations with Don Cherry, John McLaughlin, Joe Zawinul, Jan Garbarek and Pat Metheny.

    Julian Joseph with a concert of music by Trilok Gurtu plus an interview with Kit Downes.

    Vijay Iyer

    Vincent Herring/2010 Oxford Jazz Festival

    Wynton Marsalis

    Younee And Alex Hutton

    05Nils Landgren, Sue Mingus