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20201205Your gateway to new sounds in jazz with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

A Christmas Party With Kansas Smitty's House Band20181222A party feel to the last J to Z of the year, featuring live music from swing maestros Kansas Smitty’s House Band and some very special guests, recorded at their bar in East London.

Kansas Smitty’s get the joint jumping with their vintage jazz stylings and presenters Jumoké Fashola, Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre share their musical highlights from the past year – along with a Christmas tune or two.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A party feel to the last J to Z of the year with swing maestros Kansas Smitty and friends.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The last J to Z of the year has a party feel with a special show from Kansas Smitty's bar.

Aaron Diehl In Concert And Regina Carter20201017Kevin Le Gendre presents live music from US pianist Aaron Diehl. A prodigious talent, known for tackling both jazz and classical repertoire, Diehl has collaborated with many of America’s top orchestras, as well as Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson and Philip Glass. Backed by his trio of bassist Paul Sikivie and drummer Aaron Kimmel, he performs a selection of jazz piano classics, including tunes by Horace Silver and Mary Lou Williams.

Also in the programme, Regina Carter, one of the world’s leading jazz violinists, shares some of the music that inspires her, including a track by an undersung great of the instrument.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from pianist Aaron Diehl and his trio, plus Regina Carter's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Al Foster In Concert20180505Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. With Al Foster in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Andrew Mccormack And Alan Barnes20190824Leading UK pianist Andrew McCormack performs live in session with his group Graviton. Their latest album, The Calling, combines intricate grooves and sweeping melodies and features up-and-coming vocalist Noemi Nuti.

Also in the programme, saxophonist Alan Barnes, a veteran of the British jazz scene, shares music that has influenced him throughout his career – including tracks by saxophone great Johnny Hodges and under-sung clarinettist Acker Bilk.

And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Andrew McCormack's Graviton in session. Plus Alan Barnes's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Andrew Mccormack Home Session20200801Julian Joseph presents a home session from leading UK pianist Andrew McCormack who performs a lyrical set drawn from his latest album, Solo. McCormack’s piano explorations reflect his diverse musical interests, referencing everything from Stravinsky to Thelonious Monk.

Also in the programme Haitian-American vocal star Cécile McLorin Salvant shares somes of the music that inspires her, including singers from Bulgaria and Mauritania and a rare recording of Cole Porter performing one of his own compositions.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

UK pianist Andrew McCormack in session, plus C\u00e9cile McLorin Salvant's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

UK pianist Andrew McCormack performs tracks from his latest album, Solo.

Ant Law In Concert20200808British guitarist Ant Law in concert just before lockdown with music from his new album.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Ashley Henry in concert and Matthew Halsall20201031

Jumoké Fashola presents live music from pianist Ashley Henry, a rising star on the London scene. Plus, Manchester-based trumpeter, producer and DJ Matthew Halsall shares some of the music that inspires him – reflecting on his love for spiritual jazz. And Jumoké plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from UK pianist Ashley Henry plus trumpeter Matthew Halsall's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Avishai Cohen Trio In Concert20200411Jumoké Fashola presents the best in jazz – past present and future from her front room. This week’s featured concert is by Israeli bass icon Avishai Cohen and his top flight trio of pianist Elchin Shirinov and drummer Noam David. Together they perform tracks from Cohen’s latest album Arvoles, with its enticing grooves and lilting melodies influenced by Jewish folk music.

Also in the programme, creative UK pianist Elliot Galvin shares some of the music that inspires him and influences his work.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from the Israeli bass icon. Plus pianist Elliot Galvin's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Babelfish In Session20191116Julian Joseph presents a session from creative vocalist Brigitte Beraha and her group Babelfish, featuring pianist Barry Green, drummer Paul Clarvis and bassist Chris Laurence, some of the most respected players on the British scene. Together they perform music from their new release Once Upon A Tide, a delicate album that brings Beraha’s poetic lyrics and wordless improvisation style to the fore.

Also in the programme, Cleveland Watkiss, a UK vocal great celebrating his 60th birthday this year, shares tracks that have inspired him. His playlist includes a Duke Ellington performance that swings like nothing else and a reggae track that led him to reflect on his West Indian heritage, as well as the influence the islands had on the early history of jazz.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A lyrical session from UK group Babelfish, plus vocalist Cleveland Watkiss's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Bbc Young Jazz Musician + Roy Hargrove20181201Highlights from the BBC's Young Jazz Musician competition 2018, with live performances from the five finalists. Plus presenter Julian Joseph pays tribute to the late trumpeter Roy Hargrove and shares a moving interview with Roy recorded a few weeks before his death. As he listens back to some of the music that inspires him, Roy offers deep insights and advice for the next generation of musicians.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Highlights from the BBC's Young Jazz Musician final. Plus an interview with Roy Hargrove.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

BBC Young Jazz Musician and Sheila Maurice-Grey20201128Julian Joseph presents highlights from this year’s BBC Young Jazz Musician competition, with live music from the finalists and a topflight rhythm section of pianist Nikki Yeoh, bassist Michael Mondesir and drummer Mark Mondesir.

Also in the programme, trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey shares some of the music that inspires her. Alongside her solo work under the name Ms Maurice, Maurice-Grey leads Afrobeat collective KOKOROKO and plays with the septet Nerija and Mercury-nominated group SEED Ensemble. Her choices reflect her love for African and Latin American rhythms as well as jazz tradition.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Highlights from this year\u2019s competition. Plus Sheila Maurice-Grey\u2019s inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

BBC Young Jazz Musician and Sheila Maurice-Grey20201128Julian Joseph presents highlights from this year’s BBC Young Jazz Musician competition, with live music from the finalists and a topflight rhythm section of pianist Nikki Yeoh, bassist Michael Mondesir and drummer Mark Mondesir.

Also in the programme, trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey shares some of the music that inspires her. Alongside her solo work under the name Ms Maurice, Maurice-Grey leads Afrobeat collective KOKOROKO and plays with the septet Nerija and Mercury-nominated group SEED Ensemble. Her choices reflect her love for African and Latin American rhythms as well as jazz tradition.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Highlights from this year\u2019s competition. Plus Sheila Maurice-Grey\u2019s inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Beats And Pieces Big Band In Concert20180609A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future.

Julian Joseph presents the high energy Beats & Pieces Big Band in concert. A big band for the 21st century, the Manchester-based group's use of electronics sets their sound apart from that of the traditional big band. They are led by composer and musical director, Ben Cottrell.

Plus, pianist Ivo Neame shares some of the music that has inspired him over the years including pieces from Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter.

Produced by Miranda Hinkley for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz - past, present and future. With Beats & Pieces Big Band in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Bill Frisell Concert Highlights20190223Highlights from the great jazz guitarist Bill Frisell’s recent solo concert at the 2018 London Jazz Festival. Known for his pioneering and adventurous spirit, these highlights showcase the rich breadth of Frisell’s repertoire, taking influence from country, jazz, blues and folk across the world.

Also, drummer and bandleader Moses Boyd, a leading figure in London’s jazz scene reflects on artists - including Miles Davis and Duke Ellington - who have inspired his approach to composition, production and performance. Plus, presenter Jumoké Fashola plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Highlights from a rare solo concert by American guitar great Bill Frisell.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Bill Frisell Concert Highlights, Archie Shepp20181208Highlights of a rare solo performance from guitar icon Bill Frisell recorded live at Cadogan Hall, as part of the 2018 London Jazz Festival.

Since the 1980s Bill Frisell has been one of the most revered guitarists in jazz, known for his subtly, imagination and wide-ranging output, which draws on classical chamber music, folk and Americana and even includes the occasional Beatles cover. In this concert he revisits highlights from across his career, including repertoire from the early recordings for the ECM label that made his name.

Also in the programme, legendary saxophonist and civil rights activist Archie Shepp shares his musical inspirations, along with pearls of wisdom and cherished memories, of his great friend and mentor John Coltrane and blues icon B.B. King.

Presented by Jumoké Fashola and produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Guitar icon Bill Frisell recorded live in concert. Plus Archie Shepp's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Billy Cobham20190727Revered Panamanian-American drummer Billy Cobham shares a collection of tracks that have inspired him and shaped the way he plays. Cobham’s illustrious career includes stints with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis, who featured him on the jazz fusion classic Bitches Brew.

Also in the program, music from Mezcla and Graham Costello’s Strata, two of Scotland’s most exciting young bands, recorded live at the Glasgow Jazz Festival. And presenter Jumoke Fashola plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin’ Else.

The revered drummer on his musical inspirations. Plus more from Glasgow Jazz Festival.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Revered Panamanian-American drummer Billy Cobham shares a collection of tracks that have inspired him and shaped the way he plays. Cobham’s illustrious career includes stints with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Miles Davis, who featured him on the jazz fusion classic Bitches Brew.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Billy Harper In Concert2019010520190622 (R3)American tenor sax great Billy Harper recorded live at Church of Sound in East London alongside his UK quintet, featuring pianist Robert Mitchell and young guns Moses Boyd (drums), Twm Dylan (bass) and Yelfris Valdés (trumpet), plus the Khoros Choir.

In a rare interview, Billy also shares his musical inspirations, shedding light on classic tracks by Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as well as his mentor and friend, the drummer Max Roach.

And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a selection of the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Tenor saxophone great Billy Harper recorded live at London's Church of Sound.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future, with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Bird At 10020200829Julian Joseph presents a J to Z special celebrating the music of Charlie Parker, the legendary altoist and bebop pioneer who would have been 100 on the 29th of August 2020. Vocal great Sheila Jordan, who worked with Parker, maverick pianist Django Bates and British altoists Nathaniel Facey and Alan Barnes share some of their favourite Parker tunes and Julian plays some classics of his own, along with contemporary recordings that illustrate the full extent of Bird’s musical legacy and influence.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A Charlie Parker centenary special featuring Sheila Jordan, Django Bates and more.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Brandee Younger And Dezron Douglas Home Session20200711Live music from the harp and bass duo. Plus A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kevin Le Gendre presents an exclusive home session from harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas recorded in lockdown in Brooklyn. Both leading players on the US scene, Younger and Douglas have a long-standing musical association with saxophonist Ravi Coltrane as well as star drummer Makaya McCraven. Their music draws from jazz, RnB, hip hop and beyond.

Also in the programme, Ali Shaheed Muhammad from A Tribe Called Quest, the revered hip hop group known for their innovative use of jazz samples, shares some of the music that inspires him. And bassist William Parker calls in to introduce one of his latest compositions.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Calum Gourlay Quartet In Session20200125Kevin Le Gendre presents a session from Scottish bassist Calum Gourlay and his quartet who perform music from their latest release, New Ears. Gourlay’s music balances subtly and intensity, putting clever twists on conventional forms such as the blues, and drawing inspiration from eccentric jazz genius Thelonious Monk.

Now based in London, Gourlay is one of the capital’s most in-demand players. Here he’s joined by saxophonist Josephine Davies, trombonist Kieran McLeod and drummer David Ingamells.

Also in the programme Nikki Yeoh, a leading UK pianist who has worked with everyone from Courtney Pine to Neneh Cherry and The Roots, shares some of the music that inspires her. Her selections include an explosive track by piano great McCoy Tyner.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from Scottish bassist Calum Gourlay plus pianist Nikki Yeoh's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Also in the programme Nikki Yeoh, a leading UK pianist who has worked with everyone from Courtney Pine to Neneh Cherry and The Roots, shares some of the music that inspires her. Her selections include an explosive track by piano great McCoy Tyner.

Carla Bley In Concert20200718Julian Joseph presents live music from American piano great Carla Bley and her trio with Steve Swallow on bass and Andy Sheppard on saxophones recorded at the 2019 Stockholm Jazz Festival. Bley has been a pivotal figure in free jazz since the 1960s when she worked with Don Cherry, Charlie Haden and many more and recorded her celebrated jazz opera, Escalator Over The Hill. Now in her 80s she’s still a prolific performer. Her latest trio album, Life Goes On, is playful, lyrical and steeped in the blues.

Also in the programme, manager, promoter, record producer and historian Maxine Gordon shares music and memories from her life in jazz, including a track by her late husband, saxophone great Dexter Gordon.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from piano great Carla Bley and her trio. Plus Maxine Gordon's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Charlie Hunter In Concert20181013Jumoké Fashola presents a J to Z special, from the stage of Manchester club Band On The Wall. Live music comes from American musician Charlie Hunter – a master of the seven and eight-string guitars, known for his “mind boggling” technique, which allows him to play basslines, rhythm parts and melodies simultaneously. With over 20 albums to his name, Hunter has also lent his skills to mainstream stars, including rapper Mos Def and neo soul great D’Angelo. He performs alongside drummer Carter McLean.

Plus Jumoké celebrates the vibrant Manchester jazz scene with a mix of classic tracks and recent releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

A J to Z special, with guitar wizard Charlie Hunter and drummer Carter McLean.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Chick Corea20180908In a rare interview, jazz piano great Chick Corea reveals his musical inspirations – sharing insights into the music of John Coltrane, Art Tatum and Hungarian composer Béla Bartók and discussing their influence on his work.

Corea is one of the world's greatest living jazz musicians. As the piano player with Miles Davis in the late 1960s he featured on several landmark recordings, including Bitches Brew. His own group, Return to Forever, were at the forefront of the jazz fusion movement and his subsequent projects, both electric and acoustic, have earned him numerous awards – including over 20 Grammys.

Also in the programme, French trumpeter Erik Truffaz, another fusion pioneer, recorded live in concert. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Thomas Rees and Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Jazz piano great Chick Corea reveals his inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Christian Mcbride And Leo Richardson2019090720200118 (R3)Christian McBride is one of the most revered bassist in jazz today, with six Grammy Awards to his name and list of collaborators that includes Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. In an exclusive interview for J to Z he shares some of the music that inspires him, including a classic by his “number one musical hero” James Brown and a tune by "other-worldly" bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Also in the programme, UK saxophonist Leo Richardson and his quartet perform music from their hard-swinging new album, Move.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

The bass virtuoso shares inspiring tracks. Plus, UK saxophonist Leo Richardson in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Christian McBride is one of the most revered bassist in jazz today, with six Grammy Awards to his name and list of collaborators that includes Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. In an exclusive interview for J to Z he shares some of the music that inspires him, including a classic by his “number one musical hero” James Brown and a tune by "other-worldly" bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Christian McBride is one of the most revered bassist in jazz today, with six Grammy Awards to his name and a list of collaborators that includes Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. In an exclusive interview for J to Z he shares some of the music that inspires him, including a classic by his “number one musical hero ? James Brown and a tune by "other-worldly" bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Christian McBride is one of the most revered bassist in jazz today, with six Grammy Awards to his name and a list of collaborators that includes Sonny Rollins and Herbie Hancock. In an exclusive interview for J to Z he shares some of the music that inspires him, including a classic by his “number one musical hero” James Brown and a tune by "other-worldly" bassist Jaco Pastorius.

Claire Martin In Session20190601Vocalist Claire Martin in session with songs from her latest album Believin' It.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Claire Martin In Session Plus Marshall Allen2019060120191102 (R3)Julian Joseph presents British vocalist Claire Martin OBE, in session with her all-Swedish trio. The group will be playing songs from Claire's recent album ‘Believin’ It’, her twentieth album for Linn Records. Plus saxophonist, Sun Ra Arkestra leader and avant-garde great Marshall Allen shares tracks that inspire him.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Vocalist Claire Martin in session. Plus Marshall Allen's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Daniel Herskedal Home Session20200704Tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal in session, plus pianist Aaron Parks's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jumoké Fashola presents a home session from tuba virtuoso Daniel Herskedal who unveils three brand new compositions recorded in lockdown in snowy Norway.

Also in the programme, American pianist Aaron Parks shares some of the music that inspires and influences him, including a masterpiece of creative bebop and a groove-laden Meshell Ndegeocello track with a sting in the tail.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Danilo Perez And Terri Lyne Carrington20200111Julian Joseph presents the European premiere of Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez's new Global Messengers project, recorded at the 2019 London Jazz Festival.

Pérez's illustrious career – including work with Wayne Shorter and Dizzy Gillespie – has featured many creative collaborations that bridge gaps across genres and cultures. With the Global Messengers, he brings together master players from musical traditions in Palestine, Greece, Jordan and the USA to forge a musical language that leans towards social change.

Also in the programme, revered drummer Terri Lyne Carrington shares a collection of tracks that have inspired and influenced her, including music by Roy Haynes (whom she considers one of the fathers of modern jazz drumming) and an Aretha Franklin song that showcases The Queen of Soul's often-overlooked skill as a jazz piano player.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin' Else.

Live music from pianist Danilo P\u00e9rez. Plus drummer Terri Lyne Carrington's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Pérez's illustrious career – including work with Wayne Shorter and Dizzy Gillespie – has featured many creative collaborations that bridge gaps across genres and cultures. With the Global Messengers, he brings together master players from musical traditions in Palestine, Greece, Jordan and the USA to forge a musical language that leans towards social change.

Also in the programme, revered drummer Terri Lyne Carrington shares a collection of tracks that have inspired and influenced her, including music by Roy Haynes (whom she considers one of the fathers of modern jazz drumming) and an Aretha Franklin song that showcases The Queen of Soul's often-overlooked skill as a jazz piano player.

Denys Baptiste In Concert20190713Concert highlights from UK saxophonist Denys Baptiste and his quartet with his own modern reimagining of the music of John Coltrane's groundbreaking late period - a period characterised by visceral emotions and cosmic references.

A former member of the long-running London based Tomorrow's Warriors group, Baptiste has long been a fixture on the London scene and, among other projects, is known for his long association with the double bassist and fellow Warrior, Gary Crosby.

Plus, Cuban pianist Alfredo Rodriguez shares his musical influences.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Saxophonist Denys Baptiste reimagines the music of John Coltrane's late period in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Dhafer Youssef And E.s.t.'s Magnus \u00d6str\u00f6m20180728Julian Joseph presents a concert from Dhafer Youssef, an acclaimed singer and virtuoso oud player who draws on his Tunisian heritage, blending Arabic harmonies, wiry melodies and propulsive grooves.

Plus Magnus Öström, drummer with the hugely influential Esbjörn Svensson Trio (E.S.T.), reveals some of the tracks that inspired the group - including a piece by Chopin that Esbjörn Svensson's mother used to play to him as a child.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Tunisian singer and oud virtuoso Dhafer Youssef in concert. Plus Magnus Ostrom of E.S.T.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Dinosaur In Session2018042820180825 (R3)Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future.

This week, another chance to hear Jumoké Fashola presenting a session from Dinosaur. Led by former BBC New Generation Artist Laura Jurd on trumpet, the four-piece band play new, synth-driven music ahead of the release of their latest album, Wonder Trail.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. With a session from Dinosaur.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Dizzy Reece2019030920200404 (R3)UK pianist Trevor Watkis leads a live session celebrating the music of the Jamaican-born, hard bop trumpet pioneer, Dizzy Reece. Over the years Watkis has forged a strong relationship with Reece, who arrived on the HMS Windrush aged 17 and whose rich career has included work with trumpet great Donald Byrd and the UK saxophonist Ronnie Scott. 

London born Watkis has been a key player on the London scene since the 90s and is strongly influenced by his own Jamaican heritage. His Dizzy Reece project seeks to honour Dizzy Reece’s accomplishments and celebrate West Indians who departed the Caribbean on the Windrush.

Plus, musical insights from innovative composer and trumpeter Jamie Branch, a leading light in Chicago’s improvised jazz scene. Her debut album, Fly or Die was met with critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic. 

Plus, presenter Julian Joseph plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

UK pianist Trevor Watkis leads a session in tribute to the great trumpeter, Dizzy Reece.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Duncan Eagles Quintet In Session20190406Saxophonist Duncan Eagles leads an exclusive session playing music from his debut release as a bandleader, Citizen. Plus, British sax great Steve Williamson takes us on a journey through the music that has inspired his career to date.

Also, presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays the best in contemporary and classic jazz tracks.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

UK saxophonist Duncan Eagles plays music from his debut album as leader, Citizen.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Eddie Henderson In Concert20180901More highlights from a concert by American trumpeter Eddie Henderson and his quartet, recorded live at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. Eddie Henderson first received worldwide recognition for his part in Herbie Hancock's groundbreaking Mwandishi group of the early 1970s. He went on to play with many of the biggest names in jazz, including Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon and Pharoah Sanders. For this concert, recorded in April 2018, he’s joined by a quartet of long-time collaborators: fellow New Yorker Bruce Barth on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

Plus, presenter Julian Joseph plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The American trumpet great and his quartet recorded live in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Eddie Henderson In Concert From Birmingham20180512Julian Joseph is onstage from the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire to present a concert with trumpet great Eddie Henderson and his quartet. Henderson first got worldwide recognition for his part in Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group in the early '70s. Since then he has played with huge array of the greatest names in Jazz including Art Blakey, Dexter Gordon, Kenny Barron and many more. He is joined by a quartet made up of long time collaborators; fellow New Yorker Bruce Barth on piano, Arnie Somogyi on bass and Stephen Keogh on drums.

In conversation with Julian Joseph, Henderson talks about how Louis Armstrong gave him his first ever trumpet lesson and Miles Davis' memorable reaction when he told him he didn't play 'correct'.

Produced by Miranda Hinkley and Russell Finch for Somethin' Else.

Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. With Eddie Henderson in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Eliane Elias In Concert20190525Jumoké Fashola presents concert highlights from Brazilian pianist, vocalist and composer Eliane Elias with the Danish Radio Big Band as they revisit her classic 1997 album ‘Impulse!’. Plus, British multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson MBE shares some of the music that has inspired his own playing.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Concert highlights from Brazilian pianist, vocalist and composer Eliane Elias.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Elliot Galvin Trio In Session20190420Julian Joseph presents a live session from young pianist Elliot Galvin and his trio with music from his new album "Modern Times". Known for his work both as a soloist as well as a member of the Mercury Prize-nominated Dinosaur, this new work sees him move away from electronic instrumentation and embrace a fully acoustic sound which was recorded live to vinyl for the album release.

Plus, the uniquely creative trumpeter Christian Scott shares his musical inspirations.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Julian Joseph presents a live session from young pianist Elliot Galvin and his trio.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Euroradio Jazz Orchestra And 2019 Highlights20191228Kevin Le Gendre presents concert highlights from the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra, which features some of the best young players from across the continent, selected by public radio broadcasters to play together at a special concert in Austria. The initiative has been running yearly since 1965 and is organised by the European Broadcasting Union.

Also in the programme, Panamanian pianist Danilo Pérez shares some of the music that inspires him. He reflects on formative jam sessions with his father and pays tributes to his other great mentors, Wayne Shorter and Dizzy Gillespie.

Plus, Kevin looks back at some of the jazz highlights of 2019.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin' Else.

Euroradio Jazz Orchestra in concert, Danilo P\u00e9rez's inspirations and 2019 highlights.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Fat-suit In Concert20190706Jumoké Fashola presents the 14-piece instrumental collective, Fat-Suit, in concert from the Glasgow Jazz Festival. An upcoming group on the Scottish jazz scene, their sound fuses rock, jazz and folk music. Plus, celebrated UK vocalist Jacqui Dankworth MBE shares music by artists that have inspired her career.

Jumok\u00e9 Fashola presents the 14-piece collective Fat-Suit from the Glasgow Jazz Festival.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Fred Hersch Home Session20200509Revered US pianist Fred Hersch plays an exclusive session from his home in Pennsylvania.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jumoké Fashola presents an exclusive session from revered US pianist Fred Hersch, recorded at his home in Pennsylvania.

Described as “a living legend” by the New Yorker, Hersch has been a key figure on the US jazz scene since the 1970s. He’s worked with greats such as trumpeter Art Farmer and saxophonist Joe Henderson and has mentored many of the next generation of piano stars, among them Brad Mehldau. His J to Z Home Session includes sparkling renditions of tunes by Benny Golson and Joni Mitchell.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Free Thinking Festival In Gateshead20190330Jumoké Fashola presents live music for a special show from Gateshead at the BBC's Free Thinking Festival with live music from the Graeme Wilson Quartet. Plus, Sons Of Kemet leader, saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, shares some of the music which has shaped his own career in music.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Jumoke Fashola presents a special show live from Gateshead at the Free Thinking Festival.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Gogo Penguin In Session20200919Jumoké Fashola presents a session from Manchester trio GoGo Penguin recorded in the BBC Radio Theatre. In the past decade GoGo Penguin have won widespread acclaim for their blend of acoustic jazz and classical minimalism with the driving rhythms and anthemic riffs of electronic dance music. Here they perform tracks from their self-titled new album for Blue Note Records.

Also in the programme leading US altoist Rudresh Mahanthappa shares some of the music that inspires him, including a dazzling track by Indian vocal virtuoso Begum Parween Sultana.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from Manchester trio GoGo Penguin. Plus Rudresh Mahanthappa's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Gregory Porter In Concert20181006A concert from one of the biggest names in jazz of recent years, vocalist Gregory Porter. Recorded at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival, Porter performs tracks from his Grammy-winning back catalogue and recent tribute to Nat King Cole, showcasing his rich baritone and skill as a storyteller.

Also in the programme, American trumpeter Keyon Harrold shares a selection of tracks that have inspired him and shaped his sound. Known for his portrayal of Miles Davis on the soundtrack to Don Cheadle’s blockbuster Miles Ahead, Harrold has been winning widespread acclaim for his latest album, The Mugician, and for his powerful political live shows.

Plus presenter Julian Joseph plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Gwilym Simcock In Session20190608Julian Joseph presents UK pianist Gwilym Simcock in session, playing solo pieces from his new album, "Near and Now" alongside music from the great trumpeter, Kenny Wheeler.

Plus, percussionist Sarathy Korwar shares the music that has inspired his own musical journey - from hearing the great American pianist, Horace Silver’s music as a teenager in India, to the influence of US drummer Jaimeo Brown.

Julian Joseph presents a solo session from UK pianist Gwilym Simcock.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Hackney Colliery Band In Concert20200725Jumoké Fashola presents more highlights from an explosive set by the Hackney Colliery Band recorded for J to Z back in December. The London-based band set out ten years ago to reinvent brass band tradition and feature a genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics. They're renowned for their high-energy live shows.

Also in the programme, trumpeter Jay Phelps shares some of the music that inspires him. Born in Canada, Phelps moved to London in 1999 and has since become a linchpin of the UK scene. He's worked with greats on both sides of the Atlantic, among them Wynton Marsalis, George Benson and John Dankworth.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from the brass mavericks, plus trumpeter Jay Phelps shares his inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Hexagonal In Session2019012620190803 (R3)UK sextet Hexagonal perform music dedicated to legendary pianist/composers McCoy Tyner and Bheki Mseleku, live in the J to Z studio. The band have a personal connection to both greats. Saxophonist Jason Yarde worked with McCoy Tyner, while pianist John Donaldson and bassist Simon Thorpe toured with Mseleku, a key figure on the South African scene, towards the end of his life.

Also in the programme, the second part of an interview with bass guitar icon Marcus Miller who reflects on some of the tracks that have inspired him throughout his career, including music by Weather Report and Herbie Hancock. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A tribute to pianists McCoy Tyner and Bheki Mseleku. Plus Marcus Miller's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Highlights From Biggest Weekend Festival20180602A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Kevin Le Gendre presents highlights from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend festival where acts include Manchester-based piano trio GoGo Penguin, The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra and Jamie Cullum.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Celebrating the best in jazz. With highlights from BBC Music's Biggest Weekend festival.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Iiro Rantala Trio In Concert20191005Jumoké Fashola presents live music from Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala and his top-flight trio, featuring bassist Dan Berglund (formerly of E.S.T.) and Phronesis drummer Anton Eger. Rantala is one of the most celebrated pianists in Europe today, known for his formidable technique and quirky sense of humour.

Also in the programme, up-and-coming London based keys-player Joe Armon-Jones shares tracks that inspire him and digs into influences from jazz to hip hop to reggae.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Live music from Finnish pianist Iiro Rantala. Plus Joe Armon-Jones' inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

International Women's Day Special20200307Jumoké Fashola presents an International Women's Day Special, celebrating women in jazz. She’s joined in session by vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki, whose spellbinding latest album, Within You Is a World of Spring, weaves in influences from folk, alt-rock and beyond.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

It Must Schwing: Blue Note Tribute Concert20191130Jumoké Fashola presents concert highlights from an evening in tribute to Blue Note record label founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolf - the men behind one of the most influential labels in music history. Specially curated for the evening by the founder of the ACT record label, Siggi Loch, the group will be playing classic material from the pioneering label's golden era and feature a guest appearance from a true great of hard bop - saxophonist Benny Golson.

Also in the programme, hard-swinging organist Joey DeFrancesco, shares a collection of tracks that have inspired him throughout his career. DeFrancesco was mentored by organ legend Jimmy Smith and has worked with everyone from Miles Davis to Ray Charles, so he has plenty of stories to tell.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A concert in tribute to Blue Note record label founders Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

J To Z Late... Live From The London Jazz Festival20191115Jumoké Fashola presents a special live edition of J to Z from the opening night of the London Jazz Festival. Along with a star guest soon to be announced, Jumoké will be joined by some of the most exciting new generation acts on this year’s festival bill.

Opening the show is Etuk Ubong, a Nigerian trumpeter who blends jazz tradition with the infectious grooves of Afrobeat and Highlife. Rising star vocalist Madison McFerrin performs an engrossing solo set, showcasing her innovative approach to acapella; and trombonist Rosie Turton, an emerging UK talent and a member of talked-about collective Nérija, plays music from her soulful, energetic debut, Rosie’s 5ive.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

A J to Z special with live performances from festival stars.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Topping the bill is American saxophone great Gary Bartz, who cut his teeth playing with the likes of Charles Mingus, Miles Davis and Art Blakey, and went on to become a leading figure on the jazz fusion scene in the 1970s.

He'll be joined by some of the most exciting new generation acts on this year’s festival bill. Opening the show is Etuk Ubong, a Nigerian trumpeter who blends jazz tradition with the infectious grooves of Afrobeat and Highlife. Rising star vocalist Madison McFerrin performs an engrossing solo set, showcasing her innovative approach to acapella; and trombonist Rosie Turton, an emerging UK talent and a member of talked-about collective Nérija, plays music from her soulful, energetic debut, Rosie’s 5ive.

Live performances from Gary Bartz, Madison McFerrin, Etuk Ubong and Rosie Turton.

J to Z Late... live from the London Jazz Festival20201113A late-night edition of J to Z with live music from Kansas Smitty\u2019s and special guests.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jason Moran In Concert20201010Jumoké Fashola presents live music from American piano star Jason Moran, a wide-ranging solo set comprising trad jazz classics and bold original compositions. Moran is artistic director for jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and is known for his creative reinventions of the music of Fats Waller, Thelonious Monk and James Reese Europe’s Harlem Hellfighters, among others.

Also in the programme, British pianist Greg Foat shares some of the music that inspires him, reflecting on the genius of Ahmad Jamal and UK great Gordon Beck whose music Foat still learns from 25 years after he first discovered it.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from pianist Jason Moran, plus Greg Foat's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jay Phelps In Concert20180414A new weekly show celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future.

Your gateway to new sounds with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

This week Julian Joseph presents trumpeter Jay Phelps in concert with his quartet. Born in Vancouver, Phelps moved to London in his late teens and joined Tomorrow's Warriors before going on to be a founding member of Empirical. In this concert he plays music from his new album "Free As The Birds", composed following two years of travelling the world. Alongside Jay are Rick Simpson on piano, Ferg Ireland on bass and Will Glaser on drums.

Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Featuring Jay Phelps in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jazz For The Struggle20200620Dedicated to victims of racism and all those fighting for racial equality around the world

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Julian Joseph presents an episode of J to Z dedicated to victims of racism and all those campaigning for racial equality around the world.

Over the course of the programme, Julian plays a range of musical responses to racism and hears from the musicians who wrote them, among them drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, trumpeter Byron Wallen and flautist Nicole Mitchell. As part of an exclusive home session for J to Z, harpist Brandee Younger and bassist Dezron Douglas perform a powerful tribute to the victims of police killings, and British saxophonist Cassie Kinoshi, leader of the Mercury-nominated Seed Ensemble, shares a collection of tracks to lift the spirits of black communities around the world.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet In Session2018063020190323 (R3)A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. With a session from Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet.

A former member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, the saxophonist moved to London over 30 years ago where he has been a key player on the UK jazz scene ever since. He'll be performing tracks from his new album Brother Raymond.

Plus, Bahraini-British trumpeter Yazz Ahmed shares some of the musical influences which have inspired her own music making including her trumpet idol Kenny Wheeler and the oud sounds of the Middle East.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The Jean Toussaint Allstar 6tet in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future

John Scofield20201024

Julian Joseph presents an interview with guitar great John Scofield, who shares some of the music that has influenced and inspired him along with stories from his life in jazz. Over the course of his 50-year career, Scofield has worked with some of the biggest names in music. He made his recording debut with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan and went on to play with Charles Mingus and Miles Davis before leading many projects of his own and carving out a signature sound influenced by blues and rock as well as mainstream jazz tradition.

Also in the programme, concert highlights from clarinettist Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro, whose recent Grammy-nominated collaboration explores the traditional choro music of Brazil.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

The guitar great shares his musical inspirations. Plus Anat Cohen and Trio Brasileiro.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

John Scofield In Concert20200822Jumoké Fashola presents a concert from the topflight Danish Radio Big Band with special guest John Scofield. Over the course of his 50-year career, Scofield has worked with many of the biggest names in jazz. He made his recording debut with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan and went on to work with Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, carving out a signature sound influenced by blues and rock as well as mainstream jazz tradition. Backed by the DR Big Band he performs some large-scale arrangements of his tunes, full of bluesy melodies and explosive solos.

Also in the programme, Anglo-Polish vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki shares some of the music that inspires her, including pieces by Bartok and much-loved South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from guitar great John Scofield. Plus Alice Zawadzki's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

John Scofield In The Concert20200822Jumoké Fashola presents a concert from the topflight Danish Radio Big Band with special guest John Scofield. Over the course of his 50-year career, Scofield has worked with many of the biggest names in jazz. He made his recording debut with Chet Baker and Gerry Mulligan and went on to work with Charles Mingus and Miles Davis, carving out a signature sound influenced by blues and rock as well as mainstream jazz tradition. Backed by the DR Big Band he performs some large-scale arrangements of his tunes, full of bluesy melodies and explosive solos.

Also in the programme, Anglo-Polish vocalist and violinist Alice Zawadzki shares some of the music that inspires her, including pieces by Bartok and much-loved South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from guitar great John Scofield. Plus Alice Zawadzki's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jonny Mansfield's Elftet In Session20190629Kevin Le Gendre presents vibraphonist Jonny Mansfield's Elftet live in session. Bringing their intricate, groove driven sounds to the studio, the 11-piece ensemble share music from their new, self-titled debut release. UK saxophonist Nathaniel Facey – who plays with the celebrated quartet Empirical – shares music from some of his favourite classic and contemporary jazz artists.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin' Else.

Kevin Le Gendre presents Jonny Mansfield's Elftet live in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Josephine Davies In Session2019042720190817 (R3)Jumoké Fashola presents UK saxophonist Josephine Davies in session playing music from her Satori project – a sax/bass/drums trio which combines freedom of expression with her interests in Japanese philosophy and traditional folk music.

Plus, fellow saxophonist Trish Clowes shares some of her musical influences including pieces from pianist Geri Allen and vocal great Ella Fitzgerald.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Jumok\u00e9 Fashola presents saxophonist Josephine Davies in session with her Satori project.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kamasi Washington20180623A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future.

Jumoké Fashola presents a concert from young Norwegian saxophonist Harald Lassen. Plus, American tenor sax player Kamasi Washington shares some of the musical moments that have influenced the making of his new album, Heaven and Earth, from Coltrane to the hip hop producers of LA.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz - past, present and future. With saxophonist Harald Lassen in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kenny Barron in session2020032820201121 (R3)Julian Joseph presents an exclusive session with piano great Kenny Barron from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Barron is one of the most influential and respected pianists of recent times. His back-catalogue stretches back to the 1950s and includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Yusef Lateef.

Also in the programme, UK trumpeter Nick Walters shares some of the music that inspires and influences him. Known for his work with the Beats & Pieces Big Band and Tenderlonious, Walters is making a name as an exciting soloist.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Piano great Kenny Barron performs an exclusive studio session for J to Z.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kenny Barron in session2020032820201121 (R3)Julian Joseph presents an exclusive session with piano great Kenny Barron from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Barron is one of the most influential and respected pianists of recent times. His back-catalogue stretches back to the 1950s and includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Yusef Lateef.

Also in the programme, UK trumpeter Nick Walters shares some of the music that inspires and influences him. Known for his work with the Beats & Pieces Big Band and Tenderlonious, Walters is making a name as an exciting soloist.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Piano great Kenny Barron performs an exclusive studio session for J to Z.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kenny Barron In Session20200328Julian Joseph presents an exclusive session with piano great Kenny Barron from the BBC's Maida Vale Studios. Barron is one of the most influential and respected pianists of recent times. His back-catalogue stretches back to the 1950s and includes work with Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Yusef Lateef.

Also in the programme, UK trumpeter Nick Walters shares some of the music that inspires and influences him. Known for his work with the Beats & Pieces Big Band and Tenderlonious, Walters is making a name as an exciting soloist.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Piano great Kenny Barron performs an exclusive studio session for J to Z.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kit Downes And Ruth Goller Home Session20200425An exclusive home session from the piano and bass duo, plus Jasper H\u00f8iby's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

For the first in a new series of J to Z Home Sessions, Julian Joseph presents a collaboration from pianist Kit Downes and bassist Ruth Goller, recorded in their front room. Kit Downes is one of the UK's most highly regarded young pianists, now recording for the prestigious label ECM, while Goller is known for her work with progressive UK groups Vula Viel and Melt Yourself Down. Together they perform two lyrical compositions and Downes also shares a remote collaboration he's been working on that features bassist Petter Eldh and Scottish fiddler Aidan O'Rourke.

Also in the programme, Danish bassist Jasper Høiby, one third of acclaimed group Phronesis, shares much loved music from his bass heroes, among them Jaco Pastorius and Avishai Cohen.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Your gateway to new sounds in jazz with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

Kurt Elling In Concert20190504Jumoké Fashola presents concert highlights from one of the great contemporary jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling. Known for his soaring baritone and minimalist style, Elling’s sound is instantly recognisable as his own. His work takes inspiration from the likes of the 13th-century poet Rumi as well as songwriters from across genres such as Bob Dylan and Paul Simon. The concert was recorded in Chicago in 2018 and features material from his latest album The Questions.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Concert highlights from one of the great contemporary jazz vocalists, Kurt Elling.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Lakecia Benjamin Home Session20200502Saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin performs in session and shares her musical inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kevin Le Gendre presents an exclusive solo session from altoist Lakecia Benjamin, recorded at her home in New York City. A respected artist across genres, Benjamin has played with hip hop and soul acts such as Missy Elliot and Alicia Keys and with jazz mainstays such as Gregory Porter and David Murray. Her latest album, Pursuance: The Coltranes, is an imaginative reworking of the music of Alice and John Coltrane with an all-star intergenerational line-up of guests.

Also in the programme, Benjamin shares music that has inspired her work to date, including a piece by Charles Mingus that demonstrates his genius for orchestration and a passionate, hard-swinging track from one her mentors, trumpeter Clark Terry.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Laura Jurd And Elliot Galvin Home Session20200516Julian Joseph presents a home session from trumpeter Laura Jurd and pianist Elliot Galvin.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Your gateway to new sounds in jazz with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

Lewis Wright And Kit Downes In Session20180526A weekly show celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Julian Joseph presents vibraphonist Lewis Wright and pianist Kit Downes in session as a duo playing music from Lewis's new Duets album.

Plus, bassist Linda May Han Oh shares some of the musical moments that have influenced her own playing over the years.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman.

Celebrating the best in jazz. Featuring Lewis Wright and Kit Downes in session as a duo.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Linda May Han Oh In Concert20191019Julian Joseph presents live music from bassist Linda May Han Oh. In recent years, Oh has become one of the most in-demand bassists on the New York scene, working with the likes of Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington and Pat Metheny. Her own group features pianist Fabian Almazan, saxophonist Greg Ward and drummer Rudy Royston. Together they perform music from Oh's latest album, Aventurine.

Also in the programme, Cuban trumpeter Yelfris Valdes digs into his influences and inspirations, sharing tracks by trumpet greats Wynton Marsalis and Donald Byrd.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Live music from the in-demand bassist and her group. Plus Yelfris Vald\u00e9s' inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Live From Our Living Rooms - Highlights20200606Home concerts from Bill Frisell and more. Plus Ambrose Akinmusire's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kevin Le Genre presents highlights from lockdown streaming festival Live From Our Living Rooms, featuring some of the biggest names in contemporary jazz. Kevin’s selections include a fiery duo set from pianist Fabian Almazan and bassist Linda May Han Oh, a poignant rendition of New York State Of Mind by drummer Antonio Sanchez and vocalist Thana Alexa and an intimate solo performance from guitar great Bill Frisell.

Also in the programme, revered trumpeter and composer Ambrose Akinmusire shares music that has inspired and influenced him, including a joyful track by his all-time favourite improviser, Sonny Rollins.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

London Jazz Festival Highlights20200208Kevin Le Gendre presents further highlights of music recorded on the J to Z stage at last year's London Jazz Festival including the festival's resident artist, drumming great Terri Lyne Carrington. German pianist and ECM recording artist Julia Hülsmann shares a lyrical set and rising star UK guitarist Rob Luft teams up with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins to tackle the music of John Coltrane.

Plus, Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen shares some of the music that has inspired her musical journey including a piece from trumpet icon Kenny Wheeler.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Further musical highlights from the J to Z stage at last year's London Jazz Festival.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Further highlights taken from music recorded on the J to Z stage at last year's London Jazz Festival including the festival's resident artist, drumming great Terri Lyne Carrington. German pianist and ECM recording artist Julia Hülsmann shares a lyrical set and rising star UK guitarist Rob Luft teams up with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins to tackle the music of John Coltrane.

London Jazz Festival Highlights20201114Julian Joseph presents a look ahead at some of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival highlights with exclusive live recordings from drummer Sarathy Korwar, bassist Linda May Han Oh, trombonist Rosie Turton, trumpeters Matthew Halsall and Emma-Jean Thackray, Manchester duo Skeltr and saxophonist Daniel Thorne.

Also in the programme, bassist Gary Crosby shares some of the music that inspires him. Crosby is the leader of the hugely influential Tomorrow's Warriors education programme, which has brought through many leading UK musicians, including Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Julian Joseph presents music from Sarathy Korwar and more. Plus Gary Crosby's inspirations

The best in jazz past, present and future.

London Jazz Festival Highlights20201114Julian Joseph presents a look ahead at some of this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival highlights with exclusive live recordings from drummer Sarathy Korwar, bassist Linda May Han Oh, trombonist Rosie Turton, trumpeters Matthew Halsall and Emma-Jean Thackray, Manchester duo Skeltr and saxophonist Daniel Thorne.

Also in the programme, bassist Gary Crosby shares some of the music that inspires him. Crosby is the leader of the hugely influential Tomorrow's Warriors education programme, which has brought through many leading UK musicians, including Soweto Kinch, Shabaka Hutchings and Nubya Garcia.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Julian Joseph presents music from Sarathy Korwar and more. Plus Gary Crosby's inspirations

The best in jazz past, present and future.

London Jazz Festival Special20181124A J to Z London Jazz Festival special, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall's Clore Ballroom. Jumoké Fashola presents sets from US flautist Jamie Baum and her globetrotting septet; pianist Ethan Iverson, formerly of the Bad Plus; UK sax great Tim Garland in duo with virtuoso bassist Yuri Goloubev; and young south London collective Steam Down, who mix high-energy grooves and fiery spoken word.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Live sets from Jamie Baum, Tim Garland, Ethan Iverson and the Steam Down Collective.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

London Jazz Festival Special20191123Kevin Le Genre presents four star acts from this year's London Jazz Festival bill, recorded live at the Royal Festival Hall's Clore Ballroom.

Terri Lyne Carrington was playing with Herbie Hancock and Pharoah Sanders when she was still in her early twenties and has since gone on to become one of the leading drummers and bandleaders of her generation. She performs music from her Grammy-winning album Money Jungle: Provocative in Blue.

Elsewhere, German pianist and ECM recording artist Julia Hülsmann plays a lyrical set; rising star UK guitarist Rob Luft teams up with saxophonist Dave O'Higgins to tackle the music of Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane; and Chicagoan multi-instrumentalist Angel Bat Dawid invites us to explore her extraordinary musical world.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

With Terri Lyne Carrington, Julia H\u00fclsmann, Angel Bat Dawid, Rob Luft and Dave O'Higgins.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Maisha In Session20180929Spiritual jazz outfit Maisha, one of London’s most exciting young bands, perform music from their new album, which takes its cue from greats like saxophonist Pharoah Sanders as well as the infectious grooves of West Africa.

Also in the programme, pianist John Beasley – known for his work with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and for his imaginative MONK’estra big band project – reveals his formative influences. And presenter Jumoké Fashola plays a mix of classics and new releases – including an enchanting vocal duet by Betty Carter and Carmen McRae.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

One of London's most exciting young bands perform music from their new album.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Makaya Mccraven And Monty Alexander20190810Drummer Makaya McCraven performs live in concert with his group, Universal Beings. McCraven is one of the leading lights of the Chicago jazz scene, known for his meticulously crafted albums and freewheeling live shows that make audiences feel like they’re listening to an intimate jam session. The lineup of Universal Beings is fluid. This incarnation includes harpist Brandee Younger, violinist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and British saxophonist Soweto Kinch.

Also in the programme, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander shares tracks that have influenced and inspired him – including a Jamaican mento classic and music by his childhood hero, Louis Armstrong. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin’ Else.

Drummer Makaya McCraven in concert plus pianist Monty Alexander's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Also in the programme, Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander shares tracks that have influenced and inspired him – including a Jamaican mento classic and music by his childhood hero, Louis Armstrong. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Mammal Hands In Concert20181020Celebrated Norwich trio Mammal Hands perform music from their latest album, Shadow Work. Featuring saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett, the group combine hypnotic grooves and ambient textures with influences from Indian classical music, European folk and minimalism.

Plus presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Hypnotic grooves and ambient textures from celebrated UK trio Mammal Hands.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Marcus Miller20180714A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Bass guitar icon Marcus Miller reminisces about his first day in the studio with Miles Davis and breaks down tracks that have inspired him over the years - including music from Stevie Wonder and the godfather of slap bass, Larry Graham.

Plus, celebrated Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski in concert.

Presented by Kevin Le Gendre and produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz - past, present and future. With bassist Marcus Miller.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Mark Guiliana And Makaya Mccraven20190202More highlights from a standout set by drummer Mark Guiliana and his jazz quartet, recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Mark Guiliana is one of the most sought-after drummers on the contemporary scene, with a signature style informed by the rhythms of electronica, R&B and hip hop as well as jazz. His long list of credits includes David Bowie’s Blackstar and collaborations with piano great Brad Mehldau and singer Gretchen Parlato.

Also in the programme, Makaya McCraven, another innovative drummer and a linchpin of the Chicago jazz scene, shares tracks that have inspired him, including music by drumming icon Tony Williams and boundary-breaking jazz-rock fusion band The Mahavishnu Orchestra. Plus presenter Jumoké Fashola plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Mark Guiliana live in concert and Makaya McCraven on his musical inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Mark Guiliana In Concert20181027Drummer of the moment Mark Guiliana and his jazz quartet recorded live at Ronnie Scott’s in London.

Mark Guiliana is one of the most sought-after drummers on the contemporary scene, with a signature style informed by the rhythms of electronica, R&B and hip hop as well as the jazz. His long list of credits includes David Bowie’s Blackstar and collaborations with piano great Brad Mehldau and singer Gretchen Parlato.

Also in the programme, rising star piano player and beatmaker Kiefer shares tracks that have inspired him shaped his sound. In the process, he offers insights into the underrated genius of pianist Mulgrew Miller and discusses the profound influence that hip hop producer J Dilla has had on the contemporary jazz scene.

Plus presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a selection of the best new releases and digs deep into British jazz history.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Drummer of the moment Mark Guiliana recorded live at Ronnie Scott's in London.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Mark Kavuma In Concert20190413Kevin Le Gendre presents concert highlights from one of the leading young trumpeters in the UK, Mark Kavuma. Born in Uganda, based in London and mentored by saxophonist Jean Toussaint, Kavuma has already played with the likes of fellow trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and saxophone legend Wayne Shorter. His debut album was released in 2018 and he plays selections from it in this concert recorded at the monthly Jazz In The Round night in west London.

Plus, American sax great Kenny Garrett shares the music which has influenced his own celebrated music making.

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Concert highlights from trumpeter Mark Kavuma plus sax great Kenny Garrett's music picks.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Michael Janisch Band In Session20200215Kevin Le Gendre presents a session from bassist Michael Janisch and his quintet, who perform music from their latest release, Worlds Collide. Named one of the best albums of 2019 by Jazzwise magazine, it’s a work of contemporary fusion that features hard-hitting grooves and bold electronic textures. Janisch was born in Minnesota, but has become a key figure on the London jazz scene in recent years, both as a performer and as the founder of the record label Whirlwind Recordings, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Also in the programme, US saxophone giant Joe Lovano discusses his musical inspirations, in particular some of the drummers who have influenced the way he plays. He reflects on some thrilling interaction between John Coltrane and Elvin Jones and pays tribute to Ornette Coleman’s drummer Ed Blackwell.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from bassist Michael Janisch, plus Joe Lovano's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Nduduzo Makhathini Home Session20200613Live music from the South African piano star, plus Art Themen's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jumoké Fashola presents live music from Nduduzo Makhathini, a rising star of South African piano, recorded at his home in the city of East London. Makhathini won Best Jazz Album at the South African Music Awards in 2018 and is also known for his work with Shabaka Hutchings’ group, Shabaka And The Ancestors. Here he performs music from his surging, spiritual debut for Blue Note Records, Modes of Communication: Letters from the Underworlds.

Also in the programme, saxophonist Art Themen shares some of the music that inspires him. In his decades-long career Themen has worked with many of the greats of British jazz, among them Michael Garrick and Ian Carr. He celebrated his 80th birthday in 2019.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Nerija In Session2019102620200912 (R3)Kevin Le Gendre presents an exclusive session from trailblazing UK septet Nérija. They perform music from their debut album, Blume, which pairs danceable grooves with joyful melodies, drawing on funk, soul, hip hop and Afrobeat. Nérija brings together some of the most talked-about players on the London scene: saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Cassie Kinoshi, trumpeter Sheila Maurice-Grey, trombonist Rosie Turton, guitarist Shirley Tetteh, drummer Lizy Exell and bassist Rio Kai.

Also in the programme, vocalist Daymé Arocena shares music that inspires her. She explores her Cuban heritage and pays tribute to one of the greats of jazz voice, Nina Simone.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from trailblazing UK septet N\u00e9rija. Plus, Daym\u00e9 Arocena's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Also in the programme, vocalist Daymé Arocena shares music that inspires her. She explores her Cuban heritage and pays tribute to some of the greats of jazz voice, among them Nina Simone and Diane Reeves.

Live music from the trailblazing UK septet. Plus Daym\u00e9 Arocena's inspirations.

Norma Winstone2018081120190112 (R3)Jumoké Fashola presents an exclusive studio session from Norma Winstone. Over the past 50 years, Winstone has established herself as one of the UK's finest vocalists, known for developing a highly-influential style of wordless vocal improvisation, once described by the Los Angeles Times as "state-of-the-art, imaginative, virtually beyond-definition singing." Backed by her quartet, she performs music from her latest album, Descansado: Songs for Films.

Also on the programme, revered New York pianist Fred Hersch breaks down tracks that have inspired him and shaped his sound - including a poetic recording by Joni Mitchell and a piece by trad jazz innovator Earl Hines. Plus Jumoké Fashola plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

An exclusive studio session from one of the UK's finest vocalists.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Patchwork Jazz Orchestra In Concert20190316J to Z presents Patchwork Jazz Orchestra live in concert from Leeds. The 17-piece outfit presents a bold, imaginative revisioning of progressive big band jazz and features a number of the UK’s rising composers and instrumentalists, including saxophonists Sam Rapley and Alex Hitchcock, bassist Misha Mullov-Abbado and guitarist Rob Luft.

Plus, veteran jazz vocalist and scat innovator Sheila Jordan shares music and anecdotes from across her illustrious career. Jordan was inspired to pursue a career in jazz by the music of her friend Charlie Parker, who referred to her as ‘the singer with the million dollar ears’.

Plus, presenter Jumoké Fashola plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

17-piece Patchwork Jazz Orchestra live in concert. Plus, vocal great Sheila Jordan.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Phronesis In Session2018111020190518 (R3)Cutting-edge trio Phronesis – hailed as 'one of the most exciting bands on the planet' by Jazzwise magazine – perform tracks from their keenly-awaited new album We Are All, live in the J to Z studio.

Also in the programme, revered British saxophonist Tim Garland shares tracks that have inspired him, and breaks down a solo by one of his heroes, tenor sax great Michael Brecker. And presenter Julian Joseph plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Cutting-edge trio Phronesis perform music from their new album.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Preservation Hall Jazz Band In Session2018080420180421 (R3)Celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Your gateway to new sounds with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

This week Kevin LeGendre presents New Orleans favourites the Preservation Hall Jazz Band in session. The septet have been playing the jazz music of the Big Easy since the early 1960s and are known for their collaborations with artists from genres outside of jazz, mixing tradition with the contemporary.

This is a repeat of a programme first broadcast in April 2018.

Produced by Russell Finch for Somethin' Else

The best in jazz - past, present and future. Preservation Hall Jazz Band in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Randy Brecker And Melissa Aldana2019072020191214 (R3)Randy Brecker is one of the most highly regarded trumpeters in jazz. In his 50-year career he’s worked everyone from Art Blakey to Jaco Pastorius, though he’s perhaps best known for his fusion project The Brecker Brothers, with his late brother Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone. In this exclusive interview he shares a collection of tracks that have shaped him as a musician, formative influences and inspirations that include music by Brazilian bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto and altoist “Cannonball” Adderley.

Also in the programme, rising star Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana in session. In 2013 Aldana became the first female musician and the first South American to win the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. She performs music from her latest album, Visions.

Plus presenter Julian Joseph plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

The American trumpet great shares his inspirations. Plus Melissa Aldana in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Randy Brecker is one of the most highly regarded trumpeters in jazz. In his 50-year career he’s worked everyone from Art Blakey to Jaco Pastorius, though he’s perhaps best known for his fusion project The Brecker Brothers, with his late brother Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone. In this exclusive interview he shares a collection of tracks that have shaped him as a musician, formative influences and inspirations that include music by Brazilian bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto and altoist “Cannonball” Adderley.

Randy Brecker is one of the most highly regarded trumpeters in jazz. In his 50-year career he’s worked everyone from Art Blakey to Jaco Pastorius, though he’s perhaps best known for his fusion project The Brecker Brothers, with his late brother Michael Brecker on tenor saxophone. In this exclusive interview he shares a collection of tracks that have shaped him as a musician, formative influences and inspirations that include music by Brazilian bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto and altoist “Cannonball ? Adderley.

Rebecca Nash And Jazzmeia Horn2019092820200523 (R3)Keys player Rebecca Nash in session and vocalist Jazzmeia Horn shares inspiring tracks.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Julian Joseph presents a session from rising star keyboardist Rebecca Nash and her group Atlas who perform music from their debut album, Peaceful King – a potent blend of jazz, rock, electronica and drum & bass.

Dallas-born vocalist Jazzmeia Horn won the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute International Jazz Competition in 2015 and has been compared to greats such as Betty Carter and Sarah Vaughan. She shares a collection of tracks that have inspired her and shaped her career, including a “poetic” Abbey Lincoln composition and a piece by Aretha Franklin that takes her back to her Southern Baptist roots.

And Julian plays a selection of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Ron Carter In Concert2019020920200222 (R3)Julian Joseph presents a concert from bass legend Ron Carter and his Foursight Quartet. Carter is one of the most prolific bassists in jazz history. He has appeared on over 2000 sessions and worked with a who’s who of jazz, though he is probably best known as a member of the Miles Davis Quintet in the mid-1960s when he recorded the albums Seven Steps to Heaven and E.S.P. Here he offers creative takes on some classic standards with his energetic Foursight Quartet, featuring Jimmy Greene on saxophone, Donald Vega on piano and Payton Crossley on drums.

Also in the programme, Angela Rayner shares some of her musical inspirations. Rayner has been a pivotal figure in UK jazz since the 1970s, both as a bassist and the founder or artist-led promotor Blow the Fuse.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from bass legend Ron Carter. Plus UK bassist Alison Rayner's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Also in the programme, Alison Rayner shares some of her musical inspirations. Rayner has been a pivotal figure in UK jazz since the 1970s, both as a bassist and the founder or artist-led promoter Blow the Fuse.

Sarah Tandy In Session20190302Exciting young UK pianist Sarah Tandy plays live in session with music from her much anticipated debut album, Infection In The Sentence. The album is the result of many years spent playing on London's vibrant underground jazz scene, and immersing herself in the huge variety of influences found within it.

She's been making waves across the UK for her exhilarating live residencies and thoughtful compositions and has played with a wide variety of artists ranging from saxophonists Nubya Garcia and Gilad Atzmon to bass guitarist Laurence Cottle.

Plus saxophonist, flautist and producer Tenderlonious shares insights into his musical inspirations. Tenderlonious has been a key player in reinvigorating the UK jazz scene for over a decade. Founder of 22a records, the saxophonist, flautist and producer is also bandleader for the groups Ruby Rushton and 22archestra. He shares an eclectic range of music from Polish jazz classics to contemporary sounds that have inspired his playing.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

UK pianist Sarah Tandy is live in session with music from her debut album.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Seed Ensemble In Session2019011920190914 (R3)Young London ten-piece SEED Ensemble, led by rising star saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, perform music from their debut album, Driftglass.

Also in the programme, UK pianist Zoe Rahman reveals her musical inspirations, breaking down tracks by Alice Coltrane and Mary Lou Williams, among others. And presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

The up-and-coming London ten-piece perform music from their debut album, Driftglass.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Young London 10-piece SEED Ensemble, led by rising star saxophonist and composer Cassie Kinoshi, perform music from their debut album, Driftglass.

The up-and-coming London 10-piece perform music from their debut album, Driftglass.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Shake Stew In Concert And Django Bates's Influences20190615Kevin Le Gendre presents a concert from one of Austria's most exciting current jazz outfits, Shake Stew. The band feature the unusual combination of two drummers and two double bass players, and in this concert UK saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings adds his horn to their groove driven fusion.

Plus, celebrated multi-instrumentalist Django Bates - who rose to fame in the 1980s with the jazz orchestra, Loose Tubes - shares music that has shaped his journey to date including pieces from Nina Simone and the South African saxophonist Dudu Pukwana.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

One of Austria's most exciting current outfits, Shake Stew in concert plus Django Bates.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Snarky Puppy In Concert20191109Jumoké Fashola presents a concert by genre-busting collective Snarky Puppy recorded at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival. Over the course of the past decade the group have amassed a huge following for their brand of contemporary jazz fusion – which draws on funk, rock, electronica and beyond – winning three Grammy Awards along the way.

Also in the programme, British piano player Bill Laurance, a Snarky Puppy veteran and a star soloist and composer in his own right, shares a collection of tracks that have inspired his work.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from Snarky Puppy plus Bill Laurance shares inspiring tracks.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Sons Of Kemet In Session2018040720180922 (R3)Another chance to hear the first edition of Radio 3's new programme featuring the best in jazz - past, present and future. Jumoké Fashola presents Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet in session. Led by saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the band features two drummers and tuba to create a unique sound influenced by London's dance floors.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The Mercury Prize-nominated Sons of Kemet in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Terence Blanchard In Concert20200530Live music from trumpeter Terence Blanchard, plus Nubya Garcia's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kevin Le Genre presents live music from trumpeter Terence Blanchard and an all-star band, including Jean Toussaint on tenor saxophone and Jeff 'Tain' Watts on drums, recorded at last year’s Montreux Jazz Festival. Together they tackle new material and classic tunes by Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers, where both Blanchard and Jean Toussaint started out.

Also in the programme, saxophonist Nubya Garcia, one of the most talked-about players on the current London jazz scene, shares some of the music that inspires and influences her, including a track by Jamaican keyboardist, songwriter and musical director Jackie Mittoo.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Your gateway to new sounds in jazz with classic recordings and exclusive sessions.

The Bad Plus In Session And Bill Frisell2019120720200815 (R3)Julian Joseph presents a session from pioneering contemporary piano trio The Bad Plus. Over two decades, the New York-based group have won widespread acclaim for their approach, which combines the freedom of avant-garde jazz with influences from pop and rock. They perform music from their new album, Activate Infinity.

Also in the programme, Bill Frisell, one of the greats of jazz guitar, shares a collection of tracks that have inspired him and influenced his work – including music by one of his childhood heroes, Bob Dylan, and a piece by pianist Keith Jarrett that taught him to be true to himself.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from the US piano trio and guitar great Bill Frisell shares inspiring tracks.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Julian Joseph presents a session from pioneering contemporary piano trio The Bad Plus. Over two decades, the New York based group have won widespread acclaim for their approach, which combines the freedom of avant-garde jazz with influences from pop and rock. They perform music from their new album, Activate Infinity.

The Hackney Colliery Band Plus Guests20191221Jumoké Fashola presents a Christmas party special with The Hackney Colliery Band. The London-based band set out ten years ago to reinvent the traditional brass band and feature a genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics. They're known for their high-energy live shows and will bring special guests alongside festive cheer.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin' Else.

A Christmas party special with The Hackney Colliery Band and special guests.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The Hackney Colliery Band With Mulatu Astatke And Pete Wareham20191221Jumoké Fashola presents a Christmas party special with The Hackney Colliery Band. The London-based band set out ten years ago to reinvent the traditional brass band and feature a genre-bending combination of brass, reeds, percussion and electronics. The band were joined on the night by percussionist and vibraphonist Mulatu Astatke and saxophonist Pete Wareham, who both feature on the band's 2019 release Collaborations Vol.1. Astatke is regarded as the godfather of Ethio-jazz, a pioneering fusion of Ethiopian musics, jazz and funk. A celebrated saxophonist, Wareham has been a driving force behind some of the UK's most exciting jazz outfits in recent times: Melt Yourself Down, Polar Bear and Pulled By Magnets.

Produced by Thomas Rees for Somethin' Else.

A Christmas party special with The Hackney Colliery Band, Mulutu Astatke and Pete Wareham.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Theo Croker In Concert2020040420200418 (R3)Live music from the rising trumpet star.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Kevin Le Gendre presents jazz to lift the spirits, recording from his front room. This week’s featured concert comes from trumpeter Theo Croker, a rising US star whose latest album, Star People Nation, was one of the highlights of 2019. As the grandson of venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham and a student of the great Donald Byrd, Croker has an impressive jazz pedigree, but he’s equally at home in the world of hip hop and has worked with superstar rappers Common and J. Cole.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Kevin Le Gendre presents jazz to lift the spirits, recording from his front room in a J to Z first. This week’s featured concert comes from trumpeter Theo Croker, a rising US star whose latest album, Star People Nation, was one of the highlights of 2019. As the grandson of venerable trumpeter Doc Cheatham and a student of the great Donald Byrd, Croker has an impressive jazz pedigree, but he’s equally at home in the world of hip hop and has worked with superstar rappers Common and J. Cole.

Also in the programme, pianist Darius Brubeck remembers his father, Dave Brubeck, and shares some of his musical inspirations, including a live recording of the Dave Brubeck Quartet that sees them experimenting and pushing it right to the edge.

Live music from the rising trumpet star. Plus pianist Darius Brubeck's inspirations.

Tigran Hamasyan And Mathias Eick In Concert20200314Julian Joseph presents an intimate duo concert from Armenian pianist Tigran Hamasyan and Norwegian trumpeter Mathias Eick. Together they explore lyrical folk melodies, atmospheric electronics and propulsive grooves.

Also in the programme saxophonist Tamar Osborn, leader of UK band Collocutor, shares some of the music that inspires her, including a cross-cultural masterpiece by Indo-jazz fusion group Shakti that has guided Collocutor’s own sonic exploration.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Pianist Tigran Hamasyan and trumpeter Mathias Eick. Plus Tamar Collocutor's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future - with classic recordings and exclusive sessions

Tigran Hamasyan In Session2018061620181215 (R3)A weekly programme celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Kevin Le Gendre presents pianist Tigran Hamasyan in session playing solo piano pieces from his latest release "For Gyumri".

Tigran's genre blending compositions take inspiration from the folk music of his native Armenia as well as from the American jazz tradition which he started studying aged 9.

Plus, vocalist Zara MacFarlane shares some of the musical moments which have inspired her through the years.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz - past, present and future. With pianist Tigran Hamasyan in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

The best in jazz past, present and future

Tony Allen And Martin Speake20200229Jumoké Fashola presents a session from UK saxophonist Martin Speake’s International Quartet, who recreate the sparkling melodies and inventive solo flights of their latest release, Intention, alongside brand new material. The band features pianist Ethan Iverson (formerly of The Bad Plus), drummer Jeff Williams and bassist Calum Gourlay.

Also in the programme, pioneering drummer Tony Allen shares some of the music that inspires him and reflects on his time creating afrobeat with Fela Kuti and meeting his hero, Art Blakey.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

The pioneering drummer shares music that inspires him. Plus Martin Speake in session.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Tony Allen In Concert20180721A concert from pioneering afrobeat drummer Tony Allen. Alongside the Nigerian star Fela Kuti, Allen was responsible for developing the rhythmic genre known as afrobeat back in the 1970s. He's remained true to the style ever since and in this concert pays tribute to one of his greatest influences and another drumming great, Art Blakey.

Later in the programme, saxophonist Camilla George, a rising UK star, unravels tracks that have inspired her, including an epic tenor sax battle between Branford Marsalis and Michael Brecker. And, presenter Jumoké Fashola plays a mix of jazz classics and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Pioneering afrobeat drummer Tony Allen in concert paying tribute to drummer Art Blakey.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Trygve Seim In Concert20190511Julian Joseph presents the Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim live in concert at the 2018 Tampere Jazz Happening. Known for his signature warm tone, and blending of classical music, folk and jazz, Seim is one of Norway’s most celebrated contemporary musicians. The concert features music from his latest album for the ECM label "Helsinki Songs".

Plus, fresh from his role as musical director for the reprisal of iconic TV show Jazz 625, British pianist Robert Mitchell shares tracks from that era and beyond that have inspired his own approach to music.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Julian Joseph presents Norwegian saxophonist Trygve Seim in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Verneri Pohjola In Concert And Jaga Jazzist20200926Julian Joseph presents live music from one of the stars of the Finnish jazz scene, trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, who performs music from his atmospheric latest album, The Dead Don't Dream.

Also in the programme, Lars Horntveth of cult Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist shares some of the music that has shaped their genre-busting sound. And Julian plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from trumpeter Verneri Pohjola, plus Jaga Jazzist's influences.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Vijay Iyer2018091520190209 (R3)East Coast piano star Vijay Iyer shares his musical inspirations – including a haunting recording by the late American pianist Geri Allen and a head-spinning Michael Jackson track.

Vijay Iyer is one of the most celebrated jazz musicians of his generation, known for his touch, rhythmic ingenuity and wide-ranging influences – which include hip hop, R&B and Indian Carnatic music. He was named Jazz Artist Of The Year in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll 2018 – the third time he has won the award.

Also in the programme, young saxophonist Camilla George, a rising star in the UK, joins us in the studio to play music from her latest album, The People Could Fly. Born in Nigeria but based in London, Camilla’s music takes inspiration from both of these backgrounds as well as her time spent playing with the long-running Jazz Jamaica group. Plus presenter Kevin Le Gendre plays a mix of classic tracks and the best new releases.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

US piano star Vijay Iyer shares his musical inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Vladyslav Sendecki In Concert20180519A weekly show celebrating the best in jazz - past, present and future. Presented by Jumoké Fashola and featuring Polish pianist Vladyslav Sendecki in concert as well as guitar legend Pat Metheny sharing some of the musical moments that have shaped his own playing.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

The best in jazz - past, present and future. With pianist Vladyslav Sendecki in concert.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

We Out Here Festival And Jacob Collier2019083120201003 (R3)Jumoké Fashola presents a special edition of J to Z recorded live at We Out Here festival in Cambridgeshire. Curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, the festival features many of the UK’s most exciting young jazz acts. Performing at the festival for J to Z, saxophonist Binker Golding and keys player Sarah Tandy play an exclusive duo set drawing on material from Binker’s new album.

Also in the programme multi-instrumentalist sensation Jacob Collier reveals his musical inspirations, sharing tracks that have influenced his work, including a hard-to-find recording of vocalist-pianist Chris Anderson, the man who changed the way jazz legend Herbie Hancock played the piano.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Performances by Binker Golding and Sarah Tandy, plus Jacob Collier's inspirations.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Jumoké Fashola presents a special edition of J to Z recorded live at We Out Here festival in Cambridgeshire. Curated by DJ Gilles Peterson, the festival features many of the UK’s most exciting young jazz acts. Performing at the festival for J to Z, saxophonist Binker Golding and keys player Sarah Tandy play an exclusive duo set drawing on material from Binker’s new album.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Yazz Ahmed And Kurt Rosenwinkel2019101220200321 (R3)Kevin Le Gendre presents a session from Bahraini-British trumpeter Yazz Ahmed, whose latest album celebrates great women from history, including Rosa Parks and pioneering Saudi Arabian film director Haifaa al-Mansour.

Also in the programme, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel shares tracks that have inspired his work. Rosenwinkel has been a key figure on the New York scene for over two decades and is widely regarded as one of the most influential voices in contemporary jazz guitar.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin' Else.

Trumpeter Yazz Ahmed in session and guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel shares inspiring tracks.

The best in jazz past, present and future.

Y-otis In Session, Delfeayo Marsalis20200905Kevin Le Gendre presents live music from Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsjö recorded for J to Z in Berlin. The group comprises bassist Petter Eldh, drummer Tilo Weber and Dan Nicholls on keys and synths. As heard on Sandsjö’s latest release, Y-Otis 2, they approach jazz like creative bedroom producers, blending heavy grooves, immersive electronic textures and extended saxophone techniques to brilliant effect.

Plus, trombonist and New Orleans native Delfeayo Marsalis shares his musical influences.

Produced by Dominic Tyerman for Somethin’ Else.

Live music from Berlin-based Swedish saxophonist Otis Sandsj\u00f6 and the group Y-OTIS.

The best in jazz past, present and future.