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20171204

Soweto Kinch presents Jay Phelps's Quartet in concert at Pizza Express, Soho.

2016 Flyover Festival20160829

The 2016 Flyover Festival returns to Hockley after a four-year layoff, and Soweto Kinch presents live sets from Ernest Ranglin, Reuben James and ESKA, from this vibrant outdoor event, held in the heart of urban Birmingham. Al Ryan meets the crowds and performers, and Soweto says: "The Flyover Show is about celebrating the traditions of black culture in the city, whilst giving local people a live show they may never get to experience otherwise. It's also about challenging the preconceptions surrounding the area, showing that community and culture can thrive in all corners of our city's heart. The Flyover Show brings world renowned acts right into the heart of our community.".

Ambrose Akinmusire20170904

Soweto Kinch presents the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet at the 2017 Wigan Jazz Festival.

Soweto Kinch presents the Ambrose Akinmusire Quartet in concert at the 2017 Wigan Jazz Festival. Widely regarded as the most exciting up-and-coming trumpeter on the international jazz scene, Akinmusire leads his quartet of Sam Harris, piano, Harish Raghavan, bass and Justin Brown, drums, through a programme of original compositions. There is also music from the Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra.

Amok Amor20170703

Soweto Kinch presents Amok Amor in concert at the 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Antonio Sanchez20160711

Soweto Kinch presents a concert by drummer Antonio Sanchez and his quartet Migration. Featuring saxophonist Seamus Blake, pianist John Escreet and bassist Matt Brewer, they play Antonio's new work, the Meridian Suite, live in concert in Prague.

Arild Anderson Quartet20160704

The Norwegian jazz bassist Arild Anderson has long been regarded as one of the finest ever exponents on his instrument. His warmth of tone, accuracy of articulation and creative use of effects plus all the resources of the instrument are without parallel in contemporary jazz. He has led a trio with Scottish saxophonist Tommy Smith and Italian drummer Paolo Vinaccia since 2007 which has released two acclaimed albums, "Live at Belleville" and "Mira". For the penultimate concert of their May 2016 UK tour, they were joined by the brilliant Norwegian pianist Helge Lien at Europe's oldest purpose-built concert hall, the Holywell Music Room at Oxford University. Soweto Kinch introduces their concert, which ranges across their entire repertoire and also includes new compositions. Al Ryan talks to Arild and Tommy backstage at the gig. Meanwhile Emma Smith talks to saxophonist Phil Meadows about "vlogging" (video-blogging) the development of his new trio Skint.

Avishai Cohen20170313

Soweto Kinch presents a concert from Hamburg by trumpeter Avishai Cohen and his quartet with Yonathan Avishai, piano, Barak Mori, bass, and Nasheet Waits, drums.

Aziza20171030

Soweto Kinch presents Aziza in concert.

Black Cube Sp20160620

Soweto Kinch introduces a set by Chicagoan trumpeter Rob Mazurek's Black Cube SP. The band was formed (as its closing initials suggest) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and brings together American and Latin American improvisers in what Mazurek describes as a hazy, gauzy collision of electronics, avant-garde jazz, tropicalia post-rock and noise, with a deep spiritual vibe. Soweto also looks at other aspects of Chicagoan and Brazilian music including and interview with Tropicalia pioneers Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.

Black Top20180205

Soweto Kinch presents a set by UK improvisers Black Top from the Midland Arts Centre.

Soweto Kinch presents a set of improved music from the Midland Arts Centre in Birmingham by Black Top - keyboard player Pat Thomas and vibraphonist Orphy Robinson, plus their special guest the American guitarist and veteran of the Miles Davis Amandla session, Jean-Paul Bourelly. Plus Emma Smith meets singer Lauren Kinsella to discuss the new album by Snow Poet.

Bobo Stenson And Martin Speake20160627

Soweto Kinch presents a concert from London's Milton Court by the quartet featuring Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson and British saxophonist Martin Speake. Stenson has a glittering career including not only his own recordings for ECM, but work with Jan Garbarek and Tomasz Stanko. He and Martin talk to Jazz Now's Al Ryan about improvising and the art of playing in duo. Emma Smith meets guitarist Femi Temowo, to hear about his current work with the award-winning Engines Orchestra, and she chats to Tori Freestone about her new album El Barranco.

Bobo Stenson And Martin Speake Quartet20170130

Soweto Kinch presents a new set from a concert by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson and UK saxophonist Martin Speake, with their quartet, featuring Conor Chaplin, bass, and James Maddren, drums, given last spring at Milton Court in the City of London. Emma Smith meets drummer Phelan Burgoyne, who has a new album out with Rob Luft and Martin Speake, and Al Ryan presents a selection of contemporary jazz recently uploaded to BBC Introducing.

Carla Bley Trio20170821

Soweto Kinch presents Carla Bley's trio in concert.

Last autumn, the doyenne of jazz composers and bandleaders Carla Bley appeared on Jazz Now directing the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra. In this week's programme, she returns with a group that's she's worked in for over two decades, and which released the album "Trio" in 2013, that has been widely acclaimed as one of her finest works. Soweto Kinch presents the Carla Bley Trio with Andy Sheppard (reeds) and Steve Swallow (bass) in concert at London's Pizza Express Jazz Club.

Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth20160718

New York-based Chris Lightcap is one of America's up and coming jazz talents both on bass and as a composer. A former student of such bass virtuosi as Milt Hinton and Cameron Brown, he has become one of the US East Coast scene's most sought-after bassists, working with Regina Carter, and Matt Wilson. Tonight, Soweto Kinch presents a concert from the Saalfelden Jazz Festival by Lightcap's band Bigmouth, featuring saxophonists Chris Cheek and Tony Malaby, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

Christian Muthspiel20170306

Soweto Kinch presents a concert from Hamburg by the Christian Muthspiel Four, featuring legendary American bassist Steve Swallow. The other members of the band are Christian Muthspiel on trombone, piano, keyboards and electronics, Matthieu Michel, trumpet and Franck Tortillier, vibraphone. Plus Al Ryan with more new music by up-and-coming bands from BBC Introducing.

Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah20180101

Soweto Kinch presents trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah in concert.

Darcy James Argue20180115

Soweto Kinch presents Darcy James Argue in concert at the 2017 London Jazz Festival.

Soweto Kinch presents a return visit to the 2017 EFG London Jazz Festival with a special performance at Kings Place from the Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue's 18 piece ensemble Secret Society performing "Real Enemies". It has been praised as "wildly discursive, twitchily allusive, a work of furious ambition... deeply in tune with our present moment" by The New York Times. "Real Enemies" is a 13-chapter exploration of America's fascination with conspiracy theories and the politics of paranoia.

Dave Douglas And High Risk20160912

Soweto Kinch presents American trumpeter Dave Douglas and High Risk in concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club London, with Shigeto, Jonathan Maron and Ian Chang. Dave Douglas is a fearless improviser and a tireless experimenter with how the music industry works, and how musicians interact. He has founded his own record label and has explored new ways of bringing his music to the public. His new band, High Risk, mixes electronics, effects and DJ-ing with brilliant instrumental facility in a range of original music.

Dave Holland Trio At Adrian Boult Hall20160801

The Adrian Boult Hall has seen many a great jazz performance over the years, but it is now to be demolished. Soweto Kinch presents the final jazz concert from this Birmingham venue, featuring the bassist Dave Holland, originally from nearby Wolverhampton, famous for his work with Miles Davis and Chick Corea, and for his own string of acclaimed recordings. Dave is joined by phenomenal US drummer Nate Smith and by British saxophonist Stan Sulzmann, who talks to Al Ryan about their work together. For the second half of the concert, the trio is joined by Birmingham Conservatoire Big Band conducted by Jeremy Price, playing music by Dave Holland, Stan Sulzmann and Kenny Wheeler.

Soweto Kinch the Dave Holland Trio playing at Birmingham's Adrian Boult Hall.

David Murray, Geri Allen And Terri Lyne Carrington20161128

In a third programme from this year's EFG London Jazz Festival, Soweto Kinch presents David Murray, Geri Allen and Terri Lyne Carrington with their Power Trio in concert at London's Cadogan Hall. The band play music from their acclaimed new album "Perfection" and discuss the significant influence of Ornette Coleman on their music.

Dejan Turzik20171016

Soweto Kinch presents a concert by drummer Dejan Turzik.

Dialogues With Strings, London Vocal Project20170501

Soweto Kinch introduces Dialogues with Strings, featuring the Trevor Watts Quartet.

Soweto Kinch presents 'Dialogues With Strings' from London's Café Oto by saxophonist Trevor Watts and his new Quartet, featuring Veryan Weston, piano; Hannah Marshall; cello and Alison Blunt; violin. Plus Pete Churchill talks about how London Vocal Project recently gave the New York premiere of Gil Evans and Miles Davis's "Miles Ahead" in a vocalese version by the legendary Jon Hendricks, prior to the first London performance later this month.

Django Bates20180402

Soweto Kinch with Django Bates' Beloved at Ronnie Scott's.

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Dvrk Funk, Branford Marsalis20160502

Soweto Kinch presents a set by Theo Croker and DVRK Funk from the 2015 Pori Jazz Festival, plus Soweto talks to Branford Marsalis about his new album with Kurt Elling and forthcoming UK solo tour. Al Ryan and Alexander Hawkins review a new piano solo CD from Keith Tippett and explore a previously unissued double album by the Bill Evans Trio with Eddie Gomez and Jack DeJohnette.

Edinburgh International Festival20160808

Live from the BBC's "Blue Tent" at the Edinburgh International Festival, Soweto Kinch presents music by two of Scotland's cutting-edge bands. Drummer Tom Bancroft's Trio Red recently released its second CD, Lucid Dreamers, and tonight Tom, plus pianist Tom Cawley and bassist Calum Gourlay, presents a selection of this music plus new material. Guitarist Kevin MacKenzie brings his new trio to Edinburgh for its first Radio 3 broadcast, with bassist Mario Caribe and drummer Alyn Cosker. Plus Soweto talks to musicians playing jazz as part of this year's festival programme.

Edinburgh International Festival20170814

Soweto Kinch has live music from Colin Steele, Paul Towndrow and Steve Hamilton.

Ellery Eskelin20161219

Soweto Kinch presents experimental music by American saxophonist Ellery Eskelin in concert at the Lescar Jazz Club in Sheffield, with Matthew Bourne on vintage Moog Synthesizer and guitarist Chris Sharkey on electronics.

Embodied Hope20161212

In a concert recorded last month at Herts Jazz Club in Welwyn, Soweto Kinch presents drummer Andrew Bain's Embodied Hope. Playing compositions by Bain, the band features the brilliant American saxophonist Jon Irabagon, New York keyboard player George Colligan, and expat US bassist Michael Janisch, who is now based in London. The band met at Manhattan School of Music in the early 2000s, and have played together for the last 15 years. This concert is part of a national tour playing Bain's new writing.

Emile Parisien20170710

Soweto Kinch presents a concert featuring French saxophonist Emile Parisien.

The French saxophonist Emile Parisien was one of the stars of last year's London Jazz Festival and he has been described by Le Monde as "the best new thing that has happened in European jazz for a long time". Tonight, Soweto Kinch presents a full festival set by Parisien's quintet from the Saalfelden Jazz Festival, with special guests pianist Joachim Kühn and clarinettist Michel Portal joining guitarist Manu Codjia, bassist Simon Tailleu and percussionists Mario Costa and Wolfgang Reisinger. They play new music from Parisien's latest album "Sfumato" as well as original compositions by Kühn and Portal. Also in tonight's show, Soweto talks to legendary drummer Peter Erskine about the release of a newly discovered concert by bassist Jaco Pastorius and his "Word of Mouth" big band.

Enemy In Concert20170605

With pianist Kit Downes and his trio Enemy in concert at the Vortex jazz club in London.

Enrico Rava - Jazz Baltica20160530

In a programme in which the spirit of Miles Davis is never far away, Soweto Kinch presents a concert set from Jazz Baltica by the legendary Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, recorded with his quintet featuring the brilliant young trombonist Gianluca Petrella, winner of the Django d'or Award. Rava's sound is heavily influenced by Davis, and the programme also focuses on other aspects of Miles, including the recently released collected recordings from his 1960 European tour with John Coltrane.

Enrico Rava, Giovanni Guidi And Matthew Herbert20161121

Recorded earlier this month at Kings Place, during the EFG London Jazz Festival, Soweto Kinch presents a concert by Italian trumpeter Enrico Rava, his countryman the virtuoso pianist Giovanni Guidi and, in their first ever UK collaboration, electronics wizard Matthew Herbert. Plus Soweto talks to veteran Dutch drummer Eric Ineke and pianist Rein de Graaff about a newly discovered session by the legendary saxophonist Dexter Gordon.

Femi Temowo And The Engines Orchestra20160815

Soweto Kinch presents a set performed at the Hampton Hill Theatre, London, by guitarist and vocalist Femi Temowo with the Engines Orchestra, as part of the 2016 TW12 Jazz Festival.

Firebirds20170925

Soweto Kinch with a set from the Firebirds at the 2017 Denmark Festival.

Soweto Kinch with a set from the Firebirds at this year's Sounds of Denmark Festival. Led by drummer Stefan Pasborg, with with saxophonist Anders Banke and Anders Filipsen on keyboards, the band takes inspiration (as its name suggests) from such classical works as Stravinsky's Firebird, and it interprets this and other classical composers' works through a heady mixture of composition and improvisation. Plus Al Ryan talks to saxophonist Dave O'Higgins about his new album which includes several new compositions, and Emma Smith meets the African-influenced jazz group Vula Viel.

Focus On Cuba20171120

Soweto Kinch presents pianists Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdez in concert.

Fred Hersch Trio20170227

Soweto Kinch presents the Fred Hersch Trio in concert in Munich, with Fred Hersch, piano, John Hébert, bass, and Eric McPherson, drums. Al Ryan meets fellow trumpeter Christian Scott.

Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity20170612

Soweto Kinch presents Gard Nilssen's Acoustic Unity in concert at London's Vortex club.

Gareth Lockrane20170918

Soweto Kinch presents Gareth Lockrane's Big Band at King's Place, London.

Hans Koller, Lee Konitz20170109

Soweto Kinch presents music by two contrasting groups. From Birmingham's CBSO centre, there's new music by pianist Hans Koller, featuring the American saxophonist John O'Gallagher. Plus, in the year that he reaches his 90th birthday, a concert by the legendary American alto saxophonist Lee Konitz.

Hans Koller's Twelve Re-inventions For George Russell20160425

Pianist Hans Koller has long admired the late American theorist and jazz composer George Russell. In tonight's show from the CBSO Centre in Birmingham, we hear the World Premiere of Hans's new composition "Twelve Re-Inventions for George Russell". Compositionally, it combines elements of Russell's Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation with the serial techniques of the Second Viennese School. Koller's quartet with innovative New York saxophonist John O'Gallagher and influential UK-based American drummer Jeff Williams are joined by members of the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group for this first performance. Soweto Kinch presents the concert and talks to Hans about how the work draws on such diverse influences. He also meets veteran US pianist Ran Blake, who has just issued a new album on Impulse inspired by the movies of Claude Chabrol, but whose back catalogue has recently been reissued a giant boxed set. Emma Smith has more news about next month's televised final for the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the year.

Henri Texier At The 2017 London Jazz Festival20171127

Soweto Kinch presents Henri Texier in concert as part of the 2017 London Jazz Festival.

Herts Jazz Festival20171211

Soweto Kinch presents Hexagonal in concert in Welwyn Garden City.

Soweto Kinch presents Hexagonal in concert at Herts Jazz Festival in Welwyn Garden City, playing the music of the great South African jazz musician Bheki Mseleku, with pianist John Donaldson and saxophonist Jason Yarde in the line-up. Also featured are Quentin Collins, trumpet, Greg Heath, tenor sax, Simon Thorpe, bass and Tristan Banks, drums. Plus there's a second set by drummer Andrew Bain's Embodied Hope Quartet.

Herts Jazz Festival - Fish Tales20171225

Soweto Kinch presents Fish Tales by the Alan Barnes Octet and poet Josie Moon.

Herts Jazz Festival - Tribute To Bobby Wellins20171218

Soweto Kinch presents a tribute to the Scottish saxophonist Bobby Wellins.

Icp In Concert20180129

Hear Dutch improvised music from ICP in concert on their recent UK tour.

The ICP (Instant Composers' Pool) is one of the leading free jazz ensembles in the world, formed around a core of Dutch improvisers. In the autumn of 2017 the band toured the UK and Soweto Kinch catches up with them for a concert set from Turner Sims in Southampton. Plus a memory of the trumpeter, composer and bandleader Hugh Masekela.

Inntone Jazz Festival (1 Of 2)20180312

Soweto Kinch with the first of two visits to Austria's INNTöne Jazz Festival, with two concerts. The first is by acclaimed vocalist Emilia Martensson with Luca Boscagin, guitar, Fulvio Sigurta, trumpet and electronics and Adriano Adewale, percussion. By contrast the second features the duo of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and pianist Florian Weber, a European pairing that has appeared in many festivals over the last seven years, and which released the remarkable and introspective album 'Alba' in 2016, from which they will play selections..

INNTone Jazz Festival (1 of 2)20180312

Soweto Kinch with music from Emilia Martensson, Markus Stockhausen and Florian Weber.

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INNTone Jazz Festival (1 of 2)20180312

Soweto Kinch with music from Emilia Martensson, Markus Stockhausen and Florian Weber.

The home of contemporary jazz on BBC Radio 3

Soweto Kinch with the first of two visits to Austria's INNTöne Jazz Festival, with two concerts. The first is by acclaimed vocalist Emilia Martensson with Luca Boscagin, guitar, Fulvio Sigurta, trumpet and electronics and Adriano Adewale, percussion. By contrast the second features the duo of trumpeter Markus Stockhausen and pianist Florian Weber, a European pairing that has appeared in many festivals over the last seven years, and which released the remarkable and introspective album 'Alba' in 2016, from which they will play selections..

INNTone Jazz Festival 2/220180319

Soweto Kinch with music by the Don Moye - Kirk Lightsey trio, and Zhenya Strigalev.

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Soweto Kinch with the second of two visits to Austria's INNTöne Jazz Festival, and a concert by the trio co-led by American pianist Kirk Lightsey, (a veteran of bands with Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef, Betty Carter and Chet Baker) and the Art Ensemble of Chicago drummer Famadou Don Moye, also featuring bassist Darryl Hall. Plus a second set featuring the Zhenya Strigalev Never Band, with UK pianist Ivo Neame, bassist Linley Marthe and drummer Stéphane Galland.

Inntone Jazz Festival 2/220180319

Soweto Kinch with music by the Don Moye - Kirk Lightsey trio, and Zhenya Strigalev.

The home of contemporary jazz on BBC Radio 3

Soweto Kinch with the second of two visits to Austria's INNTöne Jazz Festival, and a concert by the trio co-led by American pianist Kirk Lightsey, (a veteran of bands with Dexter Gordon, Yusef Lateef, Betty Carter and Chet Baker) and the Art Ensemble of Chicago drummer Famadou Don Moye, also featuring bassist Darryl Hall. Plus a second set featuring the Zhenya Strigalev Never Band, with UK pianist Ivo Neame, bassist Linley Marthe and drummer Stéphane Galland.

Ivo Neame20180416

Soweto Kinch presents Ivo Neame's Quartet at Bristol Jazz Festival.

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Jasper Hoiby's Fellow Creatures20170424

Soweto Kinch with another visit to this year's Bristol International Jazz Festival. He presents a set from bassist Jasper Hoiby's Fellow Creatures featuring reed player Mark Lockheart and trumpeter Laura Jurd.

Soweto Kinch presents a set performed by Jasper Hoiby's Fellow Creatures.

Jazzahead! 201620160919

Three contrasting pianists and their groups are featured in this week's programme, as Soweto Kinch presents music by Aaron Diehl, Kevin Hays and Nik Bärtsch. Heard in concert at this year's Jazzahead event in Bremen, they show very different aspects of the jazz piano trio.

John Coltrane Special20161031

In what would have been John Coltrane's 90th birthday year, Soweto Kinch presents a Coltrane special. From Surrey University's "Retrospect and Prospect" conference, Gary Crosby's quartet with Denys Baptiste re-explore "A Love Supreme". Conference participants bring their own views on Coltrane to the show, and we hear a report from last month's Toronto Film Festival where a new Coltrane documentary had its international premiere. Plus Al Ryan reviews some previously unissued Coltrane performances and talks to pianist McCoy Tyner.

Julian Arguelles And The Frankfurt Radio Band20161226

Soweto Kinch with the Jazz Now highlight of the year: another chance to hear Julian Arguelles and the Frankfurt Radio Band in concert playing the South African-inspired suite "Let It Be Told" from the 2016 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Julian Arguelles And The Frankfurt Radio Big Band20160523

Soweto Kinch presents the UK premiere of Julian Argüelles' suite of South African inspired music with Steve Argüelles, Django Bates and Frankfurt Radio Big band at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Julian Siegel20180409

Soweto Kinch presents Julian Siegel's Quartet in concert.

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Julian Siegel Big Band20170403

Soweto Kinch presents Julian Siegel's new big band in concert specially recorded for Jazz Now at the Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham.

Kenny Wheeler's Sweet Sister Suite20170220

Soweto Kinch presents a complete performance of Kenny Wheeler's Sweet Sister Suite, played by Alexandra Ridout in Glasgow, with the Euroradio Jazz Orchestra directed by Tommy Smith. Emma talks to Wheeler's biographer Nick Smart about Kenny's suites, and the newly released album by Duncan Lamont, featuring Kenny in the music from children's TV series Mr Benn.

Kit Downes20180326

Soweto Kinch with music by UK keyboard player Kit Downes.

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Soweto Kinch with a second chance to hear Kit Downes' Enemy at London's Vortex jazz club, and Emma talks to Kit about his new solo album Obsidian. Al Ryan meets legendary bassist Chuck Israels, one time member of the Bill Evans Trio, to discuss his recent Octet album, and there are more uploads of new music from BBC Introducing.

Laura Jurd And Dinosaur20161107

Prior to her appearance at the EFG London Jazz Festival with her new commission for the BBC Concert Orchestra, Soweto Kinch introduces a set from Cooper Hall in Frome by BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Laura Jurd and her band Dinosaur. In the interval, Emma Smith talks to the young trumpeter about her music and life on the New Generation Artists' scheme.

Logan Richardson At The 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.20170529

Soweto Kinch presents a set by Logan Richardson from the 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

London Jazz Festival20180108

Soweto Kinch presents Marilyn Mazur's band Shamanaia in concert.

From the Clore Ballroom on London's South Bank, Soweto Kinch presents percussionist Marilyn Mazur's band Shamanaia in concert. Born in the USA and resident or most of her life in Denmark, Mazur is not only a dazzling percussionist and drummer, but a composer, bandleader and dancer. This is the first ever UK appearance by her eleven-piece all-female Shamania, which includes pianist Makiko Hirabayashi, drummer Anna Lund, and saxophonist Lotte Anker. Plus Emma Smith meets UK pianist Eliott Galvin to discuss his latest album.

London Jazz Festival - Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra20161205

Soweto Kinch presents the fifth Jazz Now concert from the 2016 EFG London Jazz Festival, with Carla Bley directing Charlie Haden's Liberation Music Orchestra at Cadogan Hall. As apposite in today's world as it was when Haden and Bley launched the Orchestra in 1969, inspired by life-affirming songs from the Spanish Civil War, and fired in protest against the war in Vietnam, this is music that celebrates the human spirit and the dignity of the individual. Crossing the boundaries of jazz into a new world music, a new folk music, Rolling Stone hailed Bley's arrangements as 'miracles of dynamics, rising and falling in volume and velocity'. The band includes soloists such as trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, saxophonists Tony Malaby and Chris Cheek, and trumpeter Michael Rodriguez.

London Jazz Festival 201620161111

Soweto Kinch, Emma Smith and Al Ryan launch the EFG London Jazz Festival live from Soho's Pizza Express Jazz Club. Guests include pianist Michael Wollny and accordionist Vincent Pierani together, playing music in their first live UK appearance together from their new duo album Tandem; a set by the remarkable young pianist Joey Alexander, and contemporary vocals from Lizz Wright and her band. Plus 2015's Young Scottish Jazz Musician of the Year, alto saxophonist Helena Kay and her new trio.

London Jazz Festival, Live20171110

Soweto Kinch presents the opening of London Jazz Festival, live.

Soweto Kinch, Al Ryan and Emma Smith with the live opening night of the EFG London Jazz Festival from Pizza Express Jazz Club in Dean St, Soho, with Karin Krog and John Surman; Steven Keogh's tribute to Louis Stewart with Bill Charlap and Colin Oxley; Helge Lien and Adam Baldych; and the Weekend Guitar Trio.

Louis Sclavis20180226

Soweto Kinch presents French bass clarinettist Louis Sclavis in concert with his band, which includes Dominique Pifarely on violin, Christophe Lavergne on drums and Sarah Murcia on piano. Louis' latest album Asian Fields Variations came out in 2017, and this concert from Berlin's Jazzdor Festival includes material from that record.

Soweto Kinch presents French bass clarinettist Louis Sclavis in concert.

Soweto Kinch presents French bass clarinettist Louis Sclavis in concert with his band, which includes Dominique Pifarely on violin, Christophe Lavergne on drums and Sarah Murcia on piano. Louis' latest album Asian Fields Variations came out in 2017, and this concert from Berlin's Jazzdor Festival includes material from that record.

Malija20160404

The first edition of Radio 3's new regular jazz slot, Jazz Now presented by Soweto Kinch, features a concert set from Kings Place, London, by the new British trio Malija (Mark Lockheart, Liam Noble and Jasper Høiby) who are currently on tour in the UK. The band talk to Al Ryan about their formation and how their original compositions came about. Meanwhile Emma Smith meets saxophone and drums duo Binker and Moses, and follows up how their music has developed since they won last year's MOBO award for best jazz act. Soweto Kinch catches up with Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen on the road with his current trio featuring vocalist Simin Tander and drummer Jarle Vespestad, and digging back into the tradition, he also talks to producer Woody Shaw III about the newly discovered recordings of organ legend Larry Young, just released and featuring Woody's father, one of the most innovative trumpeters in jazz.

Mark Turner Quartet20170828

Soweto Kinch presents a Munich concert by saxophonist Mark Turner and his quartet.

Marty Ehrlich Sextet20170724

Soweto Kinch presents a concert by the Marty Ehrlich Sextet.

Multi-instrumentalist Marty Ehrlich, born in Minnesota, and later part of the avant grade jazz scene in St Louis, is one of the leading improvising musicians in the United States. Soweto Kinch presents Marty's current sextet in concert from the 2016 Saalfelden Jazz Festival, playing original music by Ehrlich. The line-up is a who's who of great American players, featuring Ehrlich himself on reeds, Jack Walrath (former member of Charles Mingus's band) on trumpet, the iconoclastic trombonist Ray Anderson, pianist James Wiedman, bassist Brad Jones, and drummer Ben Perowsky.

Mike Gibbs At 8020171002

Soweto Kinch hosts a concert honouring composer and bandleader Mike Gibbs' 80th birthday.

Mikkel Hess And Girls In Airports20161010

Soweto Kinch presents highlights of September's Danish Jazz Season at London's PizzaExpress Jazz Club. Drummer Mikkel Hess is featured in Hess is More, and in the trio Hess/AC/Hess Spacelab. And there's a full set from the cutting edge band Girls in Airports, with its beguiling mix of genres, bringing jazz, indie and urban folk genres into something uniquely its own.

Miles Davis Special20170116

Soweto Kinch presents a Miles Davis special, featuring Gary Crosby's quintet re-exploring the music from Kind of Blue. Plus Al Ryan reviews newly issued music by Miles.

Monocled Man In Concert20170619

Soweto Kinch presents Monocled Man in concert at the 2017 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Monteverdi 450, Marius Neset20170515

With musicians involved in the Sprit of Monteverdi album. Plus Marius Neset in concert.

Monteverdi 450
Al Ryan talks to Michael Wollny, Richie Beirach and other musicians involved in the new album 'Monteverdi in the Spirit of Jazz', and Soweto Kinch presents saxophonist Marius Neset in concert from last month's Cheltenham Jazz Festival with Dan Nicholls - keyboards, Phil Donkin -bass, Jim Hart - vibes, and Joshua Blackmore - drums.

Moon Hooch20170807

Soweto Kinch presents Brooklyn saxophone and drums trio Moon Hooch in concert in Brighton.

Nerija20170911

Emma Smith presents Nerija in concert at Pizza Express Jazz Club London.

Pascal Schumacher Quartet20160606

Soweto Kinch introduces a concert by vibraphonist Pascal Schumacher and his quartet, Franz von Chossy, piano; Pol Belardi, bass and Jens Dueppe, drums. Al Ryan meets the band backstage at Turner Sims Southampton, where the concert was recorded in May.

Patrick Cornelius, Bugge Wesseltoft20160411

Soweto Kinch joins American saxophone virtuoso Patrick Cornelius for a masterclass at Birmingham Conservatoire, where he is working with young players on music from his newly issued suite "While We're Still Young". They discuss what it means to be a jazz composer today, and explore tricks of the trade for alto saxophonists. Meanwhile Al Ryan meets keyboard and electronics wizard Bugge Wesseltoft at his sole 2016 UK concert appearance at the Turner Sims Hall in Southampton. As well as music from Bugge's concert, we hear him talking to Al about his New Conception of Jazz, twenty years on, and he unveils his new all-female line-up. Emma Smith is joined by John Etheridge to review new guitar CDs.

Paul Dunmall Quintet And Hamid Drake20161017

Soweto Kinch presents music by the quintet led by UK saxophonist Paul Dunmall with guest star Hamid Drake, one of the world's great free jazz percussionists, recorded in concert at the MAC in Birmingham. Plus Soweto meets film director Kasper Collin to discuss the Lee Morgan documentary "I Called Him Morgan".

Phronesis And The Engines Orchestra20170508

Soweto Kinch presents Phronesis and the Engines Orchestra in concert in Cheltenham.

Primitive London20170320

Recorded at the Hare and Hounds jazz club in Birmingham, Soweto Kinch presents a concert set by the Anglo-French band Primitive London, featuring Robin Fincker, saxophones, Antoine Bearjeaut, trumpet, Kit Downes piano, and Jim Hart, drums, plus special guest rapper Juice Aleem.

Ralph Alessi Quartet20160418

Trumpeter Ralph Alessi is fast being hailed as one of the brightest emerging talents in the USA. His new quartet with Gary Versace (piano), Drew Gress (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums) makes its only 2016 UK appearance at London's Pizza Express, launching the group's new CD "Quiver" with music from this album and its predecessor, "Baida". Soweto Kinch meets the band members and talks to Ralph about finding a distinctive musical voice in today's crowded jazz scene. He's also joined by Peter Erskine, legendary drummer with Weather Report, who has just produced and released for the first time a compilation of the band's live concerts. And Soweto also looks forward to next month's televised final of the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year with 2014 winner Alex Bone and leader of the backing trio, Gwilym Simcock.

Ralph Alessi Quartet20170123

Soweto Kinch presents a new set from a concert recorded last year at Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho by trumpeter Ralph Alessi and his American quartet, with Gary Versace, piano, Nasheet Waits, drums and Drew Gress, bass. The band plays original material by Ralph and pieces from his acclaimed albums Baida and Quiver. Jazz Now also meets New Orleans-based double-bassist James Singleton, whose work ranges from mainstream jazz via an experimental string quartet to the avant garde in his bands the Nolatet and Shiner.

Schnellertollermeier20171106

Soweto Kinch presents Schnellertollermeier in concert at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Seamus Blake20170410

Soweto Kinch with a concert set by American saxophonist Seamus Blake recorded during his recent UK tour at 7 Arts in Leeds, with Ross Stanley, organ, and James Maddren, drums. Plus a look forward to the upcoming festival at London's Vortex, celebrating bassist Barry Guy's 70th birthday.

Sf Jazz Collective20161114

Soweto Kinch presents a concert given earlier this evening at the London Jazz Festival by the San Francisco Jazz Collective, playing jazz interpretations of the music of Michael Jackson. The band is an all-star line up of contemporary US talent, including: Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, Sean Jones on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Sf Jazz Collective20170731

Soweto Kinch with another chance to hear the SFJazz Collective in concert.

Soweto Kinch presents another chance to hear a concert which was one of the highlights of the 2016 London Jazz Festival by the San Francisco Jazz Collective, playing jazz interpretations of the music of Michael Jackson. The band is an all-star line up of contemporary US talent, including: Miguel Zenón on alto saxophone, David Sánchez on tenor saxophone, Sean Jones on trumpet, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Warren Wolf on vibraphone, Edward Simon on piano, Matt Penman on bass and Obed Calvaire on drums.

Snakeoil20160516

Soweto Kinch presents US saxophonist Tim Berne's band Snakeoil in concert at Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Snarky Puppy, Act At 2520170327

Soweto Kinch presents cult band Snarky Puppy in concert. And Siggi Loch joins Al Ryan to look forward to the ACT record label's 25th anniversary events in Berlin.

Sound Frontiers20160926

Soweto Kinch celebrates Radio 3's 70th birthday with a dip into the archive of historic concerts broadcast on the station during that time, including music from from Ian Carr's Nucleus, Stan Tracey, John Surman, Elton Dean and Betty Carter. He also talks to Donny McCaslin about his new album and about working on David Bowie's final recording sessions.

Sound Frontiers: Ralph Wyld's Mosaic And Jason Rebello20161003

Live from South Bank Centre, Soweto Kinch with music from Ralph Wyld's Mosaic and Jason Rebello. Vibraphone specialist Ralph Wyld won the 2015 Kenny Wheeler Award and the 2014 John Dankworth Award for composition and his new band Mosaic plays his original music, shortly to be released for the first time on CD on the album "Subterranea" - inspired by themes as varied as artist Paul Klee and Aldershot Football Club. Currently touring the UK with Tim Garland, Jason Rebello is one of Britain's finest keyboard players, and tonight he plays music from his new solo project "Held".

Sounds Of Denmark Festival 201620170102

Soweto Kinch presents a second set from the 2016 Sounds of Denmark Festival, featuring the Dog's Dance Anthem by cult band Hess is More, and an acoustic set by the trio Hess / AC / Hess Spacelab. Featuring the brothers Nikolaj Hess on piano and Mikkel Hess, drums, the trio plays a piece described as "the most perfect jazz composition ever written", namely, "Jamil" by the band's bassist, Anders "AC" Christensen.

Soweto Kinch At The Parabola, Cheltenham20160509

Emma Smith presents Soweto Kinch and his trio in concert and instantly remixed by Oxford Contemporary Music Group at the Parabola, Cheltenham. Emma also meets Snarky Puppy pianist Bill Laurance to discuss his solo projects.

Stefano Bollani And His Trio20160822

Italian pianist Stefano Bollani is a polymath, novelist, TV star and, above all, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist. In tonight's programme, Soweto Kinch introduces a concert from Bavaria in southern Germany by Bollani and his trio with bassist Jesper Bodilsen and drummer Morten Lund. Recorded at the 2015 Grenzenlos World Music Festival - Jazz in Murnau.

Steve Lehman20180219

Soweto Kinch introduces a concert by the octet led by American saxophonist Steve Lehman from The Old Customs House in Tampere, Finland for a set featuring Jonathan Finlayson on trumpet, Mark Shim on tenor saxophone, Tim Albright on trombone, Chris Dingham on vibes, Jose Davila on tuba, Drew Gress on double bass, Cody Brown on drums and Steve himself on alto saxophone. Plus Emma Smith has the latest contemporary jazz tracks uploaded to BBC Introducing.

Soweto Kinch introduces a concert by American saxophonist Steve Lehman.

Sun Of Goldfinger20170206

Soweto Kinch presents experimental American guitarist David Torn and his band Sun of Goldfinger, with saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Ches Smith in concert at the Vortex in London. Torn is famous for his combination of electronics and acoustic guitar work, using loops and other electro-acoustic devices. The current trio is an offshoot of his band Prezens, which recorded an eponymous album in 2007. It is Torn's first UK visit for some years.

Sun Of Goldfinger20171023

A second chance to hear David Torn's Sun of Goldfinger at the Vortex in London.

Soweto Kinch presents experimental American guitarist David Torn and his band Sun of Goldfinger, with saxophonist Tim Berne and drummer Ches Smith in concert at the Vortex in London in a programme first broadcast in February 2017. Torn is famous for his combination of electronics and acoustic guitar work, using loops and other electro-acoustic devices. The current trio is an offshoot of his band Prezens, which recorded an eponymous album in 2007. This was Torn's first UK visit for some years.

Terence Blanchard And E-collective20161024

From this year's Cully jazz festival in Switzerland, Soweto Kinch presents New Orleans-born trumpeter Terence Blanchard in concert with E-Collective. The band is Charles Altura, electric guitar, Fabian Almazan, keyboard, David Ginyard Jnr, bass guitar and Oscar Seaton, drums; with leader Terence Blanchard on both trumpet and synthesizer. Plus a profile of multi-instrumentalist, singer and electronics wizard Philip Clemo, who discusses his new album Dream Maps.

The Bad Plus, Jonny Mansfield's Elftet20170522

Soweto Kinch presents a concert given by trio The Bad Plus. Plus Jonny Mansfield's Elftet.

Thelonious20171009

Soweto Kinch presents music celebrating Thelonious Monk's centenary.

Soweto Kinch presents music celebrating Thelonious Monk's centenary, with a concert from the quartet Thelonious. In celebration of the legendary pianist's music, Martin Speake (alto saxophone), Hans Koller (euphonium, piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and James Maddren (drums) formed Thelonious in 2015 to re-explore his work. For this concert from Birmingham's CBSO Centre, they are joined by American guitarist Steve Cardenas who has recorded all of Monk's works. Also featured on the programme is bandleader John Beasley who takes a different approach to Monk's music in a newly released album.

Tim Garland Quartet20160613

Tim Garland has long been one of Britain's most innovative and high-profile saxophonists with a career that has encompassed a composer-in-residence post in Newcastle and a long association with US superstar Chick Corea. Earlier this year, his new quartet with Jason Rebello, keyboards, Ant Law, guitar, and Asaf Sirkis, drums, released a new album "One", and they are currently touring the UK. Soweto Kinch presents a concert from the tour, recorded at Turner Sims Southampton, where the band plays music from the album plus other material, and Al Ryan talks to Tim about his recent career and the genesis of the new music.

Tin Men And The Telephone20160725

With Tin Men and the Telephone in concert at 2016 the Norfolk and Norwich Festival.

The Dutch-based trio Tin Men and the Telephone, led by pianist Tony Roe, and featuring drummer Bobby Petrov and bassist Lucas Dols, is unique in the world of jazz, by playing concerts that interact in real time with a telephone app, operated by members of the audience. Taking music from sounds that surround us in everyday life, traffic noise, tannoy announcements, shopping queues, they transform these into music. Their live show from the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival presented by Soweto Kinch is a riot of unpredictability. The band-members explain their highly original concept to Al Ryan, and videos of part of the concert will be on the Radio 3 website so that radio audiences can share in every aspect of this unorthodox music making.

Tolvan Big Band20180212

Soweto Kinch presents a concert by the Tolvan Big Band.

Tomasz Stanko20171113

Soweto Kinch presents Tomasz Stanko's Quartet in concert.

Tomeka Reid Quartet20170717

Soweto Kinch introduces a concert given cellist Tomeka Reid and her improvising quartet.

In tonight's show, Soweto Kinch presents a concert by the Chicago-Based cellist Tomeka Reid and her quartet of improvising musicians, Mary Halvorson, guitar; Jason Roebke, bass; and Tomas Fujiwara, drums. Reid works in both classical and jazz contexts, but is most well-known for her work as an improvising musician and cutting edge composer. She has been commissioned to write new works in recent years by both the AACM and the Chicago Jazz Festival. The Tomeka Reid Quartet play music from last year's eponymous album on the Thirsty Ear label, including compositions by Reid, such as Billy Bang's Bounce, but also work by the legendary reed player Eric Dolphy.

Tommy Smith20180305

Soweto Kinch with music from Tommy Smith and the Bulgarian Radio Big Band.

Tommy Smith20180305

Soweto Kinch with music from Tommy Smith and the Bulgarian Radio Big Band.

The home of contemporary jazz on BBC Radio 3

Tommy Smith20180305

Soweto Kinch with music from Tommy Smith and the Bulgarian Radio Big Band.

The home of contemporary jazz on BBC Radio 3

Trish Clowes And My Iris20170213

Soweto Kinch presents a concert by former Radio 3 New Generation Artist Trish Clowes and her brand new band My Iris (with Ross Stanley, keyboards, Chris Montague, guitar, and James Maddren, drums). Playing new compositions by Clowes, they were in concert at MAC Birmingham in January as part of the Emulsion Music Festival. This concert features music from the band's new album released in January.

Verneri Pohjola20180122

Soweto Kinch presents Finnish trumpeter Verneri Pohjola and his quartet in concert.

Yazz Ahmed20170417

Soweto Kinch with a set by British/Bahraini trumpeter and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed and her septet, from this year's Bristol International Jazz Festival.

Soweto Kinch introduces a set from trumpeter and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed.