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20070601

"Gwilym Simcock Big Band

Jez Nelson introduces an exclusive session recorded for the programme by the Gwilym Simcock Big Band.

The first jazz musician to be selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Simcock is one of the most talented contemporary pianists working on the British jazz scene. His virtuosic, classically influenced sound and ability to dovetail ideas has led to stylistic comparisons with Keith Jarrett, and his band brings together many of the UK's best instrumentalists, including saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Julian Siegel, trumpeter Noel Langley and guitarist John Parricelli.

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Jez Nelson presents a solo concert recording by British saxophonist John Surman. One of the few British musicians who have made a career on the international stage, Surman has nevertheless maintained a style heavily rooted in the English folk and church music of his youth.

This concert sees him play a rare solo date originally broadcast only in part last March from Gateshead International Jazz Festival. It features his complete performance.

Jez Nelson selects the best of the sessions recorded for Jazz on 3 in 2005, including music from Brotherhood of Breath, Gwilym Simcock, Steve Williamson and Meshell Ndegeocello.

To celebrate the opening night of the London Jazz Festival, sponsored by BBC Radio 3, Jez Nelson presents a specially extended show, with performances by some of the festival's biggest stars live from the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London.

Including one of the most successful jazz crossover acts of the last couple of years, the US piano trio The Bad Plus; popular Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen; leader of the Jazz Passengers, saxophonist Roy Nathanson, with his Barbes band; and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Shepp was a major figure in defining the direction of the music in the 1960s, alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis. This is a rare chance to hear a living legend playing live in an intimate venue.

New York Vision Festival

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the Vision Festival in New York, which showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene. With music from Henry Grimes, Fred Anderson, Mat Maneri and the free jazz super group WARM with Reggie Workman, Pheroan akLaff, Sam Rivers and Roscoe Mitchell.

Featuring a live performance by Tim Berne's group, Big Satan, recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. Berne performs alongside his long-time collaborators French guitarist Marc Ducret and drummer Tom Rainey.

The concert features all new music, written specially for Big Satan's recent European tour. Presented by Jez Nelson.

Jez Nelson selects the best of the live concerts recorded for Jazz on 3 this year, with music from the likes of Ken Vandermark, Jazz Britannia, Acoustic Ladyland, Ganelin Trio and Hermeto Pascoal.

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Jez Nelson presents one of the highlights of the 2006 London Jazz Festival - a performance by seminal saxophonist, composer, band-leader and Miles Davis sideman Wayne Shorter, recorded at the Barbican Hall in November.

Featuring Shorter's much-lauded quartet, with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

BBC Radio 3 at 60

Jez Nelson raids the archives to present a taste of jazz broadcasting on the station over the years. Featuring extracts from rarely heard Radio 3 jazz commissions, including saxophonist John Surman's extraordinary work That's Right, which was recorded in Norwich Cathedral in 2000. It features ex-Miles Davis drummer Jack DeJohnette playing alongside Surman and the renowned chamber ensemble London Brass.

Jez Nelson presents a concert recording of one of the most influential pianists in jazz, McCoy Tyner. Originally a key part of the classic John Coltrane quartet during the sixties, Tyner appears in a trio with Charnette Moffett on bass and Eric Gravatt on drums. This programme features his complete performance at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

Jez Nelson presents a session featuring pianist Howard Riley and dips into the best of the month's new CD releases.

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by The Quintet of Uncertainty, an ensemble led by one of the UK's most original improvising pianists, Veryan Weston. Comprising violinist Satoko Fukuda, Yedo Gibson on clarinet and tenor saxophone, cellist Hanna Marshall and percussionist Nana Tsiboe, the group reflects a wide dynamic of age and national origin - Africa, Europe, Japan and South America.

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session with the winner of the rising star category of this years BBC Jazz Awards, Gwilym Simcock.

Still in his early twenties, Gwilym is one of the most promising pianists and composers of his generation. He has already notched up an impressive list of sideman credits including Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy and Bill Bruford.

For this, his recording debut as leader, he has composed a suite for jazz quintet and string quartet, with an all-star cast including drummer Martin France and saxophonists Stan Sulzmann and Tim Garland.

Double Bill: Ken Vandermark's School Days & Evan Parker US Tour repeat

School Days are the US Scandinavian ensemble of cult Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark. Their unique and contemporary sound encompasses great tunes, swinging hard bop, incredible virtuosity, wit, balladry, free improv and just about every other facet of contemporary Jazz.The group features Vandermark's long time foil Jeb Bishop, bassist Ingerbrigt Håker Flaten, vibes player Kjell Nordeson, and the percussion fireworks of Paal-Nilssen Love.

In the year marking the 60th birthday of free jazz godfather Evan Parker, the saxophonist went 'on the road' in the US, performing at many out of the way locations as well as the main centres for improvised music. The second part of tonight's double bill features some of the highlights of that tour and talks to those who support the music in some unlikely parts of the country. Parker's trio is completed by his long time musical companions Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Paul Lytton on drums.

Jez Nelson presents a solo performance by acclaimed New York pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded live at the Red Rose, London, in July.

One of the most influential players on his home city's downtown avant-garde scene, Shipp made his name as part of the David S Ware quartet in the 1990s, before going on to release a series of celebrated albums under his own name featuring musicians such as William Parker and Roscoe Mitchell. His distinctive style combines elements of modern classical music with jazz and free improvisation.

The programme also includes a conversation between British saxophonist and improviser Evan Parker and Shipp about the pianist's life and music. Plus, Jez rounds up the latest CD releases.

Dangerous Duets: Oren Marshall and Steve Buckley

Jez Nelson presents the second in a series of three sessions entitled Dangerous Duets. Recorded in the remarkable acoustic of the East London arts venue, the Wapping Project, the performances explore unusual duo formats - this week: tuba and penny whistle from Oren Marshall and Steve Buckley.

Plus, Jez reviews the best new releases on CD.

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"This week Jez Nelson presents a concert by one of America's most experimental players, Ellery Eskelin. The American saxophonist who has been seizing attention in the improvised jazz scene for over a decade with his inventive compositions and compelling solos. After studies with David Liebman and George Coleman, Eskelin played with a variety of musicians including organist Jack McDuff. His current band which he plays with tonight includes sampler and accordion player Andrea Parkins and incendiary drummer Jim Black of Alas No Axis fame. "

20040423

Dave Binney Quartet

On this week's Jazz on 3 Jez Nelson presents one of the show's favourite contemporary jazz musicians, Dave Binney.

A key figure of the New York downtown scene, Binney has earned his reputation both as an alto saxophonist and as a highly original composer. With rock and funk influences incorporated alongside free jazz and post bop, his compositional launchpads produce an occasionally raucous, sometimes elegant, but always intriguing free jazz funk mix.

Recorded at the Vortex club in Stoke Newington, he is joined by his regular group, Jacob Sacks on piano, Thomas Morgan on bass and Danny Weiss on drums.

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Martin Speake, Duncan Hopkins and Anthony Michelli in session.

This week Jez Nelson presents British alto saxophonist Martin Speake with front ranking Canadians Duncan Hopkins and Anthony Michelli in a session exclusively recorded for Jazz on 3.

Known for his collaborations with legendary US drummer Paul Motian and The Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson, Speake has for a long time now been quietly building up a unique body of work that puts him in the top flight of British contemporary jazz. With a sound steeped in the tradition of fifties cool jazz and Ornette Coleman, his music is subtle and full of arresting detail. This session shows him in forthright mood in great rapport with his Canadian companions bassist Duncan Hopkins and drummer Anthony Michelli.

Plus Jez will be reviewing the best new CD releases from across the jazz spectrum.

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John Taylor Big Band

This week Jez presents an exclusive performance by one of the most distinguished and influential pianists in British Jazz - John Taylor. Recorded at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the concert features a rare outing for Taylor with a big band hand picked from the cream of British contemporary jazz.

Taylor is best known for his work with the band Azimuth and his collaborations with jazz greats such as Dave Holland and Jan Garbarek but he is also a composer of note and some of his tunes have become contemporary jazz standards. Tonight's programme sees him playing compositions from over his long career as well as some new arrangements.

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Louis Sclavis live at Bath Festival

This week's live recording comes from one of France's most gifted improvisers, Louis Sclavis, who was at Bath International Music Festival last week to perform his recent major work, Napoli's Walls. The piece provides a forum for not only his own hypnotic virtuosity on bass clarinet, but also the multi-talented Médéric Collignon, who uses his voice and percussion sampler as creatively as he does his trumpet. The quartet is completed by Vincent Courtois on cello, and Hasse Poulsen guitar.

Presented by Jez Nelson.

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Hermeto Pascoal

This week Jez presents a live concert recording of eccentric Brazilian bandleader Hermeto Pascoal.

First coming to prominence as part of Miles Davis' circle in the early seventies, he was also a key influence on the British jazz revival of the eighties. Sometimes described as the 'Brazilian Duke Ellington', he is a complete musician equally able to conjure music from a bottle, balloon pump or kettle as from the piano or flute.

Tonight's concert focuses on him as an arranger and composer fronting a large big band full of top British talent.

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This week, Jez Nelson reviews the very best from a host of new releases on CD, from across the contemporary Jazz spectrum.

As always there's the opportunity to win all the CDs played in tonight's programme. Plus, there's a look back at Thelonious Monk's 1959 album 5x5.

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Chicago Underground Trio

This week Jez Nelson presents a very special, exclusive recording of Jazz on 3 favourites the Chicago Underground Trio, who have flown over to London especially for this date. Comprising Rob Mazurek on cornet, Noel Kupersmith on bass and Chad Taylor on drums, the group use subtle electronics in an entirely natural way to achieve an accessible and innovative sound.

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Joe Lovano and Hank Jones

On tonight's Jazz on 3, Jez Nelson presents an evening of laid-back classics recorded just a few weeks ago at the Barbican Hall in London.

Alongside the likes of Branford Marsalis and Michael Brecker, Joe Lovano is lauded as a candidate for the title of best jazz saxophonist in the world. He's certainly the fans' and connoisseurs' favourite, a fact borne out by the warm and enthusiastic reaction he received from the Barbican audience.

For this concert he was joined by a quartet of fine pedigree: Hank Jones on piano, George Mraz on bass and Dennis Mackrel on drums. At 83, Hank is the oldest surviving member of the remarkable Jones brothers jazz family. Trumpeter Thad and drummer Elvin - whose death was announced only a few months ago - are his much-mourned siblings.

The quartet returned to the ever-fertile soil of the jazz standard, celebrated on Lovano's latest album I'm All For You, and they also paid moving tribute to the memory of Elvin Jones, performing music from the drummer's repertoire.

Also in the programme, Jez will be announcing the results of the BBC Jazz Awards, which took place yesterday evening, and playing music from some of the winners.

20040806

Double Bill: Esbjorn Svensson Trio and Dave Holland

Tonight Jazz on 3 begins a six-week summer season giving you another chance to hear the most popular gigs broadcast over the last year. The programme has recently been canvassing the opinion of its listeners who have been calling and writing in with their suggestions. It is an indication of the programme's wide appeal that the two equal top choices were Swedish pop-jazz sensation EST and British godfather of avant-garde saxophone, Evan Parker.

To begin, Jez Nelson presents a double bill from EST and British jazz superstar Dave Holland and his Quintet.

EST's rise to critical and popular acclaim has been swift and well deserved. Playing catchy melodies and sounding more like a rock group than a chamber jazz ensemble, they appeal to a wide audience. Yet they are also admired by jazz aficionados for their creative and virtuoso improvising. Tonight's gig was recorded at the Royal Festival Hall, and was the headline concert on the opening night of the 2003 London Jazz Festival.

The second half of the programme was recorded in front of a packed Barbican Hall, and marked the return of a British jazz prodigal son ­ virtuoso bass player Dave Holland.

Holland first found wider fame in the late 60s when he was plucked from the stage of Ronnie Scott's Club in London by Miles Davis, and went on to anchor many of the legendary trumpeter's classic recordings. Today Dave leads a very popular quintet that is one of the very few continuously working bands in contemporary jazz. It features Chris Potter on sax, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Steve Nelson on vibraphone and marimba, and Billy Kilson on drums.

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Conjure

This week Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear a much-anticipated gig by an all-star group recorded at a packed Barbican Hall, Kip Hanrahan's Conjure.

The group was formed to create musical settings for the texts of cult African-American novelist and poet Ishmael Reed. The "musician's musician", percussionist and musical maverick Kip Hanrahan takes the role of supervisor, directing a heavyweight cross-genre band: blues guitarist Taj Mahal, saxophone colossus David Murray, jazz violinist Billy Bang, and Meters guitarist Leo Nocentelli. Together they create a unique and fiery mix of blues, funk, latin, free jazz, soul, post-bop and spoken word.

During the interval Kip Hanrahan and David Murray talk to Jez about the Conjure experience.

20040820

Tim Berne Special

Tonight Jazz on 3 continues its summer season giving listeners another chance to hear the most popular gigs broadcast over the last year. The programme has been asking people to call and write in with their suggestions, and it is an indication of the programme's wide appeal that the two equal top choices were Swedish pop-jazz sensation EST and British godfather of avant-garde saxophone, Evan Parker.

This week Jez Nelson introduces a very special concert by cult US saxophonist Tim Berne with his Science Friction Band and special guests David Torn and The Arte [saxophone] Quartett. Berne is one of the most influential composers and band leaders on the New York downtown scene; for the past 20 years he has been a seminal figure in jazz and contemporary music.

The concert was recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's South Bank during the 2003 London Jazz Festival, and the performance includes a brand new work commissioned by BBC Radio 3 for Jazz on 3.

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Double Bill: Iain Ballamy & Stian Carstensen and Frank Zappa Anniversary Sessions

Tonight's programme continues the summer season of repeats of the most popular gigs broadcast over the last year, as voted for by listeners. This week Jez Nelson introduces two very different exclusive studio sessions.

The first captures one of Jazz on 3's favourite UK saxophonists, Iain Ballamy, alongside the prodigiously talented Norwegian accordion player Stian Carstensen - a duo which has been captivated audiences across Europe recently.

The second session was originally broadcast on the 10th anniversary of Frank Zappa's death last December, and reunites some of his finest sidemen to perform some classic Zappa material, as well as a few specially written originals.

Frank Zappa didn't like jazz. He once famously said ""Jazz is not dead - it just smells funny!"" However, much of his music shows a jazz influence, his recorded work features some of the most dazzling improvisers of their time, and he has in turn influenced contemporary jazz.

Recorded in Los Angeles, the reunion includes legendary drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, the Fowler brothers, Walt and Bruce, on brass, bassist Arthur Barrow, and keyboard player Tommy Mars. "

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Double Bill: Ken Vandermark's School Days & Evan Parker US Tour repeat

School Days are the US Scandinavian ensemble of cult Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark. Their unique and contemporary sound encompasses great tunes, swinging hard bop, incredible virtuosity, wit, balladry, free improv and just about every other facet of contemporary Jazz .The group features Vandermark's long time foil Jeb Bishop, bassist Ingerbrigt Håker Flaten, vibes player Kjell Nordeson, and the percussion fireworks of Paal-Nilssen Love.

In the year marking the 60th birthday of free jazz godfather Evan Parker, the saxophonist went 'on the road' in the US, performing at many out of the way locations as well as the main centres for improvised music. The second part of tonight's double bill features some of the highlights of that tour and talks to those who support the music in some unlikely parts of the country. Parker's trio is completed by his long time musical companions Alexander von Schlippenbach on piano and Paul Lytton on drums.

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Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio & Tribute to John Stevens

In 2003 the trio led by the Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel performed at London's Vortex Club. The gig was a sell out, mainly because Muthspiel's drummer is the great Brian Blade, who is more usually seen on the stages of large concert halls rather than the intimate surroundings of a small club.

It may have been the superstar drummer who drew them in the first instance, but after the gig all the audience were talking about Muthspiel. They had discovered what Brian Blade already knew: that he is a world-class guitarist even though he is little known in this country. Muthspiel is a breathtaking virtuoso but thankfully he is also a stylish soloist - his speed of invention matches the speed of his fingers.

Earlier this year the trio made a triumphant return to the Vortex and Jazz on 3 was there to capture the action. Tonight Jez Nelson presents a full set recorded at the club.

Also in the programme, Jez presents a tribute to British drummer John Stevens, who died ten years ago this week. Stevens was a great instrumentalist and improviser, but he is best remembered as a huge motivating force on the domestic music scene from the late 60s to the early 90s. He brought musicians together, found venues and festivals for them to play, encouraged younger artists, and in doing so, he was a key figure in the development of the European avant-garde scene in the early 70s. Tonight, Jez is joined by a host of Stevens' friends and colleagues to celebrate his legacy.

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Jez Nelson presents a session featuring pianist Howard Riley and dips into the best of the month's new CD releases.

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Double Bill: John Law European Quartet/John Rae's Magic Feet

This week Jez presents two concerts recorded earlier this year at Bath International Music Festival.

UK pianist John Law appears with noted French saxophonist Francois Corneloup and fusion drummer Eric Échampard while Scottish drummer John Rae mixes celtic folk, Hungarian gypsy music and hard bop in his band Magic Feet, featuring Eilidh Shaw on fiddle, Mihaly Farkas on cymbalom and BBC Jazz award winning pianist Brian Kellock.

20041015

Tom Bancroft's Orchestro Interrupto with Geri Allen

The cream of the buzzing Scottish jazz scene meets the renowned US pianist Geri Allen in tonight's Jazz on 3.

Drummer and composer Tom Bancroft will be performing his own compositions with his large ensemble including South African trumpeter Claude Deppa, tuba soloist Oren Marshall and BBC Jazz Award winner Colin Steele. Acclaimed pianist Geri Allen will also be playing solo and joining the band as featured soloist for a new Bancroft composition, specially commissioned for this programme.

With Jez Nelson.

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Jez Nelson presents the first of two shows dedicated to the world famous jazz pianist Chick Corea.

From his classic early piano trio and his work with Miles Davis to his legendary fusion band Return To Forever, Corea is one of the most technically adept and influential musicians of his generation. Recorded at the Barbican earlier this year, Chick performs an all acoustic gig, first his piano trio with bassist John Patitucci and drummer Dave Weckl, then the UK debut of his new flamenco influenced band, Touchstone.

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Chick Corea - Elektric

Jez Nelson presents the second of two shows dedicated to the world famous jazz pianist Chick Corea - this time with his Elektric band. From his classic early piano trio and his work with Miles Davis to his legendary fusion band Return To Forever, Corea is one of the most technically adept and influential musicians of his generation. Recorded at the Barbican earlier this year, Chick performs with a lineup including Frank Gambale on guitar, Eric Marienthal sax, John Patitucci bass and Dave Weckl on drums.

20041105

Live from London Jazz Festival

Jazz on 3 celebrates the opening night of the London Jazz Festival with a special extended programme live from the Pizza Express in Soho. Jez Nelson presents live music from US tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, cult New York pianist Jason Lindner, and some other very special guests appearing at the festival.

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Live from London Jazz Festival

Jazz on 3 celebrates the opening night of the London Jazz Festival with a special extended programme live from the Pizza Express in Soho. Jez Nelson presents live music from US tenor saxophonist Ravi Coltrane, cult New York pianist Jason Lindner, and some other very special guests appearing at the festival.

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Carla Bley and Gilad Atzmon Double Bill

Jez Nelson presents two concerts recorded earlier today at the London Jazz Festival. New York Jazz composer and pianist Carla Bley presents her first appearance in London for many years along with her 'Lost Chords' band including Steve Swallow on bass guitar, Andy Sheppard on saxophone and Billy Drummond on drums. In the second part of the programme, the Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble plays music with a powerful political message.

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A day at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson takes a trip around many of the events on a day at the London Jazz Festival, talks to those involved and hears some of the highlights, including tonight's main act, Celebrating Tony Williams. Star drummer Jack Dejohnette, guitarist John Schofield and Hammond organist Larry Goldings revisit some of the repertoire of Lifetime, the seventies power trio of John McLaughlin, Larry Young and legendary drummer Tony Williams.

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Jez Nelson and guests discuss the best contemporary jazz and improvised music releases from 2004.

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Jez Nelson presents a special New Year's programme, looking back over the years and selecting highlights from the best Jazz on 3 broadcasts.

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Best Jazz on 3 Sessions of 2004

Jez Nelson selects the best of the sessions recorded for Jazz on 3 this year, including the Chicago Underground Trio, Iain Ballamy and Stian Carstensen and Dave Green with Evan Parker.

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Gilad Atzmon

Jez Nelson presents a concert by Israeli saxophonist Gilad Atzmon and his Orient House Ensemble. Mixing jazz and middle eastern elements, Atzmon produces music with a powerful political message. Recorded at last year's London Jazz Festival.

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Joel Harrison

Jez Nelson presents a concert by American singer and guitarist Joel Harrison. Just as influenced by Johnny Cash as John Coltrane, his music presents an intriguing mixture of country and western with downtown New York jazz, with the multi-million selling Norah Jones a former band member.

His current band is Gary Versace on hammond organ, Dan Weiss on drums, and the noted alto saxophonist David Binney.

20050128

Kenny Wheeler's 75th Birthday Concert

Jez Nelson presents a star-studded concert by one of the greatest living jazz composers today, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. For this special birthday celebration, he'll be joined by a stellar line up of premier jazz musicians including legendary saxophonists Lee Konitz and Evan Parker, bassist Dave Holland, and vocalist Norma Winstone. As well as compositions from his classic album Music for Large and Small Ensembles, the concert culminates in the world premiere of a major new work commissioned by Radio 3 for this 18-piece big band.

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The Brotherhood of Breath in session

Jez Nelson presents a reunion recording of the South African-influenced big band The Brotherhood of Breath. For this exclusive session, many of the original members of the eighties line up reformed for the first time in over ten years to pay tribute to the band's original leader, the late South African composer and pianist Chris McGregor. With a programme including some hitherto unrecorded music by McGregor, the band features Steve Williamson, Annie Whitehead, Claude Deppa and Harry Beckett among others.

Plus, Jez rounds up the best new CD releases in jazz and improvised music.

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Jazz Britannia curated by Gilles Peterson

Jez Nelson presents a recording of the first Jazz Britannia concert, a unique event celebrating British jazz. Picking up from DJ Gilles Peterson's recent best selling compilations of forgotten British jazz masters, this concert gathers together a mouth watering line up of those who created a new and distinctively British jazz sound in the sixties, including Michael Garrick, Stan Tracey, Bobby Wellins and Norma Winstone. The programme also features contributions from upcoming British jazz sensations David Okumu, Soweto Kinch and the Matthew Herbert Big Band. Recorded at the Barbican, London.

20050225

Ganelin, Tarasov and Chekasin

Jez Nelson presents a concert recording of legendary Soviet threesome Ganelin, Tarasov and Chekasin - formerly known as the Ganelin Trio. The group first created a stir in the West in the early 80s, following the release of records made from smuggled tapes, and their subsequent appearances in Berlin, Italy and London.

The trio's eclectic influences and style see them shift between bop, folk tunes and almost martial themes, classical structures and completely free elements. Disbanded in 1987, the group recently reformed, with this concert recorded in November 2004 at the London Jazz Festival.

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Clear Frame Session

Jez Nelson presents an exclusively recorded session by British quartet Clear Frame.

The group, made up of ex-Soft-Machine bassist, Hugh Hopper, Charles Hayward on drums, Orphy Robinson on percussion and steel drums, and saxophonist, Lol Coxhill, held their first major performance at last year's London Jazz Festival (November 2004). As the name suggests, Clear Frame begin each session with a blank canvas, using their considerable collective experience to work-off each other and build a truly organic piece. As Orphy Robinson puts it, "expect the unexpected."

Clear Frame are joined by Hugh Hopper's former Soft Machine band mate and 2004 Mercury Music Prize nominee, Robert Wyatt, on cornet, especially for this session.

Also in the programme Jez will be reviewing some of the best new jazz released on CD.

20050311

Brad Mehldau

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive concert performance from the phenomenal New York-based pianist Brad Mehldau, recorded at last year's London Jazz Festival.

Widely thought of as the most talented pianist of his generation, Meldau's classical sensibilities are complemented by the venue, the Wigmore Hall in London, home of classical chamber music. Famous for his trio work, this concert is a rare chance to hear Mehldau play solo, as he performs both contemporary and traditional compositions.

Jez will also be talking to the leading French bass player Henri Texier about his new album (V)ivre and his forthcoming UK tour.

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John Fordham presents a special programme live from the first ever Gateshead Jazz Festival, featuring two headline acts playing at the stunning new Sage Centre.

One of the most influential pianists in jazz and a key part of the classic John Coltrane quartet, McCoy Tyner, appears in a trio. Before that, British saxophone master John Surman makes his return after a period away from music with a rare solo performance on saxophone and synthesizer.

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Partisans

Jez Nelson presents a live recording of the powerhouse British jazz rock outfit Partisans, playing music from their new album.

Now almost in their tenth year, the group have lately found themselves in the position of elder statesmen of a burgeoning London jazz scene increasingly influenced by punk. Plus, Jez talks to George Cole about his recent book on Miles Davis? music after 1980 and asks whether his eighties period was a sellout or an artistic success.

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Jez Nelson presents an exclusive studio session to mark the 50th birthday of American saxophonist, David Murray.

A founder member of the World Saxophone Quartet, Murray?s more recent work has focused on the drumming rhythmns of West Africa and the Caribbean. For this session he?s joined by pianist Julian Joseph, drummer Mark Mondesir and bassist Mark Hodgson for a session paying tribute to jazz legend Charlie Parker, who died the year Murray was born.

Plus a look at the latest jazz on CD.

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Jez Nelson presents a performance by Bobby Previte on percussion, Charlie Hunter on hybrid 8-string guitar and DJ Logic on the turntables in a concert recorded last year."

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Jez Nelson presents a performance by Bobby Previte on percussion, Charlie Hunter on hybrid 8-string guitar and DJ Logic on the turntables in a concert recorded last year.

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Jez Nelson presents a performance by Graham Collier and his Big Band, recorded at last year's London Jazz Festival.The programme also includes an exclusive interview.

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Henri Texier Strada Sextet

Jez Nelson presents French bassist Henri Texier with his Strada Sextet. Widely acclaimed as both a composer and virtuoso bass player, Texier stands firmly rooted in the French jazz scene whilst engaging with his childhood influences of North African music.

He is joined by Francois Corneloup on saxophone, Guergui Karnazov on trombone and Manu Codjia on guitar to perform works from his new album Vivre.

Recorded at Gateshead Jazz Festival.

20050429

Jez Nelson presents a special live edition from the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Featured performers include New York drummer Bobby Previte and powerhouse saxophonist Ken Vandermark.

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Gary Crosby, Julian Joseph, Steve Williamson and Mark Mondesir in session.

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive studio session gathering together four musicians from the British jazz resurgence of the eighties. Bassist and founder member of the Jazz Warriors Gary Crosby is joined by two other key figures of that generation, pianist Julian Joseph and saxophonist Steve Williamson.

Together with Mark Mondesir on drums, they revisit their repertoire two decades on.

Plus Jez rounds up the latest jazz on cd.

20050513

Esbjorn Svensson Trio

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive recording of the Swedish jazz sensation Esbjorn Svensson Trio. With their beguiling mix of accessible melody and creative improvisation, EST are now firmly established as one of the most successful headline acts in jazz today.

Tonight's concert, recorded at the recent Gateshead Jazz Festival, features new material from their latest - and darkest - album.

20050520

Jez Nelson presents a live recording of tenor saxophonist Phil Bancroft. Hailing from the fertile Scottish jazz scene, Bancroft has brought together an international quartet featuring the fresh approach of Scandinavian drummer Thomas Strønen, and the deft guitarist Mike Walker. Joined by Steve Watts on bass, they perform music from their latest album Headlong.

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Live from Bath Music Festival

Jez Nelson presents a special live broadcast from Bath International Music Festival. The main set comes from British band of the moment, Acoustic Ladyland, pioneers of what is currently being termed post-jazz. There'll also be sets from New York/Israeli bassist Avishai Cohen, Trio Braam De Joode Vatcher and the legendary Dutch piano master Misha Mengelberg.

20050603

Omar Sosa Trio/Ilmiliekki Quartet Double Bill

Jez Nelson presents a double bill from Bath's International Music Festival. Cuban pianist Omar Sosa appears with an intriguing trio featuring conga player Miguel Anga Diaz, stalwart of many of the Buena Vista Social Club albums and the acclaimed Tunisian oud player and vocalist Dhafer Youssef.

In the show's other half, the Finnish quartet Ilmiliekki make their first major appearance in the UK. Though the oldest member of the band is barely 26, their debut album March of the Alpha Males was one of the discoveries of last year.

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Session Double Bill: Meshell Ndegeocello Spirit Music Sextet/John Tchicai and Evan Parker duo

Jez Nelson presents two contrasting sessions of improvised music. American singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello is best known for her work in funk and hip hop but her most recent album has veered into instrumental jazz, collaborating with Jack Dejohnette and Kenny Garrett among others. Joining her in this line up of the Spirit Music Sextet are Chris Dave on drums and saxophonist Ron Blake.

Then, an extremely rare encounter between two towering figures of free jazz saxophone. Evan Parker is a pioneer of European free improvisation and renowned for his extension of saxophone technique, while John Tchicai was a key part of the new thing in sixties New York, appearing most famously on John Coltrane's classic album Ascension."

20050617

Session Double Bill: Meshell Ndegeocello Spirit Music Sextet/John Tchicai and Evan Parker duo

Jez Nelson presents two contrasting sessions of improvised music. American singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello is best known for her work in funk and hip hop but her most recent album has veered into instrumental jazz, collaborating with Jack Dejohnette and Kenny Garrett among others. Joining her in this line up of the Spirit Music Sextet are Chris Dave on drums and saxophonist Ron Blake.

Then, an extremely rare encounter between two towering figures of free jazz saxophone. Evan Parker is a pioneer of European free improvisation and renowned for his extension of saxophone technique, while John Tchicai was a key part of the new thing in sixties New York, appearing most famously on John Coltrane's classic album Ascension.

20050624

New York Vision Festival

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the Vision Festival in New York, which showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene. With music from Henry Grimes, Fred Anderson, Mat Maneri and the free jazz super group WARM with Reggie Workman, Pheroan akLaff, Sam Rivers and Roscoe Mitchell.

20050701

Satoko Fujii in session

Jez Nelson presents a specially recorded session with Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii. Blending jazz, contemporary classical and traditional Japanese folk influences, she has developed her own unique sound since she released her debut record in 1996. She is joined by Natsuki Tamura on trumpet and a top flight New York rhythm section, bassist Mark Dresser and star drummer Jim Black. Plus, Jez selects the best of the latest CD releases.

20050708

Jez Nelson presents a concert by US saxophone star Michael Brecker. Generally agreed to be the most imitated saxophonist since John Coltrane, he features in this concert both as soloist and composer with an unusual 15 piece line up including strings, accordion and clarinets.

Originally broadcast in part last year, the programme features more music from the concert including a chance to hear Brecker playing the EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument).

20050715

Django Bates. Human Chain

Jez Nelson presents a concert recording of UK composer and bandleader Django Bates. A founder member in the early eighties of the influential big band Loose Tubes, Bates has continued a busy composing career, picking up the prestigious Jazzpar award in 1997. This programme features him with his main band Human Chain playing his own intricate and at times quirky music.

20050722

Jez Nelson presents a special live edition from the Manchester Jazz Festival. The show's line up includes, among others, the Scandinavian quartet Parish, featuring saxophonist Fredrik Ljungvist and ECM Records' house pianist, Bobo Stenson.

20050729

Celebrating Tony Williams

Jez Nelson presents the first in a four week season of Jazz on 3's most popular concerts broadcast over the last year, as requested by listeners. This week features a headline act from the 2004 London Jazz Festival: an all-star band of drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Schofield and Hammond organist Larry Goldings revisiting the repertoire of Lifetime, the seventies power trio that was led by legendary drummer Tony Williams.

20050805

Kenny Wheeler's 75th Birthday Concert

Jez Nelson presents the second of a four week season of Jazz on 3's most popular concerts broadcast over the last year, as requested by listeners. This week features a star-studded concert by one of the greatest living jazz composers today, trumpeter Kenny Wheeler.

Recorded to mark Kenny Wheeler's 75th birthday in January 2005, he's joined by legendary saxophonists Lee Konitz and Evan Parker, bassist Dave Holland, and vocalist Norma Winstone. As well as compositions from his classic album Music For Large And Small Ensembles, the concert culminates in the performance of a major new work commissioned by Radio 3 for this 18-piece big band.

20050812

Jez Nelson presents the third of a four-week season of Jazz on 3's most popular concerts of this year, as requested by listeners. This week, a rising star and three true legends of jazz in performance at the Barbican.

Pianist Herbie Hancock and saxophonist Wayne Shorter were band mates in Miles Davis' legendary quartet of the mid-sixties, and British-born bassist Dave Holland joined Miles in the late Sixties. Since then the three have won international acclaim as band leaders and remain among the best-loved jazz musicians anywhere in the world.

Teamed with Wayne Shorter's current drummer Brian Blade, this concert is a rare opportunity to witness such massed talent on one stage.

20050819

Jez Nelson presents the last in a short season repeating the most popular concerts of the year, as decided by a listener poll. This week, a performance by New York jazz composer and pianist, Carla Bley. In 2004, she made a rare visit to the London Jazz Festival along with her Lost Chords band, including Steve Swallow on bass guitar, Andy Sheppard on saxophone and Billy Drummond on drums.

20050826

Markus Stockhausen

The first part of an ambitious new work by trumpeter and composer Markus Stockhausen. Commissioned specially by the BBC, the two-part work bridges the gap between jazz and contemporary classical music. Son of the famous composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, his own work is more lyrical and gentle, as exemplified on his acclaimed albums for the ECM record label.

For this concert, he is joined by Angelo Comisso on piano and Christian Thomé on drums. The second part of the commission will be aired tomorrow evening on BBC Radio 3's Hear and Now.

With Jez Nelson.

20050902

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session with American singer and bassist Meshell Ndegeocello's Spirit Music Sextet. Though she is best known for her work in funk and hip hop, her most recent album has veered into instrumental jazz, collaborating among others with Jack Dejohnette and Kenny Garrett. Featuring Chris Dave on drums and saxophonist Ron Blake. Plus, Jez selects the best of the new jazz releases on CD.

20050909

Dangerous Duets: Byron Wallen and Nick Ramm

Jez Nelson presents the first in a series of three sessions entitled Dangerous Duets. Recorded in the remarkable acoustic of the Boiler House at the East London arts venue, the Wapping Project, the performances explore different approaches to improvising as a duo - this week, British trumpeter Byron Wallen and keyboardist Nick Ramm.

Plus, Jez reviews the best new releases on CD.

20050916

Dangerous Duets: Oren Marshall and Steve Buckley

Jez Nelson presents the second in a series of three sessions entitled Dangerous Duets. Recorded in the remarkable acoustic of the East London arts venue, the Wapping Project, the performances explore unusual duo formats - this week: tuba and penny whistle from Oren Marshall and Steve Buckley.

Plus, Jez reviews the best new releases on CD.

20050923

Dangerous Duets

3/3. Jason Yarde and Marcina Arnold

Jez Nelson presents the third and final session in a series entitled Dangerous Duets. Recorded in the remarkable acoustics of the East London arts venue, the Wapping Project, the performances explore unusual duo formats - with saxophonist Jason Yarde and Marcina Arnold on djembe, guitar and vocals. Plus, Jez reviews the best new releases on CD.

20050930

Jez Nelson presents a concert recording of one of the most influential pianists in jazz, McCoy Tyner. Originally a key part of the classic John Coltrane quartet during the sixties, Tyner appears in a trio with Charnette Moffett on bass and Eric Gravatt on drums. This programme features his complete performance at the Gateshead International Jazz Festival.

20051007

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session with the winner of the rising star category of this years BBC Jazz Awards, Gwilym Simcock.

Still in his early twenties, Gwilym is one of the most promising pianists and composers of his generation. He has already notched up an impressive list of sideman credits including Kenny Wheeler, Iain Ballamy and Bill Bruford.

For this, his recording debut as leader, he has composed a suite for jazz quintet and string quartet, with an all-star cast including drummer Martin France and saxophonists Stan Sulzmann and Tim Garland.

20051014

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive concert recording of the Brazilian musical visionary, Hermeto Pascoal. Sometimes described as the Brazilian Duke Ellington, he is a complete musician, equally able to conjure music from a balloon pump or kettle as from the piano.

An influence on Miles Davis' music in the early seventies, he also has a cult following among British jazz musicians. This programme features a rare chance to hear him with his regular Brazillian sextet.

20051021

Jez Nelson presents a solo concert recording by British saxophonist John Surman. One of the few British musicians who have made a career on the international stage, Surman has nevertheless maintained a style heavily rooted in the English folk and church music of his youth.

This concert sees him play a rare solo date originally broadcast only in part last March from Gateshead International Jazz Festival. It features his complete performance.

20051028

Jez Nelson presents more highlights from the recent Vision Festival in New York, which showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene. Music includes legendary saxophonist Peter Brotzmann in a powerhouse duet with drummer Nasheet Waits.

20051104

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear British quartet Clear Frame, with Lol Coxhill on saxophone, Orphy Robinson on steelpan, ex-Soft-Machine bassist Hugh Hopper and Charles Hayward on drums. Plus reviews of the best new jazz released on CD.

20051111

To celebrate the opening night of the London Jazz Festival, sponsored by BBC Radio 3, Jez Nelson presents a specially extended show, with performances by some of the festival's biggest stars live from the Pizza Express Jazz Club in London.

Including one of the most successful jazz crossover acts of the last couple of years, the US piano trio The Bad Plus; popular Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen; leader of the Jazz Passengers, saxophonist Roy Nathanson, with his Barbes band; and saxophonist Archie Shepp.

Shepp was a major figure in defining the direction of the music in the 1960s, alongside the likes of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis. This is a rare chance to hear a living legend playing live in an intimate venue.

20051118

Jez Nelson presents the Cosmosamatics in their first appearance in the UK, at the London Jazz Festival. The group features saxophone master Sonny Simmons. Multi-reed specialist Michael Marcus, bassist Masa Kamaguchi and drummer Clifford Barbaro complete the line up, playing a programme that includes a tribute to Charlie Parker.

20051125

A concert from the London Jazz Festival featuring the World Saxophone Quartet. Made up of Oliver Lake, David Murray, Hamiett Bluiett and Bruce Williams, they tackle their new arrangements of the works of Jimi Hendrix.

The trombonist Craig Harris, and the awesome bass and drums team of Matthew Garrison and Gene Lake join them. Presented by Jez Nelson.

20051209

Jez Nelson presents the transatlantic jazz combo Big Air, from the London Jazz Festival. Steve Buckley, Chris Batchelor, Myra Melford, Jim Black and Oren Marshall play their own original compositions, combining acoustic and electronic elements.

20051230

Jez Nelson selects the best of the live concerts recorded for Jazz on 3 this year, with music from the likes of Ken Vandermark, Jazz Britannia, Acoustic Ladyland, Ganelin Trio and Hermeto Pascoal.

20060106

Jez Nelson selects the best of the sessions recorded for Jazz on 3 in 2005, including music from Brotherhood of Breath, Gwilym Simcock, Steve Williamson and Meshell Ndegeocello.

20060113

Charles Lloyd with Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland

Jez Nelson interviews Charles Lloyd and presents a concert recorded at the London Jazz festival.

After apprenticeships with Chico Hamilton and Cannonball Adderley, saxophonist /flautist Charles Lloyd formed his own band introducing Keith Jarrett and Jack DeJohnette along with veterans Ron McLure and Cecil McBee. The group achieved rare fame when Lloyd's album Forest Flower, recorded at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1966, became the first jazz album to sell a million copies.

Lloyd's music brought together the avant-garde, impressionistic harmonics, and global rhythms with a hypnotic, lyrical intensity.

During a substantial hiatus during the 70s and 80s Lloyd dedicated himself to self-discovery and his return recordings for the ECM label in the 90s display that same lyrical intensity coupled with a powerful spirituality.

This concert recorded at the London Jazz Festival teams Lloyd with virtuoso tabla player Zakir Hussain and kit drummer Eric Harland and the interplay between these exceptional players creates rich, compulsive and life-affirming music.

20060120

Jez Nelson presents a special tribute to a true great of British contemporary music, guitarist Derek Bailey, who died on Christmas Day.

20060128

Tomasz Stanko Quartet

Jez Nelson presents a recording of the Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko in concert at the London Jazz Festival. A towering figure in European Jazz since the sixties, Stanko's latest quartet matches his own brooding trumpet with the young upcoming rhythm section of Marcin Wasilewski on piano, Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass and Michal Miskiewicz on drums.

20060203

Jez Nelson presents a session recording of New York tenor saxophonist David S Ware, recorded for Jazz on 3 in 1999 - featuring pianist Matthew Shipp, drummer Guillermo E Brown and master bassist William Parker.

Ware is a prominent figure in the city's avant-garde scene, and is frequently cited as an heir to the epic intensity of Coltrane. Yet despite the critical plaudits, it wasn't until the 1990s that he gave up part-time work as a cabbie.

20060210

Jez Nelson presents a concert by the American jazz composer and bandleader Maria Schneider. In her first appearance in the UK with her regular New York big band, Schneider conducts music from her recent Grammy-winning album, Concert in the Garden.

Recorded at the recent London Jazz Festival.

20060217

Han Bennink Special

Jez Nelson presents a full programme devoted to the multi-faceted Dutch drummer Han Bennink. A key figure in European avant-garde jazz since the sixties, he came over to the UK in January. For this special one off concert he is joined by pianist Steve Beresford, trombonist Gail Brand, saxophonist Alan Wilkinson, bassist John Edwards, electronics duo Springheel Jack and guitarist Jason Pierce from Spiritualized. In the interval long time collaborator Steve Beresford talks to Bennink to look back over his long career.

20060224

Jez Nelson presents a recent concert by one of Europe's most creative large ensembles, the Italian Instabile Orchestra. They are joined by the iconoclastic UK pianist-composer Matthew Bourne.

20060303

One of the most influential jazz pianists of the last half century, Chick Corea, talks to Jez Nelson in the studio and plays a short session. Using his signature Fender Rhodes keyboard sound, he is joined by saxophonist Tim Garland and Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy.

Jez also selects the best of the recent jazz releases on CD.

20060310

Brad Mehldau Trio

An exclusive recording of US pianist Brad Mehldau's new trio on its first visit to the UK. Presented by Jez Nelson.

Critically lauded as the heir apparent to the piano trio tradition of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans, Mehldau's new band - featuring drummer Jeff Ballard - has taken on a more intense rhythmic character. A musical anglophile, his repertoire features reworkings of Radiohead, The Beatles and Nick Drake, as well as jazz standards.

20060317

Jez Nelson presents more highlights from the recent Vision Festival in New York, which showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene. Featuring multi~instrumentalist improviser Joe McPhee, best known for his tenor sax and trumpet work in duo with Canadian contemporary music innovator Lori Freedman, on bass clarinet.

Plus Jez selects music from some of the best new jazz releases.

20060324

In the week of his 70th birthday, British composer and bandleader Mike Westbrook joins Jez Nelson to look back over his career. Hear some rare material from the BBC archive and a newly recorded session from Mike's current band Art Wolf, specially augmented for the occasion with guests Tim Harries on bass and drummer Seb Rochford of cult band Polar Bear.

20060331

Jez Nelson introduces a concert by the British pianist John Taylor, which was part of the debut tour of his new trio featuring Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson and drummer Martin France.

20060407

John Fordham presents a session specially recorded for Jazz on 3 from new trio 'arthurs.høiby.ritchie'. Nominated as Rising Star in the 2004 BBC Jazz Awards, and winner of the Peter Whittingham Award 2001, trumpeter Tom Arthurs has been fast making a name for himself on the London jazz and improvised music scene.

One of several projects led by Arthurs, 'arthurs.høiby.ritchie' deliver intensely rhythmic compositions with unlimited potential for invention and for the unexpected. The bassist is Jasper Høiby and the drummer is Stu Ritchie.

20060414

Blue Latitudes

Recorded at St Luke's in London, leading New York trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas performs a new work inspired by Captain Cook's nautical exploration. Commissioned by Birmingham Contemporary Music Group and Birmingham Jazz, Blue Latitudes describes the interaction between different cultures.

Here this happens musically, with Douglas composing for BCMG and three jazz improvisers - himself, and the acclaimed US-based players Mark Dresser on bass and Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion.

20060421

Jez Nelson presents live music by the San Francisco Jazz Collective, recorded at Barbican Hall. This year, the group chose to perform the music of piano legend Herbie Hancock.

Featuring veteran Blue Note records star vibesman Bobby Hutcherson, and leading young saxophonist Joshua Redman. Plus Nicholas Payton on trumpet, Renee Rosnes on piano, Miguel Zenon on saxophone, Eric Harland on drums, Matt Penman on bass and Isaac Smith on trombone.

20060428

Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a special edition of Jazz on 3, live from the stage of the Everyman Theatre, to celebrate the start of the renowned Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

The programme includes live performances from Festival artists including: one of the greatest living jazz artists today, US reedsman, David Murray, with a rare solo set; and US saxophonist David Binney's Quartet featuring guitar idol Adam Rogers.

Also, leading young UK tenor player Julian Siegal will be teaming up with one of the most in-demand rhythm sections in the business: Joey Baron on drums and Greg Cohen on bass - direct from New York.

20060505

Larry Bartley Octet

Jez Nelson presents a concert by the Larry Bartley Octet recorded at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival last weekend.

One of the most in-demand bass players in the UK, Bartley has recently been making a name for himself as a bandleader and composer. This has led him to be commissioned, as part of Cheltenham Festival's Jerwood Rising Stars scheme, to write new music for this high-profile concert.

Bartley's Octet features some of this country's leading jazz soloists, including Tony Kofi on saxes and Byron Wallen on trumpet.

20060512

Jez Nelson presents a special edition, live from FuseLeeds06. The programme includes highlights of Matthew Bourne's Glenn Miller project and the Leeds Improvised Music Association.

Plus a short feature about maverick British saxophonist Lol Coxhill's performance in the festival's most intimate venue, a skip in Leeds city centre.

20060519

Jez Nelson presents Brazilian musical visionary Hermeto Pascoal, recorded live at London's Jazz Café. Sometimes described as the Brazilian Duke Ellington, this unique musician has a cult following among both musicians and listeners. His sextet for this performance includes his son, percussionist Fabio Pascoal, bassist ltibere Zwarg, the wordless vocals of Aline Morena and woodwind player Vinicius Dorin.

Plus, Linton Chiswick interviews Karin Krog, in advance of her only UK date this year at the Bath Festival on May 29. The Norwegian singer was one of the very first figures to begin defining a Scandinavian jazz sound in the 1960s.

20060526

Miles Davis Special

Jez Nelson presents a rare archive recording of jazz legend Miles Davis live in concert.

Recorded in Rotterdam in November 1969, this concert features Davis performing alongside Chick Corea on electric keyboard, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, bass player Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

Falling between the trumpeter and composer's acoustic period and his electric bands of the 1970s, this band was rarely documented on record. They play a set that includes classic tracks associated with Miles Davis ensembles of that era, including Directions and Mascularo.

It is the first time this concert has been broadcast in the UK and it has never been made commercially available.

20060602

Featuring a live performance by Tim Berne's group, Big Satan, recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. Berne performs alongside his long-time collaborators French guitarist Marc Ducret and drummer Tom Rainey.

The concert features all new music, written specially for Big Satan's recent European tour. Presented by Jez Nelson.

20060609

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the Freedom of the City Festival, recorded at the Red Rose venue in London. Now in its sixth year, Freedom of the City showcases radical, improvised music and features many of the capital's most creative musicians. It is curated by saxophonist and pre-eminent improviser Evan Parker; drummer and percussionist Eddie Provost and Martin Davidson, of the Emanem record label.

20060616

Jez Nelson presents French bassist Henri Texier with his Strada Sextet, recorded at Gateshead Jazz Festival in 2005. Widely acclaimed as both a composer and virtuoso bass player, Texier stands firmly rooted in the French jazz scene whilst engaging with childhood influences of North African music. He is joined by Francois Corneloup on saxophones, Guergui Karnazov on trombone and Manu Codjia on guitar to perform works from his album Vivre.

20060707

Jez Nelson introduces a performance by British pianist John Taylor, with drummer Martin France and Swedish bassist Palle Danielsson, recorded during the trio's debut tour earlier this year. Taylor, who is a long-standing collaborator with Kenny Wheeler and John Surman, is often critically acclaimed as truly world class, and his popularity has steadily grown over the past decade.

Plus Kevin Le Gendre presents a feature on the role of the side-man in jazz. Many of the greatest players earned their stripes and developed their craft as side-men to legendary band leaders such as Art Blakey, Duke Ellington ad Miles Davis.

20060714

David Binney Quartet

Jez Nelson interviews David Binney and introduces a live performance by the New York based saxophonist's quartet. Recognised as one of the most original players and composers on the New York down-town scene, both as a leader and side-man, Binney's music combines elements of contemporary rock and electronica with the language of bebop and the avant-garde. This concert sees him perform new compositions alongside guitar idol Adam Rogers and long-time collaborators Thomas Morgan on bass and drummer Dan Weiss. The concert was recorded in April this year at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

20060728

Linton Chiswick presents a special edition of Jazz On 3 from the Manchester Jazz Festival - an annual eight-day celebration of innovative, contemporary jazz that showcases the work of musicians in and around the North West, alongside a selection of international artists. The programme features live music from some of the most exciting bands performing at the festival.

20060805

Jez Nelson presents a live performance by the San Francisco Jazz Collective, an all-star group featuring jazz luminaries from across the generations.

20060811

John Tchicai and Evan Parker

Each Friday in August there's a second chance to hear one of Jazz On 3's most requested live sets from the past year. Jez Nelson presents a rare encounter between two towering figures of free jazz saxophone. Evan Parker is a pioneer of European free improvisation and renowned for his extension of saxophone technique while John Tchicai was a key part of the new thing in 1960s New York, appearing most famously on John Coltrane's classic album Ascension.

Evan interviews John Tchicai about his career and plays music from his many albums.

20060818

Mike Westbrook's Art Wolf Quartet

A second chance to hear one of Jazz on 3's most requested live sets from the past year - Jez Nelson presents a special edition celebrating the British composer and bandleader Mike Westbrook's 70th birthday earlier this year.

The programme features a live session from Mike's Art Wolf Quartet, which was augmented for the occasion with guests Tim Harries on bass and drummer Seb Rochford of cult band Polar Bear, and includes music that was not heard when the session was originally broadcast on 24 March 2006.

20060825

Jez Nelson presents the World Saxophone Quartet, recorded live at the London Jazz Festival in 2005.

Oliver Lake, David Murray, Hamiett Bluiett and Bruce Williams effortlessly blend fire-breathing improvisation with swing and accessibility. Joined by trombonist Craig Harris and the awesome bass and drums team of Jamaaladeen Tacuma and Lee Pearson, this concert features their acclaimed arrangements of the music of Jimi Hendrix.

20060901

Jez Nelson presents a session recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 by Paul Dunmall's Zoochosis + 4. The British saxophonist's trio, which features virtuoso double bassist Paul Rogers and Trevor Taylor on percussion and electronics, is specially augmented for the occasion by a brass quartet.

Plus, Jez rounds up the latest CD releases and John Fordham talks to star saxophonist Kenny Garrett - about his recently released album Beyond The Wall, which reflects his long-time fascination with the culture, music and spirituality of China.

20060908

Jez Nelson presents all-star group Trio Beyond, recorded live in concert at the Barbican in July. Featuring drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield and Hammond organ player Larry Goldings.

The trio originally came together to pay tribute to the music of the late, legendary drummer Tony Williams, whose own celebrated organ trio Lifetime was one of the seminal fusion groups of the late 60s. Trio Beyond perform classic tunes associated with Lifetime, as well as original compositions by the group members.

20060915

Jez Nelson presents a solo performance by acclaimed New York pianist Matthew Shipp, recorded live at the Red Rose, London, in July.

One of the most influential players on his home city's downtown avant-garde scene, Shipp made his name as part of the David S Ware quartet in the 1990s, before going on to release a series of celebrated albums under his own name featuring musicians such as William Parker and Roscoe Mitchell. His distinctive style combines elements of modern classical music with jazz and free improvisation.

The programme also includes a conversation between British saxophonist and improviser Evan Parker and Shipp about the pianist's life and music. Plus, Jez rounds up the latest CD releases.

20060922

Jez Nelson presents a live performance by the Dave Douglas Trio, recorded earlier this year at St Luke's in London. An original and prolific trumpeter and composer, Dave Douglas is joined by two leading US-based players; Susie Ibarra on drums and percussion and Mark Dresser on bass.

Plus, Jez talks to star Swedish pianist Esbjorn Svensson about the latest album release, Tuesday Wonderland.

20060930

BBC Radio 3 at 60

Jez Nelson raids the archives to present a taste of jazz broadcasting on the station over the years. Featuring extracts from rarely heard Radio 3 jazz commissions, including saxophonist John Surman's extraordinary work That's Right, which was recorded in Norwich Cathedral in 2000. It features ex-Miles Davis drummer Jack DeJohnette playing alongside Surman and the renowned chamber ensemble London Brass.

20061006

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by The Quintet of Uncertainty, an ensemble led by one of the UK's most original improvising pianists, Veryan Weston. Comprising violinist Satoko Fukuda, Yedo Gibson on clarinet and tenor saxophone, cellist Hanna Marshall and percussionist Nana Tsiboe, the group reflects a wide dynamic of age and national origin - Africa, Europe, Japan and South America.

20061013

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the Vision Festival in New York, an annual event that showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene. Expect to hear music from the likes of David S Ware, Grachan Moncur III, Sam Rivers, Billy Bang, Roscoe Mitchell, Kidd Jordan and William Parker.

20061020

Jez Nelson presents the Branford Marsalis Quartet, recorded at Ronnie Scott's, London.

The star US saxophonist's phenomenal technique and Coltrane-influenced improvisation see Marsalis regularly cited as one of the greatest living jazz musicians. He plays alongside his well-established quartet, which features pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Jeff 'Tain' Watts.

20061027

BBC Electric Proms: A special event featuring three groundbreaking collaborations beween legendary British jazz musicians and the most exciting players on the current scene.

20061103

Chris Potter Quartet

Jez Nelson presents a concert by saxophonist Chris Potter's quartet given at Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in July.

The New York tenor player is joined for this vibrant performance by three acclaimed US-based musicians: guitarist Adam Rogers, drummer Nate Smith and Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes and piano. Potter is one of the most in-demand saxophonists of his generation, garnering praise from critics and audiences for his work as both a band-leader and a sideman to such legendary names as Paul Motian and Dave Holland.

Plus a session recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 by virtuoso Israeli bass player Avishai Cohen and his trio, featuring drummer Mark Guiliana and Sam Barsh on Fender Rhodes.

20061110

Jez Nelson presents a special extended edition of Jazz on 3 live from Pizza Express Jazz Club on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival, which is sponsored by BBC Radio 3.

The programme features live performances by many of the top stars performing in the festival, including a rare UK appearance by New York piano master Randy Weston; revered British composer and pianist Mike Westbrook's Village Band; UK saxophonist Martin Speake's quartet and an opportunity to hear pioneering saxophonist Evan Parker perform alongside another master of free improvisation, the US bassist Henry Grimes.

Plus music from legendary saxophonist and composer Wayne Shorter, from the Barbican Hall. This is Shorter's first UK date for two years and he performs with his all-star acoustic quartet, featuring pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

20061117

Evan Parker's Electro-Acoustic Ensemble

Jez Nelson talks to Evan Parker and presents a live concert by the ground-breaking saxophonist from the Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of the London Jazz Festival.

Parker is a compelling performer and a pioneer of European free-improvisation, who has won plaudits on both sides of the Atlantic. In this landmark concert for the Festival, he performs with his Electro-Acoustic Ensemble, which is the creative result of Parker's long-held interest in the digital processing of acoustic sound.

The group has recorded two acclaimed albums for the ECM label and includes Philipp Wachsmann (violin, live electronics); Paul Lytton (percussion, live electronics); Agusti Fernandez (piano, prepared piano) and Paul Obermayer (sampling keyboard, live electronics).

20061124

Dave Holland's 60th Birthday Concert

Jez Nelson presents a concert celebrating virtuoso British bassist Dave Holland's sixtieth birthday given at the London Jazz Festival.

A pivotal figure on today's international jazz scene, Holland has played with artists including Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Over the past couple of decades, he has become hugely respected worldwide as an award-winning composer and band-leader.

This performance is based around his quintet, with saxophonist Chris Potter, trombonist Robin Eubanks, drummer Nate Smith and the vibraphonist Steve Nelson.

Dave is joined for a duo session by Jim Hall, who set the standard for a mellow, subtly melodic guitar style back in the 1950s and 60s and remains a profound influence on contemporary heroes such as Bill Frisell.

20061201

Best CDs of 2006

Jez Nelson is joined by writer and broadcaster John Fordham and critic Steve Shepherd to discuss and play tracks from some of the best jazz releases of the year.

20061208

Best of Live 2006

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 in 2006.

Featured performers include firebrand New York saxophonist John Zorn, Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko, US reeds player Charles Lloyd, top British saxophonist Julian Siegel and Dutch drummer Han Bennink.

20061215

Jez Nelson presents the pick of today's jazz recorded live in concert, talks to the leading players, reviews new CDs, and revisits the tradition through in-depth features

20061222

New York Special 2006

Jez Nelson and the team visit New York to discover whether the city is still the world capital of jazz. They sample cutting-edge music from big name acts as well as the best new jazz and improvised music that the Big Apple has to offer. Jez talks to the leading players and checks out Brooklyn's underground club scene as well as the more established jazz venues in Greenwich Village.

20061229

Jez Nelson presents a special programme celebrating the music of Stan Tracey, marking the eightieth birthday of the influential British pianist, bandleader and composer who is often called the Godfather of British Jazz.

Featuring a performance by his long-standing trio, with son Clark Tracey on drums and bassist Andrew Cleyndert, recorded at the Barbican during the London Jazz Festival.

20070105

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Jez Nelson presents one of the highlights of the 2006 London Jazz Festival - a performance by seminal saxophonist, composer, band-leader and Miles Davis sideman Wayne Shorter, recorded at the Barbican Hall in November.

Featuring Shorter's much-lauded quartet, with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

20070112

Jez Nelson presents a live performance by the collective improvising quartet Other Dimensions in Music, featuring four pillars of the creative New York downtown jazz scene.

Trumpeter Roy Campbell, reeds player Daniel Carter, bassist William Parker and drummer Hamid Drake are joined for the second half of this concert, recorded at London's Red Rose Club in October 2006, by Ashley Wales and John Coxon on electronics and guitar.

20070119

Jez Nelson interviews Tim Richards and introduces a performance by the pianist's nine-piece group Great Spirit, recorded live at the Sage, Gateshead, in November 2006. The sparkling line-up features stars of the UK jazz scene including saxophonist Tony Kofi, vibes player Roger Beaujolais and bassist Ed Jones, as well as special guest Finnish saxophonist Jari Perkiomaki.

20070126

Jez Nelson presents a performance by the Billy Bang Quintet, recorded at the Vision Festival in New York, an annual event showcasing the best of the city's progressive jazz scene. The acclaimed violinist is joined for this barnstorming set by trumpeter James Zollar, pianist Andrew Bemkey, bassist Todd Nicholson and Newman Taylor Baker on drums.

20070202

Jez Nelson presents a session recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3 by German-born saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's critically acclaimed quintet, featuring cellist Ben Davis, drummer Seb Rochford, pianist Barry Green and double bassist Larry Bartley. A member of London's groundbreaking F-IRE Collective, Ingrid has become one of the most sought after players on the sharp-end British jazz scene. This set showcases her highly individual voice as a composer and bandleader.

20070209

Jez Nelson presents a session by star saxophonist Joe Lovano, recorded in New York exclusively for Jazz on 3.

Veteran pianist James Weidman, double-bass prodigy Esperanza Spalding and acclaimed drummer Lewis Nash join Lovano to play a special arrangement of Streams of Expression, a suite featured on his recently released Grammy-Award nominated album of the same name.

20070223

Jez Nelson interviews Finn Peters and presents a performance by the acclaimed young British reeds player, recorded last month at the Pizza Express Jazz Club in Soho. Having forged a career encompassing contemporary classical music, broken-beat, house music, electronica and jazz, Peters recently released Su-Ling, his first jazz album. This set features music from his band of the same name, with guitarist David Okumu, drummer Tom Skinner, bassist Tom Herbert and keyboard player Nick Ramm. For this concert they are joined by special guest Matthew Yee-King on electronics.

20070302

Jez Nelson interviews Julian Siegel and presents a session recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3 by the leading young British tenor saxophonist's trio, which debuted at the 2006 Cheltenham Jazz Festival to critical and public acclaim. Siegel is accompanied by New Yorkers Joey Baron on drums and Greg Cohen on bass, who form one of the most in-demand rhythm sections in the business.

20070309

Jez Nelson presents a performance by Sister Maj's Blouse, recorded at the 2006 Manchester Jazz Festival. This stellar line-up of Scandinavian jazz musicians pay tribute to the influential Swedish composer and saxophonist Borje Fredriksson, who died in 1968 and is little known outside his own country. Pianist Bobo Stenson, bass player Palle Danielsson and drummer Fredrik Noren, all of whom played with Fredriksson, are joined by saxophonist Joakim Milder.

20070316

Bob Belden's Bitches Brew

Jez Nelson interviews Bob Belden and presents a performance in which his group Animation 're-synthesize' music from Miles Davis's seminal electronic album Bitches Brew.

Recorded late last year in New York, the band pay tribute to the groundbreaking space-age textures of the original music, and provide a unique live perspective on one of the most important and controversial jazz recordings of all time.

Belden and trumpeter Tim Hagans are joined by keyboardist Scott Kinsey, DJ Logic and bassist Matt Garrison.

20070323

Reggie Workman Special

Jez Nelson presents two performances featuring the great bassist Reggie Workman, best known for his work in the 1960s with the John Coltrane Quartet.

In the first set, Reggie joins Finnish tenor saxophonist and flautist Juhani Aaltonen for a trio set with Andrew Cyrille on drums.

Workman's regular group, Trio 3, provide the second set, featuring alto sax of Oliver Lake, a founding member of the World Saxophone Quartet.

20070330

Jez Nelson presents a performance by Assif Tsahar's Digital Primitives, recorded late last year at The Tea Lounge, Brooklyn, New York City.

The group's self-titled debut was a critical success, combining elements of free improvisation with solid swing and funk grooves. The gig features the album line-up of Cooper Moore on diddley bow, mouth bow, banjo and vocals; Chad Taylor on drums and percussion; while Tsahar switches between tenor sax, bass clarinet and didgeridoo.

20070406

Eddie Prevost Double Bill

Jez Nelson presents two sessions showcasing the creativity and versatility of drummer Eddie Prevost. The first of the two trio sessions, recorded at London's Phoenix Studios earlier this year, features pianist John Tilbury and tenor saxophonist John Butcher. In the second, Prevost is joined by Alan Wilkinson on alto sax, with Joe Williamson on bass.

Born in England in 1942, Prevost began playing skiffle and trad jazz during his teenage years. Later, under the influence of Max Roach and Ed Blackwell he became fascinated by the possibilities of improvisation, and went on to record with free jazz musicians Evan Parker, Marylin Crispell and Paul Rutherford. In 1965 he co-founded the improvisation ensemble AMM with saxophonist Leslie Gare and guitarist Keith Rowe, both of whom played with his more recent group, Masters of Disorientation.

In addition to his work as a performer, Prevost writes, lectures and teaches about improvisation, and runs his record label, Matchless Records.

20070413

Tim Richards' Great Spirit

Jez Nelson interviews Tim Richards and introduces a performance by the pianist's nine-piece group Great Spirit.

The line-up features stars of the UK jazz scene including saxophonist Tony Kofi, vibes player Roger Beaujolais and bassist Ed Jones as well as special guest Finnish saxophonist Jari Perkiomaki and the concert was given at the Sage, Gateshead, in November 2006. Richards first came to prominence as one quarter of influential British group Spirit Level, formed in 1979.

Plus an exploration of the historical connection between jazz and dance by jazz critic Kevin LeGendre.

20070420

Hamid Drake's Bindu/Whit Dickey Trio Double Bill

Kevin LeGendre presents sets from two luminaries of New York's Lower East Side avant-garde scene, recorded during the final weekend of last year's Vision festival.

Hamid Drake leads his group Bindu - the first group the drummer has led on record - in their long-overdue live debut at New York's Angel Orensanz Center. The set sees the line-up of the group's self-titled 2005 disc partially restored, with reedsmen Sabir Mateen, Daniel Carter, Greg Ward and Ernest Dawkins all contributing stellar solos, with leader Drake playing an equal role on drum-kit and tablas. Informed by the drummer's own spirituality, the music is infused with ideals of Sufist and Buddhist philosophy.

Vision festival regular Whit Dickey is joined for the second set by cellist Daniel Levin and vibist Mat Moran for a continuously improvised set characterised by intense interplay and sonic exploration. Moran's bowed vibes conjure an unearthly aura, which Levin and Dickey explore and modulate around throughout the set.

20070427

Tom Cawley: Curios

Jez Nelson presents a session recorded for the programme by Tom Cawley's trio Curios.

Feted as one of the UK jazz scene's brightest prospects, the young pianist's latest group features Sam Burgess on bass and John Blackmore on drums. The group's debut album, Hidden, contrasts with the extrovert textures of Cawley's regular group, Acoustic Ladyland, favouring introspection and a classical touch.

A constant presence on UK jazz stages, Cawley is also professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music and, since winning the Royal and SunAlliance Young Jazz Musician of the Year award in 1998, has toured the world and played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Charlie Watts, Guy Barker, Tim Garland and Gwyneth Herbert.

20070504

Cheltenham Jazz Festival Live Show

Jez Nelson hosts a live broadcast from St Andrew's church at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, featuring sets from some of the biggest names on the festival programme. On the bill are the Claudia Quintet and the Bob Brookmeyer Quartet.

The Claudia Quintet, led by New York drummer John Hollenbeck, is an eccentric ensemble featuring Ted Reichman on accordion and Matt Moran on vibes and percussion. Their compositions are cutting-edge, fusing jazz, classical and progressive rock with an end-product that is as distinctive as it is technically brilliant.

Hollenbeck and his bassist Drew Gress join Brad Shepik on guitar to form Bob Brookmeyer's Quartet. The valve trombonist has worked with numerous great names, including Gerry Mulligan, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Thad Jones and Mel Lewis, and has been nominated for two Grammy Awards.

20070511

Ben Allison Quartet

Jez Nelson presents a set from the Ben Allison Quartet, recorded last Saturday at the 2007 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and featuring Ron Horton on trumpet, Steve Cardenas on guitar and Gerald Cleaver on drums.

Cited as Bassist of the Year in the 2006 Downbeat Readers' Poll, bassist Allison is known for his groove-based and explorative compositions, often tinged with political sentiment.

20070518

Bennie Maupin Ensemble

Jez Nelson introduces one of the highlights of this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival, a set from one of the most important and influential reedmen of the early 1970s jazz circuit.

Bennie Maupin played bass clarinet and other woodwind on some of the best-selling jazz records of all time, including Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Herbie Hancock's Headhunters, and is joined in this concert by his latest chordless recording group featuring Michael Stephans on drums and percussion, Darek Oles on bass and Munyungo Jackson on percussion.

20070525

Claudia Quintet

Jez Nelson introduces a set from this year's Cheltenham Jazz festival by one of the hottest talents on the contemporary scene, the Claudia Quintet.

Formed after the dissolution of the Refuseniks Trio, percussionist John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet have achieved huge success with their record I-Claudia, which reached the top 15 in the US Jazz CD charts. Improvising around Hollenbeck's writing and drawing upon a melange of influences, the quintet create an eclectic sound ranging from classical minimalism to new composition and progressive post-rock, maintaining a striking originality and versatility.

20070601

Gwilym Simcock Big Band

Jez Nelson introduces an exclusive session recorded for the programme by the Gwilym Simcock Big Band.

The first jazz musician to be selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation artist, Simcock is one of the most talented contemporary pianists working on the British jazz scene. His virtuosic, classically influenced sound and ability to dovetail ideas has led to stylistic comparisons with Keith Jarrett, and his band brings together many of the UK's best instrumentalists, including saxophonists Iain Ballamy and Julian Siegel, trumpeter Noel Langley and guitarist John Parricelli.

20070608

Freedom of the City Special

Jez Nelson presents a selection from sets recorded at this year's Freedom Of The City free improvisation festival in London, held over the first weekend of May. The event celebrates London's status as one of the leading centres of free improvisation worldwide, and boasts as curators three of the scene's biggest names: Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost and Martin Davidson.

20070615

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Jez Nelson presents a performance featuring one of the European contemporary jazz scene's hottest young talents, German pianist Michael Wollny.

His latest trio [em] unites Wollny with bassist Eva Kruse and drummer Eric Schaffer, combining elements of free jazz, contemporary classical, drum 'n' bass and progressive rock.

20070622

Jazz on 3 at the Glastonbury Festival

Jez Nelson hosts a special programme, live from the Jazz Lounge tent at the 2007 Glastonbury Festival, and is joined by some of the biggest contemporary jazz acts on the scene.

Saxophonist John Tchicai will play selections from his 2006 album John Tchicai with Strings, which pitches his virtuosic improvisations against a composed background of electronic samples and synthesizers. Also on the bill is Empirical, a quartet described by saxophonist Courtney Pine as 'the most exciting jazz band to come out of the UK'.

20070629

Freedom of the City

Jez Nelson presents a selection from sets recorded at the 2007 Freedom of the City free improvisation festival in London. The event celebrates London's status as one of the world's leading centres of free improvisation, and boasts three of the scene's biggest names as curators: Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost and Martin Davidson.

Featuring performances from Paul Rutherford, Evan Parker, Unit and Prevost's ensemble, 9!

20070706

Jon Rose in Session

Jez Nelson presents a session recorded exclusively for the programme by British-Australian violin maverick Jon Rose with virtuosic cellist Frances-Marie Uitti.

Rose's recent work includes performances with his Futch trio and an extended project playing fences around the world with his violin bow. Uitti is famed for her experimental approach to composition and improvisation, and in particular for her extended technique at the instrument, which she often plays with two bows at once.

20070713

Cecil Taylor Quartet

Jez Nelson introduces a performance by legendary saxophonist and free jazz pioneer Cecil Taylor, recorded at the newly re-opened Royal Festival Hall in London.

His quartet features bassist William Parker, drummer Tony Oxley, and one of contemporary jazz's pre-eminent saxophonists Anthony Braxton, playing here for the first time with Taylor.

20070720

Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano: 40 Years After Coltrane

Jez Nelson pays tribute to the groundbreaking work of John Coltrane, as the jazz world commemorates 40 years since the passing of one of the most celebrated tenor saxophonists.

Including an exclusive session recorded in New York, in which sax players Dave Liebman and Joe Lovano join forces to play through a selection of their favorite Coltrane compositions backed up by Liebman's regular rhythm-section of drummer Billy Hart, pianist Phil Markowitz and Ron McClure on bass.

Jazz on 3 also investigates the impact Coltrane's death had on the jazz scene of the late 1960s, and how his influence remains potent today.

20070803

Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood

Jez Nelson presents a set from US jazz-funk fusion supergroup Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, recorded at the Barbican, London. Consisting of Hammond organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin, bassist Chris Wood and guitarist John Scofield, the quartet's music is rooted in funk and blues as well as in the jazz improvisation tradition.

20070810

Wayne Shorter Quartet

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear one of the programme's most requested sets, a performance by seminal saxophonist, composer and bandleader Wayne Shorter, recorded at the Barbican Hall on 10 November 2006.

One of the highlights of the 2006 London Jazz Festival, the performance showcases Shorter's much-lauded quartet, with pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

20070817

Trio Beyond

Jez Nelson presents a chance to hear in full a gig from all-star group Trio Beyond recorded in concert at London's Barbican in 2006. The trio, comprising drummer Jack DeJohnette, guitarist John Scofield and Hammond organist Larry Goldings, originally came together to pay tribute to the music of the late drummer Tony Williams, whose own celebrated organ trio Lifetime was one of the seminal fusion groups of the late 1960s.

20070824

Chris Potter Quartet

Jez Nelson presents a chance to hear a previously un-broadcast set from celebrated saxophonist Chris Potter's quartet. The New York tenor player is joined by guitarist Adam Rogers, drummer Nate Smith and Craig Taborn on Fender Rhodes and piano.

This gig was recorded at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, London in July 2006 and features material from the group's latest CD, Underground, as well as arrangements of tunes by Joni Mitchell and Radiohead.

20070831

Andrew Hill Tribute

Jez Nelson presents a tribute to the late pianist Andrew Hill, who died in April 2007. Hill recorded for the programme on a number of occasions and this programme revisits two of those performances, including his big band gig at the Bath International Music Festival in 2003 and a solo session recorded in 2000.

20070907

Chick Corea/Gary Burton

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded earlier this year from London's Barbican Hall featuring the duo of pianist Chick Corea and vibes player Gary Burton, reunited 35 years after the release of their celebrated 1972 album, Crystal Silence.

The pair perform music from the original album as well as new material, always intimate and with dazzling interplay.

20070914

Vision Festival

Young American jazz critic Nate Chinen presents highlights from the 2007 Vision Festival, an annual New York event that showcases the best of the city's avant-garde jazz scene.

Featuring a new, large-group composition by bassist and festival-founder William Parker, music from guitarist Marc Ribot's Spiritual Unity and an all-star tribute to Albert Ayler that includes Henry Grimes, Roy Campbell and Chad Taylor. Plus music from trio Fieldwork, pianist and composer Myra Melford, Chicago trumpeter Corey Wilkes and Brooklyn duo Mary Halvorsen and Jessica Pavone.

20070921

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the quartet led by one of jazz's most in-demand swing drummers, Jeff 'Tain' Watts, recorded live at London's Jazz Cafe. Alongside Tain are bassist Yunior Terry Cabrera, guitarist David Gilmour and saxophonist Marcus Strickland.

Tain's hard-swinging style invites comparison with Elvin Jones and as well as his role in Branford Marsalis's Quartet, he has played live and on record with Danilo Perez, Michael Brecker, Alice Coltrane, Greg Osby, Steve Coleman, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Ravi Coltrane.

20070928

Led Bib

Jez Nelson presents a gig by Led Bib, recorded at London's Vortex Jazz Club.

The East London-based group led by New York drummer Mark Holub plays its own raucous blend of jazz and improv, fuelled with punk and euphoric rock influences.

Alongside Holub are Liran Donin on bass, Toby McLaren on keyboards and Pete Grogan and Chris Williams on alto saxes.

20071005

Charles Gayle, William Parker and Mark Sanders

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded at London's Red Rose featuring leading US free jazz saxophonist and pianist Charles Gayle on a recent visit to the UK playing with key New York avant-garde bassist William Parker, and UK improv drummer Mark Sanders.

20071012

Joe Zawinul Tribute

Jez Nelson presents a tribute to the late great keyboardist, best known for his founding role in the jazz-rock fusion group Weather Report. As well as unreleased archival recordings of Zawinul at the BBC, the programme features interviews and tributes from musicians who worked with him.

Austrian-born and classically trained, Zawinul's work in the early 1960s with Miles Davis yielded the now-classic albums, In a Silent Way and Bitches Brew, which paved the way for Weather Report, which Zawinul co-founded with Miroslav Vitous and Wayne Shorter.

20071019

Mike Gibbs 70th Birthday Concert

Jez Nelson presents a concert given in honour of the landmark birthday of the prolific composer, arranger, trombonist and bandleader Mike Gibbs.

Recorded at Birmingham's CBSO Centre, the concert features an all-star transatlantic big band. They include guitarist Bill Frisell, bassist Steve Swallow, drummer Adam Nassbaum and a saxophone section bringing together Chris Hunter, Stan Sultzman and Julian Siegel, as well as many other important names.

Mike Gibbs is one of the most influential composers of the past five years and is particularly known for his eclectic tastes, which leave his music infused with elements of pop, jazz, rock and classical styles. He has worked with many of the biggest names in and out of jazz, including Pat Metheny, John McLaughlin, John Scofield, Joni Mitchell and Peter Gabriel.

20071102

Jazz on 3 at the Electric Proms

Jez Nelson hosts Jazz on 3 at the Electric Proms, recorded at Camden's Roundhouse and featuring Mercury Prize nominees Basquiat Strings with guests including drummer Seb Rochford, bassist Simon H Fell and New York saxophone star Ellery Eskelin.

Following the success of their eponymous debut album earlier this year, the quintet led by cellist Ben Davis play music of their own as well as that of guests Fell and Eskelin, here collaborating with the group for the first time.

20071109

Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet recorded recently in Leeds. In this his flagship ensemble, the American saxophonist is joined by Vijay Iyer on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. The quartet released the acclaimed album Codebook earlier this year.

20071116

London Jazz Festival Live Show

Jez Nelson hosts a special edition live from London's Pizza Express jazz club on the first night of the 2007 London Jazz Festival, featuring exclusive performances from some of the top acts on this year's programme.

The London Jazz Festival is the capital's widest-ranging music festival, with performances by the biggest names and best young talent from home and abroad. This year, the Festival continues its unrivalled tradition of creating opportunities for artists to work in new ways, through new commissions, collaborations, premieres and UK firsts.

20071123

"London Jazz Festival: Charles Tolliver Big Band

Jez Nelson presents the second of three editions of Jazz on 3 from the London Jazz Festival, featuring a gig by the Charles Tolliver Big Band given at the capital's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Charles Tolliver came to fame as a trumpeter in 1964 playing alongside saxophonist Jackie McLean and went on to play on several key hard bop albums in the late 1960s, before founding the quartet for which he is perhaps best known, Music Inc.

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20071123

London Jazz Festival: Charles Tolliver Big Band

Jez Nelson presents the second of three editions of Jazz on 3 from the London Jazz Festival, featuring a gig by the Charles Tolliver Big Band given at the capital's Queen Elizabeth Hall.

Charles Tolliver came to fame as a trumpeter in 1964 playing alongside saxophonist Jackie McLean and went on to play on several key hard bop albums in the late 1960s, before founding the quartet for which he is perhaps best known, Music Inc.

20071130

London Jazz Festival: Adventures in Sound

3/3. Jez Nelson presents the final programme from the 2007 London Jazz Festival, featuring highlights from the Adventures in Sound event at the Southbank Centre.

The line-up includes New Yorkers Gutbucket, whose raucous take on jazz improvisation contrasts starkly with the more detached approach of trumpeter Tom Arthurs, who also performs with his trio. Also on the bill are bassist Dave Kane and beatboxer Napoleon Maddox. The event features individual performances from each group and culminates in them joining forces for a collective improvisation.

20071207

CDs of the Year: Jez Nelson is joined by a panel of the UKs leading jazz critics and plays selections from their favorite jazz CD releases of 2007.

20071214

Simon H Fell

Jez Nelson presents a performance from the Huddersfield Comtemporary Music Festival featuring the premiere of UK improv bassist Simon H Fell's new work Positions and Descriptions.

Commissioned for Jazz On 3, the work, scored for medium ensemble and electronics, explores the area between avant-garde improvisation and contemporary classical music.

20071221

Tyft

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the trio Tyft, led by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson and featuring New York reeds player Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Jim Black.

Recorded at the Wardrobe in Leeds, the gig features material from the band's acclaimed album Meg Nem Sa, which draws on what has come to be known as the downtown New York scene's distinctive soundworld.

20071228

Best of Live 2007

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 in 2007.

Expect to hear music from the likes of saxophonist Bob Belden, former John Coltrane bassist Reggie Workman, bass clarinetist Bennie Maupin and rising alto saxophone star Rudresh Mahanthappa.

20080104

Best of Sessions 2007

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 in 2007.

Featuring music from the likes of US tenor sax giants Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, rising British star Gwilym Simcock with his big band, pioneering free-jazz drummer Eddie Prevost and firebrand violinist Jon Rose in duo with improvising cellist Frances-Marie Uitti.

20080118

Richard Galliano and Michel Portal

Kevin LeGendre presents a gig featuring the French duo of accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano and clarinetist Michel Portal. Recorded as part of the 2007 London Jazz Festival at London's Wigmore Hall, the duo's intimate music is characterised by intricate counterpoint combined with expansive improvisation.

20080201

Jez Nelson presents an improvised session from the Theo Bleckmann and John Hollenbeck duo.

Celebrating the best contemporary jazz, with exclusive concert recordings and features

20080201

Theo Bleckmann/John Hollenbeck Session

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session given by the New York improvising duo of vocalist Theo Bleckmann and drummer John Hollenbeck. Both a composer and performer, Bleckmann has worked with the likes of Anthony Braxton, Steve Coleman and Dave Douglas since moving to New York from his native Germany in 1989. Hollenbeck has achieved fame as drummer, leader and composer for the acclaimed Claudia Quintet.

And singer Christine Tobin discusses trends in contemporary jazz vocalism.

20080208

David Torn's Prezens

Jez Nelson presents a performance given last month at London's Vortex jazz club featuring guitarist David Torn's latest project Prezens. The group's eponymous album from last year blends intricate compositional structures with electronically manipulated improvisation and noise.

20080215

Jez Nelson presents a double-bill of gigs from the 2007 Vision Festival in New York.

Guitarist Marc Ribot's group Spiritial Unity reimagines the music of saxophonist and free music pioneer Albert Ayler with a quartet featuring former Ayler bassist Henry Grimes, recently out of retirement.

Pianist Viyar Iyer's trio Fieldwork includes saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey in a style that combines a tight but complex rhythmic concept with explorative modal improvisation.

Jez Nelson presents two gigs from the 2007 Vision Festival in New York.

Celebrating the best contemporary jazz, with exclusive concert recordings and features

20080215

Jez Nelson presents a double-bill of gigs from the 2007 Vision Festival in New York.

Guitarist Marc Ribot's group Spiritial Unity reimagines the music of saxophonist and free music pioneer Albert Ayler with a quartet featuring former Ayler bassist Henry Grimes, recently out of retirement.

Pianist Viyar Iyer's trio Fieldwork includes saxophonist Steve Lehman and drummer Tyshawn Sorey in a style that combines a tight but complex rhythmic concept with explorative modal improvisation.

20080222

Evan Parker and Dave Liebman at the Vortex

Jez Nelson presents a historic gig played at the Vortex jazz club in London in January, featuring the first appearance together of free-jazz saxophonists Evan Parker and Dave Liebman.

Evan Parker has been one of the most visible presences on the European improvising scene for almost 50 years, and has played with the likes of Peter Br󶴺ann, Derek Bailey, and recently Squarepusher.

New York-based Liebman specialises in soprano saxophone and has worked with Chick Corea, Dave Holland - and Miles Davis, on albums including On the Corner and Get Up With It.

20080229

Myra Melford's Spindrift

Myra Melford's Spindrift: Jez Nelson presents a gig from pianist Myra Melford's group Spindrift, featuring Brandon Ross on guitar, Mark Taylor on French horn and Shuni Tzou on the dizi (Chinese flute).

At last year's Vision Festival in New York, the group formed a musical tribute to avant-garde violinist Leroy Jenkins, who died earlier in 2007 and with whom Melford collaborated extensively.

Strongly associated with the important avant-garde scene of her hometown Chicago, Melford blends her native blues and boogie-woogie styles with musical influences imported from Europe and the Far East.

20080307

Gannets in Session

Jez Nelson presents a session from Gannets, the improvising quintet led by Fyfe Dangerfield, founder and frontman of the successful indie rock band Guillemots.

In a gig played exclusively for the programme, the band's line-up features several important players on the UK improvising scene, including Alex Ward and Christopher Cundy on reeds, Dominic Lash on bass and Steve Noble on drums, with Dangerfield playing keyboards, electronics and toy instruments.

20080314

The Missing Bits

Jez Nelson presents a selection of previously unbroadcast music, recorded for the show. Highlights from the programme's extensive archive of exclusive recordings include a solo spot from New York bassist William Parker, live takes from free-jazz saxophonist Charles Gayle and a set by Mercury-nominated UK group Polar Bear.

20080321

Mark Helias' Open Loose

Jez Nelson presents a gig from veteran New York bassist Mark Helias' trio Open Loose, featuring Tony Malaby on saxophone and Tom Rainey on drums and performed at the Wardrobe in Leeds in February. Ubiquitous on the New York scene, the group's performances move between group improvisation and Helias' structured compositions.

Having taken up the bass at age 20, New Jersey-born Mark Helias embarked on an international career with the Anthony Braxton Quartet, and went on to play with key jazz figures such as Edward Blackwell, Dewey Redman and Don Cherry.

20080328

Ingebrigt Haker Flaten Quintet

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the quintet led by Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, from the Seven Arts Club in Leeds. A veteran of some of the loudest jazz groups currently on the European scene, Haker Flaten's latest Chicago-based group includes saxophonist Dave Rempis, guitarist Jeff Parker, violinist Ola Kvernberg and drummer Frank Rosaly.

20080404

The Shank Trio

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session from the free jazz group Shank Trio, comprised of three key figures on the avant-garde scene - bassist Dave Kane, reedsman James Allsopp and drummer Tim Giles.

A founding member of the Leeds Improvised Music Association, Dave Kane has played improvised music with Keith Tippett, Elton Dean, and Mark Sanders. James Allsopp and Tim Giles are best known as co-founders of Fraud, one of 2007's successes in the world of jazz.

20080411

John Scofield Trio with Horns

Jez Nelson presents a gig by the John Scofield Trio plus horns, performed at the end of March at London's Jazz Cafe. A former Miles Davis sideman, Scofield is considered one of the world's top jazz guitarists and is widely known for his open-minded approach to both the instrument and the idiom, often drawing as he does on funk and rock influences in his music.

A native of Ohio, he made his recording debut with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker, and has collaborated with many of the key figures in jazz, including Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell and more recently Medeski, Martin and Wood.

20080418

Gato Libre

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded at Seven Arts Club in Leeds in February, featuring Japanese quartet Gato Libre. Led by the husband-and-wife duo of trumpeter Natsuki Tamura and Satoko Fujii on accordion, with Kazuhiko Tsumura on guitar and Norikatsu Koreyasu on bass, the group take European folk melodies as a basis for subtle jazz improvisations.

Natsuki Tamura worked as in-house trumpeter for a number of Japanese television shows and has split his career between engagements in the USA and in Japan. His second CD with Gato Libre, Nomad, was released in 2006, with each track evoking a European city during a particular month of the year.

20080425

Dave Douglas and Keystone

Jez Nelson presents a gig by decorated trumpeter, composer and bandleader Dave Douglas, played in his hometown of New York with his electronic sextet Keystone. The group, whose music is inspired by an interest in film and soundtracks, also features tenor saxophonist Marcus Strickland, with Adam Benjamin on Fender Rhodes, Brad Jones on bass, Gene Lake on drums and DJ Olive at the turntables.

Including an interview with Douglas to coincide with the release of the group's second album, Moonshine, inspired by the unfinished 1917 Buster Keaton/Fatty Arbuckle film of the same name.

20080502

Live at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents the programme live from the opening night of the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, featuring performances from some of the best groups on the festival bill.

On the stage of Cheltehnam's Everyman Theatre are New York reedsman Tim Berne's group Science Friction, and top UK saxophonist Iain Ballamy's new Anglo-Swedish quintet featuring bassist Palle Danielsson and the current trio led by acclaimed free-sax player Peter Brotzmann.

Science Friction features some of the key musicians on the New York downtown scene: guitarist Marc Ducret, keyboardist Craig Taborn and drummer Tom Rainey, who all provide a vehicle for Berne's idiosyncratic and influential brand of funk-edged free jazz.

20080509

Bill Frisell

Jez Nelson presents a gig by jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, with a new quintet, recorded at the Cheltenham Festival last week. Famed for work that blends blues and country influences with jazz harmonies and electronics, Frisell is joined in the line-up by reedsman Chris Cheek and cornettist Ron Miles, with Larry Grenadier on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

Awarded the 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' Grammy award in 2005 for his disc Unspeakable, Frisell was for a time associated with the German ECM label, where he made several recordings as in-house guitarist before leading his own group for the first time in 1982. Since then he has played with many of the music's leading names, including Jim Hall, Paul Motian, Joe Lovano and Ron Carter.

20080516

Ralph Alessi

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded at this year's Cheltenham Jazz Festival by trumpeter Ralph Alessi's group This Against That, featuring guest Ravi Coltrane on saxophone, with Andy Milne on piano, Drew Gress on bass and Mark Ferber on drums.

A veteran of 15 years on the New York scene, Alessi has gained a reputation as one of the jazz world's most formidable players, collaborating with the likes of Steve Coleman, Uri Caine, Don Byron and Fred Hersch.

Since moving to New York in 1991 from his native California, Alessi has become a key figure in the city's jazz and improvised music scene. As well as releasing four albums as a leader - including two with This Against That - he works as founding director at the School for Improvisational Music in Brooklyn.

The son of the iconic John Coltrane, Ravi has emerged as one of the saxophone's unique voices, having played with some of jazz's foremost names including Jack DeJohnette, Rashied Ali, and Elvin Jones.

20080523

Scorch Trio

Jez Nelson presents a chance to hear a Scandinavian jazz-metal gig from the Scorch Trio in concert at the London Jazz Festival 2002. Founded by Finnish composer and guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim, the trio also features bassist Ingebrigt Haker Flaten and drummer Mark Sanders. The gig was a part of the Adventures In Sound series jointly curated by Jazz on 3 and the London Jazz Festival with the aim of providing a performance space for experimental combinations and unusual collaborations.

20080530

Dutch Special

Jez Nelson presents a special edition of the programme, exploring the rich avant-garde jazz scene of Holland, with performances from two of the most innovative and contrasting Dutch groups - Trio Braam/DeJoode/Vatcher and the Astronotes.

In a gig from London's Pizza Express jazz club, the trio led by pianist Michiel Braam and featuring the bass of Wilbert DeJoode and Michael Vatcher on drums perform with a distinctive and mischievous style.

The Astronotes - a large ensemble led by trombonist and composer Joost Buis - are heard in concert at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam's premier jazz spot, and use Buis's retro-tinged and irreverent tunes as a launchpad for far-reaching improvisations.

20080606

Eddie Prevost/Alexander von Schlippenbach Session

Jez Nelson presents a duo session from two key figures in the European improvised avant-garde scene. British drummer Eddie Prevost and German pianist Alexander von Schlippenbach's tour of the UK earlier this year was their first collaboration and this wholly improvised session - held in the immediate aftermath of that tour - showcases the pair's individual virtuosity as well as their collaborative skills.

Eddie Prevost founded the seminal improvising ensemble AMM in 1965, a group he continues to work with today and whose considerable influence is heard beyond the realms of jazz and improv. Alexander von Schlippenbach founded the Globe Unity Orchestra in 1966, since which time many of the European improvising scene's biggest names have passed through its ranks, including Peter Brotzmann, Willem Breuker, Steve Lacy and Albert Mangelsdorff.

20080613

The Necks

Jez Nelson presents a gig held at London's Vortex jazz club last month featuring cult Australian improvising trio The Necks, whose unbroken, wholly improvised sets and unearthly, minimalist textures have gained them a large fan base worldwide. The line-up includes Chris Abrahams on piano, Tony Buck on drums and Lloyd Swanton on bass, musicians who are among Australia's most in-demand and who collectively have over 200 albums to their names.

As a group, The Necks have released over a dozen albums, and their soundtrack to Rowan Woods's 1998 film The Boys was named best soundtrack album at the prestigious Australian Recording Industry Association awards.

20080620

Saalfelden Festival 2007

Jez Nelson presents a programme of highlights from last year's Saalfelden Jazz Festival, held annually in Austria. Featuring performances by AACM trio Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis.

Plus Henry Threadgill's acoustic group Zooid augmented by string orchestra, as well as key New York experimental guitarist and multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp with the 31 Band, giving the European premiere of the soundtrack he wrote to Toni Dove's 2006 sci-fi film Spectropia.

20080627

Saalfelden Festival 2007

Jez Nelson presents highlights from Saalfelden, held annually in Austria and now in its 29th year.

Featuring performances by the AACM trio of Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell and George Lewis, Henry Threadgill's acoustic group Zooid augmented by string orchestra as well as the theatrical Belgian big band led by Peter Vermeersch - The Flat Earth Society.

20080704

Steve Noble/John Edwards/Ingrid Laubrock Session

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session from drummer Steve Noble, double bassist John Edwards and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock. The performance showcases each player's technical virtuosity as well as their collective musicianship.

20080711

The Bad Plus

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded at London's Jazz Cafe in June featuring cult US piano trio The Bad Plus. The members - bassist Reid Anderson, pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer David King - have known each other since their teenage years.

They have developed a trademark repertoire, combining original compositions and improvisational takes on pieces from the rock and pop mainstream, ranging from David Bowie's Life on Mars to the theme from the film Chariots of Fire.

20080718

Vision Festival 2008

Jez Nelson presents a selection of highlights from the 2008 Vision festival, downtown New York's annual celebration of the jazz avant-garde. This year's 13th edition saw New Orleans saxophonist Edward 'Kidd' Jordan honoured with a tribute night featuring ensembles made up of past collaborators including Billy Bang, Hamiet Bluiett, Hamid Drake and Vision festival co-founder William Parker.

An annual event since 1996, the festival has grown to become New York's premier artist-run, multi-disciplinary celebration of creative improvised music and the culture that surrounds it, drawing both concertgoers and performers from all around the world.

20080801

Terence Blanchard

Jez Nelson presents a gig by renowned New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, recorded this July at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. Playing a set made up of tracks from his 2008 Grammy award-winning album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) as well as new material, he is joined by Fabian Almazon on piano, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott on drums.

Blanchard's sound came to prominence in the 1980s when he became an integral part of both the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. However, in recent years he has gained global recognition as a successful composer for film - particularly for the director Spike Lee. His most recent project was a commissioned score for Lee's award-winning Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke.

20080808

Medeski, Scofield, Martin and Wood

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear one of the programme's most requested sets from US jazz-funk fusion supergroup Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, recorded at the Barbican in July 2007. The trio consisting of Hammond-organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood first collaborated with former Miles Davis guitarist John Scofield on the latter's 1998 album, A Go Go.

Considered to have a wide appeal, the quartet's music is rooted in funk and the blues as well as in the jazz improvisation tradition, with the versatile Scofield having in the past collaborated with musicians such as Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny and Bugge Wesseltoft, as well as DJ logic.

20080815

David Torn's Prezens

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear guitarist David Torn's project Prezens, featuring Tim Berne on alto sax, Craig Taborn on keyboards and Tom Rainey on drums. Recorded in January at London's Vortex jazz club.

20080822

Charlie Haden Quartet West - London Jazz Festival 2007

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear highlights of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, in a set recorded at the 2007 London Jazz Festival. The band played to a sell-out opening-night crowd at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group's birth. Saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Rodney Green completed the outfit. There is also an opportunity to hear Haden in conversation after his performance.

Haden rose to prominence as a regular bassist with Ornette Coleman, playing on the saxophonist's landmark 1959 album The Shape Of Jazz To Come. He went on to explore free jazz and politically-charged improvisation as leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra in the 1970s. During an illustrious career he has played with Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman and later, Pat Metheny.

20080829

"Double Header: Tyft/Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet

Jez Nelson raids the archives to present the finest concerts of the past year, including sets from international jazz-metal power trio Tyft and New Yorker Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet, both given at The Wardrobe in Leeds.

Led by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Tyft also features New York reeds player Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Jim Black. The performance includes material from the band's critically praised album Meg Nem Sa as well as earlier material composed by Jensson.

The Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet is the American saxophonist's flagship ensemble, made up of Vijay Iyer on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. Recorded last October, the gig includes music that draws heavily on elements of both Mahanthappa and Iyer's Indian ancestry."

20080829

Double Header: Tyft/Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet

Jez Nelson raids the archives to present the finest concerts of the past year, including sets from international jazz-metal power trio Tyft and New Yorker Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet, both given at The Wardrobe in Leeds.

Led by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Tyft also features New York reeds player Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Jim Black. The performance includes material from the band's critically praised album Meg Nem Sa as well as earlier material composed by Jensson.

The Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet is the American saxophonist's flagship ensemble, made up of Vijay Iyer on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. Recorded last October, the gig includes music that draws heavily on elements of both Mahanthappa and Iyer's Indian ancestry.

20080829

Double Header: Tyft/Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet

Jez Nelson raids the archives to present the finest concerts of the past year, including sets from international jazz-metal power trio Tyft and New Yorker Rudresh Mahanthappa's quartet, both given at The Wardrobe in Leeds.

Led by Icelandic guitarist Hilmar Jensson, Tyft also features New York reeds player Andrew D'Angelo and drummer Jim Black. The performance includes material from the band's critically praised album Meg Nem Sa as well as earlier material composed by Jensson.

The Rudresh Mahanthappa Quartet is the American saxophonist's flagship ensemble, made up of Vijay Iyer on piano, Francois Moutin on bass, and Dan Weiss on drums. Recorded last October, the gig includes music that draws heavily on elements of both Mahanthappa and Iyer's Indian ancestry.

20080905

"Mike Walker's Ropes, at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents the world premiere of guitarist Mike Walker's Ropes project. Commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and held at the Royal Northern College of Music, the sell-out event saw the local jazz hero accompanied by a full string orchestra and a specially assembled quartet - lifelong collaborator Iain Dixon on saxophones and clarinet, Steve Watts on bass, Les Chisnall on piano and US drummer Adam Nussbaum.

Walker has been at the core of the Manchester jazz scene for over two decades and has performed with many global names such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne and John Taylor. Widely regarded within musicians' circles as one of the best, yet least well-known guitarists, Walker has recently released his debut album entitled Mad House and The Whole Thing There, having worked on it for the last 10 years."

20080905

Mike Walker's Ropes, at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents the world premiere of guitarist Mike Walker's Ropes project. Commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and held at the Royal Northern College of Music, the sell-out event saw the local jazz hero accompanied by a full string orchestra and a specially assembled quartet - lifelong collaborator Iain Dixon on saxophones and clarinet, Steve Watts on bass, Les Chisnall on piano and US drummer Adam Nussbaum.

Walker has been at the core of the Manchester jazz scene for over two decades and has performed with many global names such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne and John Taylor. Widely regarded within musicians' circles as one of the best, yet least well-known guitarists, Walker has recently released his debut album entitled Mad House and The Whole Thing There, having worked on it for the last 10 years.

20080905

Mike Walker's Ropes, at the Manchester Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents the world premiere of guitarist Mike Walker's Ropes project. Commissioned by the Manchester Jazz Festival and held at the Royal Northern College of Music, the sell-out event saw the local jazz hero accompanied by a full string orchestra and a specially assembled quartet - lifelong collaborator Iain Dixon on saxophones and clarinet, Steve Watts on bass, Les Chisnall on piano and US drummer Adam Nussbaum.

Walker has been at the core of the Manchester jazz scene for over two decades and has performed with many global names such as Anthony Braxton, Bill Frisell, Tim Berne and John Taylor. Widely regarded within musicians' circles as one of the best, yet least well-known guitarists, Walker has recently released his debut album entitled Mad House and The Whole Thing There, having worked on it for the last 10 years.

20080912

Bojan Z, Seb Rochford and Ruth Goller Live at The Vortex

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded in July at London's Vortex jazz club, featuring noted Serbian pianist Bojan Z, with Ruth Goller on bass and Seb Rochford on drums. Operating both acoustic and electric pianos, Bojan Z combines florid runs and futuristic reverberations to complement Rochford's polyrhythms.

Rochford is the drummer for Polar Bear, Acoustic Ladyland and The Basquiat Strings, and has had run of successful album releases, while Bojan Z was named European Jazz Artist of the Year in 2005.

20080915

"David Murray's Black Saint Quartet at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in a concert given at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in July.

The iconic tenor saxophonist carried the avant-garde torch throughout the 70s and 80s to become one of the main exponents of the tradition.

This group is in the classic quartet format with which Murray originally made his name, and features Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, one-time Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist Jaribu Shahid, and Hamid Drake on drums."

20080915

David Murray's Black Saint Quartet at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents David Murray's Black Saint Quartet in a concert given at the Edinburgh Jazz Festival in July.

The iconic tenor saxophonist carried the avant-garde torch throughout the 70s and 80s to become one of the main exponents of the tradition.

This group is in the classic quartet format with which Murray originally made his name, and features Lafayette Gilchrist on piano, one-time Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist Jaribu Shahid, and Hamid Drake on drums.

20080922

Peter Brotzmann, Toshinori Kondo, Massimo Pupillo and Paal Nilssen-Love at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam

Jez Nelson presents a gig from earlier this month at Amsterdam's Bimhuis jazz club, featuring the multinational and multi-generational quartet including German saxophonist Peter Brotzman and Japanese avant-garde trumpeter Toshinoro Kondo, two important figures in free jazz.

Brotzmann and Toshinoro famously played together in the 1990s as part of the Albert Ayler tribute group Die Like A Dog Quartet, and are joined in this concert by Massimo Pupillo, the bassist from Italian punk band Zu, as well as up-and-coming young Norwegian drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.

20080929

Phil Minton Quartet in Session

Jez Nelson presents a session of improvised music from vocal experimentalist Phil Minton and his Quartet, featuring John Butcher on reeds, Veryan Weston on piano and Roger Turner on drums.

During more than four decades, Minton has been celebrated for his innovative approach to vocal performance. Using highly controlled breathing techniques, he produces sounds ranging from high frequency squawks to deep guttural bellows.

20081006

"Dave Holland Sextet at Saalfelden Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents Dave Holland's Sextet in concert in August 2008 at Austria's Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Performing together for the first time in Europe, the group play songs from their most recent album Pass It On, featuring Dave Holland on bass, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Antonio Hart on alto saxophone, Alex Sasha Sipiagin on trumpet, Mulgrew Miller on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Holland's men create a captivating sound by striking the right balance between tight collective groves and freer periods of individualism.

British-born Holland was involved in London's vibrant free improvisation scene in the 1960s playing with The Spontaneous Music Orchestra. Shortly after, he was invited to join Miles Davis's band, with which he recorded the classic albums of his pivotal electric period, including Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way. Since then, Holland has played in the influential avant-garde group Circle with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton as well as The Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette."

20081006

Dave Holland Sextet at Saalfelden Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents Dave Holland's Sextet in concert in August 2008 at Austria's Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Performing together for the first time in Europe, the group play songs from their most recent album Pass It On, featuring Dave Holland on bass, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Antonio Hart on alto saxophone, Alex Sasha Sipiagin on trumpet, Mulgrew Miller on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Holland's men create a captivating sound by striking the right balance between tight collective groves and freer periods of individualism.

British-born Holland was involved in London's vibrant free improvisation scene in the 1960s playing with The Spontaneous Music Orchestra. Shortly after, he was invited to join Miles Davis's band, with which he recorded the classic albums of his pivotal electric period, including Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way. Since then, Holland has played in the influential avant-garde group Circle with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton as well as The Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette.

20081006

Dave Holland Sextet at Saalfelden Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents Dave Holland's Sextet in concert in August 2008 at Austria's Saalfelden Jazz Festival. Performing together for the first time in Europe, the group play songs from their most recent album Pass It On, featuring Dave Holland on bass, Robin Eubanks on trombone, Antonio Hart on alto saxophone, Alex Sasha Sipiagin on trumpet, Mulgrew Miller on piano and Eric Harland on drums. Holland's men create a captivating sound by striking the right balance between tight collective groves and freer periods of individualism.

British-born Holland was involved in London's vibrant free improvisation scene in the 1960s playing with The Spontaneous Music Orchestra. Shortly after, he was invited to join Miles Davis's band, with which he recorded the classic albums of his pivotal electric period, including Bitches Brew and In a Silent Way. Since then, Holland has played in the influential avant-garde group Circle with Chick Corea and Anthony Braxton as well as The Gateway Trio with John Abercrombie and Jack DeJohnette.

20081013

The Sonny Simmons Quartet at the Vortex Jazz Club

Jez Nelson presents a gig by the Sonny Simmons Quartet given earlier this month at the Vortex Jazz Club in London. Featuring Derek Saw (trumpet/trombone), John Jasnoch (guitar/oud) and Charlie Collins (drums/cajon).

Simmons moved to New York via Los Angeles to join the emerging free jazz movement of the 1960s and his ESP albums Staying on the Watch and Music from the Spheres are considered classics. After personal problems in the 1970s, he dropped out of music and was rediscovered after spending 15 years playing on the streets of San Francisco.

Simmons does not limit himself to avant-garde strains of jazz, and his role in the development of the tradition is vital, having worked with jazz giants such as Eric Dolphy and Sonny Rollins.

20081020

"The John Escreet Project from the CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist John Escreet recorded at Birmingham's CBSO Centre earlier this month. Playing original music, Escreet's group features New York alto saxophonist David Binney, who last year won both Downbeat's critics' and readers' polls. Escreet has become one of the most sought-after players on the contemporary New York scene through his lyrical, yet modern approach to jazz.

Escreet was born in Doncaster and studied music in the UK, but moved to New York in 2006 to undertake a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where Kenny Barron and Jason Moran taught him. Since then he has led several of his own groups as well as performing with some of New York's best musicians, including Will Vinson, Marcus Gilmore and Wayne Krantz."

20081020

The John Escreet Project from the CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist John Escreet recorded at Birmingham's CBSO Centre earlier this month. Playing original music, Escreet's group features New York alto saxophonist David Binney, who last year won both Downbeat's critics' and readers' polls. Escreet has become one of the most sought-after players on the contemporary New York scene through his lyrical, yet modern approach to jazz.

Escreet was born in Doncaster and studied music in the UK, but moved to New York in 2006 to undertake a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where Kenny Barron and Jason Moran taught him. Since then he has led several of his own groups as well as performing with some of New York's best musicians, including Will Vinson, Marcus Gilmore and Wayne Krantz.

20081020

The John Escreet Project from the CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist John Escreet recorded at Birmingham's CBSO Centre earlier this month. Playing original music, Escreet's group features New York alto saxophonist David Binney, who last year won both Downbeat's critics' and readers' polls. Escreet has become one of the most sought-after players on the contemporary New York scene through his lyrical, yet modern approach to jazz.

Escreet was born in Doncaster and studied music in the UK, but moved to New York in 2006 to undertake a master's degree at the Manhattan School of Music, where Kenny Barron and Jason Moran taught him. Since then he has led several of his own groups as well as performing with some of New York's best musicians, including Will Vinson, Marcus Gilmore and Wayne Krantz.

20081027

Django Bates's StoRMChaser at the CBSO Centre

Jez Nelson presents a gig recorded earlier this month at Birmingham's CBSO Centre by Django Bates's StoRMChaser big band. Composed composed mostly of students, the 19-strong group has been under the direction of Bates during his tenure as Professor of Rhythmic Music in Copenhagen. Marking Bates's first performance in the UK since his departure for Denmark in 2005, this gig, along with his band's recently-released album, Spring is Here...(shall we dance)? features his trademark humour, eccentricity and whirlwind rhythms.

Bates is a British-born pianist who studied at the Royal College of Music, only to leave after two weeks due to its opposition to jazz. He later rose to prominence with the large group Loose Tubes, regarded by many to be among the most influential outfits on the 1980s London scene. Since then he has led several of his own large format bands, including Delightful Precipice and the Powder Collapse Orchestra.

20081103

"Bobo Stenson Trio at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the RNCM, performed by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, with Jon Falt on drums and Anders Jormin on double bass. The group showcases tracks from the recent release, Cantando, and in their conversational style play both original tracks and re-workings of compositions by musicians including Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

Stenson's career stretches back to the 1960s, when he served as a sideman with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. In 1971, Stenson released his debut album Underwear to critical praise. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of an authentic and original style of Scandinavian jazz alongside musicians such as Jan Garbarek."

20081103

Bobo Stenson Trio at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the RNCM, performed by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, with Jon Falt on drums and Anders Jormin on double bass. The group showcases tracks from the recent release, Cantando, and in their conversational style play both original tracks and re-workings of compositions by musicians including Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

Stenson's career stretches back to the 1960s, when he served as a sideman with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. In 1971, Stenson released his debut album Underwear to critical praise. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of an authentic and original style of Scandinavian jazz alongside musicians such as Jan Garbarek.

20081103

Bobo Stenson Trio at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester

Jez Nelson presents a gig from the RNCM, performed by Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, with Jon Falt on drums and Anders Jormin on double bass. The group showcases tracks from the recent release, Cantando, and in their conversational style play both original tracks and re-workings of compositions by musicians including Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry.

Stenson's career stretches back to the 1960s, when he served as a sideman with Sonny Rollins, Stan Getz and Gary Burton. In 1971, Stenson released his debut album Underwear to critical praise. Since then he has played a pivotal role in the development of an authentic and original style of Scandinavian jazz alongside musicians such as Jan Garbarek.

20081110

Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet at the Vision Festival 2008

Jez Nelson presents rising star cornet player and composer Taylor Ho Bynum in concert with his sextet at New York's Vision Festival in June. Fast establishing himself as one of the most significant voices on the New York creative music scene, Bynum builds on the style of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington and Ives. The sextet also features Mary Halvorson and Evan O'Reilly on guitar, Jessica Pavone on viola and electric bass, Matt Bauder on tenor sax and clarinet, as well as Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

20081114

"London Jazz Festival 2008

Live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club, Jez Nelson hosts a special edition of the programme to mark the opening of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the week's most sought after acts, this line-up illustrates the strength and diversity of the current contemporary scene.

Ken Vandermark's group features left-field drum and bass pair Mark Sanders and Barry Guy, and Tom Cawley's Curios, named Best Band at this year's BBC Jazz Awards, provide their own British take on the piano trio. US altoist Vincent Herring appears with his Quartet, while percussion and sax duo Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem bring the sounds of Scandinavia. Plus Steve Bernstein with his quirky nine-piece Millennium Territory Orchestra and their US 'territory' dance bands-influenced jazz."

20081114

London Jazz Festival 2008

Live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club, Jez Nelson hosts a special edition of the programme to mark the opening of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the week's most sought after acts, this line-up illustrates the strength and diversity of the current contemporary scene.

Ken Vandermark's group features left-field drum and bass pair Mark Sanders and Barry Guy, and Tom Cawley's Curios, named Best Band at this year's BBC Jazz Awards, provide their own British take on the piano trio. US altoist Vincent Herring appears with his Quartet, while percussion and sax duo Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem bring the sounds of Scandinavia. Plus Steve Bernstein with his quirky nine-piece Millennium Territory Orchestra and their US 'territory' dance bands-influenced jazz.

20081114

London Jazz Festival 2008

Live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club, Jez Nelson hosts a special edition of the programme to mark the opening of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the week's most sought after acts, this line-up illustrates the strength and diversity of the current contemporary scene.

Ken Vandermark's group features left-field drum and bass pair Mark Sanders and Barry Guy, and Tom Cawley's Curios, named Best Band at this year's BBC Jazz Awards, provide their own British take on the piano trio. US altoist Vincent Herring appears with his Quartet, while percussion and sax duo Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem bring the sounds of Scandinavia. Plus Steve Bernstein with his quirky nine-piece Millennium Territory Orchestra and their US 'territory' dance bands-influenced jazz.

20081117

"Keith Tippett at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert by pioneering British pianist Keith Tippett given on the opening night of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. This programme reflects the breadth and longevity of Tippett's career and includes highlights from the gig, which include a rare 'T 'n T' duet with Stan Tracy, a collaboration featuring the dynamic vocals of his long-term partner Julie Tippett and a performance with innovative string group the Elysian Quartet.

Tippett has played a central role in the evolution of British jazz for the last 40 years, from his work in the late 1960s leading his 50-piece ensemble Centipede to the improvisation of his solo piano performances."

20081117

Keith Tippett at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert by pioneering British pianist Keith Tippett given on the opening night of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. This programme reflects the breadth and longevity of Tippett's career and includes highlights from the gig, which include a rare 'T 'n T' duet with Stan Tracy, a collaboration featuring the dynamic vocals of his long-term partner Julie Tippett and a performance with innovative string group the Elysian Quartet.

Tippett has played a central role in the evolution of British jazz for the last 40 years, from his work in the late 1960s leading his 50-piece ensemble Centipede to the improvisation of his solo piano performances.

20081117

Keith Tippett at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert by pioneering British pianist Keith Tippett given on the opening night of the 2008 London Jazz Festival. This programme reflects the breadth and longevity of Tippett's career and includes highlights from the gig, which include a rare 'T 'n T' duet with Stan Tracy, a collaboration featuring the dynamic vocals of his long-term partner Julie Tippett and a performance with innovative string group the Elysian Quartet.

Tippett has played a central role in the evolution of British jazz for the last 40 years, from his work in the late 1960s leading his 50-piece ensemble Centipede to the improvisation of his solo piano performances.

20081124

David Sanchez recorded at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez at the Pizza Express jazz club as part of this year's London Jazz Festival, featuring material from his new album Cultural Survival. By incorporating the approach of heavy-toned saxophonists like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and the Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences of his homeland, Sanchez has developed a fierce but lyrical style that has gained admiration worldwide.

Since his time as a teenager in Dizzy Gillespie's world-jazz orchestra, Sanchez has released a string of successful albums as a bandleader. In 2005, he received critical recognition by winning a Latin Grammy Award for his album Coral.

20091207
20091207

Jez Nelson presents a gig by the Helge Lien Trio recorded as part of the 2009 London Jazz Festival. Fresh from the success of their award-winning album Hello Troll, the Norwegian group formed by pianist Helge Lien, bassist Frode Berg and drummer Knut Aalefjaer bring the forests and fjords of home to their records with their expressive soundscapes.

With six albums under their belt already, their latest offering is the first to be released outside of Norway; a testament to the impact they've made in Europe and beyond. In taking influence from Scandinavian landscapes they inevitably share some traits with the late Esbjorn Svensson's Trio with a similar atmospheric blend of powerful and peaceful moods and melodies. Helge Lien's musical talents were rewarded in 2009 with a Norwegian Grammy for their music on Hello Troll.

Jez Nelson presents a gig by the Helge Lien Trio recorded at 2009's London Jazz Festival.

20111010

Jez Nelson travels to Warsaw to present music from the city's distinctive jazz scene. In the last few years the Polish capital has become one of the most exciting centres of European jazz, with a host of young musicians exploring everything from Chopin to electronic music. The programme includes performances by pianist Marcin Masecki and his Profesjonalizm sextet, and the free jazz of Osaka Vacuum, a sax/cello/drums trio led by British ex-pat Ray Dickaty.

Jez Nelson travels to Warsaw to present music from the city's distinctive jazz scene.

2011 Saalfelden Festival20120220

Jez Nelson presents music from the 2011 Saalfelden Festival in Austria. Established over 30 years ago, it has become one of the biggest annual get-togethers of cutting-edge jazz musicians. The 2011 event included performances by drummer Jim Black, Turkish free-jazz outfit Konstrukt teaming up with saxophonist Marshall Allen, and US trio The Bad Plus. Also on the programme, Jez rounds up the best new jazz releases.

Jez Nelson presents music from the 2011 Saalfelden Festival in Austria.

Adventures In Sound at the 2011 London Jazz Festival20111205

Jez Nelson presents highlights from Adventures In Sound, an afternoon of free improvisation curated by Jazz on 3 at the London Jazz Festival. The event combines established acts with one-off collaborations in a series of short sets, which this year include a rare UK appearance by bass player Paul Rogers, Gannets (featuring Fyfe Dangerfield, the front-man of indie band Guillemots), Dave Kane's Rabbit Project, and pianist Robert Mitchell with vibraphonist Corey Mwamba.

Jez Nelson presents highlights from Adventures In Sound at the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

Ambrose Akinmusire, Marcus Strickland Trio20110530

Jez Nelson presents Ambrose Akinmusire at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam. Since being invited to tour with Steve Coleman's Five Elements when aged just 19, Akinmusire has built a reputation as one to watch, playing as a sideman with East Coast musicians such as Vijay Iyer, David Binney and Esperanza Spalding. He was signed to Blue Note last year and this performance features music from his debut album on the label. His playing is distinguished by a variety of tone colours and angular melodic lines, enhancing the adventurous yet straightahead approach of his quintet, featuring Walter Smith III (tenor sax), Sam Harris (piano), Harish Raghavan (bass) and Justin Brown (drums).

Also on the programme, highlights from a set by saxophonist Marcus Strickland and his trio, recorded at the Jazz Baltica festival in Germany last July.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Studio guest: Kevin Le Gendre

Producer: Russell Finch.

Jez Nelson presents trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire performing at the Bimhuis, Amsterdam.

Anderson, Bennink, Glerum, Möbus, Van Kemenade

Anderson, Bennink, Glerum, Möbus, Van Kemenade

Anderson, Bennink, Glerum, Möbus, Van Kemenade20110314

Jez Nelson presents a concert featuring the acclaimed Dutch absurdist drummer Han Bennink. Bennink is best known as one of the pioneers of European free music but is a master of all eras of jazz, also known for injecting his performances with moments of slapstick humour. Bennink is joined by an international line up of improvising heavyweights: Chicago-born trombonist Ray Anderson, guitarist Frank Möbus, bassist Ernst Glerum and Paul Van Kemenade on saxophone.

Plus, Fred Hersch talks about recovering from a coma and recording a new album, and Jez chats to Marcus O'Dair about the Finnish jazz scene.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Joby Waldman and Rebecca Aitchison.

Jez Nelson presents a concert featuring anarchic drummer Han Bennink.

Archie Shepp And Joachim Kuhn At The 2011 London Jazz Festival20111121

Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Archie Shepp in performance with pianist Joachim Kuhn at the London Jazz Festival. Shepp cut his teeth as part of 'The New Thing' in the 1960s, playing extensively with the likes of John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor before going on to explore more traditional African-American traditions and developing one of the most distinctive saxophone sounds of recent decades. Kuhn has been part of the European avant-garde for just as long, integrating contemporary classical sounds in work with violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and reeds player Michel Portal, more recently earning plaudits for duo work with Ornette Coleman. He and Shepp perform music from their recent critically acclaimed album Wo!man, a collaboration that sees them play together for the first time in many years.

Jez Nelson presents Archie Shepp and Joachim Kuhn at the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

Archive Recordings20120416

Jez Nelson presents a selection of recently recorded, previously unbroadcast music from the Jazz on 3 vaults. The archive includes sets from Adventures in Sound, Jazz on 3's curated free improvisation event at the 2011 London Jazz Festival; and a specially recorded solo session by US saxophonist Marcus Strickland. Also on the programme, Jez and guest critics cast an ear over recent album releases.

Jez Nelson presents previously unbroadcast music from the Jazz on 3 archive.

Archive Tracks - Darcy James Argue, Robert Glasper20110613

Jez Nelson presents recently recorded yet unheard tracks from the Jazz On 3 vaults. Included in the programme is music from Canadian composer and bandleader Darcy James Argue, leading his big band Secret Society in one of the best gigs from the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Also featured are hip hop-influenced pianist Robert Glasper and his trio (also from the festival), and absurdist Dutch drummer Han Bennink. This is one of our occasional programmes in which we dig through the archives to find tracks that hit the cutting room floor when we broadcast concerts for the first time.

Jez Nelson presents archive tracks featuring Darcy James Argue and Robert Glasper.

Atomic in Concert

Atomic in Concert20101018

Jez Nelson presents Scandinavian super-group Atomic, recorded in concert at The Vortex. Pianist Havard Wiik, bassist Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love met at Trondheim's music conservatory in the early 90s and formed Atomic, with Swedes Fredrik Ljungkvist on reeds and trumpeter Magnus Broo, in 2000.

Their debut album, "Feet", heralded the birth of a new Scandinavian sound, which brought together contemporary rock & pop influences with the jazz tradition. Tonight they play music from their latest record, "Theater Tilters", and reveal how over the last decade their music has developed, becoming harder, faster and louder.

Jez Nelson presents Scandinavian supergroup Atomic in concert at the Vortex club, London.

Atomic in Concert20101018

BBC Introducing Artists at the Cheltenham Festival20110516

Jez Nelson presents Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his Ensemble at the Cheltenham Festival, including specially commissioned music for the occasion. Gustavsen has been at the forefront of the Scandinavian jazz scene for the last decade, developing with his trio a lyrical, often sparse sound that draws on their Nordic heritage as well as cool jazz, blues and gospel. Since 2008 he's been recording and touring with Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, appearing in quartet form here with tenor and soprano saxophonist Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen on bass and the trio's drummer Jarle Vespestad.

Jez Nelson presents pianist Tord Gustavsen and his ensemble at 2011's Cheltenham Festival.

Beats and Pieces20120227

Jez Nelson presents up-and-coming UK big band Beats & Pieces. Since emerging from the Manchester student scene in 2008, the ensemble has developed a growing reputation for its fresh approach to the big-band genre. Bandleader Ben Cottrell's music embraces the influence of artists such as Radiohead and Bjork as well as British jazz from Loose Tubes to Led Bib. This gig sees them playing in front of their home crowd at the Royal Northern College of Music, as part of a tour of music from their new album.

Jez Nelson presents a performance given by up-and-coming big band Beats and Pieces.

Ben Allison And Man Size Save20081208

"Jez Nelson presents Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe at the London Jazz Festival 08

Jez Nelson presents a set from the Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe, performing at the Pizza Express jazz club in Soho as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

The quintet features Ron Horton on trumpet, Michael Blake on saxophones, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Ben Allison on bass and Michael Sarin on drums.

Born in New Haven in 1966, Allison was cited as Bassist of the Year in the 2006 Downbeat Readers' Poll and is a regular feature of the magazine's Critics' Awards categories, including Bassist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Jazz Artist of the Year."

Ben Allison And Man Size Save20081208

Jez Nelson presents Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe at the London Jazz Festival 08

Jez Nelson presents a set from the Ben Allison and his group Man Size Safe, performing at the Pizza Express jazz club in Soho as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

The quintet features Ron Horton on trumpet, Michael Blake on saxophones, Steve Cardenas on guitar, Ben Allison on bass and Michael Sarin on drums.

Born in New Haven in 1966, Allison was cited as Bassist of the Year in the 2006 Downbeat Readers' Poll and is a regular feature of the magazine's Critics' Awards categories, including Bassist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Jazz Artist of the Year.

Ben Allison Band and Baltimore Special

Ben Allison Band And Baltimore Special

Ben Allison Band and Baltimore Special20110228

Jez Nelson presents a concert by New York bassist and composer Ben Allison on his only date in the UK. Performing music from his forthcoming album, Allison combines memorable melodies, and the influence of American rock and folk, with avant-jazz and some adventurous and intricate ensemble writing.

The band features a cast of New York's finest players: violinist Jenny Scheinman, guitarist Steve Cardenas, drummer Rudy Royston and saxophonist Michael Blake.

Jez also talks to online jazz writer and resident of Maryland Bill Shoemaker about the Baltimore jazz scene.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Joby Waldman.

Jez Nelson presents a concert by US bassist and composer Ben Allison.

Berlin Revisited

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Berlin Revisited

Berlin Revisited20100329

Berlin Revisited20100329

Berlin Revisited

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Hammeriver, an ensemble featuring musicians from Australia and Europe, recorded at Berlin's B-flat club. The group led by Australian harpist Clare Cooper uses different elements of Alice Coltrane's music to create new pieces that embrace techniques from electro-acoustic music, psychedelic rock and jazz.

Clare Cooper formed the first Hammeriver group in 2003 and there are now two variations, one based in Berlin the other in Sydney. This concert features Cooper alongside pianist Chris Abrahams from Australian minimalist trio The Necks, two bassists Werner Dafeldecker and Clayton Thomas, saxophonist Tobias Delius and Christof Kurzmann on electronics.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Studio guest: Kevin le Gendre

Producers: Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman

jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

Jez Nelson presents Hammeriver performing at Berlin's b-flat club.

Berlin Special Featuring Tom Arthurs Quartet

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Berlin Special Featuring Tom Arthurs Quartet

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Berlin Special Featuring Tom Arthurs Quartet20091109

1989: Twentieth Anniversary

Jez Nelson and Kevin LeGendre present a special programme marking the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and featuring an exclusive session recorded in the city with BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist trumpeter Tom Arthurs. Joining him is Philipp Gropper, saxophonist for the promising young German band Hyperactive Kid, together with Swedish bassist Petter Eldh and Swiss drummer Marc Lohr.

Trumpeter, flugelhornist and composer Tom Arthurs currently divides his time between London and Berlin, a city that has become a cultural and musical hub of Europe, attracting musicians from around the world for its stylistically diverse jazz and improvised music scene.

Jez Nelson and Kevin LeGendre with a special edition marking the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Best Albums Of 2009

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Best Albums Of 2009

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Best Albums of 200920091221

Jez Nelson is joined by a panel of the UK's leading jazz critics to play selections from their favourite album releases of 2009.

Jez Nelson and leading jazz critics play selections from their favourite albums of 2009.

Best Albums of the Year20081222

Jez Nelson presents jazz critics' selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.

Best Albums of the Year20081222

Jez Nelson presents jazz critics' selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.

Jez Nelson is joined by a panel of the UK's leading jazz critics to play selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.

Best Albums Of The Year20081222

Jez Nelson presents jazz critics' selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.

Jez Nelson is joined by a panel of the UK's leading jazz critics to play selections from their favourite album releases of 2008.

Best Of British Jazz At Ronnie Scott's

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Best Of British Jazz At Ronnie Scott's

Best of British Jazz at Ronnie Scott's20100104
Best of British Jazz at Ronnie Scott's20100104

Jez Nelson welcomes in 2010 with a special edition celebrating the best live acts that have grown out of British soil. Recorded at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho, the show features performances from the finest current bands both established and new.

Featuring a rare appearance from Django Bates' Human Chain with their trademark spontaneity and rejuvenating spirit, plus Radio 3's New Generation Artist trumpeter Tom Arthurs performing as a duo with pianist Richard Fairhurst. Elder statesman of brass Kenny Wheeler showcases his innovative compositions and beautiful tone with his quintet and following a highly-rated performance for his 50th birthday at the 2009 London Jazz Festival, Cleveland Watkiss bring his mesmerising voice along for a true celebration of the best of British.

This programme was recorded earlier in the evening at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club.

The playlist will be updated with set lists as soon as possible.

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Kenny Wheeler Quintet

Line up:

Kenny Wheeler (trumpet)

Stan Sulzmann (saxophones)

John Parricelli (guitar)

Chris Laurence (bass)

Martin France (drums)

Kenny Wheeler celebrates his 80th birthday on 14th January 2010 with a special gala concert at London's Royal Academy of Music.

www.ram.ac.uk

Troyka

Line up:

Chris Montague (guitar)

Kit Downes (organ)

Joshua Blackmore (drums)

Troyka forthcoming 2010 live dates:

11 Feb - Band on the Wall, Manchester

12 Feb - Buddah Bar, Derby

Cleveland Watkiss Trio

Line up:

Cleveland Watkiss (vocals and electronics)

Winston Clifford (drums)

Mark Hodgson (bass)

Cleveland Watkiss Trio forthcoming 2010 live dates:

7 Feb - Southport Jazz Festival

16 Feb - Ronnie Scott's, London

Tom Arthurs and Richard Fairhurst perform at Ronnie Scott's

Line up:

Tom Arthurs (trumpet)

Richard Fairhurst (piano)

Forthcoming 2010 live dates:

7 Feb - Tom Arthurs & Richard Fairhust's Postcard from Pushkin @ Uppingham School, Leicestershire

Django Bates' Human Chain

Line up:

Django Bates (keyboards and E flat tenor horn)

Marius Neset (soprano and tenor saxophone)

Michael Mondesir (bass guitar)

Martin France (wooden drums and electronic percussion).

Jez Nelson presents a celebration of the best British live acts, including Tom Arthurs.

Best of Live 200820081229

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008.

Best Of Live 200820081229

"Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008.

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008. Including music from German powerhouse Peter Brotzmann who took over Amsterdam's Bimhuis jazz club with Toshinori Kondo, New York trumpet player Dave Douglas with his Buster Keaton-inspired Keystone project, and heavyweight guitar hero Bill Frisell, whose unique sound-world of blues- and country-influenced jazz won over a hugely receptive Cheltenham crowd earlier in 2008."

Best Of Live 200820081229

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008.

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008. Including music from German powerhouse Peter Brotzmann who took over Amsterdam's Bimhuis jazz club with Toshinori Kondo, New York trumpet player Dave Douglas with his Buster Keaton-inspired Keystone project, and heavyweight guitar hero Bill Frisell, whose unique sound-world of blues- and country-influenced jazz won over a hugely receptive Cheltenham crowd earlier in 2008.

Best of Live 200820081229

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008.

Jez Nelson selects music from the best live concerts recorded by Jazz on 3 during 2008. Including music from German powerhouse Peter Brotzmann who took over Amsterdam's Bimhuis jazz club with Toshinori Kondo, New York trumpet player Dave Douglas with his Buster Keaton-inspired Keystone project, and heavyweight guitar hero Bill Frisell, whose unique sound-world of blues- and country-influenced jazz won over a hugely receptive Cheltenham crowd earlier in 2008.

Best Of Session 2009

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Best Of Session 2009

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Best of Session 200920091228

Jez Nelson presents a selection of the best studio sessions recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 during 2009.

Including empathetic improvisations from two elder statesmen of US jazz, Bennie Maupin and Buster Williams; strong melody-driven compositions by UK saxophonist Martin Speake and his quartet featuring pianist Bobo Stenson; New York poet Steve Dalachinsky's Insomnia Poems set to Pete M Wyer's time structured composition; and vibrant and creative topsy-turvy big band jazz by Peter Vermeersch's Flat Earth Society.

Jez Nelson presents the best studio sessions recorded for Jazz on 3 during 2009.

Best of Sessions 200720080104

Best of Sessions 2007

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 in 2007.

Featuring music from the likes of US tenor sax giants Joe Lovano and Dave Liebman, rising British star Gwilym Simcock with his big band, pioneering free-jazz drummer Eddie Prevost and firebrand violinist Jon Rose in duo with improvising cellist Frances-Marie Uitti.

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded for Jazz on 3 in 2007.

Celebrating the best contemporary jazz, with exclusive concert recordings and features

Best of Sessions 200820090105

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded the programme during 2008.

Best of Sessions 200820090105

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded the programme during 2008.

Jez Nelson selects music from the best studio sessions recorded exclusively for the programme during 2008. Featuring improvising quintet The Gannets, led by the Guillemots's Fyfe Dangerfield, solo trumpet music from AACM stalwart Wadada Leo Smith, keyboard wizardry from Bojan Z, and Phil Minton, whose innovative vocal techniques have seen him at the forefront of experimental music for over 40 years.

Bill Frisell At The 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Bill Frisell At The 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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Bill Frisell at the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival20090824

Jez Nelson presents a gig by arguably one of jazz guitar's greatest living exponents, Bill Frisell. It was hailed as a highlight of the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and the show features three previously un-broadcast tracks recorded with his quintet. Famed for his unique sound world that blends blues and country influences with jazz harmonies and electronics, Frisell is joined in this line-up by reedsman Chris Cheek and cornet player Ron Miles, with Larry Grenadier on bass and Rudy Royston on drums.

Frisell's first major break came in 1982 when he filled in for Pat Metheny on Paul Motian's ECM recording Psalm. He moved to New York in the 80s where he worked with many creative musicians including John Zorn and Joe Lovano, honing in his celebrated individual sound. In 2005 he was awarded the 'Best Contemporary Jazz Album' Grammy for his disc Unspeakable, and has released Disfarmer on Nonesuch Records.

Playlist:

Excerpt from CD track Peter Miller's Discovery by Bill Frisell (details below)

Bemsha Swing by Elliott Sharp recorded in an exclusive session for Jazz on 3 on October 19, 2008

Line up:

Elliott Sharp (acoustic guitar)

Recommended further listening for Elliott Sharp:

Artist: Terraplane

Album title: Forgery

Label: Intuition

Released: August 2008

Bill Frisell speaks to Jez at the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Bill Frisell Quintet recorded at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham on May 4, 2008

Line up:

Bill Frisell (guitar)

Chris Cheek (tenor sax, clarinet)

Ron Miles (trumpet)

Larry Grenadier (bass)

Rudy Royston (drums)

Set-list:

Monroe (Frisell)

Probability Cloud (Frisell)

Subconscious Lee (Lee Konitz)

Sweet Rain (Mike Gibbs)

A Change Is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke)

Bill Frisell in conversation with Jez about his new commission for the 2009 London Jazz Festival and his new album Disfarmer

CD tracks:

Artist: Bill Frisell

Track title: Peter Miller's Discovery

Composer: Bill Frisell

Album title: Disfarmer

Label: Nonesuch

Artist: Bill Frisell

Track title: That's Alright Mama

Composer: Arthur Crudup

Album title: Disfarmer

Label: Nonesuch

For London Jazz Festival listings (13 - 22 November 2009) visit http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

Interview with Rashied Ali about his work with John Coltrane. Played in tribute to Rashied Ali who died on 12 August 2009.

CD Track:

Artist: John Coltrane and Rashied Ali

Track title: Venus

Composer: John Coltrane/Rashied Ali

Album title: Interstella Space

Label: Impulse!

Jez Nelson presents guitarist Bill Frisell performing at the 2008 Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Bill Frisell at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival20120528

Jez Nelson presents guitarist Bill Frisell and his Beautiful Dreamers Trio at the 2012 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Founded in 2008, the trio includes Eyvind Kang on viola and Rudy Royston on drums, and combines an impressionistic take on American folk music with a playful approach to some well-known tunes. Frisell's career, now spanning over 30 years, has seen him work alongside the likes of Eberhard Weber, Joe Lovano, John Zorn, Charlie Haden, and Lee Konitz. While incorporating a wide range of American popular and art-music styles, his work is unified by a sophisticated and distinctive approach to sound.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Peggy Sutton.

Billy Jenkins In Session

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Billy Jenkins In Session

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Billy Jenkins in Session20100510

Jez Nelson presents guitarist and vocalist Billy Jenkins, recorded in session exclusively for Jazz On 3 with an all-star band. A bluesman, fiery improviser and self styled musical subversive, Jenkins is a true original whose music inspired by the South-East London suburbs where he lives.

The comedian Stewart Lee has said of Jenkins "There is a kind of genius on our doorstep, don't let him die in poverty". In this programme Lee interviews Jenkins in his South London home about this session and his life in music, including his early days performing "jazz and jokes" at The Comic Strip comedy club; his seminal band the Voice of God Collective; and how his recent work conducting Humanist funerals has influenced his music.

Alongside Jenkins, this session features Oren Marshall on tuba, trombonist Gail Brand, saxophonist Nathaniel Facey, drummer Charles Hayward and violinist Dylan Bates.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Kathryn Willgress & Peggy Sutton.

Jez Nelson presents a session from guitarist and vocalist Billy Jenkins, with his band.

Blink and Sam Crockatt Quartet at the Loop Festival20090427
Blink and Sam Crockatt Quartet at the Loop Festival20090427

Jez Nelson presents two of London's fastest-rising talents in concert at the Loop festival. With saxophonist Sam Crockatt and his quartet, featuring college friend and leading British pianist Gwilym Simcock, plus trio Blink, whose debut album has received critical praise. Blending clean melodies with free interplay, Blink is co-led by bold young pianist Alcyona Mick and French saxophonist Robin Fincker, with Paul Clarvis completing the trio on drums.

The Loop festival was put together in honour of the London-based collective's fourth birthday in February 2009. It has a DIY approach to performing, promoting and recording music and, as a result, has become a breeding ground for innovative musicians in the city.

Concerts from saxophonist Sam Crockatt and his quartet, plus Blink.

Bobo Stenson and Plunge20110711

Jez Nelson presents a performance by Swedish trio Plunge in collaboration with pianist Bobo Stenson. Plunge combine free improvisation with a Nordic sensibility characterised by slowly developing forms and delicate textures. Stenson's understated intensity has been a prominent part the ECM label's catalogue for 40 years, as a sideman to artists such as Charles Lloyd and Tomasz Stanko, and with his own trio. His work with Plunge stretches back to 2002, with this concert recorded at Hamburg Jazz Days festival last October, featuring Andreas Andersson on saxophone, Matthias Hjorth on bass and drummer Peter Nilsson.

Also on the programme, saxophonist Soweto Kinch visits Jazz on 3's Kevin Le Gendre to find out how jazz reviews get written.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Phil Smith.

Jez Nelson presents Swedish trio Plunge in collaboration with pianist Bobo Stenson.

Bobo Stenson Trio

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Bobo Stenson Trio

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Bobo Stenson Trio20090803

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson's trio recorded at the Royal Northern College of Music in October in 2008. The trio play music from their album Cantando including compositions by Argentinian tango master Astor Piazzolla and British baroque composer Henry Purcell. Joining Stenson on stage are Anders Jormin on bass and Jon Falt on drums.

Bobo Stenson was born in Stockholm in 1944 and has built a reputation as a highly regarded figure with a distinctly European sound. His 38-year relationship with leading jazz label ECM has produced a number of piano trio albums, often drawing inspiration from various folk and classical music.

Playlist:

Excerpt from Ray's Face by the Bobo Stenson Trio (details below)

Ginga Carioca composed by Hermeto Pascoal, performed by Huw Warren and his band and recorded at Turner Sims, Southampton on May 7, 2009

Line up:

Huw Warren (piano)

Dudley Philips (double bass)

Iain Ballamy (saxophone)

Martin France (drums)

Maria Pia De Vito (vocals)

http://website.lineone.net/~huw.warren/

Bobo Stenson Trio recorded at the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester on October 25, 2008

Line up:

Bobo Stenson (piano)

Anders Jormin (double bass)

Jon Fält (drums)

Set one:

1) Seli (Anders Jormin)

2) El Mayor (Silvio Rodríguez)

3) M (Anders Jormin)

4) A Fixed Goal (Ornette Coleman)

Peggy Sutton in conversation with Bobo Stenson

Set two:

5) Olivia (Silvio Rodríguez)

6) Chiquilin de Bachin (Astor Piazzolla/Horacio Ferrer)

7) Music For A While (Henry Purcell)

8) Ray's Face (Ornette Coleman)

www.myspace.com/bobostenson

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Bobo Stenson Trio

Album: Cantando

Label: ECM (2008)

Shortform composed by Martin Speake and recorded in an exclusive Jazz on 3 session by his Change of Heart group.

Line up:

Martin Speake (saxophone)

Bobo Stenson (piano)

Steve Watts (bass)

Jeff Williams (drums)

http://www.martinspeake.co.uk/.

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson's trio at the RNCM

Budapest Jazz Festival 2010

Budapest Jazz Festival 201020101025

Jez Nelson profiles the distinctive jazz and improvised music scene in Hungary, visiting this year's Budapest Jazz Festival.

Featuring one of the most ambitious and individual festival line ups on the European circuit, the Budapest Jazz Festival showcases Hungary's rich tradition of improvised music with a series of collaborations between Hungarian musicians and guests from across Europe and America.

The programme includes cimbalom player Miklos Lukacs' meeting with Dutch ensemble Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher, hotly tipped young saxophonist Victor Toth and the most distinguished figure on the Hungarian scene Mihaly Dresch with a quartet including two Americans, pianist Lafayette Gilchrist and drummer Hamid Drake.

Jez Nelson profiles the distinctive jazz and improvised music scene in Hungary.

Buffalo Collision20100412

Buffalo Collision20100412

Jez Nelson presents all-star American group Buffalo Collision, recorded live in concert. Mid-West youngsters pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King, who are best known as two thirds of The Bad Plus, join forces with two of their heroes from the New York downtown scene: saxophonist Tim Berne and cellist Hank Roberts.

The quartet's music is entirely improvised, with no pre-meditation or planning, and it really can go anywhere; from thrashing post-rock to slow blues to bebop melodies. Reveling in a teasing playfulness, the band circle around what seem to be well known tunes, never quite stating them to the point of recognition.

This particular set, recorded at The Vortex in Dalston during a recent European tour, generated excitement from both the audience and the musicians, who acknowledged it as one of their best performances to date.

Iverson and King met as teenagers in Minneapolis. In 2001 they formed power piano trio The Bad Plus whose head turning renditions of contemporary songs from Blondie to Nirvana, alongside an impressive catalogue of highly distinctive originals, lifted them onto the international stage. Cutting their teeth on the New York scene over the last three decades, Tim Berne and Hank Roberts are now elder statesmen of the creative New York music scene, having developed a sound based around 20th century classical music, rock and a deep knowledge of jazz.

Jez Nelson presents all-star US group Buffalo Collision recorded in concert at The Vortex.

Buffalo Collision And The Jazz Cello Mix

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Buffalo Collision And The Jazz Cello Mix

Byron Wallen and the Steve Lehman Trio in Session, Paradoxical Frog20110718

Jez Nelson presents trumpeter Byron Wallen in a specially recorded session with saxophonist Steve Lehman and his trio, plus New York group Paradoxical Frog at the 2011 Vision Festival.

Wallen has carved an international reputation within and beyond jazz, playing with everyone from Wynton Marsalis and Freddie Hubbard to Chaka Khan and William Orbit. His Indigo band has earned renown in recent years, and he is joined for this one-off encounter by US saxophonist Steve Lehman and his trio.

Paradoxical Frog explore free improvisation within long, spacious forms. The trio formed after F-IRE Collective saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock moved from London to New York and features pianist Kris Davis and Tyshawn Sorey on drums. For this performance they are joined by violinist and viola player Mat Maneri.

Also on the programme, writer Geoff Dyer pays homage to Keith Jarrett ahead of his forthcoming London gig.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Rebecca Aitchison.

Jez Nelson presents Steve Lehman in session with trumpeter Byron Wallen.

Carla Bley At Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Carla Bley At Queen Elizabeth Hall

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Carla Bley at Queen Elizabeth Hall20091123

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by American pianist, bandleader and composer Carla Bley as part of the 2009 London Jazz Festival. Bringing her long-standing quartet The Lost Chords to the Queen Elizabeth Hall, she combines dexterous musicianship with humorous and original compositions. The group features renowned British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, with leading American jazz musicians Steve Swallow on bass and Billy Drummond on drums.

Bley's prolific career has spanned four decades and many eclectic projects including Escalator over the Hill, a jazz opera that cemented her reputation as a composer. Bley also pioneered the movement towards independent artist-owned record labels by releasing and distributing her own music in the 1970s. In 2003, The Lost Chords formed out of a longstanding duo project with Steve Swallow, combining four of the major names in contemporary creative improvisation.

For details of Radio 3's coverage of the London Jazz Festival go to: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/londonjazzfestival/2009/

Julian Siegel Trio recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall on November 17, 2009.

Line Up:

Julian Siegel (reeds)

Greg Cohen (double bass)

Joey Baron (drums)

Set List:

Night at the Opera (Julian Siegel)

Sandpit (Julian Siegel)

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Julian Siegel Trio

Album Title: Live at the Vortex

Label: Basho Music

Released: 2008

Jez interviews Carla Bley and Steve Swallow in the Front Room of the Queen Elizabeth Hall

CD tracks included in the interview:

Artist: Carla Bley (piano) and Steve Swallow (bass)

Track Title: Major

Composer: Carla Bley

Album Title: Are we there yet?

Label: ECM

Released: 1998

Artist: Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet), Paul Bley (piano) and Steve Swallow (bass)

Track Title: Ictus

Composer: Carla Bley

Album Title: Carla Bley - Selected Recordings

Label: ECM

Released: 2004

Artist: Carla Bley (piano), Steve Swallow (bass) and the Partyka Brass Quintet -Tobias Weidinger (trumpet, flugelhorn, glockenspiel), Axel Schlosser (trumpet, flugelhorn) Christine Chapman (horn), Adrian Mears (trombone), Ed Partyka (bass trombone, tuba)

Track Title: Ring Christmas Bells

Composer: Mykola Leontovich, arr Carla Bley

Album Title: Carla's Christmas Carols

Label: Watt / ECM

Released: 2009

Carla Bley and The Lost Chords recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on November 17, 2009.

Line Up:

Carla Bley (piano)

Andy Sheppard (saxophone)

Steve Swallow (bass)

Billy Drummond (drums)

Set List:

Valse Sinistre

O Holy Night

Sidewinders in Paradise

Awful Coffee

The Lost Chords (Parts One, Two and Three)

Utviklingssang.

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Carla Bley at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

Charles Lloyd Quartet20110801

Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear saxophonist Charles Lloyd and his quartet at last year's London Jazz Festival, this time broadcasting the complete performance. Lloyd's 2010 album, Mirrors, was acclaimed as a highlight of his 40-year career and this concert, coming just a few weeks after its release, lived up to expectations. His new quartet, featuring Jason Moran, one of the premier pianists of his generation, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rogers, is possibly Lloyd's finest since his seminal 1960s group with Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett and Cecil McBee.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Rebecca Aitchison & Russell Finch.

Jez Nelson presents Charles Lloyd and his quartet at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

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Charlie Haden Quartet West

Jez Nelson presents highlights from one of the major gigs of the 2007 London Jazz Festival, given by bassist Charlie Haden's Quartet West. The group played to a sell-out crowd at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall on the first night of the festival as they celebrated their 20th anniversary performing together. Alongside Haden are saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Ernie Watts and drummer Larance Marable.

Jez Nelson presents highlights of Charlie Haden's Quartet West at the London Jazz Festival

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Charlie Haden Quartet West - London Jazz Festival 200720080822

"Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear highlights of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, in a set recorded at the 2007 London Jazz Festival. The band played to a sell-out opening-night crowd at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group's birth. Saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Rodney Green completed the outfit. There is also an opportunity to hear Haden in conversation after his performance.

Haden rose to prominence as a regular bassist with Ornette Coleman, playing on the saxophonist's landmark 1959 album The Shape Of Jazz To Come. He went on to explore free jazz and politically-charged improvisation as leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra in the 1970s. During an illustrious career he has played with Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman and later, Pat Metheny."

Charlie Haden Quartet West - London Jazz Festival 200720080822

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear highlights of Charlie Haden's Quartet West, in a set recorded at the 2007 London Jazz Festival. The band played to a sell-out opening-night crowd at the Southbank's Queen Elizabeth Hall as they celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group's birth. Saxophonist Ernie Watts, pianist Alan Broadbent and drummer Rodney Green completed the outfit. There is also an opportunity to hear Haden in conversation after his performance.

Haden rose to prominence as a regular bassist with Ornette Coleman, playing on the saxophonist's landmark 1959 album The Shape Of Jazz To Come. He went on to explore free jazz and politically-charged improvisation as leader of the Liberation Music Orchestra in the 1970s. During an illustrious career he has played with Keith Jarrett, Paul Motian, Dewey Redman and later, Pat Metheny.

Charlie Hunter, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham

Charlie Hunter, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham

Charlie Hunter, John McLaughlin and Billy Cobham20110411

Jez Nelson presents a concert by 8-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter. Taught by Joe Satriani as a young student, Hunter emerged on the Californian scene in the 1990s, making a name with a series of albums on the Blue Note label. He has recorded 19 albums to date, in various line-ups working with the likes of Norah Jones, Kurt Elling and Bobby Previte. With an instrument and a fingerpicking technique that allow him to combine bass lines and melodies, Hunter brings a fresh approach that draws on early blues, funk as well as jazz. With Scott Amendola on drums.

Plus, highlights from another guitar/drums gig - John McLaughlin's reunion with Billy Cobham, recorded at the Montreux Jazz Festival last July. The duo revisit music from the Mahavishnu Orchestra and perform more recent material.

Jez Nelson presents a concert by eight-string guitar virtuoso Charlie Hunter.

Craig Taborn Trio20100208
Craig Taborn Trio20100208

Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist Craig Taborn and his trio, featuring Thomas Morgan on double bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums. Best known for his work on electronic keyboards in the ensembles of Dave Douglas, Tim Berne and his own group 'Junk Magic', this highly anticipated acoustic concert stretches the compositional capabilities of the traditional piano trio.

Craig grew up in the mid-west of America where he began his career playing and recording with saxophonist James Carter. More recently he has been developing his acoustic trio sound through exploring the rhythmic structures and textural space created during improvisation. His last record came with a sticker quoting - "Craig Taborn the Future of Jazz" and as this concert demonstrates, he has done a fine job of living up to the claim.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Studio guest: John Fordham

Producer: Peggy Sutton

PLAYLIST:

Extract from 'Bodies We Came Out Of' by the Craig Taborn Trio (details below)

John Fordham joins Jez in the studio to chat about Pat Metheny's new project, the Orchestrion. Plus Jez talks to Pat Metheny himself.

Music played:

Artist: Pat Metheny (guitar and orchestrion)

Track title: Spirit of the air

Album title: Orchestrion

Label: Nonesuch

Released: 25 January 2010

Artist: Pat Metheny (guitar and orchestrion)

Track title: Orchestrion

Album title: Orchestrion

Label: Nonesuch

Released: 25 January 2010

Listen to Claire Martin's interview with Pat Metheny on Jazz Line-up

Buffalo Collision UK tour dates

28 Feb @ Band on the Wall, Manchester (double bill with Trio VD)

01 Mar @ The Vortex, London

02 Mar @ CBSO Centre, Birmingham

Craig Taborn Trio recorded at The Vortex, London on December 7, 2009

Line up:

Craig Taborn (piano)

Thomas Morgan (bass)

Gerald Cleaver (drums)

Set one:

'Bodies We Came Out Of' segued into 'Chorales'

Light Made Lighter

Craig Taborn speaks to Jez on the phone from New York

Set two:

"Nine Blind Men' segued into 'New Glory'

All tracks composed by Craig Taborn.

Jez Nelson presents an acoustic gig by pianist Craig Taborn and his trio.

Cuong Vu

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Cuong Vu

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Jez Nelson presents leading edge US trumpeter Cuong Vu in concert with electric bassist Luke Bergman and drummer Ted Poor at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Vu is known for an approach to music that blurs stylistic boundaries, as well as for his virtuoso technique, which allows him to explore all the sonic possibilities of his instrument. This trio is a variation on his long standing group Vu-Tet, which usually features Stomu Takeishi on bass.

Vu was born in Vietnam, and immigrated to Seattle, where he currently resides, at the age of six. He cut his teeth on New York's creative downtown scene during the 1990s, and has been a core member of guitarist Pat Metheny's groups.

Jez Nelson presents American trumpeter Cuong Vu at the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Curios

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Curios

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Curios20100517

Jez Nelson presents a concert by Curios, recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3 in April at The Vortex Jazz Club in London. Over the past three years pianist Tom Cawley, double bassist Sam Burgess and drummer Josh Blackmore have earned a reputation as one of the UK's most exciting young bands. Playing Cawley's compositions, which are often inspired by his love of Formula 1, their distinctive sound encompasses propulsive and complex rhythms, lyrical melodies, and reflective ensemble playing. Recently, as heard in this concert and on their new album The Other Place, they've added subtle electronics to the mix.

Tom Cawley can be heard playing alongside Peter Gabriel, Gwyneth Herbert, Guy Barker, Charlie Watts and many more, and was a founder member of Acoustic Ladyland. He also finds time to be professor of jazz piano at the Royal Academy of Music, where he taught his current band mate Josh Blackmore. Curios won Best Band at the 2008 BBC Jazz Awards.

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive concert by Curios, given at the Vortex jazz club, London.

Darius Jones Trio

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Darius Jones Trio

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Darius Jones Trio20091019

Jez Nelson presents a gig performed at the 2009 Vision Festival in New York by US saxophonist Darius Jones with his trio. The group play music from Jones' debut album Man'ish Boy, which Jones describes as 'a tone poem about me and my life growing up in the South'. It features Bob Moses on drums and Cooper-Moore on piano and diddly-bo - a wooden board with a single wire stretched between two nails which is played with a slide.

Relatively new to the New York scene, Jones has been making waves in the city since he moved from his hometown in Virginia in 2005, and has been praised by pianist Matthew Shipp for his improvisational skills.

Radio 3's weekly contemporary jazz programme presents for a very special event. Now firmly an annual tradition, on Friday 13th November we celebrate the start of the Radio 3 2009 London Jazz Festival with a specially extended show broadcast from Ronnie Scott's in Soho, London, from 10.30pm - 1.00am, presented - as ever - by Jez Nelson.

The show will feature lots of great live music from artists performing during the festival, including vibraphone great Bobby Hutcherson, US vocalist Kurt Elling, award-winning young UK band Empirical, experimental Sardinian guitarist Paolo Angeli and New York improv duo Ted Daniel and Michael Marcus.

If you'd like to come along and be in the audience please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/tickets/

Playlist:

Excerpt of Meekness by the Darius Jones Trio at the Vision Festival in New York on June 13th 2009.

CD tracks:

Artist: Vijay Iyer Trio

Track Title: Smoke Stack

Composer: Andrew Hill

Album Title: Historicity

Label: ACT Music

Released: 7 Sept 2009

Vijay Iyer Tour Date in 2009:

15th November at the Purcell Room, London Jazz Festival. Solo concert with support from Polish pianist Mozder with Swedish bassist Lars Danielsson.

Artist: Ben Allison Quintet

Track Title: Peace Pipe

Composer: Ben Allison

Album Title: Think Free

Label: Palmetto Records

Released: 13 Oct 2009

Artist: Empirical

Track Title: Hat and Beard

Composer: Eric Dolphy

Album Title: Out and In

Label: Naim

Released: 28 Sept 2009

Artist: Han Bennink Trio

Track Title: Parken

Composer: Sieben

Album Title: Parken

Label: ILK Music

Released: 28 Sept 2009

Artist: Kit Downes Trio

Track Title: Golden

Composer: Kit Downes

Album title: Golden

Label: Basho Records

Released: 2 Nov 2009

Artist: Harris Eisenstadt

Track Title: Katekeeper

Composer: Harris Eisenstadt

Album title: Canada Day

Label: Clean-Feed Records

Released: 6 Oct 2009

Artist: Jan Garbarek

Track Title: Paper Nut

Composer: Lakshminarayana Shankar

Album title: Dresden

Label: ECM

Released: 21 Sept 2009

Interview with Darius Jones

Darius Jones Trio recorded at the Vision Festival in New York on June 13th 2009.

Line up:

Darius Jones (saxophone)

Cooper-Moore (piano and diddley-bo)

Rakalam Bob Moses (drums)

Set list:

Forgive Me (Darius Jones) etc

Meekness (Darius Jones)

Cry Out (Darius Jones)

Chasing the Ghost (Darius Jones)

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Darius Jones Trio

Composer: Darius Jones

Album title: Man'ish Boy (A Raw and Beautiful Thing)

Label: AUM Fidelity

Released: 13 Oct 2009.

Jez Nelson presents a gig performed by saxophonist Darius Jones with his trio.

Dave Stapleton, Huw Warren20120521

Jez Nelson presents young British pianist Dave Stapleton, performing music for combined jazz and string quartets, and a solo mini-session from pianist Huw Warren, in a programme focusing on jazz in Wales. Stapleton has a growing reputation as a composer within and beyond jazz, and this music from his latest album, Flight, is one of his most ambitious projects to date, combining detailed, often lyrical scoring with sections that give free reign to improvisation. The jazz quartet is a new line-up including two artists on Stapleton's Edition label - Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset and avant-garde bass player Dave Kane - and Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori. They are joined by the Brodowski Quartet in a concert recorded in Stapleton's home city, Cardiff. Also on the programme, pianist Huw Warren performs music inspired by his home country.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Peggy Sutton & Chris Elcombe.

David Murray And The Gwo-ka Masters

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David Murray And The Gwo-ka Masters

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David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters20100621

Jez Nelson presents American saxophonist David Murray with Guadeloupean drummer-vocalists the Gwo-Ka Masters, recorded in concert at the Bath Festival. This eight piece Creole project is an exploration of Murray's roots and features the boulagyel, a traditional Guadeloupean version of the beat box, alongside ka-drums, guitar, trumpet, bass and Murray's fiery saxophone. Murray has recorded prolifically since the mid 1970s, when he moved to New York and became part of the city's creative loft scene. He is known for his technique, particularly his use of circular breathing, and for the breadth of his work; he is as comfortable in a free music context as he is playing within more formal structures, and has traveled extensively exploring music from around the world.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Peggy Sutton & Robert Abel.

Jez Nelson presents saxophonist David Murray and the Gwo-Ka Masters in concert.

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Jez Nelson presents saxophonist David Sanchez in concert at the Pizza Express jazz club.

David Sanchez Recorded At The London Jazz Festival20081124

"Jez Nelson presents saxophonist David Sanchez in concert at the Pizza Express jazz club.

David Sanchez recorded at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez at the Pizza Express jazz club as part of this year's London Jazz Festival, featuring material from his new album Cultural Survival. By incorporating the approach of heavy-toned saxophonists like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and the Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences of his homeland, Sanchez has developed a fierce but lyrical style that has gained admiration worldwide.

Since his time as a teenager in Dizzy Gillespie's world-jazz orchestra, Sanchez has released a string of successful albums as a bandleader. In 2005, he received critical recognition by winning a Latin Grammy Award for his album Coral."

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Jez Nelson presents saxophonist David Sanchez in concert at the Pizza Express jazz club.

David Sanchez recorded at the London Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents a concert given by Puerto Rican saxophonist David Sanchez at the Pizza Express jazz club as part of this year's London Jazz Festival, featuring material from his new album Cultural Survival. By incorporating the approach of heavy-toned saxophonists like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, and the Latin and Afro-Caribbean influences of his homeland, Sanchez has developed a fierce but lyrical style that has gained admiration worldwide.

Since his time as a teenager in Dizzy Gillespie's world-jazz orchestra, Sanchez has released a string of successful albums as a bandleader. In 2005, he received critical recognition by winning a Latin Grammy Award for his album Coral.

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Jez Nelson presents a gig by guitarist David Torn's improvising group Prezens.

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Django Bates at the Cheltenham Festival20110509

Jez Nelson presents the multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and composer Django Bates, recorded live at this year's Cheltenham Festival, including a new work specially commissioned by Jazz on 3 and Radio 3 for rising stars on the UK scene. Bates's reputation as a writer and performer of richly inventive, often humorous improvised music was forged in the 1980s as part of the Loose Tubes big band. The group's energetic, off-the-wall approach has had a lasting influence on British jazz, despite the limited availability of their recordings, and their impact is celebrated in this new commission. Bates has handpicked leading members of the latest generation of UK jazz musicians to perform it, including Shabaka Hutchings, James Allsopp and Kit Downes. The composer promises "something very groove-orientated" in his new music, while the first half of the concert features a solo piano set from Bates, revisiting music from 1994 album Autumn Fires (and Green Shoots).

Jez Nelson presents Django Bates performing at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

Django Bates' Beloved Bird Trio

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Django Bates' Beloved Bird Trio

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Django Bates' Beloved Bird Trio20100426

Jez Nelson presents a concert by pianist Django Bates and his new trio Beloved Bird, in which they perform new interpretations of music by Bates' hero, the pioneering saxophonist Charlie Parker. Bates has said, 'having heard Charlie Parker's music from my birth onwards, I knew it was good in the way that I knew that food was good. It was nutrition: a life force'. Parker classics such as Now's The Time and Moose the Mooche will be re-arranged and de-constructed resulting in various levels of recognizability.

Beloved Bird features Petter Eldh on bass and Peter Bruun on drums. Best known for playing keyboards, this is the first time Bates has toured with an acoustic piano trio in many years, and he acknowledges that two classic American piano trios provided particular inspiration: the Bill Evans Trio and The Bad Plus. For the latter, the admiration is certainly mutual, and this programme also features an extensive interview with Bates by Bad Plus pianist Ethan Iverson.

Now residing in Copenhagen, where he's Professor of Rhythmic Music at the Rhythmic Music Conservatory, Django Bates first came into the public eye as a member of seminal 1980s big band Loose Tubes. Since then he has led his own large ensemble Delightful Precipice, found an outlet for his more experimental compositions with his small group Human Chain and won numerous awards including being voted Best UK Jazz Composer three times by The Wire.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Joby Waldman & Peggy Sutton.

Jez Nelson presents pianist Django Bates' trio Beloved Bird, recorded live in concert.

Django Bates, Food20110822

Jez Nelson presents a repeat of two Cheltenham Festival performances: Anglo-Norwegian duo Food, and music by Django Bates commissioned by Jazz on 3.

Django Bates' reputation as a writer and performer of richly inventive, often humorous improvised music was forged in the 1980s as part of the Loose Tubes big band. The group's energetic, off-the-wall approach has had a lasting influence on British jazz and is celebrated in this new work, performed at the 2011 festival. The band features rising stars on the UK scene handpicked by the composer, including Shabaka Hutchings, James Allsopp and Kit Downes.

Saxophonist Iain Ballamy and percussionist Thomas Strønen create delicate and detailed ambient soundscapes that bring together a lyrical approach to jazz with elements of folk and atmospheric electronics. For this concert, recorded in 2010, they're joined by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, and the set includes a new work by Strønen that was commissioned by the festival.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear performances by Food and Django Bates.

Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet20090622
Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet20090622

Jez Nelson presents a gig by US clarinettist and composer Don Byron, performing with his New Gospel Quintet. A group formed out of Byron's love and appreciation for black gospel music, particularly the songs of Thomas A Dorsey, they play classics and originals in the gospel tradition. With vocals from DK Dyson, Frank Wilkins on piano, bassist Brad Jones and drummer Pheeroan AkLaff.

Born into a musical family, Byron grew up in the Bronx, New York. Since the late 1980s, he has led groups covering many different styles including Latin, klezmer, jazz, hip hop and funk. He has won numerous awards for his virtuosity and creativity including a Grammy nomination for Best Instrumental Solo and his music often includes socio-political commentaries about living in New York.

Playlist:

Excerpt from Elijah by Donald Byrd (details below)

Alligator Clip by Clearframe played in tribute to the late Hugh Hopper recorded in an exclusive session for Jazz on 3 in 2005.

Line up:

Hugh Hopper (bass)

Lol Coxhill (soprano sax)

Charles Hayward (drums)

Orphy Robinson (vibes, steel pan and percussion)

Don Byron's New Gospel Quintet, recorded at the Everyman Theatre on May 3, 2009.

Line up:

Don Byron (clarinet)

DK Dyson (vocals)

Pheeroan Aklaff (drums)

Brad Jones (bass)

Frank Wilkins (piano)

All music by Thomas A Dorsey except Lefty Teachers Go Home which is an improvisation by Don Byron and Pheeroan Aklaff.

Set 1:

Lefty Teachers Go Home

I'm Going to Live the Life I Sing About In My Song

Kevin Le Gendre interviews Don Byron

Set 2:

Hide Me In Thy Bosom

It's My Desire

Precious Lord

For more information on Don Byron visit: http://www.donbyron.com

Details of the line-up for the 2009 London Jazz Festival. Jez highlights the best gigs including Tomasz Stanko, Carla Bley, Sonny Rollins, Bill Frisell, John Surman and John Scofield. For more information visit http://www.londonjazzfestival.org.uk

Kevin Le Gendre joins Jez in the studio to discuss the influence of gospel music on jazz musicians

Musical examples used in the discussion:

Artist: Donald Byrd

Track title: Elijah

Composer: Donald Byrd

Album title: A New Perspective

Label: Blue Note

Artist: Max Roach with the JC White Singers

Track title: Let Thy People Go

Composer: traditional

Album title: Lift Every Voice and Sing

Label: Atlantic

Artist: David Murray feat. Fontella Bass

Track title: Don't Know What I Would Do

Composer: traditional

Album title: Speaking in Tongues

Label: Justin Time

Artist: John Scofield

Track title: The Old Ship of Zion

Composer: Thomas A Dorsey

Album title: Piety Street

Label: Emarcy

Artist: The New Archie Shepp Quartet

Track title: It's All Right

Composer: Amina C Myers

Album title: Tomorrow Will Be Another Day

Label: PAO.

Jez Nelson presents a gig by clarinettist/Don Byron with his New Gospel Quintet.

Elton Dean Tribute Session20100906

Jez Nelson presents a session played in tribute to the late saxophonist Elton Dean, featuring Alex Maguire on keyboards, trumpeter Jim Dvorak, saxophonist Simon Picard, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin.

A versatile musician, whose work over four decades encompassed free improvisation, jazz-rock and avant-jazz, Elton Dean was a key figure on the UK's creative music scene until his death in 2006 at the age of 60. Having made his name in Keith Tippett's sextet and then seminal rock group Soft Machine in the late 60s and early 70s, he went on to lead diverse projects of his own and work with a wide range of collaborators, several of whom feature in this session.

This completely improvised set was recorded in June this year in the living room of Dean's flat in London's Dalston. Four years after his death it still contained posters, tapes and memorabilia that provided poignant reminders of Dean's life and work, and plenty of inspiration for the musicians who came together to remember him. Just a few days after this session was recorded the flat was due to be cleared out and refurbished.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producer: Robert Abel.

Jez Nelson presents a session played in tribute to saxophonist Elton Dean.

Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, John Tchicai, Tony Marsh20111024

Jez Nelson presents a performance by free improvisers Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, John Tchicai and Tony Marsh. Parker has been at the heart of the British and international free-jazz scene for half a century, renowned for his stunning technique and more recently his use of electronics. He is reunited with fellow member of big band The Brotherhood of Breath, South African drummer Louis Moholo. Danish saxophonist John Tchicai is perhaps best known for his role in the explosion of New York free-jazz in the 1960s, including appearing on John Coltrane's Ascension album, and teams up with British drummer Tony Marsh, whose long-term collaborations include with the Mike Westbrook Orchestra and trumpeter Harry Beckett.

Jez Nelson presents a concert with Evan Parker, Louis Moholo, John Tchicai and Tony Marsh.

Fete Quaqua Festival20110912

Jez Nelson presents music from the Fete Quaqua free improvisation festival at the Vortex in London. Each year, guitarist John Russell brings together a selection of leading UK and international musicians to build on existing collaborations and explore one-off groupings. The 2011 festival draws from a pool of 13 players, including veteran saxophonist Lol Coxhill, Japanese violinist Satoko Fukuda and Adam Bohman on electronics.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

Jez Nelson presents music from the Fete Quaqua free improvisation festival in London.

Finn Peters, Eugene Chadbourne

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Jez Nelson presents Finn Peters' Music of the Mind, recorded in concert at Cafe Oto, plus avant-jazz-folk from Eugene Chadbourne in session with percussionist Roger Turner.

Imagine if you only needed to think of a melody to hear it out loud? That was the idea behind award-winning reeds player Finn Peters' new project. Using the latest advances in Brain Computer Interface technology, Peters and Matthew Yee King, a software developer and improviser, have mapped Finn's moods to form the basis of compositions, and created software that learns and recreates his style of playing. The results might be academic if it weren't for the all-star young British players showcased here, such as tuba virtuoso Oren Marshall and the highly versatile drummer Tom Skinner.

Eugene Chadbourne is a genuine one-off who brings together free improvisation with post-punk country and western. On a rare visit to the UK from the US he plays banjo and sings in this exclusive session, and is joined by British percussionist Roger Turner.

Jez Nelson presents a concert by Finn Peters, plus Eugene Chadbourne in session.

Flat Earth Society in Session20090615
Flat Earth Society in Session20090615

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by Peter Vermeersch's Belgian 'anarcho-big band', Flat Earth Society. They perform in an unusual style that combines written-out compositions and improvisation.

Peter Vermeersch is a reeds player, composer and music producer working in improvised and popular music. He formed his first band, X-Legged Sally, in 1988 to perform the soundtracks he wrote for dance productions. In 1997 Vermeersch formed Flat Earth Society, and since then the band have performed soundtracks to film, dance and opera, and collaborated with pianist Uri Caine. Their ninth album is titled Cheer Me, Perverts!

Playlist:

Excerpt from:

Miss Possible by Flat Earth Society (details below)

Jez is joined by Belgian journalist Rob Leurentop who recommends the best recent Belgian CD releases:

Artist: Antoine Prawerman and Vegetal Beauty (Antoine Prawerman - reeds, Laurent Blondiau - trumpet, Kris Defoort - piano, Sarah Murcia - Double Bass, Sidiki Camara - percussion, Axel Gilain - double bass)

Track title: Aimer Comme On Aime Ses Enfants

Composer: Antoine Prawerman

Album title: Troposphere

Label: Mogno Music

Artist: Pierre Van Dormael (guitar)

Track title: Games

Composer: Steve Coleman

Album title: Solos and Duos

Label: Mogno Music

Artist: Othin Spake (Teun Verbruggen - percussion, Mauro Pawlowski - guitar, Jozef Dumoulin - Fender Rhodes)

Track title: Neural Vulture

Composer: Verbruggen/Pawlowski/Dumoulin

Album title: Solos and Duos

Label: Rat records

Flat Earth Society, recorded in session exclusively for Jazz On 3

Peter Vermeersch (clarinet)

Benjamin Boutreur (alto sax)

Michel Mast (tenor sax)

Bruno Vansina (baritone sax, flute)

Marc Meeuwissen, Stefaan Blancke (trombones)

Bart Maris (trumpet)

Luc Van Lieshout (trumpet)

Berlinde Deman (tuba)

Kristof Roseeuw (double bass)

Peter Vandenberghe (keyboards)

Teun Verbruggen (drums)

Pierre Vervloesem (guitar)

Tom Wouters (vibraphone, clarinet)

Wim Willaert (accordion)

All music by Peter Vermeersch, except Miss Possible, which is by Peter Vandenberghe.

Set 1:

Bad Linen

Betwixt and Between

Kotopoulopology

Miss Possible

Jez interviews bandleader Peter Vermeersch

Set 2:

Mutt

Rearm, Get That Char!

Smoke On Fire

Vole Sperm Reverie

More information about Flat Earth Society: http://www.fes.be/

Nate Chinen interviews big band leader and composer Darcy James Argue

Artist: Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (see http://secretsociety.typepad.com for full line-up)

Track title: Transit

Composer: Darcy James Argue

Album title: Infernal Machines

Label: New Amsterdam Records

Details of the 2009 Meltdown festival, curated by Ornette Coleman and taking place at London's Southbank Centre:

http://meltdown.southbankcentre.co.uk/

Artist: Bobby McFerrin (vocals)

Track title: Thinkin' About Your Body

Composer: Bobby McFerrin

Album title: Spontaneous Inventions

Label: Blue Note.

Jez Nelson presents a session from Peter Vermeersch's Belgian big band Flat Earth Society.

Fly At Charlie Wright's

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Fly At Charlie Wright's

Fly at Charlie Wright's20100111
Fly at Charlie Wright's20100111

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Extract from 'Super Sister' by Fly (details below)

CD track:

Artist: Bojan Z (Joshua Roseman - trombone, Sebastian Rochford - drums, Ruth Goller - bass guitar, Bojan Zulfikarpasic - Rhodes electric piano)

Track title: Empty Shell

Album title: Humus

Label: Emarcy

Released: 5 Oct 2009

Jez speaks to Larry Grenadier, bass player in Fly about the origins of the band.

Fly recorded at Charlie Wright's on November 21, 2009 during the London Jazz Festival

Line up:

Mark Turner (saxophone)

Jeff Ballard (drums)

Larry Grenadier (bass)

Set one track list:

Perla Morlena (Ballard)

Iverson's Odyssey (Turner)

Diorite Stone (Ballard)

Super Sister (Turner)

Jez speaks to Larry Grenadier about his playing and Fly's development as a band.

Set two track list:

Lady B (Ballard)

The Fruit (Bud Powell)

JJ (Grenadier)

State of the Union (Grenadier)

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Fly

Album title: Sky and Country

Label: ECM

Released: March 2009.

Jez Nelson presents Fly performing at Charlie Wright's for the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

Fly, Craig Taborn Trio

Fly, Craig Taborn Trio

Fly, Craig Taborn Trio20100830

A second chance to hear performances by pianist Craig Taborn's trio and American super-group Fly, comprising bassist Larry Grenadier, drummer Jeff Ballard and saxophonist Mark Turner.

Ballard and Grenadier are probably best known as members of pianist Brad Mehldau's trio. They met Turner in the 1990s and though they've individually collaborated with the likes of Chick Corea, Pat Metheny and Joshua Redman, they say "Fly needed to happen" such is their shared instinct for expansive, intelligent and emotive improvised music. In the words of Brad Mehldau, "it's music that hits the head and then seeps into the heart".

Taborn has visited the UK frequently as keyboard player of choice for the likes of Tim Berne and Chris Potter, but this concert saw him bring his own acoustic trio to London for the first time. With Thomas Morgan on bass and Gerald Cleaver on drums, he performs a spellbinding set of complex compositions and intricate improvisations.

Jez Nelson presents performances by supergroup Fly and pianist Craig Taborn's trio.

Fringe Magnetic and Tom Challenger's Ma at the Loop Festival20100322

Fringe Magnetic and Tom Challenger's Ma at the Loop Festival20100322

Fringe Magnetic and Tom Challenger's Ma at the Loop Festival

Jez Nelson presents music from two of London's most talented young groups. Ten-piece Fringe Magnetic, led by trumpeter Rory Simmons, have roots in chamber music, folk and gritty New York down-town jazz, while saxophonist Tom Challenger's quartet Ma brings together serene melodies, electronic soundscapes and dub heavy grooves featuring ubiquitous drummer Dave Smith.

These performances were recording during the Loop Collective festival at London's Vortex in February. Loop Collective, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, has a D.I.Y. approach to performing, promoting and recording music and as a result has become a breeding ground for innovative young musicians.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Producers: Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman

jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

Jez Nelson presents Fringe Magnetic and Tom Challenger's Ma playing at the Loop Festival.

Gail Brand and Mark Sanders20090119
Gail Brand and Mark Sanders20090119

Jez Nelson presents a studio session recorded exclusively for the programme by trombonist Gail Brand and drummer Mark Sanders - both key players on the jazz and improvised music scene in the UK and beyond. Completely improvised, the set showcases the duo's almost telepathic musical relationship and marks the launch of a new album and a new record label.

Comedian Stewart Lee talks to Gail about his life in music, revealing how freely-improvised music has influenced his stand-up routines.

Jez Nelson presents a session from trombonist Gail Brand and drummer Mark Sanders.

George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in Session20090420
George Haslam's Freetime Quartet In Session20090420

"Jez Nelson presents British baritone saxophonist George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in an exclusive session. Founded in Prague after a request from Czech National Radio in 2001, the quartet uses free improvisation combined with folk rhythms and melodies from across the globe. It features Haslam on baritone sax and tarogato, Swetja on guitar synth, fujara flute and singing saw, Jozef Laska on bass and Petr Zimak on drums, with special guest, violinist Stefano Pastor from Genoa.

Born and raised in Preston, Haslam has travelled extensively and spent the early 1980s in Eastern Europe, where he learnt the tarogato, a Hungarian national instrument similar to the clarinet. He was the first British jazz musician to play in Cuba, in 1986, and Argentina, in 1990, and he continues to travel to South America regularly.

Jez Nelson presents George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet performing an exclusive session."

George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in Session20090420

Synopsis

Jez Nelson presents British baritone saxophonist George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in an exclusive session. Founded in Prague after a request from Czech National Radio in 2001, the quartet uses free improvisation combined with folk rhythms and melodies from across the globe. It features Haslam on baritone sax and tarogato, Swetja on guitar synth, fujara flute and singing saw, Jozef Laska on bass and Petr Zimak on drums, with special guest, violinist Stefano Pastor from Genoa.

Born and raised in Preston, Haslam has travelled extensively and spent the early 1980s in Eastern Europe, where he learnt the tarogato, a Hungarian national instrument similar to the clarinet. He was the first British jazz musician to play in Cuba, in 1986, and Argentina, in 1990, and he continues to travel to South America regularly.

Jez Nelson presents George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet performing an exclusive session.

George Haslam's Freetime Quartet In Session20090420

Jez Nelson presents British baritone saxophonist George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet in an exclusive session. Founded in Prague after a request from Czech National Radio in 2001, the quartet uses free improvisation combined with folk rhythms and melodies from across the globe. It features Haslam on baritone sax and tarogato, Swetja on guitar synth, fujara flute and singing saw, Jozef Laska on bass and Petr Zimak on drums, with special guest, violinist Stefano Pastor from Genoa.

Born and raised in Preston, Haslam has travelled extensively and spent the early 1980s in Eastern Europe, where he learnt the tarogato, a Hungarian national instrument similar to the clarinet. He was the first British jazz musician to play in Cuba, in 1986, and Argentina, in 1990, and he continues to travel to South America regularly.

Jez Nelson presents George Haslam's FreeTime Quartet performing an exclusive session.

Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble

Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble20101011

Jez Nelson presents Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble in concert at Ronnie Scott's during the band's 10th anniversary tour. Alongside Atzmon on reeds and accordion are pianist Frank Harrison, Yaron Stavi on double bass and drummer Eddie Hick.

Born in Israel, Atzmon moved to London in 1994 and formed the Orient House Ensemble six years later to explore his interest in the music of the Middle East, North Africa and Eastern Europe in the context of jazz. Over the past decade the Ensemble has explored many different musical paths, but their blistering live performances have remained a constant.

Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Gilad Atzmon's Orient House Ensemble in concert.

Han Bennink, Evan Parker and Marc Ribot at Meltdown 200920090629
Han Bennink, Evan Parker and Marc Ribot at Meltdown 200920090629

Radio 3 at the Summer Festivals.

Jez Nelson presents US guitarist and composer Marc Ribot performing in concert with British saxophonist Evan Parker and Dutch drummer Han Bennink. This rare collaboration between three leading figures in improvised music is part of the 2009 Meltdown festival, curated by free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman.

Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy & Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

Composer: Joe Zawinul

Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

About recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on June 14, 2009 as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival

Line up:

John Coxon - guitar, synths and sampler

Alexis Taylor - vocals, fender Rhodes bass, guitar

Pat Thomas - synths

Charles Hayward - drums

This set is entirely improvised

Recommended further listening:

Artist: About

Album title: About

Label: Treader

Released: Summer 2009

http://treader.org/

Jez interviews Bobby McFerrin

Blackbird by Bobby McFerrin recorded at the 2003 London Jazz Festival

Han Bennink, Marc Ribot and Evan Parker recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall, London on June 14, 2009 as part of Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival

Line up:

Han Bennink - drums, percussion

Marc Ribot - guitar

Evan Parker - reeds

All compositions by Han Bennink, Marc Ribot and Evan Parker

Evan Parker and Han Bennink have been at the forefront of the European improvised music scene for more than 40 years, while Marc Ribot has worked in a wide range of musical contexts, collaborating with John Zorn, Tom Waits and Elvis Costello amongst others.

Jez Nelson presents Marc Ribot, Evan Parker and Han Bennink at the 2009 Meltdown festival.

Helge Lien At Pizza Express Jazz Club

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Helge Lien At Pizza Express Jazz Club

Henry Threadgill and Zooid at the London Jazz Festival20111128

Jez Nelson presents multi-instrumentalist Henry Threadgill with his group Zooid at the London Jazz Festival. Threadgill, an original member of the Chicago AACM collective, has been at the heart of the jazz avant-garde since establishing his landmark Air trio in the 1970s. Known for his unusual combinations of instruments and musical styles, he has been credited as one of the most important and revolutionary jazz composers of recent years. His Zooid ensemble blends funk, gamelan and Afro-Cuban rhythms in collective improvisation and features cellist Christopher Hoffmann and tuba player Jose Davila.

Jez Nelson presents Henry Threadgill and his group Zooid at the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

Herbie Hancock At The 2008 London Jazz Festival

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Herbie Hancock At The 2008 London Jazz Festival

Herbie Hancock at the 2008 London Jazz Festival20090817
Herbie Hancock at the 2008 London Jazz Festival20090817

Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear the famous Herbie Hancock gig at the 2008 London Jazz Festival. Featuring the previously un-broadcast Lionel Loueke solo, plus music from Hancock's back catalogue of classic albums with a stellar line-up of musicians: New Orleans trumpeter Terence Blanchard, Benin born guitarist and vocalist Lionel Loueke, Gregoire Maret on harmonica, bassist James Genus and talented young drummer Kendrick Scott.

Since Herbie Hancock's emergence on the scene as part of Donald Byrd's band in 1961, he has been at the forefront of almost every major development in modern jazz. Whether it be joining Miles Davis' second classic quintet, adopting the electronic piano as his instrument of choice or going platinum with the funk-jazz fusion of his Headhunters album, Hancock has always pushed the boundaries and been a true musical trailblazer.

Playlist:

Excerpt from Chameleon by Herbie Hancock Sextet (details below)

Excerpt from Electronic Sonata for Souls Loved by Nature by George Russell's Living Time Orchestra recorded at the Barbican on Jun 16, 2003. Played in tribute to George who sadly died on July 27, 2009.

Line up:

George Russell (conductor)

Palle Mikkelborg (trumpet/electronics)

Stanton Davis, Stuart Brooks (trumpet)

Dave Bargeron (trombone)

Richard Henry (bass trombone)

Hiroaki Honshuku (flute/electronics)

Andy Sheppard (soprano and tenor saxophones)

Chris Biscoe (alto saxophone)

Pete Hurt (baritone saxophone and bass clarinet)

Steve Lodder, Bradley Hatfield (keyboards)

Mike Walker (guitar)

Bill Urmson (electric bass)

Richie Morales (drums)

Pat Hollenbeck (percussion and assistant conductor)

Recommended further listening:

Artist: George Russell and The Living Time Orchestra

Album title: The 80th Birthday Concert

Label: Concept Publishing

Released: 2005

Herbie Hancock Sextet recorded at the Barbican on November 19, 2008 during the London Jazz Festival

Line up:

Herbie Hancock (piano, keyboards, electronics)

Terence Blanchard (trumpet)

Lionel Loueke (guitar)

Gregoire Maret (harmonica)

James Genus (bass)

Kendrick Scott (drums)

Track list:

Actual Proof (Herbie Hancock)

Virgin Forest (Lionel Loueke)

Stella by Starlight (Victor Young)

Cantaloupe Island (Herbie Hancock)

Chameleon (Herbie Hancock).

Jez Nelson with another chance to hear Herbie Hancock's gig at 2008's London Jazz Festival

Hession, Wilkinson, Fell

Hession, Wilkinson, Fell

Hession, Wilkinson, Fell20100531

Hession, Wilkinson, Fell20100531

Jez Nelson presents a performance by drummer Paul Hession, saxophonist Alan Wilkinson and double bassist Simon H. Fell, recorded, during the trio's 21st anniversary tour, at Cafe Oto in East London. Hession, Wilkinson and Fell began playing improvised music together in 1989, and their sound, which is rooted in both American free jazz and European free improvisation, is characterised by intensity, power and passion. The three have mostly been pursuing individual projects for the past decade, but decided to fire up the group once more to mark 21 years since its foundation.

"They left the audience in a state of shock. Whiteheat improvisation, full throttle free jazz out of Archie Shepp 1969, but somehow more so: more venom, more noise, more discord, more evil heat . . . we are talking the essence of what makes jazz great here." THE WIRE

Alan Wilkinson emerged onto the creative Leeds music scene in the 1980s before moving to London in 1990. He's been a mainstay of the city's improvised music scene ever since, playing with everyone from Derek Bailey, John Edwards and Steve Noble to Spring Heel Jack and Spiritualized.

As well as playing the double bass, Simon H Fell is a highly respected composer whose work straddles contemporary jazz and classical music as well as free improvisation. He's a founder member of the London Improviser's Orchestra and has played with John Zorn, Peter Brotzmann, Joey Baron and Christian Marclay amongst many many others.

Born in Leeds, Paul Hession has played with many of the major players on the free music scene, including Evan Parker, Paul Rutherford, Marshall Allen and Joe McPhee, as well as musicians who work with electronics such as Tom Jenkinson aka Squarepusher and techno creator and DJ Paul Woolford.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Studio Guest: John Fordham

Producers: Robert Abel & Peggy Sutton.

Jez Nelson presents an improvised set from Paul Hession, Alan Wilkinson and Simon H Fell.

Highlights From Freedom Of The City 2010

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Highlights From Freedom Of The City 2010

Highlights from Freedom of the City 201020100614

Highlights from Freedom of the City 201020100614

Jez Nelson presents highlights of 2010's Freedom Of The City festival. Curated by Evan Parker, Eddie Prevost, John Coxon and Trevor Brent, this annual event celebrates London's status as a leading centre of free improvisation worldwide.

This year's line-up includes musicians from the UK and the US. Cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Peter Evans from New York join British saxophonist Evan Parker, while American trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith is featured in a group that also includes UK players John Coxon and Alex Ward. Plus sets from percussionist Mark Sanders with reeds player John Butcher and the Stellari String Quartet.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Studio guest: Steve Beresford

Producer: Peggy Sutton.

Jez Nelson presents highlights from 2010's Freedom of the City festival.

Highlights From The 2009 Saalfelden Festival

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Highlights From The 2009 Saalfelden Festival

Highlights from the 2009 Saalfelden Festival20100201
Highlights from the 2009 Saalfelden Festival20100201

Highlights from the 2009 Saalfelden Jazz Festival

Jez Nelson presents selected highlights from the 30th annual Saalfelden Jazz Festival held in the foothills of Austria. Attracting the best international musicians, the festival is one of the most coveted and open-minded celebrations of improvisation in the world.

Taking place over an August weekend in 2009 the line up featured a headlining slot from free jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman, a set from British musicians Chris Batchelor and Steve Buckley's Big Air group, plus improvising cellist Erik Friedlander's Broken Arm Trio and Little Women - a terrifyingly raucous quartet from Brooklyn fronted by saxophonists Darius Jones and Travis Laplante.

Presented by Jez Nelson

Produced by Joby Waldman & Kathryn Willgress

jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3

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PLAYLIST

All the music was recorded during the 30th annual Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, 28-30 August 2009

VIJAY IYER TRIO

Line up:

Vijay Iyer (piano)

Stephan Crump (double bass)

Justin Brown (drums)

Set list:

Mystic Brew (Ronnie Foster)

Big Brother (Stevie Wonder)

Recommended further listening:

Artist: Vijay Iyer Trio

Album title: Historicity

Label: ACT

Released: 24 August 2009

BIG AIR

Line up:

Chris Batchelor (trumpet, electronics)

Andrew D'Angelo (saxophone, bass clarinet)

Oren Marshall (trombone, electronics)

Liam Noble (piano)

Jim Black (drums)

Set list:

The Wizard (Steve Buckley)

The Road, The Sky, The Moon (Chris Batchelor)

Interview with Mario Steidl, the artistic director of the Saalfelden Jazz Festival

CHRISTIAN MUTHSPIEL'S YODEL GROUP

Line up:

Christian Muthspiel (trombone, piano, electronics)

Gerald Preinfalk (saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet)

Matthieu Michel (trombone, flugelhorn)

Franck Tortiller (vibraphone)

Jerome Harris (electric bass)

Bobby Previte (drums)

Set list:

Exert from "Five Yodelers" (Christian Muthspiel)

ERIC FRIEDLANDER'S BROKEN ARM TRIO

Line up:

Eric Friedlander (cello)

Trevor Dunn (bass)

Mike Sarin (drums)

Set list:

Pearls (Eric Friedlander)

Pretty Penny(Eric Friedlander)

Jimmy Zipper (Eric Friedlander)

Cake (Eric Friedlander)

EIVIND AARSET'S SONIC CODEX ORCHESTRA

Line up:

Eivind Aarset (electric guitar, electronics)

Bjorn Charles Dreyer (guitar, pedal steel)

Audun Erlien (bass)

Gunnar Halle (trumpet, synthesizer)

Wetle Holte (drums)

Torstein Lofthus (drums)

Set list:

Sign of Seven (Eivind Aarset)

Sleeps With Fishes (Eivind Aarset).

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2009 Saalfelden Jazz Festival, held in Austria.

Highlights from the 2011 GIO Festival20111219

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 GIO Festival in Glasgow. Run by the Glasgow Improvisers Orchestra for the last four years, GIO Festival presents improvisation in a variety of sometimes unusual settings. Among the featured artists this year are avant-garde Japanese pianist Satoko Fujii, a pop-influenced quartet that includes festival director and saxophonist Raymond MacDonald and Bill Wells, and the GIO themselves, performing a newly commissioned work.

Presenter: Jez Nelson

Guest: Brian Morton

Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 GIO Festival in Glasgow.

Highlights Of Bbc Introducing At The London Jazz Festival 200820081201

"Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson showcase emerging jazz talent, including The Mighty Jeddo.

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson host a showcase of the UK's emerging jazz talent. Recorded at the Southbank Centre during the 2008 London Jazz Festival, the show includes concert highlights and backstage interviews.

Including drummer Daniel Crosby's London-based quartet The Mighty Jeddo, with a blend of bass line heavy jazz and featuring Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone. Plus Chris Sharkey's guitar-led group trio VD and F-ire Collective affiliate Robert Mitchell performing with his new trio."

Highlights Of Bbc Introducing At The London Jazz Festival 200820081201

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson showcase emerging jazz talent, including The Mighty Jeddo.

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson host a showcase of the UK's emerging jazz talent. Recorded at the Southbank Centre during the 2008 London Jazz Festival, the show includes concert highlights and backstage interviews.

Including drummer Daniel Crosby's London-based quartet The Mighty Jeddo, with a blend of bass line heavy jazz and featuring Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone. Plus Chris Sharkey's guitar-led group trio VD and F-ire Collective affiliate Robert Mitchell performing with his new trio.

Highlights of BBC Introducing at the London Jazz Festival 200820081201

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson showcase emerging jazz talent, including The Mighty Jeddo.

Highlights of BBC Introducing at the London Jazz Festival 200820081201

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson showcase emerging jazz talent, including The Mighty Jeddo.

Jez Nelson and Gilles Peterson host a showcase of the UK's emerging jazz talent. Recorded at the Southbank Centre during the 2008 London Jazz Festival, the show includes concert highlights and backstage interviews.

Including drummer Daniel Crosby's London-based quartet The Mighty Jeddo, with a blend of bass line heavy jazz and featuring Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone. Plus Chris Sharkey's guitar-led group trio VD and F-ire Collective affiliate Robert Mitchell performing with his new trio.

Highlights of the Loop Festival20090309
Highlights of the Loop Festival20090309

Jez Nelson presents highlights from a festival held at the Vortex Jazz Club, arranged by London's Loop Collective, considered to be a breeding ground for innovative young musicians in the city.

The festival features the edgy beats and duelling saxes of Outhouse, whose self-titled debut album was well received on its release in 2008. Plus trios from two hotly tipped pianists: Alcyona Mick, who co-leads Blink with saxophonist Robin Fincker, and Jasper Hoiby's Phronesis.

Artist: Henri Texier (double bass), with Sebastien Texier (alto saxophone), Manu Codjia (guitar), Christophe Marguet (drums)

  • Track title: Intuition

  • Composer: E Codjia, C Marguet, S Texier, H Texier

  • Album title: Red Route Quartet - Love Songs Reflections

  • Label: Label Bleu

    Artists: Joachim Kuhn (Steinway grand p)iano, Michael Wollny (Steinway grand piano)

  • Track title: Encore

  • Composer: Kuhn/Wollny

  • Album title: Live at Schloss Elmau

  • Label: ACT

    Artists: Dave Kane (double bass), Alex Bonney (trumpet, piccolo trumpet)

  • Track title: Tr 6

  • Composer: improvised piece

  • Album title: 6 Improvised Pieces

  • Label: Mini-Loop

    Outhouse, recorded at the Vortex 14 February 2009:

  • Robin Fincker (tenor saxophone)

  • Tom Challenger (tenor saxophone)

  • Dave Smith (drums)

  • Johnny Brierley (double bass)

  • Pierre-Alexandre Tremblay - laptop (Tr 4 only)

    Fool (Fincker)

  • Reverse (Fincker)

  • Number One (Fincker)

  • Alignment (Smith)

  • Zout (Challenger).

    Jez Nelson presents sets from Outhouse, plus trios featuring Alcyona Mick and Jasper Hoiby

  • Huw Warren's tribute to Hermeto Pascoal20090608
    Huw Warren's tribute to Hermeto Pascoal20090608

    Jez Nelson presents a concert from Welsh pianist and composer Huw Warren, inspired by celebrated Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal. Warren first heard Pascoal's music in the 1980s and has described the project as a celebration, tribute and musical 'thank you'. The group plays a mixture of Pascoal's tunes and original compositions, with bassist Dudley Phillips and Martin France on drums, plus special guest appearances from Iain Ballamy on sax and Maria Pia de Vito on vocals.

    An artist inspired by folk music as well as jazz, Pascoal first received international attention through his appearance on Miles Davis' album Live-Evil in 1971. He is a prolific composer and highly regarded as a leading figure in post-bossa Brazilian jazz.

    CD track:

    Artist: Rob Mazurek (Rob Mazurek - cornet, John Herndon - drums, Matthew Lux - bass guitar, Josh Abrams - acoustic bass and piano, Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone)

    Track title: The Dream Rocker

    Composer: Rob Mazurek

    Album title: Sound Is

    Label: Delmark

    Highlights from 2009 festivals:

    Equinox Festival @ Conway Hall, London

    http://equinoxfestival.org

    12 June - John Zorn (first set solo saxophone, second set a duo with Z'EV)

    13 June - Rob Mazurek solo cornet

    Paris Week @ Kings Place, London

    http://www.kingsplace.co.uk/music/weekly-themes?theme=54

    11 June - Martial Solal - Hall One 8.00pm

    12 June - Bojan Z Tetraband - Hall One 8.00pm, Evan Parker and Hans Koller pay tribute to Steve Lacy - Hall Two 10.00pm

    13 June - Henri Texier - Hall One 8.00pm, plus music from two young Parisian acts: pianist Eve Risser and trio Jean Louis

    CD track:

    Artist: Jean Louis (Aymeric Avice - trumpet, Joachim Florent - bass, Francesco Pastacaldi - drums)

    Track title: Maximator

    Composer: Avice/Florent/Pastacaldi

    Album title: Jean Louis

    Label: Tranche Music

    Extract from Venceremos by Working Week (details below)

    Huw Warren's Tribute to Hermeto Pascoal recorded at Turner Sims, Southampton on May 7, 2009

    Line up:

    Huw Warren (piano)

    Dudley Philips (double bass)

    Iain Ballamy (saxophone)

    Martin France (drums)

    Maria Pia De Vito (vocals)

    Set one list:

    The End is Also the Beginning (Warren) segue into Santo Antonio (Pascoal)

    Harmonia sem Chronologia (Pascoal)

    Santa Caterina (Pascoal)

    All is Sound (Warren)

    Jegue (Pascoal)

    Jez speaks to Huw Warren about his reasons for paying tribute to Brazilian musician Hermeto Pascoal

    Set two list:

    Cowbois and Shepherds (Warren)

    Allirallena (Warren/Pia de Vito)

    Briguinha de Musicos Malacos (Pascoal)

    All is Music (Warren) segue into Whistling Rufus (Warren)

    Recommended listening:

    Artist: Huw Warren (Huw Warren - piano, Martin France - drums, Peter Herbert - double bass)

    Album title: Hermeto +

    Label: Basho

    Released: Autumn 2009

    Kevin Le Gendre presents a feature highlighting the music of British saxophonist Larry Stabbins.

    Music played during the feature:

    Artist: Stonephace

    Track title: Five Miles High

    Composer: Larry Stabbins

    Album title: Stonephace

    Label: Tru Thoughts

    Artist: Centipede

    Track title: Septober Energy Part 2

    Composer: Keith Tippett

    Album title: Septober Energy

    Label: BGO Records

    Artist: Working Week

    Track title: I Thought I'd Never See You Again

    Composer: Larry Stabbins/Simon Booth

    LP title: I Thought I'd Never See You Again

    Label: Virgin

    Artist: Working Week

    Track title: Stella Marina

    Composer: Larry Stabbins/Simon Booth

    EP title: Stella Marina

    Label: Virgin

    Artist: Working Week

    Track title: Venceremos

    Composer: Larry Stabbins/Simon Booth

    EP title: Venceremos (We Will Win)

    Label: Virgin

    Artist: Working Week

    Track title: Yatra-ta

    Composer: Tania Maria

    LP title: I Thought I'd Never See You Again

    Label: Virgin

    Artist: Stonephace

    Track title: Stonephace

    Composer: Larry Stabbins

    Album title: Stonephace

    Label: Tru Thoughts

    Links:

    http://www.robmazurek.com

    http://www.myspace.com/tranchemusic

    http://website.lineone.net/~huw.warren

    http://www.stonephace.com

    http://www.myspace.com/larrystabbins.

    With Jez Nelson. A concert from pianist/composer Huw Warren, inspired by Hermeto Pascoal.

    Iain Ballamy And Thomas Stronen's Food

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    Iain Ballamy And Thomas Stronen's Food

    Iain Ballamy and Thomas Stronen's Food20100524

    Iain Ballamy and Thomas Stronen's Food20100524

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by Food, recorded at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. British saxophonist Iain Ballamy and Norwegian percussionist Thomas Stronen create delicate and detailed ambient soundscapes that bring together a lyrical approach to jazz with elements of folk and atmospheric electronics. For this concert they're joined by Austrian guitarist Christian Fennesz, who also features on Food's latest album: Quiet Inlet. This set includes a new work by Thomas Stronen that was commissioned by the Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Joby Waldman & Peggy Sutton.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by Food given at the 2010 Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

    Ian Carr Tribute

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    Ian Carr Tribute

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    Ian Carr Tribute20100419

    Jez Nelson presents the London premiere of Northumbrian Sketches, a rarely heard work, by the late British trumpeter and composer Ian Carr, for jazz ensemble and string orchestra. A year after Carr's death, friends, family and fans come together for a one off concert at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall to celebrate his life and music.

    Conducted by Mike Gibbs, this performance features trumpeter Guy Barker, Tim Whitehead on bass clarinet, Phil Todd on soprano saxophone, Rob Statham on bass guitar and strings led by violinist Sonia Slany.

    Ian Carr, who died on 25th February 2009 aged 76, was best known for forming Nucleus, the most celebrated home-grown British jazz-rock band of the 1970s. However this was only small part of his creative output; he was also a prolific composer, and a gifted teacher and writer, most famously of Miles Davis: The Definitive Biography.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    A performance of rarely heard music by the late British trumpeter and composer Ian Carr.

    Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House

    Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House

    Ingrid Laubrock's Anti-House20110307

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's Anti House. Now based in New York, until recently German born Laubrock was a hotly tipped fixture of British jazz. This concert represents her first return to the UK with a new sound and approach. Playing with her are several leading lights of the left field New York scene, drummer Tom Rainey, John Hebert and acclaimed free guitarist Mary Halvorson.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock's Anti House.

    Jan Garbarek Group

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    Jan Garbarek Group

    Jan Garbarek Group20100315

    Jan Garbarek Group20100315

    Jan Garbarek Group

    Jez Nelson presents Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek in concert at the Barbican, London, in January. Since the late 1960s, Garbarek has played an important role in forging a distinctly European jazz sound, bringing together influences ranging from Scandinavian folk and early music to electronica and John Coltrane. For this performance he's joined by Rainer Brüninghaus on piano, bassist Yuri Daniel and special guest Trilok Gurtu on drums & percussion.

    Garbarek began his career as a part of avant-garde composer George Russell's groups in the late 60s. He became a member of Keith Jarrett's European Quartet in the 70s releasing several critically acclaimed albums on the ECM label, to which he has been closely affiliated since its conception. His 1993 album Officium based on Gregorian chants was a huge commercial success reaching the pop, jazz and classical charts in several European countries and launched Garbarek's reputation as a crossover artist with wide appeal.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guest: John Fordham

    Producers: Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman

    jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3.

    Jez Nelson presents Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek in concert at the Barbican, London.

    Jazz in Warsaw20120213

    Jez Nelson presents music from Warsaw's distinctive jazz scene. In the last few years the Polish capital has become one of the most exciting centres of European jazz, with a host of young musicians exploring everything from Chopin to electronic music. The programme includes a live performance by Osaka Vacuum - a sax/cello/drums free-jazz trio led by British ex-pat Ray Dickaty - and a specially recorded session by twin brothers Marcin and Bartlomiej Oles.

    Jez Nelson presents music from Warsaw's distinctive jazz scene.

    Jazzahead Festival 201120110905

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Jazzahead festival in Bremen, Germany. Over the last six years this has become a major international convention for the jazz industry and its fans, and a showcase for mainly European jazz. The programme features music from Finland's Kalle Kalima & K-18, inspired by the films of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch; Berlin-based sextet Transit Room, whose finely balanced textures blend free and composed material; and French quartet Ozma, combining high-energy riffs and angular top-lines.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Jazzahead festival in Bremen, Germany.

    Joe Lovano's Us Five At Ronnie Scott's

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    Joe Lovano's Us Five At Ronnie Scott's

    Joe Lovano's Us Five At Ronnie Scott's

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    Joe Lovano's Us Five at Ronnie Scott's20090706

    Jez Nelson presents a concert from US saxophonist Joe Lovano with his new quintet Us Five at Ronnie Scott's in London. The set features melodic tunes interwoven with free improvisation, and employs all combinations of players within the group. Playing a range of horns and folk instruments, Lovano is joined by James Weidman on piano, bassist Esperanza Spalding and two drummers - Otis Brown and Francesco Mela.

    Joe Lovano was born in Ohio to a musical family in 1952. He rose to prominence during the 1980s playing with John Scofield's quartet and Paul Motion's bass-less trio with Bill Frisell. Since then, he has led many of his own groups, developing a tone that combines Stan Getz's melodic style and Coltrane's gruffness with a sound knowledge of jazz composition to date.

    Artist: Acoustic Ladyland

    Title: Sport Mode

    Composer: Pete Wareham/Seb Rochford

    Album: Living with a Tiger

    Label: Strong and Wrong

    Artist: Troyka

    Track: Tax Return

    Composer: Chris Montague

    Album: Troyka

    Label: Edition

    Artist: Zed-U

    Track: Showroom Dummies

    Composer: Ralf Hutter

    Album: Night Time on the Middle Passage

    Label: Babel

    Artist: Mark Lockheart

    Track: Sand into Gold

    Composer: Mark Lockheart

    Album: In Deep

    Label: Edition

    A feature on the relationship between graphic design and jazz presented by editor of Eye magazine John L Walters.

    Musical excerpts played during the feature:

    Artist: Oliver Nelson

    Track: Stolen Moments

    Composer: Oliver Nelson

    Album: The Blues and the Abstract Truth

    Label: Impulse

    Artist: Art Tatum

    Track: Makin' Whoopie

    Composer: Art Tatum

    Album: The Complete Capitol Recordings of Art Tatum

    Label: Capitol Jazz

    Artist: Lee Morgan

    Track: Morgan the Pirate

    Composer: Lee Morgan

    Album: Search for the New Land

    Label: Blue Note

    Artist: Miles Davis

    Track: Funky Tonk

    Composer: Miles Davis

    Album: Live-Evil

    Label: Columbia/Legacy

    Artist: Jan Garbarek

    Track: Selje

    Composer: Garbarek/Andersen/Versala

    Album: Triptykon

    Label: ECM

    Artist: Pat Metheny

    Track: The Way Up

    Composer: Pat Metheny/Lyle Mays

    Album: The Way Up

    Label: Nonesuch

    Artist: Iain Ballamy

    Track: Medallion

    Composer: Iain Ballamy

    Album: Organic & GM Food

    Label: Feral Records

    Artist: Bill Frisell

    Track: Boubacar

    Composer: Bill Frisell

    Album: The Intercontinentals

    Label: Nonesuch

    Artist: Jason Lindner's Big Band

    Track: Suheir

    Composer: Jason Lindner

    Album: Live at the Jazz Gallery

    Label: Anzic

    Artist: John Coltrane

    Track: Giant Steps

    Joe Lovano's Us Five at Ronnie Scott's20100301

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joe Lovano and his quintet Us Five at Ronnie Scott's.

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    Jez Nelson presents a giant of jazz in concert at Ronnie Scott's. American saxophonist Joe Lovano weaves together jazz past, present and future with his acclaimed quintet Us Five featuring James Weidman on piano, bassist Esperanza Spalding and two drummers - Otis Brown and Francesco Mela.

    Joe Lovano was born in Ohio to a musical family in 1952. He rose to prominence during the 1980s playing with John Scofield's quartet and Paul Motion's bass-less trio with Bill Frisell. Since then he has led many of his own groups, developing a tone that combines Stan Getz's breathy melodic style and Coltrane's gruffness with a deep-seated knowledge of jazz composition to date.

    Presented by Jez Nelson

    Produced by Joby Waldman

    jazzon3@bbc.co.uk

    A Somethin' Else production for BBC Radio 3

    PLAYLIST

    Extract from 'Dibango' by Joe Lovano's Us Five (details below)

    CD tracks:

    Artist: Myra Melford

    Track title: Through the Same Gate

    Composer: Myra Melford

    Album title: The Whole Tree Gone

    Label: Firehouse 12

    Artist: Jason Adasiewicz's Rolldown

    Track title: Punchbag

    Composer: Jason Adasiewicz

    Album title: Varmint

    Label: Cuniform Records

    Artist: Curios

    Track title: 2009 World Champion

    Composer: Tom Cawley

    Album title: The Other Place

    Label: Edition

    Curios UK tour dates:

    Mar 26 @ Wakefield Jazz

    April 06 @ The Stables, Milton Keynes

    April 09 @ Millennium Hall, Sheffield

    April 10@ Future Inns, Bristol

    April 11@ Taleisin Theatre, Swansea

    April 14 @ Vortex Jazz Club, London

    April 18 @ Lichfield Guildhall

    April 20 @ RWCMD, Cardiff

    April 23 @ Kettle's Yard, Cambridge

    May 22 @ Newark Jazz Festival

    Artist: Django Bates

    Track title: Billie's Bounce

    Composer: Charlie Parker

    Album title: Beloved Bird

    Label: Lost Marble Records

    Django Bates' Beloved Bird UK tour dates:

    08 April @ Band on the Wall, Manchester

    09 April @ Brewery Arts Centre, Kendell

    10 April @ CBSO Centre, Birmingham

    11 April @ The Stables, Milton Keynes

    13 April @ Vortex Jazz Club, London

    15 April @ Poole Light House, Poole

    16 April @ South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

    Artist: Agusti Fernandez & Barry Guy

    Track title: Annalisa

    Composer: Barry Guy

    Album title: Some Other Place

    Label: Maya Records

    Joe Lovano's Us Five recorded at Ronnie Scott's, London on May 26, 2009

    Line up:

    Joe Lovano (tenor saxophone and aulochrome)

    James Weidman (piano)

    Esperanza Spalding (bass)

    Otis Brown (drums)

    Francesco Mela (drums)

    Set list:

    The Dawn of Time

    Dibango

    Page 4

    Viva Caruso

    All compositions by Joe Lovano

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: Joe Lovano's Us Five

    Album: Folk Art

    Label: Blue Note

    Robert Glasper Trio perform a cover of Bjork's 'Yoga' recorded in session.

    Line up:

    Robert Glasper (piano)

    Alan Hampton (bass)

    Chris Dave (drums)

    CD track:

    Artist: Dan Berglund's Tonbruket

    Track title: Sailor Waltz

    Composer: Dan Berglund & Tonbruket

    Album title: Tonbruket

    Label: ACT

    Dan Berglund's Tonbruket UK tour dates:

    13 March @ Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

    15 March @ QEH Southbank Centre, London

    20 March @ The Button Factory, Dublin

    25 March @ Band On The Wall, Manchester

    26 March @ Lakeside, Nottingham

    27 March @ Sage, Gateshead

    28 March @ Turner Sims, Southampton

    29 March @ The Stables, Milton Keynes

    30 March @ CBSO Centre, Birmingham

    31 March @ The Queen's Theatre, Barnstaple

    01 April @ St. Georges, Hall Bristol.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joe Lovano and his quintet Us Five at Ronnie Scott's.

    Joe McPhee and Survival Unit III

    Joe McPhee and Survival Unit III20120423

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joe McPhee and Survival Unit III in concert at Cafe Oto in London. McPhee began his career in the late 60s with the first incarnation of his free-jazz Survival Unit Trio. Although recording prolifically and earning recognition in Europe over the ensuing years, McPhee didn't earn wider recognition in the US until the 1990s. Since then he has performed regularly alongside Ken Vandermark, with Peter Brotzmann's Chicago Tentet and with his own Trio X. This latest version of Survival Unit features percussionist Michael Zerang and cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert given by saxophonist Joe McPhee and Survival Unit III.

    Joel Harrison at the 2009 London Jazz Festival20091130
    Joel Harrison at the 2009 London Jazz Festival20091130

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by American guitarist, composer and singer Joel Harrison given at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

    Renowned for defying categorisation, Harrison's eclectic sound integrates everything from jazz, blues and folk to African and Americana. And with tracks from his latest album Urban Myths, he demonstrates his love of 1970s electric jazz with a fresh approach for today's audience.

    After studying with composers including Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos, Harrison's career took off when he moved to New York in 1999. Since then, he has released several very different albums - ranging from Free Country, a radical re-take on Appalachian folk music, through Harbor, with guitarist Nguyen Le, to The Wheel, described as a 'staggering work' by Absolute Sound.

    Excerpt of Hudson Shining by the Joel Harrison Quintet (details below).

    Helge Lien Trio recorded at the Pizza Express Jazz Club on 20th November 2009 during the London Jazz Festival.

    Line up:

    Helge Lien (piano)

    Frode Berg (bass)

    Knut Aalefjaer (drums)

    Set list:

    De Sma Bjornene (Helge Lien)

    Joel Harrison Quintet recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club on 19th November 2009 during the London Jazz Festival.

    Line Up:

    Joel Harrison (guitar)

    Rick Margitza (saxophone)

    Christian Howes (violin)

    Jordan Perlson (drums)

    Evan Greggor (double bass)

    Set List:

    Hudson Shining

    Urban Myths

    Mood Rodeo

    Last Waltz For Queva (dedicated to Queva Lutz)

    You Must Go Through A Winter

    High Expectation, Low Return

    All compositions by Joel Harrison.

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: Joel Harrison (Joel Harrison - guitar, David Binney - alto saxophone, Christian Howes - violin, Daniel Kelly - keyboards, Stephan Crump - acoustic bass, Jordan Perlson - drums)

    Album Title: Urban Myths

    Label: Highnote Records

    Released: 5th May 2009

    Jez talks to Trevor Tomkins about the life and work of the late Jeff Clyne.

    CD Track:

    Artist: John Horler (piano), Jeff Clyne (double bass) and Trevor Tomkins (drums)

    Track: Even Stevens

    Composer: Jeff Clyne

    Album Title: Sorry it's been so long

    Label: Woodville Records

    Released: 2005

    Recorded: October 13th, 2003

    Christian Scott performs a blues improvisation on the trumpet in solo session for Jazz on 3 recorded on 11th November 2009.

    Jez Nelson presents guitarist and singer Joel Harrison at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

    Joel Harrison at the London Jazz Festival20091130
    Joel Harrison at the London Jazz Festival20091130

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by American guitarist, composer and singer Joel Harrison given at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

    Renowned for defying categorization, Harrison's eclectic sound integrates everything from jazz, blues and folk to African and Americana. And with tracks from his latest album Urban Myths, he demonstrates his love of 1970s electric jazz with a fresh approach for today's audience.

    After studying with composers including Ali Akbar Khan and Charlie Banacos, Harrison's career took off when he moved to New York ten years ago. Since then, he has released several very different albums - ranging from Free Country, a radical re-take on Appalachian folk music, through Harbor, with guitarist Nguyen Le, to The Wheel, described as a 'staggering work' by Absolute Sound.

    John Butcher at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival20081215
    John Butcher at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival20081215

    Jez Nelson presents the world premiere of British saxophonist John Butcher's Composition for Eight Musicians. The project has been specially commissioned by the 2008 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival and features both acoustic and electronic instrumentalists, including Clare Cooper on harp and guzheng, Chris Burn on piano, dieb13 at the turntables, John Edwards and Adam Linson on double bass and electronics, Gino Robair on percussion and energised surfaces, and Thomas Lehn on analogue synthesiser

    Butcher was born in Brighton and has lived in London since the late 1970s. He began playing the saxophone while studying physics at university. Since leaving academia to focus completely on music, he has developed his own style that embraces free improvisation and electronics, often distorting his sound until it is unrecognisable in the traditional sense. Over the years, Butcher has worked with Phil Minton, Derek Bailey and John Stevens in what was the final version of the Spontaneous Music Ensemble.

    PLAYLIST

    John Butcher Octet at Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

    Jazz on 3

  • 15/12/08

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

  • Producer: Robert Abel

    SIGNATURE TUNE

    Artist

  • John Dankworth/pat Metheny/craig Taborn Trio

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    John Dankworth/pat Metheny/craig Taborn Trio

    John Law and Art of Sound20110926

    Jez Nelson presents British pianist John Law and his trio in a specially recorded session for Jazz on 3. Law has been at the cutting edge of UK jazz for over 20 years. Having spent several years exploring free improvisation, working extensively with South African drummer Louis Moholo, he has spent well over a decade more closely aligned with straightahead jazz and his own classical roots. Since 2006, his Art of Sound Trio has combined individual virtuosic brilliance with collective groove and lyricism. It features Yuri Goloubev, former professional orchestral bassist and a member of Gwilym Simcock's trio; and drummer Asaf Sirkis, also known for his work with Tim Garland and Gilad Atzmon.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by British pianist John Law and his Art of Sound trio.

    John Russell's Fete Quaqua

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    John Russell's Fete Quaqua

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    John Russell's Fete Quaqua20091012

    Jez Nelson presents a gig from guitarist John Russell's annual festival of improvisation, Fete Quaqua, performed at the Vortex in London. Russell's Quaqua provides a fresh approach to free improvisation in that no two Quaqua line-ups are ever the same. For this three-day festival, 12 musicians gathered from across the globe to play in various combinations, building on existing collaborations with new groupings.

    John Russell has been a part of London's free improvisation scene since 1972. After founding the Quaqua project in 1981, Russell went on to form Acta Records in 1987 with John Butcher and Phil Durrant. He also pioneered London's longest-running free improvisation gig night Mopomoso that now takes place once a month at the Vortex Jazz Club.

    Playlist:

    Artist: Eric Dolphy

    Track title: Hat and Beard

    Composer: Eric

    Album title: Out To Lunch

    Label: Blue Note

    Released: 1964

    For more information on Jazz on 3's live show at Ronnie Scott's on 13th November 2009 go to www.bbc.co.uk/tickets

    Highlights from the second day of the Fete Quaqua Festival recorded at the Vortex, London on 17th August 2009. All of the music recorded is freely improvised.

    QUAQUA SET 1

    Ensemble 1

    Henry Lowther (trumpet)

    Satoko Fukuda (violin)

    John Russell (guitar)

    Ensemble 2

    Pat Thomas (keyboards)

    Sabu Toyozumi (percussion)

    Ute Voelker (accordion)

    Angelika Sheridan (flutes)

    Ensemble 3

    Jean Borde (bass)

    Satoko Fukuda (violin)

    John Russell (guitar)

    Hannah Marshall (cello)

    Luo Chao-yun (pipa)

    Ensemble 4

    Pat Thomas (keyboards)

    Sabu Toyozumi (percussion)

    Lol Coxhill (saxophone)

    Details of F-IRE Festival 2009 at the Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho featuring four nights of contrasting double bills from 14-17 October:

    WED 14 Barak Schmool's Meta Meta/Jonathan Bratoeff Quartet

    THU 15 Jasper Hoiby's Phronesis/Porpoise Corpus

    FRI 16 Stephane Payen's Thot/The Teak Project

    SAT 17 Seb Rochford, Ingrid Laubock + Pamelia Kurstin/Tom Arthurs + Richard Fairhurst play Postcards from Pushkin

    Interview with John Russell, guitarist and organiser of Fete Quaqua.

    QUAQUA SET 2

    Ensemble 5

    Sabu Toyozumi (percussion)

    Hannah Marshall (cello)

    Angelika Sheridan (flutes)

    Shabaka Hutchins (reeds)

    Ensemble 6

    Jean Borde (bass)

    John Russell (guitar)

    Luo Chao-yun (pipa)

    Ute Voelker (accordion)

    Ensemble 7

    Pat Thomas (keyboards)

    Henry Lowther (trumpet)

    Lol Coxhill (saxophone)

    Shabaka Hutchins (reeds)

    Ensemble 8 - Tutti (all 12 musicians)

    John Russell (guitar)

    Jean Borde (bass)

    Sabu Toyozumi (percussion)

    Hannah Marshall (cello)

    Ute Voelker (accordian)

    Henry Lowther (trumpet)

    Satoko Fakuda (violin)

    Lol Coxhill (saxophone)

    Luo Chao-Yun (pipa)

    Shabaka Hutchings (reeds)

    Angelika Sheridan (flutes)

    Link to Helen Petts video of the Fete Quaqua festival

    http://www.youtube.com/user/helentonic

    Link to John Russell's monthly night of free improvisation Mopomoso

    http://www.mopomoso.com/.

    A gig from guitarist John Russell's annual festival of improvisation, Fete Quaqua.

    John Scofield Quartet

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    John Scofield Quartet

    John Scofield Quartet20100607

    John Scofield Quartet20100607

    Jez Nelson presents US guitarist John Scofield in concert at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Now considered one of the top jazz guitarists in the world, early in his career Scofield played with Miles Davis and Charles Mingus, who spotted his talent for bringing together subtle improvisation with soulful blues playing, an innate funkiness and a rock sensibility. His current quartet features pianist Michael Eckroth, Ben Street on double bass and drummer Bill Stewart, playing everything from bebop and postbop through to Scofield's own compositions.

    Born in 1951 in Ohio and raised in suburban Connecticut, Scofield took up guitar at the age of 11 and went on to study at Berklee College in Boston. Since making his recording debut with Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker he has collaborated with many of the biggest names in jazz, including Pat Metheny, Charlie Haden, Bill Frisell and Medeski, Martin & Wood.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson presents guitarist John Scofield in concert at 2010's Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

    John Taylor at the Cheltenham Festival20120514

    Jez Nelson presents pianist John Taylor at the Cheltenham Festival, performing a new work specially commissioned by BBC Radio 3 to celebrate his 70th birthday. For this performance, Taylor has put together a new band that includes saxophonist Julian Arguelles, trumpeter Chris Batchelor, tuba player Oren Marshall, and Taylor's sons, Alex and Leo. He has been a leading figure of British jazz since the 1970s, playing with saxophonists John Surman and Alan Skidmore before going on to form trio Azimuth with Norma Winstone and Kenny Wheeler. Collaborations with Jan Garbarek, Enrico Rava and Lee Konitz in the 1980s established an international reputation for his lyricism, subtle harmonic disguise and classically refined technique, which recent trio combinations, including with drummer Martin France and bassist Palle Danielsson, have further cemented.

    John Zorn in Concert at the Willisau Jazz Festival20090406
    John Zorn in Concert at the Willisau Jazz Festival20090406

    Jez Nelson presents maverick saxophonist, composer, improviser and producer John Zorn recorded in concert at the 2008 Willisau Festival in Switzerland. Since the early 1980s, Zorn has created music that consistently defies categorisation, from work with hardcore jazz-punk band Naked City to his highly prolific quartet Masada, which explores his Jewish heritage. Zorn has also written several independent film scores and runs record label Tzadik, dedicated to promoting underground experimental music.

    Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Zorn was exposed to a broad range of musical styles from an early age. After hearing Anthony Braxton's solo album For Alto at college, Zorn took up the saxophone and at the same time began composing his own works, including the unique 'game pieces', based on the structural rules of sports.

    Jez Nelson presents maverick saxophonist John Zorn in concert at the Willisau Festival 08.

    Joshua Redman Trio at Ronnie Scott's20090330
    Joshua Redman Trio At Ronnie Scott's20090330

    "Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums. Redman is known for his formidable technique and a charismatic stage presence, which has been credited with bringing new, young audiences to the music. His approach to music is forward-looking, while also rooted in melody, lyricism and traditional structures. However, on his album Compass, Redman embraces freer forms - it features his most experimental work to date.

    The son of late avant-garde saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua grew up independently of his father and is a largely self-taught saxophonist. After winning the Thelonious Monk Prize in 1991, he gave up a career in law and quickly earned a worldwide reputation as both a sideman, with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Paul Motian, as well as a band leader.

    Playlist:

    Excerpt from Faraway by Joshua Redman Trio (details below)

    CD TRACKS:

    Artist: Rob Mazurek Quintet (Rob Mazurek - cornet, John Herndon - drums, Matthew Lux - bass guitar, Josh Abrams - acoustic bass, Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone)

  • 1 hutchhikers guide (redman)
  • 2 zarafah (redman)
  • 3 indian song (Wayne Shorter)
  • 4 little ditty (redman)
  • 5 autumn in new york (vernon duke)
  • 6 faraway (redman)

    links:

  • album title: homely
  • album title: new york days
  • album title: sound is
  • album title: udentity
  • composer: denman maroney
  • composer: enrico rava
  • composer: kit downes
  • composer: rob mazurek
  • gregory hutchinson - drums

    set list:

  • http://www.enricorava.com/
  • http://www.impuremusic.com/

    John Fordham and Jez Nelson introduce joshua redman gig

    joshua redman trio recorded at Ronnie Scotts on march 21, 2009

    line up:

  • http://www.joshuaredman.com/.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's

  • http://www.myspace.com/denmanmaroney
  • http://www.myspace.com/tomcawleyandkitdownes
  • http://www.robmazurek.com/
  • joshua redman - tenor and soprano saxophones
  • label: clean feed

    artist: enrico rava (enrico rava - trumpet, stefano bollani - piano, mark turner - tenor saxophone, larry grenadier - double bass, paul motian - drums)

  • label: delmark records

    artist: denman maroney quintet (ned rothenberg - alto sax, dave ballou - trumpet, denman maroney - hyperpiano, reuben radding - bass, michael sarin - drums)

  • label: ecm

    artist: tom cawley and kit downes (tom cawley - piano, kit downes - piano)

  • label: impure music

    links:

  • reuben rogers - double bass
  • track title: cinnamon tree
  • track title: homely
  • track title: outsider
  • track title: udentity ii

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's"

  • Joshua Redman Trio at Ronnie Scott's20090330

    Synopsis

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums. Redman is known for his formidable technique and a charismatic stage presence, which has been credited with bringing new, young audiences to the music. His approach to music is forward-looking, while also rooted in melody, lyricism and traditional structures. However, on his album Compass, Redman embraces freer forms - it features his most experimental work to date.

    The son of late avant-garde saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua grew up independently of his father and is a largely self-taught saxophonist. After winning the Thelonious Monk Prize in 1991, he gave up a career in law and quickly earned a worldwide reputation as both a sideman, with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Paul Motian, as well as a band leader.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's.

    Joshua Redman Trio at Ronnie Scott's20090330

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums. Redman is known for his formidable technique and a charismatic stage presence, which has been credited with bringing new, young audiences to the music. His approach to music is forward-looking, while also rooted in melody, lyricism and traditional structures. However, on his album Compass, Redman embraces freer forms - it features his most experimental work to date.

    The son of late avant-garde saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua grew up independently of his father and is a largely self-taught saxophonist. After winning the Thelonious Monk Prize in 1991, he gave up a career in law and quickly earned a worldwide reputation as both a sideman, with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Paul Motian, as well as a band leader.

    Playlist:

    Excerpt from Faraway by Joshua Redman Trio (details below)

    CD TRACKS:

    Artist: Rob Mazurek Quintet (Rob Mazurek - cornet, John Herndon - drums, Matthew Lux - bass guitar, Josh Abrams - acoustic bass, Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone)

  • Track Title: Cinnamon Tree

  • Composer: Rob Mazurek

  • Album Title: Sound Is

  • Label: Delmark Records

    Artist: Denman Maroney Quintet (Ned Rothenberg - alto sax, Dave Ballou - trumpet, Denman Maroney - hyperpiano, Reuben Radding - bass, Michael Sarin - drums)

  • Track Title: Udentity II

  • Composer: Denman Maroney

  • Album Title: Udentity

  • Label: Clean Feed

    Artist: Enrico Rava (Enrico Rava - trumpet, Stefano Bollani - piano, Mark Turner - tenor saxophone, Larry Grenadier - double bass, Paul Motian - drums)

  • Track Title: Outsider

  • Composer: Enrico Rava

  • Album Title: New York Days

  • Label: ECM

    Artist: Tom Cawley and Kit Downes (Tom Cawley - piano, Kit Downes - piano)

  • Track Title: Homely

  • Composer: Kit Downes

  • Album Title: Homely

  • Label: Impure Music

    LINKS:

  • http://www.robmazurek.com/

  • http://www.myspace.com/denmanmaroney

  • http://www.enricorava.com/

  • http://www.myspace.com/tomcawleyandkitdownes

  • http://www.impuremusic.com/

    JOHN FORDHAM AND JEZ NELSON INTRODUCE JOSHUA REDMAN GIG

    JOSHUA REDMAN TRIO RECORDED AT RONNIE SCOTTS ON MARCH 21, 2009

    Line up:

  • Joshua Redman - tenor and soprano saxophones

  • Reuben Rogers - double bass

  • Gregory Hutchinson - drums

    Set list:

  • 1 Hutchhikers Guide (Redman)

  • 2 Zarafah (Redman)

  • 3 Indian Song (Wayne Shorter)

  • 4 Little Ditty (Redman)

  • 5 Autumn In New York (Vernon Duke)

  • 6 Faraway (Redman)

    LINKS:

  • http://www.joshuaredman.com/.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's.

  • Joshua Redman Trio At Ronnie Scott's20090330

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Joshua Redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's, with Reuben Rogers on bass and Greg Hutchinson on drums. Redman is known for his formidable technique and a charismatic stage presence, which has been credited with bringing new, young audiences to the music. His approach to music is forward-looking, while also rooted in melody, lyricism and traditional structures. However, on his album Compass, Redman embraces freer forms - it features his most experimental work to date.

    The son of late avant-garde saxophonist Dewey Redman, Joshua grew up independently of his father and is a largely self-taught saxophonist. After winning the Thelonious Monk Prize in 1991, he gave up a career in law and quickly earned a worldwide reputation as both a sideman, with Pat Metheny, Chick Corea and Paul Motian, as well as a band leader.

    Playlist:

    Excerpt from Faraway by Joshua Redman Trio (details below)

    CD TRACKS:

    Artist: Rob Mazurek Quintet (Rob Mazurek - cornet, John Herndon - drums, Matthew Lux - bass guitar, Josh Abrams - acoustic bass, Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone)

  • 1 hutchhikers guide (redman)
  • 2 zarafah (redman)
  • 3 indian song (Wayne Shorter)
  • 4 little ditty (redman)
  • 5 autumn in new york (vernon duke)
  • 6 faraway (redman)

    links:

  • album title: homely
  • album title: new york days
  • album title: sound is
  • album title: udentity
  • composer: denman maroney
  • composer: enrico rava
  • composer: kit downes
  • composer: rob mazurek
  • gregory hutchinson - drums

    set list:

  • http://www.enricorava.com/
  • http://www.impuremusic.com/

    John Fordham and Jez Nelson introduce joshua redman gig

    joshua redman trio recorded at Ronnie Scotts on march 21, 2009

    line up:

  • http://www.joshuaredman.com/.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's

  • http://www.myspace.com/denmanmaroney
  • http://www.myspace.com/tomcawleyandkitdownes
  • http://www.robmazurek.com/
  • joshua redman - tenor and soprano saxophones
  • label: clean feed

    artist: enrico rava (enrico rava - trumpet, stefano bollani - piano, mark turner - tenor saxophone, larry grenadier - double bass, paul motian - drums)

  • label: delmark records

    artist: denman maroney quintet (ned rothenberg - alto sax, dave ballou - trumpet, denman maroney - hyperpiano, reuben radding - bass, michael sarin - drums)

  • label: ecm

    artist: tom cawley and kit downes (tom cawley - piano, kit downes - piano)

  • label: impure music

    links:

  • reuben rogers - double bass
  • track title: cinnamon tree
  • track title: homely
  • track title: outsider
  • track title: udentity ii

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist joshua redman in concert at Ronnie Scott's

  • Julian Arguelles and John Abercrombie at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 200920090601
    Julian Arguelles and John Abercrombie at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 200920090601

    Radio 3 at the Summer Festivals

    Jez Nelson presents UK saxophonist Julian Arguelles with US guitarist John Abercrombie in concert at the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The group perform new tunes written by Arguelles that demonstrate Abercrombie's versatile technique and reputation as one of the world's leading guitarists.

    Abercrombie has been at the forefront of jazz guitar music for the past 30 years, from his Gateway group in the 70s, featuring Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, to his recent quartet with violinist Mark Feldman. Birmingham-born Arguelles rose to fame in the 1980s as member of UK big band Loose Tubes. Since then he has released a number of albums as leader of groups ranging from duo to big band and received several BBC Jazz Awards.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    Excerpt from A Life Long Moment by Julian Arguelles Trio and John Abercrombie recorded at the Everyman theatre, Cheltenham (details below)

    Julian Lage Trio in session recorded May 13, 2009

    Line up:

    Julian Lage (guitar)

    Jorge Roeder (double bass)

    Tupac Mantilla (percussion, cajon)

    Set list:

    Bluegrass Underscore (Julian Lage)

    Lil Darlin (Neal Hefti)

    Julian Arguelles Trio with John Abercrombie recorded May 1, 2009 at the Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

    Line up:

    Julian Arguelles (saxophones)

    John Abercrombie (guitar)

    Michael Formanek (double bass)

    Tom Rainey (drums)

    Set one list:

    Redman (Julian Arguelles)

    A Life Long Moment (Julian Arguelles)

    Interview with Julian Arguelles and John Abercrombie at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    Set two list:

    Line Up (John Abercrombie)

    Bularious (Julian Arguelles)

    Keith Jarrett live date in 2009

    25 July @ Royal Festival Hall, London

    Hear Keith Jarrett in an extensive interview with fellow pianist Ethan Iverson on Jazz on 3 in 2009

    CD tracks:

    Artist: Huw Warren (Huw Warren - piano, Peter Herbert - bass, Martin France - drums)

    Track title: Santo Antonio

    Composer: Hermeto Pascoal

    Album title: Hermeto +

    Label: Basho Records

    Artist: Louis Sclavis (Louis Sclavis - saxophone and clarinet, Matthias Metzger - soprano and alto saxophones, Maxime Delpierre - guitar, Olivier Lete - bass, Francois Merville - drums)

    Track title: Les Doutes de Cyclope

    Composer: Louis Sclavis

    Album title: Lost on the Way

    Label: ECM

    Artist: Dave Kane's Rabbit Project (Dave Kane - double bass, Matthew Bourne - Fender Rhodes, Joost Hendricks - drums, Simon Kaylor - tenor sax, Simon Beddoe - trumpet)

    Track title: The Gorman

    Composer: Dave Kane

    Album title: The Eye of the Duck

    Label: Edition

    Links:

    http://www.julianlage.com

    http://www.julianarguelles.com

    http://www.johnabercrombie.com

    http://www.myspace.com/huwwarrenmusic

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Sclavis

    http://www.myspace.com/chunkmusic (Dave Kane).

    Jez Nelson presents Julian Arguelles (saxophone) performing with John Abercrombie (guitar)

    Julian Siegel Quartet20110704

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by British saxophonist Julian Siegel and his quartet, recently re-formed with a new line-up after almost a decade away. Siegel has gained international renown as co-founder of long-running jazz-rock quartet Partisans and through trio work with US musicians Greg Cohen and Joey Baron. His quartet blends post-bop fluency with a range of compositional influences including trance and West African grooves. In this performance they present material from their critically acclaimed new album Urban Theme Park, with Liam Noble on piano, Oli Hayhurst on bass and Partisans' drummer Gene Calderazzo.

    Also on the programme, Jez talks to pianist Alex Hawkins about why Stravinsky is so popular among jazz musicians. And scientist Dr Charles Limb discusses his research into brain activity during improvisation.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guest: Alex Hawkins

    Producer: Rebecca Aitchison.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by British saxophonist Julian Siegel and his quartet.

    Keith Jarrett

    ""

    Keith Jarrett

    Keith Jarrett20090720
    Keith Jarrett20090720

    Jez Nelson presents a special edition focusing on the music of pianist Keith Jarrett.

    Born in 1945 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Jarrett won critical acclaim as a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers and Charles Lloyd's quartet in the 1960s, before joining Miles Davis in 1970. He has since become one of the best known and most influential musicians in the world, winning both widespread mainstream success and critical acclaim for his work in jazz and classical music as a bandleader, solo improviser and composer.

    Including an exclusive interview with Jarrett conducted by pianist Ethan Iverson of the Bad Plus.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    A special Jazz on 3 featuring an extended interview with Keith Jarrett by fellow pianist Ethan Iverson recorded at Keith Jarrett's home on May 7, 2009.

    Ethan Iverson and Jez introduce and comment on the interview throughout the programme.

    CD tracks featured in order during the programme:

    Artist: Ahmad Jamal Trio (Ahmad Jamal - piano, Israel Crosby - bass, Vernell Fournier - drums)

    Track title: Love For Sale

    Composer: Cole Porter

    Album title: Complete Alhambra and Blackhawk Performances

    Label: Jazz Lips

    Artist: Keith Jarrett Quartet (Charlie Haden - bass, Paul Motion - drums, Dewey Redman - reeds, Keith Jarrett - piano)

    Track title: (If the) Misfits (Wear It)

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album title: Fort Yawuh

    Label: Impulse

    Artist: Keith Jarrett Trio (Gary Peacock - bass, Jack DeJohnette - drums, Keith Jarrett - piano)

    Track title: Stella By Starlight

    Composer: Victor Young

    Album title: Yesterdays

    Label: ECM

    Artist: Keith Jarrett (solo piano)

    Track title: Don't Ever Leave Me

    Composer: Oscar Hammerstein/Jerome Kern

    Album title: The Melody at Night With You

    Label: ECM

    Artist: Keith Jarrett (solo piano)

    Track title: Part 1

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album title: Radiance

    Label: ECM

    Artist: Keith Jarrett (solo piano)

    Track title: CD2 Part VI

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album title: The Carnegie Hall Concert

    Label: ECM.

    Jez Nelson focuses on the music of pianist Keith Jarrett.

    Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts at the London Jazz Festival20090302
    Keith Tippett And Julie Tippetts At The London Jazz Festival20090302

    "Jez Nelson presents an improvised performance by British pianist and composer Keith Tippett and his wife, dynamic vocalist Julie Tippetts. The duo's music reflects their close relationship, and they create a vast range of sounds including using pebbles on piano strings to create resonating harmonics and explore the effects the voice has on the acoustics of a metal bowl.

    Plus a set from 2007 by the improvising quartet Mujician, previously unheard on radio. Composed of reeds player Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin, the band is distinguished by its unique approach to wholly improvised performance, in which the music is not discussed or rehearsed in advance.

    Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

  • Ian Carr - trumpet
  • Keith Tippett - piano
  • Keith Tippett - piano, music boxes and pebbles placed on piano strings, maracas, wind chimes
  • Keith Tippett and julie tippetts duo
  • Keith Tippett and stan tracey duo
  • Paul Dunmall - saxophone
  • Paul Rogers - bass
  • Tony Levin - drums

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/mujician.htm.

    an improvised performance by pianist/composer Keith Tippett and his wife julie tippetts

  • brIan Smith - saxophone
  • brittle brimstone
  • chris spedding - guitar
  • dartington improvising trio (keith and julie tippett, Paul Dunmall) plus the welsh premiere of a new commission by Keith Tippett called 'from granite to wind' for octet
  • http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/julie-tippetts.htm

    keith and julie tippett tour dates:

    march 4 - dempsey's, cardiff

  • jeff clyne - bass
  • john marshall - drums

    http://www.iancarrsnucleus.net/

    excerpt from mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007 (details below)

    Keith Tippett and julie tippetts recorded in concert at the purcell room during the london jazz festival on november 14 2008

    this set is entirely improvised.

    line up:

  • julie tippetts - vocals plus various instruments including bells, seedpod shaker, sri lankan hand drums, singing balls and a balinese xylophone

    poems both by julie tippetts:

  • karl jenkins - piano
  • mirror image

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/keith-tippett.htm

  • more information: http://www.myspace.com/dempseysjazz

    march 22 - pizza express jazz club, soho

  • more information: http://www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/

    may 3 - stroud subscription rooms

  • more information: www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk

    visit jez's blog to find a list of tippett albums recommended by musicians and writers including Robert Wyatt, matthew bourne and John Fordham:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/jez_nelson/

    mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007

    line up:

  • mujician

    excerpt from snakeships dream by nucleus, recorded in session on march 9, 1971 - played in memory of the late Ian Carr

    line up:"

  • Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts at the London Jazz Festival20090302

    Jez Nelson presents an improvised performance by British pianist and composer Keith Tippett and his wife, dynamic vocalist Julie Tippetts. The duo's music reflects their close relationship, and they create a vast range of sounds including using pebbles on piano strings to create resonating harmonics and explore the effects the voice has on the acoustics of a metal bowl.

    Plus a set from 2007 by the improvising quartet Mujician, previously unheard on radio. Composed of reeds player Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin, the band is distinguished by its unique approach to wholly improvised performance, in which the music is not discussed or rehearsed in advance.

    Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

  • Mujician

    Excerpt from Snakeships Dream by Nucleus, recorded in session on March 9, 1971 - played in memory of the late Ian Carr

    Line up:

  • Ian Carr - trumpet

  • Brian Smith - saxophone

  • Karl Jenkins - piano

  • Chris Spedding - guitar

  • Jeff Clyne - bass

  • John Marshall - drums

    http://www.iancarrsnucleus.net/

    Excerpt from Mujician recorded at The Sage, Gateshead in November 2007 (details below)

    Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts recorded in concert at the Purcell Room during the London Jazz Festival on November 14 2008

    This set is entirely improvised.

    Line up:

  • Keith Tippett - piano, music boxes and pebbles placed on piano strings, maracas, wind chimes

  • Julie Tippetts - vocals plus various instruments including bells, seedpod shaker, Sri Lankan hand drums, singing balls and a Balinese xylophone

    Poems both by Julie Tippetts:

  • Brittle Brimstone

  • Mirror Image

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/keith-tippett.htm

  • http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/julie-tippetts.htm

    Keith and Julie Tippett tour dates:

    March 4 - Dempsey's, Cardiff

  • Dartington Improvising Trio (Keith and Julie Tippett, Paul Dunmall) plus the Welsh premiere of a new commission by Keith Tippett called 'From Granite to Wind' for Octet

  • More information: http://www.myspace.com/dempseysjazz

    March 22 - Pizza Express Jazz Club, Soho

  • Keith Tippett and Stan Tracey duo

  • More information: http://www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/

    May 3 - Stroud Subscription Rooms

  • Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts duo

  • More information: www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk

    Visit Jez's blog to find a list of Tippett albums recommended by musicians and writers including Robert Wyatt, Matthew Bourne and John Fordham:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/jez_nelson/

    Mujician recorded at The Sage, Gateshead in November 2007

    This set is entirely improvised.

    Line up:

  • Paul Dunmall - saxophone

  • Keith Tippett - piano

  • Paul Rogers - bass

  • Tony Levin - drums

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/mujician.htm.

    An improvised performance by pianist/composer Keith Tippett and his wife Julie Tippetts.

  • Keith Tippett And Julie Tippetts At The London Jazz Festival20090302

    Jez Nelson presents an improvised performance by British pianist and composer Keith Tippett and his wife, dynamic vocalist Julie Tippetts. The duo's music reflects their close relationship, and they create a vast range of sounds including using pebbles on piano strings to create resonating harmonics and explore the effects the voice has on the acoustics of a metal bowl.

    Plus a set from 2007 by the improvising quartet Mujician, previously unheard on radio. Composed of reeds player Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin, the band is distinguished by its unique approach to wholly improvised performance, in which the music is not discussed or rehearsed in advance.

    Keith Tippett and Julie Tippetts

  • Ian Carr - trumpet
  • Keith Tippett - piano
  • Keith Tippett - piano, music boxes and pebbles placed on piano strings, maracas, wind chimes
  • Keith Tippett and julie tippetts duo
  • Keith Tippett and stan tracey duo
  • Paul Dunmall - saxophone
  • Paul Rogers - bass
  • Tony Levin - drums

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/mujician.htm.

    an improvised performance by pianist/composer Keith Tippett and his wife julie tippetts

  • brIan Smith - saxophone
  • brittle brimstone
  • chris spedding - guitar
  • dartington improvising trio (keith and julie tippett, Paul Dunmall) plus the welsh premiere of a new commission by Keith Tippett called 'from granite to wind' for octet
  • http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/julie-tippetts.htm

    keith and julie tippett tour dates:

    march 4 - dempsey's, cardiff

  • jeff clyne - bass
  • john marshall - drums

    http://www.iancarrsnucleus.net/

    excerpt from mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007 (details below)

    Keith Tippett and julie tippetts recorded in concert at the purcell room during the london jazz festival on november 14 2008

    this set is entirely improvised.

    line up:

  • julie tippetts - vocals plus various instruments including bells, seedpod shaker, sri lankan hand drums, singing balls and a balinese xylophone

    poems both by julie tippetts:

  • karl jenkins - piano
  • mirror image

    http://www.mindyourownmusic.co.uk/keith-tippett.htm

  • more information: http://www.myspace.com/dempseysjazz

    march 22 - pizza express jazz club, soho

  • more information: http://www.pizzaexpresslive.co.uk/

    may 3 - stroud subscription rooms

  • more information: www.stroudinternationaltextiles.org.uk

    visit jez's blog to find a list of tippett albums recommended by musicians and writers including Robert Wyatt, matthew bourne and John Fordham:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/jez_nelson/

    mujician recorded at the sage, gateshead in november 2007

    line up:

  • mujician

    excerpt from snakeships dream by nucleus, recorded in session on march 9, 1971 - played in memory of the late Ian Carr

    line up:

  • Kit Downes Trio

    ""

    Kit Downes Trio

    Kit Downes Trio20100719

    Jez Nelson presents hotly tipped pianist Kit Downes's trio, with drummer James Maddren and Calum Gourlay on double bass, recorded at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in May. Downes is a versatile player who, as part of a wave of twenty-something British musicians, has spent the past few years exploring new directions in jazz. Last heard on Jazz On 3 a few weeks ago playing organ in avant-blues-rock trio Troyka, he's also a member of the dark and explosive Golden Age of Steam. As a classic piano, bass and drums trio, Downes's own group makes more obvious reference to the jazz tradition than either of the above, but the group's sound looks forwards as well as back, and showcases Kit's voice as both a distinctive contemporary composer and an economical and thoughtful improviser.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Robert Abel & Peggy Sutton.

    With Jez Nelson: Pianist Kit Downes's trio in concert at 2010's Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

    Led Bib In Session With Eddie Parker

    ""

    Led Bib In Session With Eddie Parker

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    Led Bib in Session with Eddie Parker20091026

    Jez Nelson presents a session by maverick jazz group Led Bib, who are joined for the first time by reedsman Eddie Parker, a stalwart of the British jazz scene. The innovative London quartet perform tracks from their latest album, Sensible Shoes - nominated for the 2009 Mercury Music Award - as well as material created especially for the session.

    Formed in 2003 by drummer Mark Holub, Led Bib have gone from strength to strength, touring extensively, gaining critical and popular praise with their genre-defying music. Joining them is leading flautist and composer Eddie Parker. A founding member of 1980s big-band Loose Tubes, Parker is now senior lecturer in jazz at Middlesex University.

    And Radio 3's weekly contemporary jazz programme presents a very special event. Now firmly an annual tradition, on Friday 13th November we celebrate the start of the Radio 3 2009 London Jazz Festival with a specially extended show broadcast from Ronnie Scott's in Soho, London, from 10.30pm - 1.00am, presented - as ever - by Jez Nelson.

    The show will feature lots of great live music from artists performing during the festival, including vibraphone great Bobby Hutcherson, US vocalist Kurt Elling, award-winning young UK band Empirical, experimental Sardinian guitarist Paolo Angeli and New York improv duo Ted Daniel and Michael Marcus.

    If you'd like to come along and be in the audience please go to http://www.bbc.co.uk/tickets/

    Led Bib in session with Eddie Parker Playlist:

    Yes Again (excerpt)

    Artist: Mark Holub (drums), Liran Donin (bass), Toby McLaren (keyboard), Pete Grogan (alto saxophone), Chris Williams (alto saxophone)

    Composer: Mark Holub

    Album Title: Sensible Shoes

    Label: Cuneiform

    Released: 2009

    Geoff Dyer profiles wild whoops and yelps from jazz instruments - and their players - over the years. Featuring:

    Artist: Ornette Coleman (alto saxophone), Billy Higgins (drums), Don Cherry (cornet), Charlie Haden (bass).

    Track Title: Lonely Woman

    Composer: Ornette Coleman

    Album Title: The Shape Of Jazz To Come

    Label: Atlantic

    Released: 1959

    Artist: Keith Jarrett (piano), Gary Peacock (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums)

    Track Title: Lifeline

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album Title: Changeless

    Label: ECM

    Released: 1987

    Artist: Charles Mingus (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), Dannie Richmond (drums) Rahsaan Roland Kirk (saxophone), Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Knepper (trombone)

    Track Title: Hog Callin' Blues

    Composer: Charles Mingus

    Album Title: Oh Yeah

    Label: Atlantic

    Released: 1962

    Artist: Charles Mingus (bass), Ted Curson (trumpet), Eric Dolphy (alto saxophone), Booker Ervin (tenor saxophone), Dannie Richmond (drums)

    Track Title: Prayer for Passive Resistance

    Composer: Charles Mingus

    Album Title: Mingus At Antibes Live

    Label: Atlantic/Wea

    Released: 1960

    Artist: Julius Hemphill (alto saxophone), Hamiet Bluiett (baritone sax), Baikida EJ Carroll (trumpet) Abdul Wadud (cello), Phillip Wilson (drums)

    Track Title: The Hard Blues

    Composer: Julius Hemphill

    Album title: Coon Bid'ness

    Label: Arista-Freedom Records

    Released: 1975

    Artist: Pharoah Sanders (tenor saxophone), William Henderson (piano), John Heard (bass), Idris Muhammed (drums)

    Track Title: Ole

    Composer: John Coltrane

    Album title: Heart is a Melody

    Label: Evidence

    Released: 1993

    John Fordham chooses tracks from recent CD releases:

    Artist: Wayne Krantz (guitar), Tim Lefebvre (bass), Keith Carlock (drums)

    Track Title: War Torn Johnny

    Composer: Wayne Krantz

    Album Title: Krantz, Carlock, Lefebvre

    Label: Abstract Logix

    Released: 18th August 2009

    Artist: Tord Gustavsen (piano), Tore Brunborg (saxophone), Mats Eilertsen (bass), Jarle Vespestad (drums), Kristin Asbjornsen (vocals)

    Track Title: The Swirl-Wrapped in a Yielding Air

    Composer: Tord Gustavsen

    Album Title: Restored, Returned

    Label: ECM

    Released: 12th October 2009

    The Tord Gustavsen Ensemble perform at the 2009 London Jazz Festival on Saturday 21st November.

    For details of Radio 3's coverage of the 2009 London Jazz Festival go to:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/londonjazzfestival/2009/

    Led Bib and Eddie Parker in session, recorded at Phoenix Sound by Dave Moore on 9th November 2009

    Led Bib:

    Mark Holub (drums)

    Liran Donin (bass)

    Toby McLaren (keyboard)

    Pete Grogan (alto saxophone)

    Chris Williams (alto saxophone)

    Eddie Parker (flute)

    Set 1:

    Call Centre Labyrinth (Mark Holub)

    Hoot And Toot (Eddie Parker)

    Award-winning Sandwich (Mark Holub)

    John Fordham interviews Mark Holub and Eddie Parker

    Set 2:

    Horses for Courses (Mark Holub)

    Shapes and Sizes (Chris Williams)

    Iced Finger (Group Improvisation)

    Walnuts (Mark Holub)

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: Led Bib

    Composer: Mark Holub

    Album title: Sensible Shoes

    Label: Cuneiform Records

    Released: 4th May 2009

    Recommended further listening:

    Led Bib's album Sensible Shoes is out now on Cuneiform

    Eddie Parker's Mr Vertigo Live @ The Vortex album is available from his website: http://www.eddieparker.co.uk.

    Jez Nelson presents a session by maverick jazz group Led Bib, with reedsman Eddie Parker.

    Les Diaboliques20120430

    Jez Nelson presents European improvising trio Les Diaboliques, featuring British vocalist Maggie Nicols, pianist Irene Schweizer and bassist Joelle Leandre. The group has performed and recorded together since the early 1990s. Blurring the lines between free improvisation, satire and cabaret, they draw on their individual work in theatre as well as over three decades spent at the heart of the European free-improv scene, playing with everyone from Derek Bailey to Han Bennink. Also on the programme, trombonist Gail Brand interviews Nicols, shedding light on a career that stretches back to membership of John Stevens' Spontaneous Music Ensemble in the late 1960s, and includes co-founding the Feminist Improvising Group, the first all-female ensemble of its kind, ten years later.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert given by European improvising trio Les Diaboliques.

    Liam Noble

    Liam Noble20101004

    Jez Nelson presents a studio session by British pianist Liam Noble, who plays a series of duos with drummer Dave Wickens, cellist Okkyung Lee and trumpeter Chris Batchelor, before the four come together for two group improvisations. A lyrical, inventive and highly individual improviser and composer, Noble is considered one of the gems of the UK jazz scene. He is known for his ability to re-invent, coupling a deep knowledge and appreciation of jazz masters such as Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck and Bill Evans with an entirely contemporary approach to music.

    Jez Nelson presents a studio session by British pianist Liam Noble.

    Live from Ronnie Scott's

    Live from Ronnie Scott's

    Live from Ronnie Scott's20101112

    Jez Nelson presents a special edition of Jazz on 3 live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho on the opening night of the 2010 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the most sought after acts at the festival, the line-up illustrates the diversity and value of both established and new artists on the current jazz scene. Highlights include performances by New York saxophonist Chris Potter and his hard-driving quartet, and New Orleans' raucous and entertaining Soul Rebels Brass Band.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Robert Abel, Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson launches the 2010 London Jazz Festival live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club.

    Live From The 2010 Manchester Jazz Festival

    ""

    Live From The 2010 Manchester Jazz Festival

    Live from the 2010 Manchester Jazz Festival20100726

    During the 15th Manchester Jazz Festival, Jez Nelson presents a special live broadcast from Band On The Wall, with previews of festival events and performances by world-class local musicians.

    Vibrant clarinet player Arun Ghosh grew up in Bolton and brings a quintet to the festival featuring Mancunians Myke Wilson and Sylvan Richardson on drums and bass alongside reeds player Idris Rahman and Corey Mwamba on vibraphone.

    Stuart McCallum is a Manchester-based guitarist who is best known as a member of the Cinematic Orchestra. He plays a solo set, using electronics to add extra dimensions to his atmospheric sound.

    Plus a performance from an all-star group featuring another Manchester guitar hero, Mike Walker, with pianist Gwilym Simcock and the sought after American rhythm section of Steve Swallow on bass and Adam Nussbaum on drums.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Robert Abel, Joby Waldman & Peggy Sutton.

    Jez Nelson presents a live broadcast from the 15th Manchester Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival20111111

    Jez Nelson presents a special edition of Jazz on 3 live from Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho on the opening night of the 2011 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the most sought-after acts at the festival, the line-up illustrates the diversity and value of both established and new artists on the current jazz scene. Highlights include performances by M-Base saxophonist Steve Coleman and his new trio, tuba player Oren Marshall's Charming Transport Band, up-and-coming vocalist Gregory Porter and Guillaume Perret with Electric Epic.

    Jez Nelson is live from Ronnie Scott's on the opening night of the London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Adventures in Sound

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Adventures in Sound20101129

    Jez Nelson presents highlights of Adventures In Sound, an afternoon of free improvisation at the Southbank Centre recorded during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Revisiting the spirit of a fascinating extended concert from a few years ago, and curated by Jazz on Three, this is definitely a case of "expect the unexpected". Dub-reggae transforms into squally electronics, with jazz and improv at its core, in the music of Zed-U, featuring Shabaka Hutchings on saxophone, Neil Charles on bass and electronics and Tom Skinner on drums. They'll be joined onstage by the likes of Matthew Bourne, an award winning pianist who always pushes the boundaries in unexpected directions, often with a healthy dose of wit and eccentricity. Plus a true legend of improvised music, bassist Barre Philips, an important link between the birth of Amercian free jazz in the 1960s and the European free improv scene. Other performers include reeds player Tony Bevan, drummer Tony Buck and pianist Howard Riley.

    Jez Nelson presents highlights of a free improvisation concert at the Southbank Centre.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Charles Lloyd and His Quartet

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Charles Lloyd and His Quartet20101122

    Jez Nelson presents one of the most anticipated performances of the London Jazz Festival, featuring American saxophonist Charles Lloyd. Mirrors, Lloyd's recent release on the ECM label, has been acclaimed as a highlight of his forty-plus year career. And his new quartet, featuring Jason Moran, one of the premier pianists of his generation, drummer Eric Harland and bassist Reuben Rogers, is possibly Lloyd's finest since his seminal 1960s group with Jack DeJohnette, Keith Jarrett and Cecil McBee.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Charles Lloyd performing at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Darcy James Argue's Secret Society20101213

    Jez Nelson presents a set by one of New York's most exciting young bandleader-composers - Darcy James Argue and his eighteen-piece big band the Secret Society, recorded at Cafe Oto during the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Argue formed the Secret Society in 2005 and has an approach that fuses tradition and innovation. He says his aim is to evoke "an alternate musical history in which the dance orchestras that ruled the Swing Era never went extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape". Argue's 2009 debut album, Infernal Machines, featured on more than seventy "best of the year" lists. This year he and the band topped the Rising Star, Big Band; Rising Star, Arranger and Rising Star, Composer categories in the DownBeat Critics' Poll and won two Jazz Journalists Association Jazz Awards.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Joby Waldman & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents a set by bandleader-composer Darcy James Argue and his Secret Society.

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Geri Allen

    London Jazz Festival 2010, Geri Allen20101206

    Jez Nelson presents a solo performance by pianist Geri Allen. Recorded in the Purcell Room during the 2010 London Jazz Festival, she explores what it means to be an African-American woman, musician, mother, daughter and teacher, in a set that was accompanied by films created by photographer and film-maker Carrie Mae Weems.

    Since the early 1990s, Allen has cemented her position as one of the foremost pianists of her generation. With the release earlier this year of her album Flying Toward The Sound, inspired by Herbie Hancock, Cecil Taylor and McCoy Tyner, she has also established herself as an accomplished solo performer.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert given by pianist Geri Allen at 2010's London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival Live Show

    ""

    London Jazz Festival Live Show

    London Jazz Festival Live Show20091113
    London Jazz Festival Live Show20091113

    Jez Nelson presents a special programme from Ronnie Scott's jazz club in Soho on the opening night of the 2009 London Jazz Festival. With exclusive performances from some of the most sought-after acts at the festival, the line-up illustrates the diversity and value of both established and new artists on the current scene.

    Veteran vibraphone master Bobby Hutcherson performs with his quartet, dishing up his signature soulful sound, while Grammy-nominated jazz vocalist Kurt Elling performs with his pianist. Plus music from experimental Sardinian guitarist Paolo Angeli and British band Empirical demonstrating their combination of classic and contemporary jazz.

    A special programme from Ronnie Scott's for the start of the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival: Hermeto Pascoal20111212

    Jez Nelson presents Brazilian multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal and his big band in a 75th birthday celebration concert at the London Jazz Festival. Pascoal first gained international recognition through his performance on Miles Davis's Live-Evil recording in the early 1970s, with Davis later calling him 'the most impressive musician in the world'. He has since worked with compatriots Airto Moreira and Flora Purim, and extensively as a bandleader. His eccentrically groovy music draws on Brazilian folk music, jazz and rock, with Pascoal playing a bewildering array of instruments including saxophone, accordion, found objects and, in the past, live animals. His Brazilian group is reunited in this performance with an all-star British big band originally formed for a collaboration in the 1990s.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents multi-instrumentalist Hermeto Pascoal at 2011's London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival: Michel Portal20120123

    Jez Nelson presents French clarinettist and saxophonist Michel Portal with his Bailador band at the 2011 London Jazz Festival. Now 75, Portal has had a wide-ranging musical career that began in the European free jazz movement and has also taken in the classical avant-garde, award-winning film scores and, in recent years, a more mainstream duo project with accordionist Richard Galliano. His new ensemble performs music influenced by Latin and Eastern European folk sounds and reflecting the cutting-edge line-up of the band: Serbian pianist Bojan Z and Americans Ambrose Akinmusire (trumpet), Scott Colley (bass) and Nasheet Waits (drums).

    Jez Nelson presents clarinettist/saxophonist Michel Portal at the London Jazz Festival.

    London Jazz Festival: Steve Swallow Quintet20111114

    Jez Nelson presents electric bassist Steve Swallow and his new quintet at the London Jazz Festival. Swallow first emerged in the 1960s on the double bass, playing with Art Farmer and beginning a long-standing association with vibraphonist Gary Burton. Since the 1970s his work as a leader and sideman has been entirely on the electric bass, working extensively with guitarist John Scofield and pianist Carla Bley among others. His quintet has been active in various guises for 15 years, and appears here with Bley on Hammond organ, as well as saxophonist Chris Cheek, guitarist Steve Cardenas and Jorge Rossy on drums.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Guest: John Fordham

    Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

    Jez Nelson presents the Steve Swallow Quintet at the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

    Loop Festival 2011

    Loop Festival 2011

    Loop Festival 201120110328

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the Loop Festival featuring two young bands: pianist Dan Nicholls' Mirror and Splice

    Mirror is a new trio led by up and coming keyboard player Dan Nicholls, featuring BBC Jazz award winning saxophonist James Allsopp and drummer Dave Smith, of the band Outhouse among others. With its unusual bass-less line up, the music is described by Nicholls as aiming for a "fluidity between written and unwritten."

    Splice is also a new ensemble who state their objective as "to mesh together loud and soft noise, punk grit, ambient music and more...". The band includes Alex Bonney on trumpet and electronics, Robin Fincker on tenor sax and clarinet, Pierre Alexandre Tremblay on bass guitar and electronics, and Dave Smith on drums

    These performances were recorded during the Loop collective - a festival at London's Forge in March. The collective, now in its sixth year, has a D.I.Y. approach to performing, promoting and recording music and as a result has become a breeding ground for innovative young musicians.

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Loop Festival.

    Louis Moholo-Moholo

    Louis Moholo-Moholo

    Louis Moholo-Moholo20110124

    Jez Nelson presents the great South African drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo at a special concert in celebration of his 70th birthday. A founding member of legendary South African jazz groups The Blue Notes and The Brotherhood of Breath, Moholo-Moholo became a influential figure in the British jazz scene when he came to London in exile from apartheid during the mid-sixties. This concert sees him in a rare reunion duo with pianist Keith Tippett and a full ensemble including Jason Yarde, Henry Lowther and John Edwards. He also talks to Jez Nelson looking back over his eventful career.

    Jez Nelson presents drummer Louis Moholo-Moholo performing at his 70th birthday concert.

    Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier at the London Jazz Festival 200820090112

    Jez Nelson presents a set from LSO St Luke's by Sclavis/Romano/Texier.

    Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier At The London Jazz Festival 200820090112

    Jez Nelson presents a set from LSO St Luke's by Sclavis/Romano/Texier.

    Jez Nelson presents a set recorded at LSO St Luke's as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival by a group considered by some to be one of the most exciting in European Jazz. Revisiting the much-lauded 2006 African Flashbacks album, Italian drummer Aldo Romano teams up with long-time Parisian associates, bassist Henri Texier and reedsman Louis Sclavis in an homage to the diverse atmosphere of the African continent, widely proclaimed one of the festival highlights.

    Louis Sclavis, Aldo Romano, Henri Texier at the London Jazz Festival 200820090112

    Jez Nelson presents a set from LSO St Luke's by Sclavis/Romano/Texier.

    Jez Nelson presents a set recorded at LSO St Luke's as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival by a group considered by some to be one of the most exciting in European Jazz. Revisiting the much-lauded 2006 African Flashbacks album, Italian drummer Aldo Romano teams up with long-time Parisian associates, bassist Henri Texier and reedsman Louis Sclavis in an homage to the diverse atmosphere of the African continent, widely proclaimed one of the festival highlights.

    Lucian Ban and Enescu Re-imagined20120116

    Jez Nelson presents Romanian pianist Lucian Ban and his Enescu Re-imagined octet in performance at the London Jazz Festival. Ban has been resident in New York for the last decade and has assembled leading avant-garde musicians from the city to reinterpret the music of 20th-century composer George Enescu. The music combines elements of classical chamber music and folk-like themes with freely improvised sections featuring, among others, viola player Mat Maneri and trumpeter Ralph Alessi.

    Jez Nelson presents Lucian Ban and Enescu Re-imagined at the 2011 London Jazz Festival.

    Marc Ducret Trio

    ""

    Marc Ducret Trio

    Marc Ducret Trio20090209
    Marc Ducret Trio20090209

    "Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitar virtuoso Marc Ducret, given at London's Vortex Jazz Club.

    Best known to UK audiences as a member of New York saxophonist Tim Berne's groups Big Satan and Science Friction, Ducret performs with his own high-intensity trio, featuring Bruno Chevillon on bass and drummer Eric Echampard.

    The three have played together for more than 10 years and Ducret calls the group 'my laboratory'.

    Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957.

    Self-taught, he began playing with dance and folk bands in the mid-1970s and his career took off after he won the Django Reinhardt Prize in 1987.

    Ducret is now in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic; his collaborators have included Michel Portal, Miroslav Vitous, Django Bates, Adam Nussbaum and David Sanborn.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitarist Marc Ducret, from the Vortex Jazz Club."

    Marc Ducret Trio20090209

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitar virtuoso Marc Ducret, given at London's Vortex Jazz Club. Best known to UK audiences as a member of New York saxophonist Tim Berne's groups Big Satan and Science Friction, Ducret performs with his own high-intensity trio, featuring Bruno Chevillon on bass and drummer Eric Echampard. The three have played together for more than 10 years and Ducret calls the group 'my laboratory'.

    Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957. Self-taught, he began playing with dance and folk bands in the mid-1970s and his career took off after he won the Django Reinhardt Prize in 1987. Ducret is now in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic; his collaborators have included Michel Portal, Miroslav Vitous, Django Bates, Adam Nussbaum and David Sanborn.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitarist Marc Ducret, from the Vortex Jazz Club.

    Marc Ducret Trio20090209

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitar virtuoso Marc Ducret, given at London's Vortex Jazz Club.

    Best known to UK audiences as a member of New York saxophonist Tim Berne's groups Big Satan and Science Friction, Ducret performs with his own high-intensity trio, featuring Bruno Chevillon on bass and drummer Eric Echampard.

    The three have played together for more than 10 years and Ducret calls the group 'my laboratory'.

    Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957.

    Self-taught, he began playing with dance and folk bands in the mid-1970s and his career took off after he won the Django Reinhardt Prize in 1987.

    Ducret is now in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic; his collaborators have included Michel Portal, Miroslav Vitous, Django Bates, Adam Nussbaum and David Sanborn.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by French guitarist Marc Ducret, from the Vortex Jazz Club.

    Marc Ducret Trio20090810
    Marc Ducret Trio20090810

    Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear a gig performed at the Vortex Jazz Club in London by guitarist Marc Ducret's trio, featuring previously unbroadcast tracks.

    Ducret's virtuosic style first came to prominence when he was a member of New York saxophonist Tim Berne's groups Big Satan and Science Friction. This gig features Ducret's own high-intensity trio with Bruno Chevillon on bass and Eric Echampard on drums. The three have played together for more than ten years and Ducret calls the group 'my laboratory'.

    Marc Ducret was born in Paris in 1957. Self-taught, he began playing with dance and folk bands in the mid-1970s, and his career took off after he won the Django Reinhardt Prize in 1987. Ducret is now in high demand on both sides of the Atlantic; his collaborators have included Michel Portal, Miroslav Vitous, Django Bates, Adam Nussbaum and David Sanborn.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    Excerpt from Ventricle by The Necks (details below)

    Marc Ducret Trio recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club, London on January 28, 2009

    Line up:

    Marc Ducret (guitar)

    Bruno Chevillon (double bass)

    Eric Echampard (drums)

    Track list:

    Excerpt from L'ampleur des degats (Ducret)

    Untitled (Ducret)

    L'Ombra di Verdi (Ducret)

    The Necks recorded at the Vortex Jazz Club, London on May 20, 2008

    Line up:

    Lloyd Swanton (double bass)

    Tony Buck (drums)

    Chris Abrahams (piano)

    Track title:

    Ventricle (Swanton/Buck/Abrahams)

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: The Necks

    Album title: Townsville

    Label: Fish of Milk

    Released: 2007

    Artist: Marc Ducret

    Album title: Le sens de marche

    Label: Illusions

    Released: June 2009.

    Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear a gig from guitarist Marc Ducret's trio.

    Marcin Wasilewski

    ""

    Marcin Wasilewski

    Marcin Wasilewski20090921
    Marcin Wasilewski20090921

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by young Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski recorded at Kings Place in London in 2009. The set includes music from his latest album, January, whose refined compositions demonstrate a laid-back elegance and gently pulsing rhythms. This is Wasilewski's second album as leader on Manfred Eicher's ECM label and has sealed his name as a promising individual voice.

    The trio, featuring Slawomir Kurkiewicz on bass and drummer Michal Miskiewicz are childhood friends, playing together since their teens. The great Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko discovered them at the age of 18. Taking them under his wing, Stanko took the trio on tour with him, introducing them to the lifestyle of a working musician. They have since formed the rhythm section for a number of Stanko's albums, including the critically-praised Soul of Things.

    Playlist:

    Excerpt from Keith Jarrett's London concert Part VII (details below)

    Marcin Wasilewski Trio recorded at King's Place, London on March 19, 2009

    Line-up:

    Marcin Wasilewski (piano)

    Slawomir Kurkiewicz (bass)

    Michal Miskiewicz (drums)

    Set list:

    Young and Cinema (Wasilewski)

    Introduction (Wasilewski)

    January (Wasilewski)

    Manfred Eicher artistic director of ECM in an extended interview with Jez marking the label's 40th anniversary.

    CD tracks played during the interview:

    Artist: Keith Jarrett

    Track title: London Part VII

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album title: Testament: Paris/London

    Label: ECM

    Released: 5 October 2009

    Artist: Pat Metheny

    Track title: Bright Size Life

    Composer: Pat Metheny

    Album title: Bright Size Life

    Label: ECM

    Released: 1976

    Artist: Kenny Wheeler

    Track title: Nicolette

    Composer: Kenny Wheeler

    Album title: Angel Song

    Label: ECM

    Released: 1997

    Marcin Wasilewski Trio continued:

    Ballad in London (Tomasz Stanko)

    The First Touch (Wasilewski)

    King Korn (Wasilewski).

    Jez Nelson presents a gig performed by young Polish pianist Marcin Wasilewski.

    Marius Neset20110919

    Jez Nelson presents young Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset performing music from his debut album. Still just 25, Neset's recent emergence as a leader has been met with great excitement - a response to his fearsome technique and energy, allied to a mature writing style. Neset has been mentored by Django Bates for a number of years, appearing in his stoRMChaser and Human Chain bands. His quartet for this performance features pianist Nick Ramm, and Phronesis's Jasper Høiby (bass) and Anton Eger (drums).

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents young Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset in concert.

    Mark Lockheart's In Deep

    ""

    Mark Lockheart's In Deep

    Mark Lockheart's In Deep20100118
    Mark Lockheart's In Deep20100118

    Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session by saxophonist and composer Mark Lockheart with his 'In Deep' quintet. Featuring the cream of British jazz including Tom Arthurs on trumpet, pianist Liam Noble, bassist Jasper Hoiby and Dave Smith on drums. Expect ingenious lyricism and rhythms, masterful musicianship and inventive compositions from a man who's become well known for his evolutionary approach to making music.

    Mark's latest project follows a long line of adventurous musical endeavors that he's undertaken since he first appeared in the seminal 1980's band Loose Tubes. From being a member of Perfect Houseplants to young outfit Polar Bear, Mark's contributions to British jazz span three decades. His latest incarnation 'In Deep' allows each member to shine yet retains a deep sense of cohesion and harmony.

    Jez Nelson presents a session by saxophonist/composer Mark Lockheart with his quintet.

    Marshall Allen

    ""

    Marshall Allen

    Marshall Allen20090928
    Marshall Allen20090928

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by avant-garde saxophonist Marshall Allen performed at Cafe Oto. Known for his deeply spiritual approach to music, influenced by space-age science-fiction and Egyptian cosmology, Allen stopped by the small East London venue while on a European tour with the Sun Ra Arkestra. The band features the Arkestra's 25-year-old piano player Farid Barron alongside British musicians Paul Hession on drums and John Edwards on bass.

    Marshall Allen met mystical keyboardist and bandleader Sun Ra in 1956. They lived, rehearsed, toured and recorded together as part of Sun Ra's big band The Arkestra for over 40 years. Allen assumed leadership of the group after the death of Sun Ra in 1993 and John Gilmore in 1995, and continues to write new pieces for it. Allen also frequently works in traditional African music with Olatunji and his Drums of Passion.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig performed in London by avant-garde saxophonist Marshall Allen.

    Martial Solal At Kings Place

    ""

    Martial Solal At Kings Place

    Martial Solal at Kings Place20090907
    Martial Solal at Kings Place20090907

    Jez Nelson presents a solo concert by French pianist Martial Solal, recorded as part of Paris Jazz Week at London's Kings Place in 2009. Playing jazz standards in anything but a standard way, Solal playfully manipulates the jazz repertoire with countermelodies, rhythmic juxtapositions and poised abstraction. The concert is drawn together with a narrative quality demonstrating Solal's vast encyclopaedic knowledge and a ceaseless ability to reinvent.

    Born in Algeria, Solal moved to Paris aged 22 and over the last 60 years has built a reputation as a leading composer and pianist. He has recorded with many small ensembles including duos with Django Reinhardt, Lee Konitz and Dave Douglas. Solal has also written scores for over 40 feature films including Jean Luc Goddard's award-winning debut A bout de souffle.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy & Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    CD track:

    Artist: Led Bib

    Track title: Call Centre Labyrinth

    Composer: Mark Holub

    Album title: Sensible Shoes

    Label: Cuneiform

    John Fordham joins Jez in the studio to discuss Led Bib, the Mercury Music Prize and Martial Solal.

    Martial Solal recorded at King's Place on June 11, 2009

    Line up:

    Martial Solal (piano)

    Set one list:

    I've Got Rhythm (George Gershwin)

    My Funny Valentine (Richard Rodgers)

    Tea For Two (Vincent Youmans)

    Round Midnight (Thelonious Monk)

    Caravan (Juan Tizol)

    Body and Soul (Edward Heyman, Robert Sour, Frank Eyton & Johnny Green)

    What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter)

    John Fordham recommends some further listening for Martial Solal:

    Artist: Martial Solal

    Album title: At Newport '63

    Label: RCA Victor

    Released: 1963

    Artist: Martial Solal & Dave Douglas

    Album title: Rue De Seine

    Label: Cam Jazz

    Released: 2005

    CD track played:

    Artist: Martial Solal Trio

    Track title: Gang of Five

    Composer: Paul Motian

    Album Title: Ballade du 10 Mars

    Label: Soul Note

    Released: 1999

    Set two list:

    Here's That Rainy Day (Jimmy Van Heusen)

    Solitude, Take The A Train, Satin Doll medley (Duke Ellington)

    Cherokee (Ray Noble)

    Nobody's Perfect (unknown)

    All the Things You Are (Jerome Kern)

    CD track played in tribute to the saxophonist and educator Joe Maneri who passed away on 24 August:

    Artist: Joe Maneri & Mat Maneri

    Track title: Outside the Whole Thing

    Composer: Joe Maneri & Mat Maneri

    Album title: Blessed

    Label: ECM.

    Jez Nelson presents a solo concert by French pianist Martial Solal.

    Martin Speake Session Featuring Bobo Stenson20090223
    Martin Speake Session Featuring Bobo Stenson20090223

    Jez Nelson presents an exclusive studio session by UK saxophonist Martin Speake, with influential Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson, Steve Watts on double bass and Jeff Williams on drums. The quartet play compositions from Speake's critically praised ECM album Change of Heart, in a lyrical set that features free improvisation as well as a strong sense of melody.

    Contains some strong language.

    Playlist:

    CD track:

    Artist: Art Ensemble of Chicago (Roscoe Mitchell - saxophones and percussion, Joseph Jarmen - saxophones and percussion, Lester Bowie - trumpet and percussion, Malachi Favors - bass and percussion, Don Moye - drums, Fontella Bass - vocal and piano)

  • Track Title: Theme de Yo Yo

  • Composer: Art Ensemble of Chicago

  • Album Title: Les Stance a Sophie

  • Label: Soul Jazz Records

    http://www.artensembleofchicago.com/

    Read a review of Les Stances A Sophie here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/release/9vn8/

    Excerpt from Martin Speake's Weather Permitting recorded in sesson featuring Bobo Stenson (details below).

    CD track:

    Artist: Matthew Shipp Trio (Matthew Shipp - piano, Joe Morris - bass, Whit Dickey - drums)

  • Track Title: Roe

  • Composer: Matthew Shipp

  • Album Title: Harmonic Disorder

  • Label: Thirsty Ear

    http://www.matthewshipp.com/

    Marc Ducret recommended listening:

    Album Title: L'Ombra di Verdi

  • Label: Screwgun Records

  • Released: 1999

  • http://www.screwgunrecords.com/

    Album Title: Live No 2

  • Label: N/A

  • Released: 2006

  • http://www.marcducret.com/contact.html

    CD tracks:

    Artist: Klaus Paier/Asja Valcic (Klaus Paier - bandoneon, Asja Valcic - cello)

  • Track Title: Bordunarosa

  • Composer: Klaus Paier

  • Album Title: A Deux

  • Label: ACT

    http://www.klaus-paier.com/html/index.html

  • http://www.asjavalcic.com/records.htm

    Artist: Joe McPhee/Paal Nilssen-Love (Joe McPhee - tenor sax, Paal Nilssen-Love - drums)

  • Track Title: Build and Break

  • Composer: McPhee/Milssen-Love

  • Album Title: Tomorrow Came Today

  • Label: Smalltown Superjazz

    http://www.joemcphee.com/

  • http://www.paalnilssen-love.com/

    Martin Speake's Change of Heart group recorded in session featuring Bobo Stenson.

    Line up:

    Martin Speake - saxophone

  • Bobo Stenson - piano

  • Steve Watts - bass

  • Jeff Williams - drums

    Set one list:

  • 1.

  • Mary Halvorson Trio

    ""

    Mary Halvorson Trio

    Mary Halvorson Trio20100222
    Mary Halvorson Trio20100222

    Jez Nelson presents a gig from New York electric guitarist Mary Halvorson. Playing original compositions that feature angular grooves and dissonant melodies, the trio obtains excitingly edgy and dynamic improvisations. Joining Mary on stage are bassist John Hebert and Ches Smith on drums.

    Mary has been active on the New York jazz scene since 2002. She plays regularly with the infamous avant-garde reedsman and composer Anthony Braxton and released her debut recording as leader in 2008. The album was proclaimed 'an auspicious debut' by Downbeat and "full of tension, excitement and awkward pleasure, and very much of its moment." by The New York Times.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig from New York electric guitarist Mary Halvorson.

    Matana Roberts20120409

    Jez Nelson presents Chicagoan saxophonist Matana Roberts and the latest chapter of her Coin Coin project. Roberts emerged in the middle of the last decade, blending elements of avant-garde improvisation with the contemporary rock and dub of her native city. Coin Coin is an ongoing, multi-part work, begun in 2011, tracing her family's African-American heritage back over several generations in music and text. Roberts is joined here by five other musicians in a performance of the new, second chapter, at the Bimhuis in Amsterdam.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Matana Roberts and her Coin Coin project.

    Matana Roberts Recorded at the Vortex20090413
    Matana Roberts Recorded At The Vortex20090413

    "Jazz on 3

  • 1
  • 13/04/09

    matana roberts at the vortex jazz club

    presenter: Jez Nelson

  • alex bonney – trumpet
  • chris vatalaro – drums

    set one list:

  • jasper hoiby – double bass

    this set is entirely improvised.

    matana roberts quartet recorded live at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009

    line up:

  • jim hart – vibraphone
  • matana roberts – saxophone
  • producers: joby waldman & robert abel

    jim hart, jasper hoiby and alex bonney recorded live downstairs at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009

    line up:

  • robert mitchell – piano
  • tom mason – bass"

  • Matana Roberts Recorded at the Vortex20090413

    Jazz on 3

  • 13/04/09

    Matana Roberts at the Vortex Jazz Club

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

  • Producers: Joby Waldman & Robert Abel

    JIM HART, JASPER HOIBY AND ALEX BONNEY RECORDED LIVE DOWNSTAIRS AT THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB ON 1 APRIL 2009

    Line up:

  • Jim Hart – vibraphone

  • Alex Bonney – trumpet

  • Jasper Hoiby – double bass

    This set is entirely improvised.

    MATANA ROBERTS QUARTET RECORDED LIVE AT THE VORTEX JAZZ CLUB ON 1 APRIL 2009

    Line up:

  • Matana Roberts – saxophone

  • Robert Mitchell – piano

  • Tom Mason – bass

  • Chris Vatalaro – drums

    Set one list:

  • 1.

  • Matana Roberts Recorded At The Vortex20090413

    Jazz on 3

  • 1
  • 13/04/09

    matana roberts at the vortex jazz club

    presenter: Jez Nelson

  • alex bonney – trumpet
  • chris vatalaro – drums

    set one list:

  • jasper hoiby – double bass

    this set is entirely improvised.

    matana roberts quartet recorded live at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009

    line up:

  • jim hart – vibraphone
  • matana roberts – saxophone
  • producers: joby waldman & robert abel

    jim hart, jasper hoiby and alex bonney recorded live downstairs at the vortex jazz club on 1 april 2009

    line up:

  • robert mitchell – piano
  • tom mason – bass

  • Matthew Shipp And John Butcher

    ""

    Matthew Shipp And John Butcher

    Matthew Shipp and John Butcher20100308

    Matthew Shipp and John Butcher20100308

    Matthew Shipp & John Butcher

    Jez Nelson presents a transatlantic collaboration between two leading lights of avant-garde jazz and improvised music: New York pianist Matthew Shipp and London based reeds player John Butcher. Recorded during Shipp's residency at East London's Café Oto, both musicians will play solo before coming together for a highly anticipated meeting of musical minds.

    Matthew Shipp made his name as part of David S Ware's Quartet in the 1990's, before going on to release a series of celebrated albums under his own name featuring musicians such as William Parker and Roscoe Mitchell. John Butcher's playing is grounded in the history of British free improvisation. Taking elements of Evan Parker's technique and Derek Bailey's philosophy, Butcher has forged his own sound favouring complex overtones and electronic manipulation.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Peggy Sutton & Joby Waldman

    PLAYLIST:

    Extract from John Butcher and Matthew Shipp in duo (details below)

    'One for Junia' by Gareth Lockrane performed by Jack DeJohnette and the Jerwood All Stars

    Line up:

    Tom Arthurs - trumpet

    Gareth Lockrane - flute

    Nathaniel Facey - alto saxophone

    Shabaka Hutchins - clarinet and tenor saxophone

    Chris Sharkey - guitar

    Tom Cawley - piano

    Neil Charles - bass

    Jack DeJohnette - drums

    This years Cheltenham Jazz Festival runs from 28 April - 3 May 2010. Full programme details can be found at www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/jazz

    CD track:

    Artist: Captain Beefheart

    Track title: Hair Pie Bake 1

    Composer: Don Vliet

    Album title: Trout Mask Replica

    Label: Reprise/Ada

    Jez presents a feature based on Matthew Shipp's theory that we are living in a post Miles Davis paradigm.

    Music used during the feature:

    Artist: Matt Shipp Trio

    Track title: GNG

    Composer: Matthew Shipp

    Album title: Harmonic Disorder

    Label: Thirsty Ear, The Blue Series

    Artist: Jason Moran

    Track title: You've Got to Be Modernistic

    Composer: James P. Johnson

    Album title: Modernistic

    Label: Blue Note Records

    Artist: Curios

    Track title: Roadster

    Composer: Tom Cawley

    Album title: The Other Place

    Label: Edition

    John Butcher and Matthew Shipp perform solo sets at Café Oto, London recorded on February 14, 2010

    Set list:

    John Butcher (tenor saxophone)

    John Butcher (soprano saxophone)

    Matthew Shipp (piano)

    John Butcher and Matthew Shipp talk about their expectations before playing together for the very first time.

    Music used during the interviews:

    Artist: John Butcher

    Track title: Last Bottle

    Composer: John Butcher

    Album title: Fixations

    Label: Emanem

    Artist: Matthew Shipp

    Track title: Signal

    Composer: Matthew Shipp

    Album title: 'String Trio By The Law

    Label: Hatology

    Artist: Matthew Shipp

    Track title: Ion

    Composer: Matthew Shipp

    Album title: Harmony and Abyss

    Label: Thirsty Ear

    Matthew Shipp (piano) and John Butcher (tenor and soprano saxophones) perform a duo recorded at Café Oto, London on February 14, 2010.

    All music by John Butcher and Matthew Shipp recorded at Café Oto is freely improvised.

    Jez Nelson presents a collaboration between Matthew Shipp and John Butcher.

    Medeski, Scofield, Martin And Wood20080808

    Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear one of the programme's most requested sets from US jazz-funk fusion supergroup Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, recorded at the Barbican in July 2007. The trio consisting of Hammond-organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood first collaborated with former Miles Davis guitarist John Scofield on the latter's 1998 album, A Go Go.

    Considered to have a wide appeal, the quartet's music is rooted in funk and the blues as well as in the jazz improvisation tradition, with the versatile Scofield having in the past collaborated with musicians such as Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny and Bugge Wesseltoft, as well as DJ logic.

    Medeski, Scofield, Martin And Wood20080808

    Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear one of the programme's most requested sets from US jazz-funk fusion supergroup Medeski Scofield Martin and Wood, recorded at the Barbican in July 2007. The trio consisting of Hammond-organist John Medeski, drummer Billy Martin and bassist Chris Wood first collaborated with former Miles Davis guitarist John Scofield on the latter's 1998 album, A Go Go.

    Considered to have a wide appeal, the quartet's music is rooted in funk and the blues as well as in the jazz improvisation tradition, with the versatile Scofield having in the past collaborated with musicians such as Gary Burton, Steve Swallow, Pat Metheny and Bugge Wesseltoft, as well as DJ logic.

    Mike Westbrook 75th Birthday Concert20110425

    Jez Nelson presents the 75th birthday concert of distinguished British bandleader and composer Mike Westbrook. Since the early 1960s, Westbrook has been prolific as a bandleader, jazz pianist and composer whose music is characteristically bold and presented in unusual formats. He has been commissioned by numerous international big bands and with his wife, the singer/librettist Kate Westbrook, has written a number of cabaret and music-theatre pieces, alongside music for classical ensembles and smaller jazz groups.

    This concert features various line-ups drawn from a group of players associated with Westbrook over the years, including Chris Biscoe, Steve Berry and Kate Westbrook. It features the premiere of a new work, The Serpent Hit for voice and saxophone quartet.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson with the 75th birthday concert of UK bandleader and composer Mike Westbrook.

    Missing Bits

    Missing Bits20100920

    Jez Nelson digs out unheard tracks from the Jazz On 3 vaults. This is one of our occasional programmes in which we dig through the archives to find quality tracks that hit the cutting room floor when we broadcast concerts for the first time. Includes music from the hugely influential Norwegian saxophonist Jan Garbarek; saxophonist David Murray with Guadeloupe's Gwo Ka Masters; Mercury Prize short-listed pianist Kit Downes' trio; and improv project Buffalo Collision, which puts pianist Ethan Iverson and drummer Dave King of The Bad Plus into the ring alongside saxophonist Tim Berne and cellist Hank Roberts.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Peggy Sutton.

    Jez Nelson presents music from Jan Garbarek, David Murray, Kit Downes & Buffalo Collision.

    Mostly Other People Do the Killing20110725

    Jez Nelson presents New York 'terrorist bebop' quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing. Voted Downbeat magazine's Rising Star Ensemble in 2009, the group has established a reputation for subversion, deconstructing standards and their own material through deliberately erratic experimentation and a humorous performance style. The band is led by bassist Moppa Elliott and also features trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and Kevin Shea on drums, in a performance recorded at The Vortex in London.

    Also on the programme, in the month that marks 40 years since the death of Louis Armstrong, Jazz on 3 asks if his music is still relevant to today's trumpeters.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents New York 'terrorist bebop' quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

    Mostly Other People Do the Killing20110829

    Jez Nelson presents New York 'terrorist bebop' quartet Mostly Other People Do The Killing. Voted Downbeat magazine's Rising Star Ensemble in 2009, the group has established a reputation for subversion, deconstructing standards and their own material through deliberately erratic experimentation and a humorous performance style. The band is led by bassist Moppa Elliott and also features trumpeter Peter Evans, saxophonist Jon Irabagon and Kevin Shea on drums, in a performance recorded at The Vortex in London.

    Also on the programme, in the month that marks 40 years since the death of Louis Armstrong, Jazz on 3 asks if his music is still relevant to today's trumpeters.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by New York quartet Mostly Other People Do the Killing.

    Mujician20080111

    Mujician

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by the improvising quartet Mujician, comprising reeds player Paul Dunmall, pianist Keith Tippett, bassist Paul Rogers and drummer Tony Levin. The group are distinguished by their unique approach to wholly-improvised performance in which the music is not discussed or rehearsed in advance.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by the improvising quartet Mujician.

    Celebrating the best contemporary jazz, with exclusive concert recordings and features

    NeWt20110418

    Jez Nelson presents Edinburgh-based trio NeWt featuring German alto saxophonist and clarinettist Silke Eberhard. Drummer Chris Wallace, guitarist Graeme Stephen and trombonist Chris Greive got together in 2006. After securing funding in 2008 to develop new material with a foreign artist, NeWt began an ongoing collaboration with Eberhard in 2008 that has included an album on the F-IRE label. Influenced by Zappa, electronica, rock and folk, the group makes the most of its unusual line-up of instruments, weaving electronic effects and humour into music shaped by collective free improvisation. Recorded at Matt and Phred's in Manchester.

    Jez Nelson presents the young Scottish trio NeWt featuring saxophonist Silke Eberhard.

    Orchestre National De Jazz, Uk Jazz Orchestra
    Orchestre National de Jazz, UK Jazz Orchestra

    Orchestre National de Jazz, UK Jazz Orchestra

    Orchestre National de Jazz, UK Jazz Orchestra20110131

    Jez Nelson presents France's Orchestre National De Jazz in collaboration with drummer and composer John Hollenbeck of the Claudia Quartet. Under the leadership of its conductor Daniel Yvinec, the ONJ have made a name for themselves for their forward looking and innovative approach to the big band format. Following their acclaimed collaboration with UK songwriter Robert Wyatt, their latest project brings them together with The Claudia Quintet's John Hollenbeck, one of the most influential composers currently working in jazz. With the title Shut Up And Dance, the concert takes as its theme the way music and movement combine, "via pygmy music, Gnawa trance and Duke Ellington swing". Recorded at London Jazz Festival 2010. Also in the programme Jez Nelson takes a look at the debate on whether the UK should have its own national jazz orchestra.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson presents the Orchestre National de Jazz playing with John Hollenbeck.

    Overtone Quartet at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival20110606

    Jez Nelson presents transatlantic group the Overtone Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival. This all-star band first came together in 2007, although some of the musical relationships involved go back 20 years. Notionally led by bass player Dave Holland, the group has a strong collective ethos, with each member stamping their authority through adventurous compositions, virtuosic sparring and subtle interplay. It features Chris Potter on saxophone, pianist Jason Moran, drummer Eric Harland and, replacing Dave Holland for this performance, Larry Grenadier on double bass.

    Also on the programme Nate Chinen talks to Jason Moran about his musical influences, and Jez discusses the new Smithsonian jazz anthology with Nate and Smithsonian panel member and Radio 3 presenter Alyn Shipton.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Rebecca Aitchison and Phil Smith.

    Jez Nelson presents the Overtone Quartet performing at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

    Overtone Quartet at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival20110606

    Jez Nelson presents transatlantic group the Overtone Quartet at the Cheltenham Festival. This all-star band first came together in 2007, although some of the musical relationships involved go back 20 years. Notionally led by bass player Dave Holland, the group has a strong collective ethos, with each member stamping their authority through adventurous compositions, virtuosic sparring and subtle interplay. It features Chris Potter on saxophone, pianist Jason Moran, drummer Eric Harland and, replacing Dave Holland for this performance, Larry Grenadier on double bass.

    Also on the programme Nate Chinen talks to Jason Moran about his musical influences, and Jez discusses the new Smithsonian jazz anthology with Nate and Smithsonian panel member and Radio 3 presenter Alyn Shipton.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Rebecca Aitchison and Phil Smith.

    Jez Nelson presents the Overtone Quartet playing at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

    Paris Jazz At Kings Place

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    Paris Jazz At Kings Place

    Paris Jazz at King's Place20090713
    Paris Jazz at King's Place20090713

    Jez Nelson presents music celebrating the rich Paris jazz scene. Featuring esteemed bass player Henri Texier's Quartet, plus sets from young pianist Eve Risser and experimental trio Jean Louis recorded on the final night of a week-long series of Parisian-inspired concerts at Kings Place in London.

    Henri Texier's Red Route Quartet play elements of classic love songs, which are improvised over freely, allowing Texier's North African connections to seep through. The band consists of his son Sebastien on sax and clarinet, drummer Christophe Marguet and guitarist Manu Codjia.

    Representing the next generation of Parisian jazz, Eve Risser performs a solo set on prepared piano, followed by electronic wizardry and brilliantly energetic original compositions from the trio Jean Louis.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    Henri Texier's Quartet recorded at Kings Place on June 13, 2009

    Line up:

    Henri Texier (double bass)

    Sebastian Texier (reeds)

    Manu Codjia (guitar)

    Christophe Marguet (drums)

    Set one:

    Prevert Blues (Henri Texier)

    Nostalgique (Manu Codjia/Christophe Marguet/Sebastian Texier/Henri Texier)

    Lubyes (Manu Codjia)

    Jez speaks to Kevin LeGendre about the history of jazz in Paris and Henri Texier's role in the scene.

    Set two:

    My One And Only Love (Guy Wood/Robert Mellin)

    Afrique à L'eau (Henri Texier)

    Ô Africa (Henri Texier)

    Sommeil Calliou (Henri Texier/Sebastian Texier)

    Jez interviews Joachim Florent from Jean Louis

    Jean Louis recorded at Kings Place on June 13, 2009

    Line up:

    Aymeric Avice (trumpet, slide trumpet, seashells)

    Joachim Florent (double bass)

    Francesco Pastacaldi (drums)

    Set list:

    Doom (Aymeric Avice, Joachim Florent, Francesco Pastacaldi)

    Jez interviews Eve Risser

    An improvised set by Eve Risser recorded at Kings Place on June 13, 2009

    Line up:

    Eve Risser (prepared piano).

    Jez Nelson presents music celebrating the rich Paris jazz scene.

    Pat Thomas 50th Birthday Session

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    Pat Thomas 50th Birthday Session

    Pat Thomas 50th Birthday Session20100802

    Jez Nelson celebrates Pat Thomas' 50th birthday with a session, recorded exclusively for Jazz On 3, featuring the Oxford based improviser on keyboards and electronics. Before the session Pat sits down at the piano with his friend and fellow pianist Alex Hawkins to discuss his influences, highlights of his career, including playing with Derek Bailey and Tony Oxley, and whether there is such a thing as an "Oxford sound".

    Revolutionary activist, band manager for the MC5 and leader of the White Panther Party John Sinclair speaks to Jez about his affinity with Albert Ayler and avant-garde jazz. John also reads an extract of a poem of his entitled Homage to John Coltrane.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Robert Abel & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents improviser Pat Thomas in session on keyboards and electronics.

    Pete M Wyer and Steve Dalachinsky in Session20090323
    Pete M Wyer and Steve Dalachinsky in Session20090323

    Synopsis

    Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session from composer and guitarist Pete M Wyer and renowned New York post-beat poet Steve Dalachinsky. Featuring Insomnia Poems, a new work by Wyer, which integrates poetry and music with compositional techniques designed to allow improvisation and spontaneity to flourish. The 61-minute piece was inspired by the Insomnia Drawings of Louise Bourgeois as well as both artists' experiences of sleepless nights.

    Insomnia Poems also features soprano and actress Evelyne Beech, bass and contrabass clarinettist Chris Cundy, electronics and laptop performer Mike Cross as well as bassist Robert Perry.

    Jez Nelson presents a session by composer and guitarist Pete M Wyer.

    Pete M Wyer And Steve Dalachinsky In Session20090323

    Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session from composer and guitarist Pete M Wyer and renowned New York post-beat poet Steve Dalachinsky. Featuring Insomnia Poems, a new work by Wyer, which integrates poetry and music with compositional techniques designed to allow improvisation and spontaneity to flourish. The 61-minute piece was inspired by the Insomnia Drawings of Louise Bourgeois as well as both artists' experiences of sleepless nights.

    Insomnia Poems also features soprano and actress Evelyne Beech, bass and contrabass clarinettist Chris Cundy, electronics and laptop performer Mike Cross as well as bassist Robert Perry.

    Jez Nelson presents a session by composer and guitarist Pete M Wyer.

    Phil Minton Quartet In Session20080929

    "Jez Nelson presents a session of improvised music from vocal experimentalist Phil Minton and his Quartet, featuring John Butcher on reeds, Veryan Weston on piano and Roger Turner on drums.

    During more than four decades, Minton has been celebrated for his innovative approach to vocal performance. Using highly controlled breathing techniques, he produces sounds ranging from high frequency squawks to deep guttural bellows."

    Phil Minton Quartet In Session20080929

    Jez Nelson presents a session of improvised music from vocal experimentalist Phil Minton and his Quartet, featuring John Butcher on reeds, Veryan Weston on piano and Roger Turner on drums.

    During more than four decades, Minton has been celebrated for his innovative approach to vocal performance. Using highly controlled breathing techniques, he produces sounds ranging from high frequency squawks to deep guttural bellows.

    Phil Robson's IMS Quintet, Elephant 9 in Session

    Phil Robson's IMS Quintet, Elephant 9 in Session

    Phil Robson's IMS Quintet, Elephant 9 in Session20110221

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by UK guitarist Phil Robson and the IMS Quintet featuring US saxophonist Mark Turner. Winner of Best Jazz Musician of the year in the 2009 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, Phil Robson brought together an international line-up to play a set of his own compositions based on "communication ancient to modern". Perhaps most notably the band includes American tenor player Mark Turner. Rarely seen in the UK, he is widely regarded as one of the current finest saxophonists in the world today. The all-star line up is completed by US bassist Michael Janisch, UK flautist Gareth Lockrane and Cuban drummer Ernesto Simpson.

    Plus an exclusive session from funky psychedelic trio Elephant 9. Described by Uncut magazine as 'fabulous, freaky-deaky Scandi-jazz' the Norwegian trio features Ståle Storløkken on Hammond organ, Fender Rhodes & synths, Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen on electric bass and drummer Torstein Lofthus.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by guitarist Phil Robson and the IMS Quintet.

    Polar Bear

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    Polar Bear

    Polar Bear20100405

    Polar Bear20100405

    Jez Nelson presents Mercury Nominated band Polar Bear, recorded live in concert at The Garage, Islington. Known for their genre-bending approach to music, Polar Bear draw on everything from hip hop to metal, but have their roots firmly in jazz.

    The band's 2005 album Held on the Tips of Fingers was shortlisted for the coveted Mercury Music Prize, and recent fourth record Peepers is possibly their strongest to date, with typically off kilter grooves and joyful twisting tunes.

    Drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford is joined by Leafcutter John on guitar and electronics, tenor saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart and Tom Herbert on double bass.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Robert Abel.

    Jez Nelson presents Polar Bear in a gig performed at the Garage, Islington.

    Polar Bear And Django Bates

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    Polar Bear And Django Bates

    Polar Bear and Django Bates20100823

    A second chance to hear performances by Django Bates' Beloved Bird and Polar Bear, presented by Jez Nelson.

    Beloved Bird perform new interpretations of music by Bates' hero, the pioneering saxophonist Charlie Parker. Classics such as Now's The Time and Moose the Mooche will be re-arranged and de-constructed resulting in various levels of recognizability. Featuring Petter Eldh on bass and Peter Bruun on drums, this is the first time Bates has toured with an acoustic piano trio in many years.

    Known for their genre-bending approach to music, Polar Bear draw on everything from hip hop to metal, but have their roots firmly in jazz. The band's 2005 album Held on the Tips of Fingers was a Mercury Music Prize Album of the Year, and recent fourth record Peepers is possibly their strongest to date, with typically off kilter grooves and joyful twisting tunes. Recorded at Islington's The Garage, drummer and composer Sebastian Rochford is joined by Leafcutter John on guitar and electronics, tenor saxophonists Pete Wareham and Mark Lockheart and Tom Herbert on double bass.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Kathryn Willgress & Rebecca Aitchison.

    Jez Nelson presents performances from Django Bates's Beloved Bird and Polar Bear.

    Portraits Day20120507

    Jez Nelson presents a gallery of portraits in jazz, including a discussion with Alex Hawkins around the origins of jazz portraits, starting with Duke Ellington. There are two new musical portraits by British reeds players, written and recorded especially for Jazz on 3. Tom Challenger's subject is the pioneering American saxophonist Ornette Coleman, a key innovator in the free jazz movement of the 1960s. He appears with his new group Brass Mask, which takes inspiration from New Orleans marching bands, contemporary jazz and improvisation, and hip hop. BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings performs with a group put together for the occasion, including veteran avant-garde double bassist John Edwards and soulful vocalist Eska Mtungwazi, to portray Jean-Michel Basquiat. Beginning as a graffiti artist in New York in the late 1970s, Basquiat achieved worldwide renown over the course of his short career.

    Also on the programme, Jez explores the iconic photographic portraits of jazz musicians past and present.

    Review of International Jazz in 201120120102

    Jez Nelson reviews the best international jazz of 2011, featuring excerpts from Jazz on 3 performances and the best album releases of the year. In the past 12 months the programme has recorded iconic artists such as Wayne Shorter and Peter Brotzmann as well as rising stars, including Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset and Blue Note trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guests: John Fordham & Kevin Le Gendre

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson reviews the best international jazz of 2011.

    Review of UK Jazz in 201120111226

    Jez Nelson reviews the best UK jazz of 2011, featuring excerpts from Jazz on 3 performances and the best album releases of the year. Among the highlights are saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings and his street music-inspired band The Sons of Kemet, young Edinburgh trio NeWt, and Northern Irish composer Sid Peacock with his big band Surge. Next week the programme covers the best international music to have been featured in 2011.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guests: John Fordham & Kevin Le Gendre

    Producers: Chris Elcombe & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson reviews the best UK jazz of 2011.

    Richard Barrett And Forch

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    Richard Barrett And Forch

    Richard Barrett and fORCH20100125
    Richard Barrett and fORCH20100125

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by Richard Barrett and fORCH, recorded at the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Based on the electro-acoustic duo of Richard Barrett and Paul Obermayer, the ensemble also features two vocalists and four instrumentalists who specialize in improvised and experimental music, including John Butcher, Phil Minton and Rhodri Davies.

    fORCH combines completely free improvisation with composed frameworks, by Richard Barrett, within which the ensemble is able to improvise freely.

    Follow Jez Nelson and the Jazz On 3 team on twitter:

    http://twitter.com/jeznelson

    http://twitter.com/r3jazzon3

    See photos from Jazz on 3 recordings:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jazzon3

    Extract from 'fOKT' by Richard Barrett's fORCH (details below)

    Julian Siegel Trio recorded at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on 17 November 2009 during the London Jazz Festival

    Line up:

    Julian Siegel - saxophone

    Joey Baron - drums

    Greg Cohen - bass

    Set list:

    Night At The Opera (Julian Siegel)

    Seven Days (Julian Siegel)

    Incantation 1 (Julian Siegel)

    One Mint Julep (Rudi Toombs)

    An extensive interview with Joey Baron is now on the All About Jazz website here - http://www.allaboutjazz.com/php/article.php?id=34813

    Forthcoming UK tours:

    Jan Garbarek group featuring Trilok Gurtu

    Jan 26 @ The Sage Gateshead

    Jan 28 @ Glasgow Royal Concert Hall as part of the Celtic Connections Festival

    Jan 29 @ Town Hall, Birmingham

    Jan 31 @ Barbican, London

    Led Bib

    Jan 22 @ Orange Street Music Club, Canterbury

    Jan 27 @ The Rainbow, Digbeth

    Feb 5 @ Liverpool Philharmonic Hall

    Feb 12 @ Croydon Clocktower

    Feb 21 @ Buxton Opera House

    Extract from improvising electronics duo FURT recorded at the Freedom of the City Festival in 2006

    Line-up:

    Richard Barrett - electronics

    Paul Obermayer - electronics

    Track title: Omnivm

    Musician, composer and senior lecturer in music at the University of Westminster Steve Beresford joins Jez in the studio to introduce Richard Barrett.

    Richard Barrett's fORCH recorded at Bates Mill on Saturday 28 November 2009 as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival

    Line up:

    Phil Minton - voice

    Ute Wassermann - voice

    Richard Barrett - electronics

    Paul Obermayer - electronics

    Anna la Berge - flute/electronics

    John Butcher - saxophones

    Aleksander Kolkowski - viola/musical saw

    Rhodri Davies - harp

    Track title: fOKT

    To hear more music from Richard Barrett recorded during the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival go to the Hear & Now website www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/hearandnow

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: John Butcher

    Album title: Somethingtobesaid

    Label: Weight of Wax

    Released: 2009

    http://www.johnbutcher.org.uk/Wax.html

    Steve Beresford talks to Jez about the influence of classical composer Anton Webern on guitarist Derek Bailey and drummer John Stevens.

    Musical examples used in the discussion:

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Extract from Quartet for Tenor Saxophone, Clarinet, Violin and Piano Op.22

    Performed by: Ensemble InterContemporain

    Album title: Webern: Songs & Choruses

    Label: Deutsche Grammophon

    Released: 1995

    Artist: Spontaneous Music Ensemble (Kenny Wheeler - trumpet, Evan Parker - saxophone, Derek Bailey - electric guitar, Dave Holland - bass, John Stevens - drums)

    Extract from the improvisation titled 'Karyobin'

    Album tile: Karyobin

    Label: Chronoscope

    Released: 1968

    Composer: Anton Webern

    Extract from Variations for Piano Op.27

    Performed by: Peter Hill

    Album title: Schoenberg, Berg, Webern: Piano Music

    Label: Naxos

    Released: 1999

    Artist: Derek Bailey - solo guitar

    Extract from the solo improvisation 'Lot 74'

    Album title: Lot 74

    Label: Incus

    Released: 1974.

    Richard Barrett and fORCH perform at the 2009 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival.

    Richard Galliano and Michel Portal20080118

    Richard Galliano and Michel Portal

    Kevin LeGendre presents a gig featuring the French duo of accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano and clarinetist Michel Portal. Recorded as part of the 2007 London Jazz Festival at London's Wigmore Hall, the duo's intimate music is characterised by intricate counterpoint combined with expansive improvisation.

    Kevin LeGendre presents accordionist Richard Galliano and clarinetist Michel Portal.

    Celebrating the best contemporary jazz, with exclusive concert recordings and features

    Robert Glasper Trio

    Robert Glasper Trio

    Robert Glasper Trio20101115

    Jez Nelson presents New York based jazz pianist Robert Glasper in concert with his trio at the 2010 London Jazz Festival. Glasper, who has been described as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, works regularly with hip hop artists including Mos Def, Bilal and The Roots. His trio, featuring drummer Chris Dave and bassist Alan Hampton, is firmly rooted in the classic jazz piano trio tradition. But Glasper's compositions, and the group's approach to rhythm and group interplay, are influenced by contemporary hip-hop and soul music.

    Jez Nelson presents pianist Robert Glasper with his trio at 2010's London Jazz Festival.

    Robert Glasper Trio and Secret Society20110815

    Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear gigs by pianist Robert Glasper with his trio, and Darcy James Argue's big band Secret Society, recorded at the 2010 London Jazz Festival.

    Glasper, described as one of the most promising pianists of his generation, works regularly with hip-hop artists including Mos Def, Bilal and The Roots. His trio, featuring drummer Chris Dave and bassist Alan Hampton, is firmly rooted in the classic jazz piano trio tradition. But Glasper's compositions, and the group's approach to rhythm and group interplay, are influenced by contemporary hip-hop and soul music.

    Darcy James Argue formed his 18-piece big band the Secret Society in 2005 and has an approach that fuses tradition and innovation. His aim is to evoke "an alternate musical history in which the dance orchestras that ruled the swing era never went extinct, but remained a popular and vital part of the evolving musical landscape." He and the band topped the Big Band, Arranger and Composer categories in the Rising Star section of the 2010 DownBeat Critics' Poll, the last of which Argue has won again in 2011.

    Gigs by Robert Glasper and his trio, plus Darcy James Argue's Secret Society.

    Robert Mitchell Trio

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    Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist Robert Mitchell performed at the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Featuring Mitchell's original compositions together with some well chosen covers - including a striking acoustic version of Massive Attack's Teardrop. The trio's sound is distinguished by drummer Richard Spaven's hip hop-derived break beats, subtly incorporated into a traditional acoustic piano trio completed by Tom Mason on bass.

    An inventive pianist and composer, Mitchell's solid technique and openess to all music has created many opportunities, helping him to become one of the first artists accepted on the Jerwood Rising Stars scheme. His latest album recorded with the trio won Best Jazz Album at Gilles Peterson's Worldwide Awards 2009.

    Playlist:

    Excerpts from Chereke Son by Havana Cultura and Third Stream by Robert Mitchell Trio (details below)

    Artist: Jerry Gonzalez

    Track title: Evidence

    Composer: Thelonious Monk

    Album title: Ya Yo Me Cure

    Label: Sunny Side

    Released: 1979

    Artist: The Havana Cultura Band featuring Mayra Caridad Valdes

    Track title: Chekere Son

    Composer: traditional

    Album title: Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura

    Label: Brownswood Recordings

    Released: 26 Oct 2009

    Artist: The Havana Cultura Band featuring Roberto Fonseca

    Track title: La Revolucion Del Cuerpo

    Composer: Ogguere

    Album title: Gilles Peterson presents Havana Cultura

    Label: Brownswood Recordings

    Released: 26 Oct 2009

    Robert Mitchell Trio recorded at the Pillar Room during the Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 3 May 2009

    Line up:

    Robert Mitchell (piano)

    Tom Mason (bass)

    Richard Spaven (drums)

    Set list:

    Accumulus (Robert Mitchell)

    Third Stream (4Hero)

    Dance Cadaverous (Wayne Shorter)

    Tear Drop (Massive Attack)

    Greater Good (Richard Spaven)

    Everything In Its Right Place (Radiohead)

    Forthcoming gigs in 2009:

    Robert Mitchell

    6 Nov @ Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight

    12 Nov @ Brighton Dome Pavilion

    16 Nov @ London Jazz Festival, QEH (support for Branford Marsalis)

    28 Nov @ Liverpool Philharmonic

    3 Dec @ Charlie Wrights, London

    4 Dec @ DEDA, Derby

    The Profound Sound Trio

    20 Nov @ Belfast Sonic Arts Research Centre, Queens University

    22 Nov @ Leeds Seven Arts Centre

    23 Nov @ Vortex Jazz Club, London

    24 Nov @ Manchester Band on the Wall

    26 Nov @ Gateshead Old Town Hall

    27 Nov @ Derby, Theatre Studio Derby

    28 Nov @ Birmingham Jazz CBSO Centre

    Excerpt from an interview with Keith Jarrett and Ethan Iverson about his London Concert recorded in May 2009

    Artist: Keith Jarrett

    Track title: CD3 Part VI

    Composer: Keith Jarrett

    Album title: Testament

    Label: ECM

    Released: 5 October 2009.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by pianist Robert Mitchell from 2009's Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

    Ronnie Scott's British Jazz Week

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    Jez Nelson presents performances from John Taylor, playing in a duo with Julian Arguelles for the first time, and the Neon quartet, recorded at Ronnie Scott's 2nd Brit Jazz Festival.

    John Taylor is a world-class pianist who, since coming to the attention of jazz audiences in the late 1960s, has laid the foundations upon which the British jazz scene has been built. Julian Arguelles made his name during the 1980s as a member of acclaimed British big band Loose Tubes, and has gone on to forge a career as a highly distinctive saxophonist, composer and improviser. The pair played together on the 1990 debut recording of the Julian Arguelles Quartet, but this will be the first time they've performed as a duo.

    Neon brings together saxophonist and composer Stan Sulzmann, a stalwart of the British scene for many years, with three rising stars: pianist Kit Downes, drummer Tim Giles and Jim Hart on vibes. All four musicians write for the group.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Robert Abel.

    With Jez Nelson. John Taylor and Julian Arguelles at 2010's Ronnie Scott's Brit Jazz Fest.

    Roscoe Mitchell20120319

    Jez Nelson presents avant-garde saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell in concert. Mitchell was a founding member of the Chicago improvising collective AACM in the mid 1960s, shortly before forming the Art Ensemble of Chicago, a group still active today and known for its use of 'little instruments' such as bicycle horns and found objects. His playing typically alternates fierce energy with patient, sparse development, also reflecting the influence of contemporary classical music. This gig combines a solo set with a trio performance with British musicians.

    Jez Nelson presents avant-garde saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell in concert.

    Saalfelden Jazz Festival 200820090216

    Jez Nelson presents a programme of highlights from the 29th annual Saalfelden Jazz Festival in Austria, including saxophonist Tim Berne's Buffalo Collision with Ethan Iverson and Dave King of the Bad Plus, and keyboardist Craig Taborn's latest project, Junk Magic (also with Dave King on drums).

    Plus a set from Austrian double bass virtuoso Peter Herbert, and trumpeters Dave Douglas and Roy Campbell performing Don Cherry's Symphony for Improvisers, with Henry Grimes on bass, and Andrew Cyrille and Hamid Drake on drums.

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    Highlights from Austria’s 2008 Saalfelden Jazz Festival

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

  • Producer: Peggy Sutton

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  • Samuel Blaser Quartet20110321

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by the Samuel Blaser Quartet. Swiss born Blaser has developed his own vocal like phraseology on the trombone and describes his music as exploring the fertile ground between hard bop and free jazz. New York Downtown guitarist Marc Ducret joins him, adding a fusion element to the sound. The band is completed by a transatlantic rhythm section of bassist Banz Oester and drummer Gerald Cleaver.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by the Samuel Blaser Quartet.

    Schlippenbach Trio 40th Anniversary Concert20110207

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio. Now in their fortieth year, the Schlippenbach trio is one of the most enduring and respected ensembles in free improvising. Founder of the influential Globe Unity Orchestra during the sixties, pianist Schlippenbach is a key figure in the pioneering post war generation of German jazz musicians. In this trio with percussionist Paul Lovens and British saxophonist Evan Parker, he has released a series of important albums throughout his career, including Pakistani Pomade (1972) and Elf Bagatellen (1989). This fortieth anniversary concert recorded at London's Vortex club reveals the trio's recent engagement with Thelonious Monk's music.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Gig by the Alexander von Schlippenbach Trio, with Paul Lovens (drums), Evan Parker (sax).

    Shabaka and the Sons of Kemet20110620

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist and BBC New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings with new band Shabaka and the Sons of Kemet in a specially recorded session for Jazz on 3. Hutchings is one of the most diverse musicians on the UK jazz scene, playing with artists such as "post-jazz" group Polar Bear and the hip hop-influenced Soweto Kinch, as well as on the free-jazz circuit. His electronics-cum-reggae trio Zed-U featured on Jazz on 3 last year, while Sons of Kemet has a street-music feel and an unusual line-up, including two drummers (Tom Skinner and Seb Rochford) and tuba player Oren Marshall.

    Jez Nelson presents Shabaka Hutchings performing with Shabaka and the Sons of Kemet.

    Shabaka Hutchings at the City of London Festival20111003

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist and BBC New Generation Artist Shabaka Hutchings at the City of London Festival. Hutchings is a key player across the UK jazz scene, appearing with artists as diverse as Polar Bear, big-band composer Django Bates and free-jazz exponent Evan Parker, as well as demonstrating the influence of Caribbean street music in his new band The Sons of Kemet. This concert reflects the variety of Hutchings' musical experiences, as he performs music by Ornette Coleman and Stravinsky as well as original material. He is joined in a one-off group by pianist Kit Downes, electronics artist Leafcutter John and two stalwarts of the British free-jazz scene - bass player John Edwards and Mark Sanders on drums.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings at the City of London Festival.

    Sid Peacock and Surge20111031

    Jez Nelson presents composer Sid Peacock and his Surge big band in an exclusive session for Jazz on 3. Over the last eight years the Birmingham-based group has earned a reputation as one of the most exciting large ensembles in British jazz. Peacock's kaleidoscopic music combines an avant-garde edge with party-like energy and is performed by strings and African percussion alongside more traditional big-band instruments. The session features new material and also includes a set for saxophone quartet and drums.

    Jez Nelson presents composer Sid Peacock and his Surge big band in an exclusive session.

    Sophia Domancich & Donkey Monkey20100705

    Jez Nelson presents a double bill of French jazz: the Sophia Domancich trio, which features the American rhythm section of William Parker and Hamid Drake, plus duo Donkey Monkey. Both were recorded during the Partager festival that took place at London's King's Place in May 2010.

    Pianist Sophia Domancich is a key member of the French improvised music scene, and in 1999 was the first female recipient of the French Musician of the Year award from the Academie du Jazz. She has also been closely associated with musicians from the UK's Canterbury Scene since the mid 80s, when she began playing with drummer Pip Pyle, bassist Hugh Hopper and saxophonist Elton Dean. For this concert she's joined by the formidable, and much in demand, percussionist Hamid Drake and double bassist William Parker, both from New York.

    Donkey Monkey comprises pianist Eve Risser and drummer Yoko Oshima, who draw together influences from European jazz and contemporary classical music with Japanese noise rock. They describe their hard hitting sound as "dense and frenetic hi-speed free boogie woogie improvisation".

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson with a French jazz double-bill: Sophia Domancich trio and duo Donkey Monkey.

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    Spin Marvel in Session20120305

    Jez Nelson presents improvised electronica quintet Spin Marvel in an exclusive session. The British-Norwegian band, formed by drummer and ex-Loose Tubes member Martin France, released its first album in 2005 and has been praised for its combination of groove-based music and exploration of electronic textures. They have recently collaborated with trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and the band also features guitarist John Parricelli, Tim Harries on bass and Terje Evensen as percussionist/'sound-audio editor'.

    Jez Nelson presents a session by improvised electronica quintet Spin Marvel.

    Steve Coleman's Reflex Trio20120109

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Steve Coleman and his Reflex Trio at the London Jazz Festival. Coleman emerged in the 1980s as one of the founding members of the M-Base collective and has become one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last 20 years. His music is characterised by complex rhythmic and melodic patterns derived from non-Western art and philosophy, and is most widely performed by his long-standing Five Elements Band. The Reflex Trio is a more recent, as yet unrecorded project. Joining Coleman are two young members of the New York scene: Cuban pianist David Virelles and drummer Marcus Gilmore.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert given by saxophonist Steve Coleman and his Reflex Trio.

    Steve Lehman Octet20110214

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by up and coming New York alto saxophonist Steve Lehman. Voted Rising Star consecutively for the last four years in Downbeat critics poll, Lehman is currently one of the hottest prospects on the New York scene. A former student of the hard bop altoist Jackie Mclean and avant garde improviser Anthony Braxton, Lehman's music has combined his two mentors different approaches into his own individual style. Experienced as a sideman with the likes of Vijay Iyer, Oliver Lake and Meshell Ndegeocello, in his own band Lehman is concerned with blending computer-based techniques with the freedom of improvisation. On his first visit to the UK in three years, Lehman attracted sell out audiences to see his octet, which features the likes of bassist Drew Gress, saxophonist Mark Shim and notable young drummer Tyshawn Sorey.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by up-and-coming New York saxophonist Steve Lehman.

    Steve Williamson and Pat Thomas at the 2011 London Jazz Festival20120312

    Jez Nelson presents a duet performance by saxophonist Steve Williamson and pianist Pat Thomas, recorded at the London Jazz Festival 2011. The concert marks a rare return to the big stage for Williamson, who ceased to perform regularly in the mid 1990s. He made his name a few years earlier as one of the founding members of The Jazz Warriors, going on to record with the likes of Archie Shepp and the Brotherhood of Breath big band, and influenced by hip-hop and reggae as well as M-Base saxophonist Steve Coleman. Pat Thomas first played with Derek Bailey and Lol Coxhill in the early 1990s and continues to be at the heart of the London and Oxford improvising scenes.

    Jez Nelson presents saxophonist Steve Williamson and pianist Pat Thomas in concert.

    Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner and Pat Thomas20090126

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation. Saxophonist Steve Williamson, drummer Roger Turner, keyboard player Pat Thomas and trumpeter Roy Campbell play together for the first time as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

    Williamson, Turner and Thomas are stalwarts of the British avant-garde music scene, while Campbell is based in New York and has collaborated with David Murray, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and John Zorn.

    Steve Williamson, Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Roy Campbell at the London Jazz Festival 2008.

    Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner And Pat Thomas20090126

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation. Saxophonist Steve Williamson, drummer Roger Turner, keyboard player Pat Thomas and trumpeter Roy Campbell play together for the first time as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

    Williamson, Turner and Thomas are stalwarts of the British avant-garde music scene, while Campbell is based in New York and has collaborated with David Murray, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and John Zorn.

    Steve Williamson, Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Roy Campbell at the London Jazz Festival 2008.

    Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner And Pat Thomas20090126

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation. Saxophonist Steve Williamson, drummer Roger Turner, keyboard player Pat Thomas and trumpeter Roy Campbell play together for the first time as part of the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

    Williamson, Turner and Thomas are stalwarts of the British avant-garde music scene, while Campbell is based in New York and has collaborated with David Murray, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and John Zorn.

    Steve Williamson, Roger Turner, Pat Thomas, Roy Campbell at the London Jazz Festival 2008.

    Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner and Pat Thomas20090831

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation: saxophonist Steve Williamson, drummer Roger Turner, keyboard player Pat Thomas and trumpeter Roy Campbell. The show features the first set from their London Jazz Festival gig in 2008, when the quartet played together for the very first time.

    Williamson, Turner and Thomas are stalwarts of the British avant-garde music scene, with over a hundred years of collective experience in improvised music. Campbell is based in New York and has collaborated with David Murray, Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor and John Zorn.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy, Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    Kevin Le Gendre joins Jez in the studio for a CD round-up of the latest releases

    CD tracks played:

    Artist: Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Strings

    Track title: No Matter What

    Composer: Nicole Mitchell

    Album title: Renegades

    Label: Delmark

    Released: 15 June 2009

    Artist: Kairos 4tet

    Track title: Russell's Resurgence

    Composer: Adam Waldman

    Album title: Kairos Moment

    Label: Kairos Records

    Released: 6 June 2009

    Artist: Trio 3 + Geri Allen

    Track title: Tey

    Composer: Andrew Cyrille

    Album title: At This Time

    Label: Intakt

    Released: 1 June 2009

    Artist: Alexander Hawkins Ensemble

    Track title: Love in Outer Space

    Composer: Sun Ra

    Album title: No Now Is So

    Label: FMR

    Released: 10 August 2009

    Artist: John Surman

    Track title: Chelsea Bridge

    Composer: Billy Strayhorn

    Album title: Brewster's Rooster

    Label: ECM

    Released: 3 August 2009

    John Surman celebrates his 65th birthday at the London Jazz Festival in November 2009. For details of the concert visit www.southbankcentre.co.uk

    Artist: Tony Malaby

    Track title: Obambo

    Composer: Tony Malaby

    Album title: Paloma Recio

    Label: New World Records

    Released: 14 April 2009

    Artist: Jason Yarde

    Track title: Where Will It Take You?

    Composer: Jason Yarde

    Album title: Now's The Time II: The Best in Contemporary Jazz

    Label: Babel

    Released: July 2009

    Links:

    http://www.babellabel.co.uk

    Steve Williamson, Roy Campbell, Roger Turner and Pat Thomas' first set recorded at Charlie Wright's, London in November 2008

    Line up:

    Roy Campbell (flute, trumpet, flugelhorn)

    Pat Thomas (keyboards)

    Roger Turner (drums)

    Steve Williamson (tenor and soprano saxophones)

    This set is entirely improvised.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by four pioneers of free jazz and improvisation.

    Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Quartet20110404

    Jez Nelson presents a concert by the Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Quartet. A former Nashville country fiddler, Mark Feldman also happens to have the tone and virtuosity of a concert violinist. He is perhaps best known for his collaborations with influential musician-composer John Zorn and as member of the Tiny Bell Trio. Swiss born pianist Courvoisier has a background in the European avant-garde and is often associated with New York leftfield improvisers like Ikue Mori, Tim Berne and Ellery Eskelin. With Thomas Morgan on bass and drummer Gerry Hemingway, the quartet's music brings together abstraction with an accessible melodicism. Recorded at the Nevers Jazz Festival in France.

    Jez Nelson presents a concert given by the Sylvie Courvoisier - Mark Feldman Quartet.

    Tampere Festival 2011 Highlights20120130

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Tampere Festival in Finland. Now in its 30th year, the event brings together international artists as well as showcasing an increasingly exciting Finnish jazz scene. Among the musicians this year are New York-based Finnish guitarist Raoul Bjorkenheim; Space Machine, a jazz-funk ensemble led by drummer Hanni Pulle; and Polish trumpeter and ECM stalwart Tomasz Stanko.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guest: Marcus O'Dair

    Producer: Joby Waldman.

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Tampere Festival in Finland.

    Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet At The Vision Festival 200820081110

    "Jez Nelson presents rising star cornet player and composer Taylor Ho Bynum in concert with his sextet at New York's Vision Festival in June. Fast establishing himself as one of the most significant voices on the New York creative music scene, Bynum builds on the style of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington and Ives. The sextet also features Mary Halvorson and Evan O'Reilly on guitar, Jessica Pavone on viola and electric bass, Matt Bauder on tenor sax and clarinet, as well as Tomas Fujiwara on drums."

    Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet At The Vision Festival 200820081110

    Jez Nelson presents rising star cornet player and composer Taylor Ho Bynum in concert with his sextet at New York's Vision Festival in June. Fast establishing himself as one of the most significant voices on the New York creative music scene, Bynum builds on the style of composition and improvisation pioneered by 20th century masters like Ellington and Ives. The sextet also features Mary Halvorson and Evan O'Reilly on guitar, Jessica Pavone on viola and electric bass, Matt Bauder on tenor sax and clarinet, as well as Tomas Fujiwara on drums.

    Terence Blanchard20080801

    "Jez Nelson presents a gig by renowned New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, recorded this July at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. Playing a set made up of tracks from his 2008 Grammy award-winning album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) as well as new material, he is joined by Fabian Almazon on piano, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott on drums.

    Blanchard's sound came to prominence in the 1980s when he became an integral part of both the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. However, in recent years he has gained global recognition as a successful composer for film - particularly for the director Spike Lee. His most recent project was a commissioned score for Lee's award-winning Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke."

    Terence Blanchard20080801

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by renowned New Orleans trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, recorded this July at Ronnie Scott's jazz club in London. Playing a set made up of tracks from his 2008 Grammy award-winning album A Tale of God's Will (A Requiem for Katrina) as well as new material, he is joined by Fabian Almazon on piano, saxophonist Brice Winston, bassist Derrick Hodge and Kendrick Scott on drums.

    Blanchard's sound came to prominence in the 1980s when he became an integral part of both the Lionel Hampton Orchestra and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. However, in recent years he has gained global recognition as a successful composer for film - particularly for the director Spike Lee. His most recent project was a commissioned score for Lee's award-winning Hurricane Katrina documentary When the Levees Broke.

    The Bad Plus and Django Bates

    The Claudia Quintet At The Barbican

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    The Claudia Quintet At The Barbican

    The Claudia Quintet at the Barbican20090727
    The Claudia Quintet at the Barbican20090727

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by drummer and composer John Hollenbeck's group the Claudia Quintet. Renowned for their eclectic twists through free-jazz, post-bop and spatial minimalism, the quintet features top names from the New York scene: Trevor Dunn (double bass), Matt Moran (vibraphone/percussion), Ted Reichman (accordion) and Chris Speed (clarinet/tenor sax).

    Formed in 1997, the Claudia Quintet have released four albums of originals by Grammy-nominated composer John Hollenbeck. Hailed as one of the most exciting bands in contemporary jazz, it draws on a range of modern musical influences, from klezmer to hip hop and rock.

    Playlist:

    Excerpt from Opening by Claudia Quintet (details below)

    CD tracks:

    Artist: EJ Strickland (EJ Strickland - drums, Jaleel Shaw - alto sax, Hans Glawischnig - bass, Luis Perdomo - piano, Pedro Martinex - congas and djembe)

    Track title: Eternal

    Composer: Enoch Jamal Strickland

    Album title: In This Day

    Label: Strick Muzik

    Artist: Steve Lehman Octet (Steve Lehman - alto sax, Mark Shim - tenor sax, Jonathan Finlayson - trumpet, Tim Albright - trombone, Chris Dingman - vibraphone, Jose Davila - tuba, Drew Gress - bass, Tyshawn Sorey - drums)

    Track title: No Neighbourhood Rough Enough

    Composer: Steve Lehman

    Album title: Travail, Transformation and Flow

    Label: Pi Recordings

    Artist: Robert Glasper (Robert Glasper - piano and Rhodes, Vincente Archer - bass, Chris Dave - drums)

    Track title: No Worries

    Composer: Robert Glasper

    Album title: Double-Booked

    Label: Blue Note

    British summer festival highlights:

    Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2009

    Friday 31st July - Roy Hargrove Quintet @ Queens Hall

    Friday 31st July - Atomic @ Bosco Theatre

    Sunday 1st August - The Thing @ The Lot

    Ronnie Scott's British Jazz Festival 2009 @ Ronnie Scott's, London

    Tueday 4th August - Nucleus Revisited and Michael Garrick Quartet

    Wednesday 5th August - Evan Parker Trio and The London Jazz Collective

    Monday 10th August - Kinch and Tom Cawley's Curios

    Wednesday 12th August - Bear and Get the Blessing

    Thursday 13th August - Iain Ballamy and The James Pearson Trio

    Jez interviews John Hollenbeck, composer and leader of Claudia Quintet

    Claudia Quintet recorded at the Barbican on July 8, 2009

    Line up:

    John Hollenbeck (drums)

    Trevor Dunn (electric bass)

    Chris Speed (reeds)

    Matt Moran (vibes)

    Ted Reichman (accordion)

    Set list:

    Opening

    Arabic

    Jazz Envy

    Point

    This Too Shall Pass

    Be Happy

    All tracks composed by John Hollenbeck.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig at the Barbican from John Hollenbeck's group the Claudia Quintet

    The Golden Age Of Steam At The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

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    The Golden Age Of Steam At The Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    The Golden Age of Steam at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival20090914
    The Golden Age of Steam at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival20090914

    Jez Nelson presents a gig from young British trio The Golden Age of Steam recorded at the 2009 Cheltenham Jazz Festival. Saxophonist James Allsopp's compositions provide space for improvising that's inspired by wailing lyricism, spacey grooves, disorder and ambiguity. Completing the trio are Kit Downes on Hammond organ and Tim Giles on drums.

    James Allsopp and Tim Giles gained national recognition through their hard grooves fused with electronics and improvisation in the group Fraud. Known for their energetic live shows, their self-titled album received critical praise in 2007. Kit Downes is a graduate from Royal Academy of Music and has released a piano duo album with his teacher at the Academy - British pianist and composer Tom Cawley.

    Playlist:

    Jazz on 3 signature tune:

    Artist: Russell Gunn (Russell Gunn - trumpet, Gregory Tardy and Bruce Williams - reeds, Andre Heyward - trombone, Chieli Minucci - guitar, James Hurt - keyboards, Rodney Jordan - bass, Woody Williams - drums, Khalil Kwame Bell - percussion, DJ Apollo - turntables)

    Track Title: Seventy Four Miles Away

    Composer: Joe Zawinul

    Album Title: Ethnomusicology Volume 1

    Excerpt from Bhajan by Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion (details below)

    The Golden Age of Steam recorded at the Town Hall Pillar Room on May 2, 2009 as part of the Cheltenham Jazz Festival

    Line up:

    James Allsopp (saxophone and bass clarinet)

    Kit Downes (Hammond organ)

    Tim Giles (drums)

    Set list:

    Mr Apricot segue into Mitten of Wool

    Goldfish Nightmare

    300 Golden Bees segue into Monkey Phonics

    Eyepatch segue into Imaginary Handbag

    All compositions by James Allsopp

    The Golden Age of Steam 2009 concert dates:

    October 17 @ The Oxford, Kentish Town

    November 21 @ The Vortex, Dalston

    Geoff Dyer joins Jez in the studio to present a feature paying tribute to Charlie Mariano.

    CD tracks featured:

    Artist: Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion

    Track title: Kartik

    Composer: Charlie Mariano

    Album title: Live

    Label: VeraBra

    Released: 1989

    Artist: Charlie Mariano and The Karnataka College of Percussion

    Track title: Bhajan

    Composer: R A Ramamani

    Album title: Live

    Label: VeraBra

    Released: 1989

    An improvised piece by guitarist Stian Westerhus recorded in an exclusive solo session for Jazz on 3 on July 6, 2009.

    Jez Nelson presents a gig from young British improvising trio The Golden Age of Steam.

    The Missing Bits20090316
    The Missing Bits20090316

    "Jez Nelson presents a selection of previously un-broadcast music recorded for the show, including pieces from Herbie Hancock's 2008 London Jazz Festival gig, featuring Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke. Taking centre stage with two of his own compositions, Seven Teens and Virgin Forest, Loueke performs both guitar and baritone solos. The set features Herbie Hancock (piano), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), James Genus (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).

    Jez Nelson presents previously unheard music recorded for the show, with Herbie Hancock"

    The Missing Bits20090316

    Jez Nelson presents a selection of previously un-broadcast music recorded for the show, including pieces from Herbie Hancock's 2008 London Jazz Festival gig, featuring Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke. Taking centre stage with two of his own compositions, Seven Teens and Virgin Forest, Loueke performs both guitar and baritone solos. The set features Herbie Hancock (piano), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), James Genus (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).

    Jez Nelson presents previously unheard music recorded for the show, with Herbie Hancock.

    The Missing Bits20090316

    Jez Nelson presents a selection of previously un-broadcast music recorded for the show, including pieces from Herbie Hancock's 2008 London Jazz Festival gig, featuring Benin guitarist Lionel Loueke. Taking centre stage with two of his own compositions, Seven Teens and Virgin Forest, Loueke performs both guitar and baritone solos. The set features Herbie Hancock (piano), Terence Blanchard (trumpet), Gregoire Maret (harmonica), James Genus (bass) and Kendrick Scott (drums).

    Jez Nelson presents previously unheard music recorded for the show, with Herbie Hancock

    The Robert Glasper Experiment in Concert2012060420120604 (R3)

    Jez Nelson presents US pianist Robert Glasper and his electric Experiment band in concert. Glasper is one of the most exciting artists to emerge in the last few years, with a language strongly influenced by hip-hop as well as musicians such as Herbie Hancock. He has received rave reviews on previous trips to the UK, with both his acoustic trio and this band, which draws heavily on neo soul, funk and R&B. Their latest album, Black Radio, is causing a stir on both sides of the Atlantic in its quest to bring jazz to a new audience, with guest appearances by numerous stars of the urban music world. The band features Casey Benjamin on saxophone and vocoder, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Mark Colenburg, with a special guest appearance by vocalist Bilal.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Peggy Sutton & Phil Smith.

    The Thirteenth Assembly20120206

    Jez Nelson presents a performance by New York quartet The Thirteenth Assembly. The ensemble is a meeting-point for four leaders of the younger generation of avant-garde musicians: trumpeter/cornettist Taylor Ho Binum, viola player Jessica Pavone, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Tomas Fujiwara. The combined array of influences on the quartet - including contemporary classical, art-rock and folk - are absorbed into an intricate, subtly adventurous approach sound that emphasises the collective over individual virtuosity.

    Jez Nelson presents a performance given by New York quartet The Thirteenth Assembly.

    The Vandermark 5

    The Vandermark 520100927

    Jez Nelson presents the Vandermark 5 in concert at The Vortex, led by reeds player Ken Vandermark, who has been a pioneer of Chicago's jazz and improvisation scene for two decades. Ken formed the Vandermark 5 in 1996. 14 years and 15 albums later, they continue to be one of the most exciting and forward-looking bands in contemporary music, exploring the borders of composition and improvisation, and of jazz, funk rock and new music. Alongside Ken Vandermark, the band currently features drummer Tim Daisy, Kent Kessler on double bass, cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm and saxophonist Dave Rempis.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Joby Waldman.

    The Vandermark 5 in concert, led by Chicago based reeds player Ken Vandermark.

    The Vandermark 5 and Atomic20110808

    Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear performances by Scandinavian super-group Atomic and the Vandermark 5, a band led by Chicago-based reeds player Ken Vandermark.

    Atomic's debut album, Feet Music (2002), heralded the birth of a new Scandinavian sound, which brought together contemporary rock and pop influences with the jazz tradition. The quintet's music has become harder, faster and louder in the last decade, as heard in this performance of material from their most recent album, Theater Tilters.

    15 years and 16 albums after forming, the Vandermark 5 continues to be one of the most exciting and forward-looking bands in contemporary music, exploring the borders of composition and improvisation, and of jazz, funk rock and new music. Both performances were recorded at the Vortex in London in the autumn of 2010.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Phil Smith & Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents another chance to hear performances by Atomic and the Vandermark 5.

    The Wayne Shorter Quartet20111017

    Jez Nelson presents the Wayne Shorter Quartet in their first UK performance for several years. Shorter is one of the most renowned saxophonists and jazz composers of the last half a century, making his name with Art Blakey's Messengers and Miles Davis's second quintet before co-founding seminal jazz-fusion group Weather Report. His acoustic quartet of the last 11 years has earned huge critical acclaim, especially for its live performances, breaking new ground in its embrace of energetic, free dialogue within Shorter's complex compositions. Alongside him are pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John Patitucci and drummer Brian Blade.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents the Wayne Shorter Quartet performing at the Barbican.

    Tim Berne and Snakeoil20120402

    Jez Nelson presents US saxophonist Tim Berne and his new Snakeoil band in concert. Berne moved to New York in the 70s to learn from Julius Hemphill, whose gritty R&B sound Berne has integrated into a style that explores shifting rhythms and spiky melodic lines. In recent years he has played in alt-jazz groups alongside the likes of Jim Black and Craig Taborn, and the Snakeoil quartet marks his debut as a leader on the ECM label. The band explores Berne's texturally detailed compositions and includes clarinettist Oscar Noriega, pianist Matt Mitchell and drummer Ches Smith.

    Jez Nelson presents American saxophonist Tim Berne in concert with his new Snakeoil band.

    Tomasz Stanko20100816

    Jez Nelson presents a second chance to hear a performance by Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko's Quintet and a solo set from French pianist Martial Solal.

    Known for his explorative forays into everything from folk to free jazz, here Stanko presents his new quintet, recorded at the 2009 London Jazz Festival. Expect a subtly different sound world, with bold drum rhythms and electric bass alongside Stanko's haunting and mysterious trumpet tones. After 40 years on the experimental jazz scene, his music is as compelling and creative as ever.

    Martial Solal, recorded as part of the 2009 Paris Jazz Week at London's King's Place, plays jazz standards in anything but a standard way, playfully manipulating the jazz repertoire with countermelodies, rhythmic juxtapositions and poised abstraction. The concert is drawn together with a narrative quality, and demonstrating Solal's encyclopaedic knowledge and a ceaseless ability to reinvent.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producers: Kathryn Willgress & Rebecca Aitchison.

    Jez Nelson presents performances by trumpeter Tomasz Stanko and pianist Martial Solal.

    Tomasz Stanko At The London Jazz Festival

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    Tomasz Stanko At The London Jazz Festival

    Tomasz Stanko at the London Jazz Festival20091116
    Tomasz Stanko at the London Jazz Festival20091116

    Jez Nelson presents Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko recorded in concert at the 2009 London Jazz Festival. Known for his explorative forays into everything from folk to free jazz, here Stanko presents his new quintet. Expect a subtly different sound world, with bold drum rhythms and electric bass alongside Stanko's haunting and mysterious trumpet tones.

    Plus a solo session from pioneering percussionist Lukas Ligeti. The son of the modernist composer Gyorgy Ligeti, he creates a similar richness of rhythms and textures of sound in his work. In this solo session on the electronic marimba, Lukas fuses traditional African sounds with a modern, edgy mix of western compositional styles.

    Jez Nelson presents Polish trumpeter Tomasz Stanko at the 2009 London Jazz Festival.

    Tomasz Stanko, Martial Solal

    Tomasz Stanko, Martial Solal

    Tord Gustavsen Ensemble20110523

    Jez Nelson presents Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen and his Ensemble at the Cheltenham Festival, including specially commissioned music for the occasion. Gustavsen has been at the forefront of the Scandinavian jazz scene for the last decade, developing with his trio a lyrical, often sparse sound that draws on their Nordic heritage as well as cool jazz, blues and gospel. Since 2008 he's been recording and touring with Tord Gustavsen Ensemble, appearing in quartet form here with tenor and soprano saxophonist Tore Brunborg, Mats Eilertsen on bass and the trio's drummer Jarle Vespestad.

    Jez Nelson presents Tord Gustavsen at the 2011 Cheltenham Festival.

    Trio VD at Seven Arts Centre, Leeds20091214
    Trio VD at Seven Arts Centre, Leeds20091214

    Jez Nelson presents a gig by widely feted group Trio VD recorded at the Seven Arts Centre in their hometown of Leeds on the eve of their debut album launch. Formed by Chris Sharkey on guitar, Christophe de Bezenac on saxophone and Chris Bussey on drums, the group unleash a fiery mix of free jazz, heady rhythms, riffs and electronic noise with tracks from their highly anticipated album Fill It Up with Ghosts.

    The members of Trio VD met while studying jazz at Leeds College of Music. Since their first performances in early 2006, they have made a commotion wherever they go, including taking the BBC Introducing stage by storm at the 2008 London Jazz Festival.

    For more information about tickets for Jazz On 3's celebration of British jazz at Ronnie Scott's on January 4, 2010, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/tickets

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    http://twitter.com/jeznelson

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    Excerpt of Brick by Trio VD (details below).

    CD Track:

    Artist: Rory Simmons' Fringe Magnetic (Rory Simmons - trumpet and flugelhorn, Robin Fincker - clarinet, Tori Freestone - flute, James Allsopp - bass clarinet, Kit Massey - violin, Natalie Rosario - cello, Jasper Hoiby - bass, Ivo Neame - piano, Ben Reynolds - drums)

    Track: Little Boban

    Composer: Rory Simmons

    Album Title: Empty Spaces

    Label: Loop Records

    Released: 18th January 2010

    Trio VD recorded at the Seven Arts Centre, Leeds on November 7th 2009.

    Line Up:

    Chris Sharkey (guitar, vocals, keyboard/synthesiser)

    Chris Bussey (drums, vocals)

    Christophe de Bezenac (saxophone, vocals, electronics)

    Set One:

    Brick segue into Morse

    Sixes and Sevens segue into Fill It Up With Ghosts

    Kesh

    Jez talks to Chris Sharkey about the rise of Trio VD.

    Set Two:

    Echoes segue into Returns

    Broke

    Pet Shop Boys

    All Trio VD compositions by Chris Sharkey, Chris Bussey and Christophe de Bezenac.

    Trio VD's debut album 'Fill It Up With Ghosts' was released on Babel Records on 7th November 2009.

    Trio VD forthcoming live dates:

    23 Feb 2010 @ The Cluny, Newcastle

    26 Feb 2010 @ The Vortex, London

    28 Feb 2010 @ Band on the Wall, Manchester (a double bill with Tim Berne's Buffalo Collision)

    Still The Same performed by the Leeds Improvised Music Association (LIMA) Orchestra and Ken Vandermark's Free Fall Trio recorded by Jazz on 3 at the 2006 FuseLeeds Festival.

    Line Up:

    The LIMA Orchestra:

    Dave Kane (musical director/composer)

    Tom Sidebottom (violin)

    Ninon Foiret (flute)

    Simon Beddoe (trumpet)

    Tom Leaper (alto sax)

    Petter Frost Faddnes (alto sax)

    Christophe de Bezenac (tenor sax)

    Rob Mitchell (tenor sax)

    Simon Kaylor (tenor sax)

    Richard Ormrod (clarinet/bass clarinet/baritone sax)

    Chris Sharkey (electric guitar)

    Matthew Bourne (piano)

    Russ Pearson (double bass)

    Stalle Birkeland (drums)

    Free Fall Trio:

    Ken Vandermark (clarinet/bass clarinet)

    Havard Wilk (piano)

    Ingebrigt Haker Flaten (bass).

    Jez Nelson presents widely feted group Trio VD in a gig at the Seven Arts Centre in Leeds.

    Troyka

    ""

    Troyka

    Tyft20100913

    Jez Nelson presents American-Icelandic power trio Tyft in concert. Reykjavik based guitarist Hilmar Jensson explores the borders of jazz improvisation, melodic rock and distorted heavy metal in the company of New Yorkers Jim Black on drums and Andrew D'Angelo on reeds.

    Jensson formed Tyft to develop musical ideas that originated during his time living in New York, having completed his studies at Berklee College of Music in the early 1990s. Renting a flat in Brooklyn during that time he formed a strong association with New York-based musicians such as Tim Berne, Kurt Rosenwinkel and Ben Monder, and the music of Tyft draws heavily on what has come to be called the downtown New York scene's distinctive sound-world.

    Jez Nelson presents American-Icelandic power trio Tyft in concert.

    Umlaut And Gemini At The 2010 Loop Collective Festival

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    Umlaut And Gemini At The 2010 Loop Collective Festival

    Umlaut and Gemini at the 2010 Loop Collective festival20100503

    Umlaut and Gemini at the 2010 Loop Collective festival20100503

    Jez Nelson presents two young bands recorded in concert at the Loop Collective festival: Umlaut, featuring Evan Parker, and Jim Hart's Gemini.

    Umlaut brings together French-Swedish trio Peeping Tom with veteran British saxophonist Evan Parker. Taking phrases and fragments from bebop melodies by the likes of Charlie Parker and Thelonious Monk as a nominal starting point, their fiery improvisations could go in any direction. In their own words they "tear jazz down to its bare bones and re-furnish it with the new blossom of freebop".

    Gemini is led by vibraphonist Jim Hart, and features three other core members of the Loop Collective: saxophonist Ivo Neame, drummer Dave Smith and bassist Jasper Hoiby. Strong melodies are a hallmark of Hart's compositions, but the group are equally happy pursuing more abstract improvisations.

    These performances were recording during the Loop Collective festival at London's Vortex in February. The collective, which celebrates its fifth birthday this year, has a D.I.Y. approach to performing, promoting and recording music and as a result has become a breeding ground for innovative young musicians.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Russell Finch.

    Jez Nelson presents Umlaut and Gemini in concert at the 2010 Loop Collective festival.

    Veryan Western And Trevor Watts, Finn Peters, Rob Mazurek

    Veryan Western And Trevor Watts, Finn Peters, Rob Mazurek

    Veryan Western and Trevor Watts, Finn Peters, Rob Mazurek20091102
    Veryan Western and Trevor Watts, Finn Peters, Rob Mazurek20091102

    Jez Nelson presents a selection of solo and duo sets that tackle the challenge of free improvisation in very different ways.

    Building on a musical relationship that spans three decades, saxophonist Trevor Watt performs with pianist Veryan Weston in a concert from their 2009 summer tour. Flautist Finn Peters experiments with a computer programme specifically designed to improvise like a human. Using complex algorithms that form a set of rules, there is a recipe to solve a given musical problem. Plus music from Chicago-born cornettist Rob Mazurek, who creates a musical tapestry with layers of electronics pierced by the strong, soaring sound of that instrument.

    Excerpt from Finn Peters session (details below).

    Finn Peters in session exclusively for Jazz on 3 performing with algorithms programmed by Matthew Yee King, recorded on 15th September 2009.

    Line up:

    Finn Peters (flute, saxophone, electronics)

    Set list:

    Algorithm 1

    Algorithm 2

    Jez talks to Finn in between pieces about the algorithms and Finn's new solo project.

    Finn Peters' forthcoming live dates:

    20 November @ The Pheasantry as part of 2009 London Jazz Festival

    For details of Radio 3's coverage of the London Jazz Festival go to:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/jazz/londonjazzfestival/2009/

    Veryan Weston and Trevor Watts recorded at Kino Babylon in Berlin, May 2009.

    Line up:

    Veryan Weston (piano)

    Trevor Watts (saxophone)

    Set list:

    Unrest assured

    Split frequences

    Rest unassured

    Finding + Binding

    All pieces improvised by Veryan Weston and Trevor Watts

    Recommended further listening:

    Artist: Veryan Weston (piano) and Trevor Watts (saxophone)

    Album Title: 6 Dialogues

    Label: Emanem Records

    Released: 2001

    Forthcoming live dates:

    Veryan Weston performs 'Tessellations for solo piano'

    19 November 2009 @ St Leonard's Shoreditch Church, London.

    Trevor Watts performs with Peter Knight

    8 November 2009 @ Cecil Sharp House, London.

    CD track:

    Artist: Rob Mazurek (cornet), John Herndon (drums), Matthew Lux (bass guitar), Josh Abrams (acoustic bass), Jason Adasiewicz (vibes)

    Track Title: The Dream Rocker

    Composer: Rob Mazurek

    Album Title: Sound Is

    Label: Delmark Records

    Released: 2009

    Jez interviews Rob Mazurek about his career and current projects

    CD tracks:

    Artist: Sao Paolo Underground - Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics), Mauricio Takara (drums), Guilherme Granado and Richard Ribiero (percussion)

    Track Title: Pulmoes

    Composer: Rob Mazurek

    Album Title: The Principle of Intrusive Relationships

    Label: Aesthetics Records

    Released: 2008

    Artist: Rob Mazurek

    Track Title: Meditations and Skyward Motion

    Composer: Rob Mazurek

    Album Title: Abstractions on Robert D'Arbrissel

    Label: Adluna Records

    Released: 2008

    Rob Mazurek solo session recorded exclusively for Jazz on 3 on 14th June 2009.

    Line up:

    Rob Mazurek (cornet, electronics and backing track)

    Session title:

    Wind Sweeping Pines (Rob Mazurek).

    Solo and duo sets that tackle the challenge of free improvisation in very different ways.

    Veryan Weston's Vociferous Choir

    Veryan Weston's Vociferous Choir

    Veryan Weston's Vociferous Choir20101101

    Jez Nelson presents a session from composer and improviser Veryan Weston's nine-piece vocal group Vociferous.

    Vociferous brings together nine singers from Austria, Serbia and Armenia with skills as varied as Swiss yodelling, beat-boxing and South Indian vocal techniques. They perform Weston's Tessellations II, which is based on a sequence of 52 closely related pentatonic scales, with the spirit and energy of jazz and improvisation at its core.

    Plus Veryan Weston and jazz writer Kevin le Gendre join Jez in the studio for a round up of the latest CD releases.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Producer: Rebecca Aitchison.

    Jez Nelson presents a session from Veryan Weston's vocal group Vociferous.

    Vision Festival 201120110627

    Jez Nelson presents some of the best bits from the 2011 Vision Festival in New York. The festival celebrates the avant-jazz scene of the lower east side of the city, also programming international musicians who share its innovative disregard for convention. Among the festival highlights this year are hard-hitting trio Pulverize the Sound, Paradoxical Frog with guest viola player Mat Maneri, and the debut of Planetary Unknown, a supergroup that features the first collaboration in 30 years by saxophonist David S. Ware and pianist Cooper-Moore.

    Also in the programme, New York poet Steve Dalachinsky reads poetry about the Vision Festival, commissioned specially by Jazz on 3.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guests: Nate Chinen & Steve Dalachinsky

    Producers: Phil Smith & Chris Elcombe.

    Jez Nelson presents highlights from the 2011 Vision Festival in New York.

    02 LASTReview Of 2010, Review Of International Jazz In 2010
    1Review of 2010

    1Review of 2010

    1Review of 201020101220

    Jez Nelson is joined by John Fordham and Kevin LeGendre to review the year in UK jazz, with music recorded live in concert from Django Bates, Troyka and Polar Bear and tracks from the best 2010 album releases. This is the first of two programmes looking back at jazz over the past 12 months: next week the focus will be on international jazz musicians.

    . Jez Nelson reviews the year in UK jazz. Concerts by Django Bates, Troyka and Polar Bear.

    1The Vandermark 5

    1Tyft in Concert

    2 LASTReview of 2010, Review of International Jazz in 2010

    2 LASTReview of 2010, Review of International Jazz in 2010

    2 LASTReview of 2010, Review of International Jazz in 201020101227

    Jez Nelson is joined by John Fordham and Kevin LeGendre to review the year in jazz. This week the focus is on international jazz musicians, with music recorded live in concert from Vandermark 5, Jan Garbarek, Robert Glasper and Charles Lloyd, and tracks from the best 2010 album releases.

    Presenter: Jez Nelson

    Studio guests: John Fordham and Kevin Le Gendre

    Producer: Joby Waldman.

    . Jez Nelson is joined by John Fordham and Kevin LeGendre to review the past year in jazz.