BBC Radio 3's jazz shuffle

J to Z is a new weekly Radio 3 programme, starting on Saturday 7 April, that will set out to offer the best in jazz from the past, present and future

BBC Radio 3 is refreshing its jazz schedule with a new programme, J to Z, to replace Jazz Line-Up from 5pm to 6.30pm on Saturday evenings. The show will join Radio 3's three other unchanged jazz programmes (Jazz Record Requests, Jazz Now and Geoffrey Smith's Jazz).

J to Z
, produced for the BBC by Somethin' Else (who produced the old Jazz On 3 with Jez Nelson for 18 years), will be presented by two voices long established in London's jazz media - Julian Joseph and Kevin Le Gendre - plus a newcomer to Radio 3, singer and broadcaster Jumoké Fashola (pictured right), who was previously presenter of Inspirit on BBC Radio London and named Religious Broadcaster of the year in 2005.

Fashola says: "It is a total dream come true to be presenting J to Z on BBC Radio 3. Anyone who knows me knows I am passionate about jazz. I am looking forward to introducing our audiences to the finest jazz; incredible live sessions from some of the most uber musicians on the scene and getting a chance to delve into classic jazz archives. Jazz is an ever evolving, thrilling art form and I can't wait to share my passion with the listeners, whether they are just curious about jazz or already aficionados".

The programme will feature jazz recordings, live sessions and exclusive broadcasts of concerts from around Europe, including the UK. Every few weeks J to Z will go on the road, presenting "specially-curated" shows from around the country.

There will also be a J to Z podcast, in which jazz musicians will reveal the musical moments that have made them, as well as exploring influential recordings and focusing on such minutiae as the drum break, the chord sequence or the trumpet solo that changed the way the musicians approached their own music. The first programme will feature a session from Sons of Kemet, who recently released the anti-monarchist polemic Your Queen Is A Reptile.

Bruce Lindsay

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