BBC Music's new digital home for jazz

BBC Music Jazz, a new permanent website containing jazz and blues from the BBC's television, radio and online output, is now available

The BBC has announced a new website - called simply BBC Music Jazz - dedicated to jazz and blues from BBC television, radio and online productions. The site is permanent and will ultimately bring together the best of the BBC’s archive alongside new content, interviews and recordings.

BBC Music Jazz includes content from Radio 3 programmes such as Jazz Line Up and Jazz Now, Radio 2 shows presented by Clare Teal (pictured right), Paul Jones and Jamie Cullum and jazz content from 6 Music shows from presenters such as Gilles Peterson and Craig Charles. Content currently available includes programmes featuring Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk as well as a recent concert from saxophonist and David Bowie collaborator Donny McCaslin and his band. Northern Ireland’s jazz radio shows Linley Hamilton’s Jazz World and Walter Love’s Jazz Club are also available.

The BBC plans to add more content to the site over the coming weeks and months, delving into programmes from previous decades. At present the site’s content is mostly from 2017, along with a few older shows such as Jamie Cullum’s 2012 appearance on Desert Island Discs and a 2016 Radio 4 documentary titled Things Called Jazz That Are Not Jazz whose programme summary refers to jazz as “a type of music … that not many people actually like”.

Radio 2 presenter Jamie Cullum made the announcement about the new site on his radio show and says: “As a jazz lover I’m thrilled that BBC Music Jazz will allow everyone from new fans to life-long aficionados to enjoy jazz and blues music in the easiest way.” Bob Shennan, Director, BBC Radio & Music added: “... BBC Music Jazz reinforces the BBC’s commitment to jazz and blues music and brings together the very best of the BBC’s new and archive content from TV, radio and online. BBC Music Jazz will be the digital hub for jazz at the BBC and I’m sure music fans will love visiting the site.”

It remains to be seen how much of the rich treasury of BBC jazz recordings from much earlier days appears in the archive. There is as yet no information on whether programmes such as Peter Clayton's Jazz Club or Charles Fox's memorable Jazz In Britain programmes (Stinky Winkles from January 1979, anyone?) for Radio 3 are still available or will appear on the website.

It’s worth noting that access to the site’s audio and video content requires registration. The BBC Music Jazz page can be found here.

Bruce Lindsay 

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