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Christmas and New Year highlights on Jazz FM

There's a bumper strand of programming coming up on Jazz FM this Christmas and New Year. Have a look at some of the highlights: Saturday 23rd December 2pm – YolanDa Brown at Christmas: YolanDa and her dad Ivan will be sharing some of their family …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 6 months.

Samara-Joy

There's a bumper strand of programming coming up on Jazz FM this Christmas and New Year. Have a look at some of the highlights:

Saturday 23rd December

2pm – YolanDa Brown at Christmas: YolanDa and her dad Ivan will be sharing some of their family favourites from their festive playlists! The jazz, soul, calypso, Motown, and funk, that gets them dancing around the Christmas tree.

6pm – A Celtic Christmas with Aisling Doherty: a warming playlist of Celtic infused jazz. From traditional Irish folk to contemporary piano from Scotland, Aisling’s got the perfect soundtrack to for a cold December evening.

7pm – Sarah Ward’s Christmas Collection Part 1: Sarah’s traditional collection of Christmas songs from her extensive personal jazz collection starts today…

9pm – Samara Joy’s Vocal Heroes – Christmas Special: the Grammy winning singer Samara Joy shares her Christmas playlist of festive jazz, gospel and R&B tracks from her favourite vocal icons.

Christmas Eve: Sunday 24th December

7pm – Sarah Ward’s Christmas Collection Part 2: More Christmas songs from Sarah’s extensive personal jazz collection to really get into the Christmas Eve mood.

9pm – Calypso Christmas with Etienne Charles: The Trinidad born trumpeter, composer and storyteller presents a hour of festive Calypso, Parang, and Creole records. (rpt).

10pm – Jez Nelson’s Christmas Somethin’ Else:  Jez serves up two hours of Jazz-Funk, Funk-Jazz, Disco-Jazz and Brazilian dance classics from his collection. Followed by 60 minutes of spiritual-jazz inspired by and evoking the message of peace to welcome in Christmas Day.

Christmas Day: Monday 25th December

6am – Christmas Day Breakfast: Nia Visser is up early for the early Christmas Day risers with 100% Christmas jazz, soul and blues.

8am – Nigel Williams’ Christmas Morning: Jazz FM’s breakfast host Nigel Williams opens his Christmas presents with musical guests dropping by to say hello, including Gregory Porter, Stacey Kent, Jamie Cullum, Samara Joy, Jacob Collier and Coronation Street actor-turned-jazz-chef Sean Wilson.

11am – YolanDa Brown on Christmas Day: YolanDa presents 100% Christmas jazz, soul and blues along with messages and requests from Jazz FM listeners.

2pm – Tommy Blaize: Strictly’s lead vocalist (and classically trained jazz pianist) Tommy presents a Christmas Day special direct from the Jazz FM piano.

5pm – Jeff Goldblum: The legendary movie-star-turned-jazz-musician joins Jazz FM for an hour of his choice of Christmas music, including his own festive performance at the piano with the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra.

6pm – The Clare Teal Show at Christmas: A collection of timeless Christmas classics, from the 1930s through to the current day. Plus, Clare will be diving into the Twelve Days of Christmas, swing and big band style; with partridges, French hens and drummers drumming!

8pm – The Buddy Rich Big Band LIVE: Recorded live at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester this December, Buddy’s daughter Cathy Rich leads a celebration of her father’s music including lots of festive favourites. The show features Gregg Potter in the drummer’s chair and a guest appearance from Deep Purple’s Ian Paice.

10pm – Classic Christmas Playback with Dave Koz and Jo Harrop: sax legend Dave Koz, vocalist Jo Harrop and pianist Sam Watts join host Ian Shaw and journalist Jonathan Wingate take the Classic Album Playback format and dissect some jazzy Christmas tunes plus perform some in front of an intimate audience.

Boxing Day: Tuesday 26th December

5pm – Tim Smith’s Jazz on Screen at Christmas: Tim returns with a one-off special, following his series looking at jazz from movie and tv soundtracks, this show features everything from ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Die Hard’ to ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ and ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’.

7pm – Dinner Jazz with guest host Georgia Cécile: Multiple Jazz FM Award winning Scottish vocalist Georgia Cécile presents two hours of laidback music for your Boxing Day night.

9pm – John Altman LIVE: Ruth Fisher presents John Altman and his quartet live, recorded at her Prosecco Brunch event at Watford Jazz Junction Festival in May 2023.

Wednesday 27th December

1pm – Danielle Perry’s All Winners 2023: The annual celebration between Christmas and the New Year of the greatest jazz, soul and blues showcased by Jazz FM from the last 12 months.

9pm – Love Supreme 2023: The highlights of Jazz FM’s coverage from the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in July including performances from Candi Staton, Jazzmeia Horn, Baiana, Mica Millar, Emma Smith and Omar.

10pm – Judith Owen LIVE: Recorded at The Jazz Café in August, Judith performs music exclusive for an audience of Jazz FM listeners (rpt).

Thursday 28th December

1pm – Danielle Perry’s All Winners 2023: The annual celebration between Christmas and the New Year of the greatest jazz, soul and blues showcased by Jazz FM from the last 12 months continues.

9pm – Love Supreme at 10 (Part 1): Another chance to enjoy our two-part documentary, narrated by Omar, looking at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, that turned 10 in 2023. In the first episode, we explore the event’s formation and hear from the festival founders, alongside performers from across the years including Marcus Miller, Incognito’s Bluey and Jamie Cullum. (rpt)

10pm – Kingfish LIVE: A chance to hear 24-year-old blues sensation (and Jazz FM Award winner) Christone “Kingfish” Ingram as he performed live at Islington’s famous The Garage venue in June 2023, with thanks to Alligator Records.

Friday 29th December

1pm – Danielle Perry’s All Winners 2023: The annual celebration between Christmas and the New Year of the greatest jazz, soul and blues showcased by Jazz FM from the last 12 months concludes.

9pm – Love Supreme at 10 (Part 2): Another chance to enjoy the second part of our documentary, narrated by Omar, looking at the Love Supreme Jazz Festival, that turned 10 in 2023. Hear the behind-the-scenes stories as Covid-19 hits in 2020, live performances from the festival’s shows in 2022 and 2023, and the show’s hopes for the next ten years. This episode features performers from across the years including Gregory Porter and Ezra Collective. (rpt)

10pm – PX Records Live with Helen Mayhew – Showcasing an exciting new addition to the UK jazz scene in 2023 with the launch of PizzaExpress’s own record label featuring live sets from the famous Soho jazz club.

New Year's Eve: Sunday 31st December

3pm – John Osborne’s Jazz Funk Party: 4 hours of jazz funk to get your New Year’s Eve celebrations underway.

7pm – Emma Jean Thackray: Get ready for some New Year’s Movementt as the award-winning trumpeter, vocalist, producer and DJ returns to the airwaves with a non-stop three hour set, packed with good grooves, funk, jazz, beats and much more to soundtrack your party.

10pm – New Year’s Eve Afro Jazz Party with Reuben Green and Dele Sosimi: The hottest New Year’s Party with fiery selections from Jazz FM’s Reuben Green and legendary Afrobeat ambassador Dele Sosimi. They’ve got a dancefloor ready selection bubbling with West African heritage, and it’s going to make you move. Including Big Ben at midnight.

New Year's Day: 1st January 2024

1am – Dom Servini’s New Year Mix: Wah Wah 45s label boss and renowned DJ Dom Servini guides you through the early hours of 2024 with a celebratory dance floor soundtrack taking in all things Afro, disco, future jazz and more.

3am – Rouhangeze’s Afterglow: The perfect afterparty comedown mix with chillout blended with world music and jazz.

6am – Simon Phillips: Simon presents a chilled-out selection of the world’s greatest jazz, soul and blues, including his Soul Family Gathering feature at 9am.

10am – Robbie Vincent: Live on New Year’s Morning, Robbie opens his Music Garden for a special edition of his Sunday show with audience messages and feedback.

1pm – Doc Brown: Comedian, actor and rapper Doc Brown is a prolific record collector, delving into some of his favourite LPs on New Year’s Day with everything from Hugh Masekela to A Tribe Called Quest and Ella Fitzgerald to Loyle Carner.

3pm – Tony Minvielle: a look back at the best of his Sunday Show guests featuring a look back at the highlights of his Sunday Show guests from 2023 including Emeli Sande, Lakecia Benjamin, De La Soul, Ezra Collective, Max Beasley, Meshell Ndegeocello, Kurt Elling and Ego Ella May, plus live sessions from Black Pumas, Kay Young, Secret Night Gang and Jasmine Myra.

5pm – David Freeman’s January Blues – Back to the Future: Looking back at the resurgence of Blues over the years and the changes in sound from female blues singers to acoustic blues men, electric blues to rock’n’roll and a look ahead into the future of the blues in 2024.

7pm – The Clare Teal New Year Show: Starting the new year with a swing by playing as many listener requests as possible.

9pm – John Thomson’s Drummers Drumming: Taken from Absolute Radio’s series over Christmas that saw comedian John Thomson sharing his passion for 12 of the world’s most influential jazz drummers, this episode focuses on jazz drummers Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd and Billy Cobham

10pm – Damian Lewis: A chance to enjoy Damien’s New Years Day programme from last year featuring his favourite jazz recordings. (rpt)

Pictured top: Samara Joy

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Dave Grusin, Sullivan Fortner and Dena DeRose among the line-up for the Pizza Express Jazz Club's 2 Steinway festival

Big names are on their way for the 2024 running of the Pizza Express Jazz Club's unique Steinway 2-Piano Festival. Sullivan Fortner with Sean Mason, Dave Grusin appearing with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe, Wendy Kirkland with Charu Suri. Carsten Dahl …

Published: 6 Dec 2023. Updated: 2 months.

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Big names are on their way for the 2024 running of the Pizza Express Jazz Club's unique Steinway 2-Piano Festival. Sullivan Fortner with Sean Mason, Dave Grusin appearing with Shakatak’s Bill Sharpe, Wendy Kirkland with Charu Suri. Carsten Dahl and Nikolai Hess are among the line-up. Here are some dates and links:

Pizza Express 2 Steinway Festival March 2024:

Thursday 21st March – Carsten Dahl & Nikolaj Hess

Friday 22nd-Saturday 23rd March – Dave Grusin & Bill Sharpe

Sunday 24th March (lunch) – Wendy Kirkland & Charu

Sunday 24th March (evening) – Sultan Stevenson & Emile Hinton

Monday 25th March – Janette Mason & Dena DeRose

Tuesday 26th March (early) Ian Shaw with Jamie Safir

Tuesday 26th March (late) Ian Shaw with James Pearson

Wednesday 27th March – Sullivan Fortner [pictured above] & Sean Mason