Soul Jazz Junction with Liv Fernandes

Jazz London Radio has a new Presenter who will focus on the best soul jazz old and current. Liv Fernandes will explore this genre and showcase interviews with the current stars of this genre on Saturdays at 9pm, repeated Sundays at 11pm.  Welcome Live Fernandes.

About Liv     livfernandes-pic1

Liv Fernandes was born in Cornwall, but at the age of two her parents moved to London where she grew up. Liv has gone from working in the health sector, to medical journalist and later press and information roles in the charity sector. It was during the latter that she began singing and training her voice for jazz. She studied Jazz Singing Level 1, 2 and 3 and learnt piano for four years at City Lit Adult Education College as well other institutions before finding her personal vocal coach in contemporary and bossa singer Clare Foster. Liv has participated in small gigs and in 2017 she was selected as one of several soloists in Ella Fitzgerald ꟷ a Tribute at Addlestone Community Theatre.

Finding various roles in the charity sector had taken her away from her journalist roots, Liv took a course in radio broadcasting. It was here that the tutor recognising her passion for jazz, suggested she find a music radio show. Soon after completing her course Liv was interviewed on the former Croydon Radio. This was soon followed by an invite to become a presenter at the community station. Liv spent four years with the station playing jazz and interviewing over 130 guests. Highlights included Gregory Porter, Clare Teal, Zara McFarlane, Jose James, Courtney Pine, Elaine Delmar and many more. She also introduced a country music show to the station. At the same time, feeling she had re-discovered her media mojo, Liv also had a stint on the newsdesk at Eagle Radio. Croydon Radio closed its broadcasting doors in March 2017.

Liv hopes to bring some of her zest for radio to Jazz London Radio with a soul jazz programme. She not only wants to explore the post-hard bop jazz pioneers who brought soul, gospel and r’n B to their jazz of the sixties but also contemporary artists who aspire to a soul inflected jazz.


JLR Interview – Jim Grover photographer

JLR interviewed photographer Jim Grover to talk about a new exhibition at Omnibus Theatre in Clapham, to chart the jazz artists who performed there over the summer of 2017. You can hear the interview at these times:

Monday 6th November: 1.30pm                                                             l1071200

Tuesday 7th November: 1.30am

Wednesday 8th November: 8.30pm

Thursday 9th November: 9.30pm

Jazz London Radio All Stars – EFG London Jazz Festival: 16 November 2017

Jazzlive At The Crypt, St Giles Church, Camberwell Church street, London SE5 8JB

Trumpeters Chris Hodgkins and Kevin Davy, guitarist Deirdre Cartwright, vocalist Emily Saunders and pianist Andrea Vicari – the Jazz London Radio presenters take to the bandstand.

Jazz London Radio believes in playing quality music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Presenters share that passion and they bring that mentality to the station on a daily basis. They are significant figures on the jazz scene, either in jazz administration or as important composers who have released great records over the years. The Presenters will get together for a night of top class jazz, performing their best compositions together for the delight of The Crypt and the EFG London Jazz Festival.                                                    jlr-montage-2

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