One of the great things about Jazz London Radio is that we get to interview great musicians on a weekly basis. Berenice Scott is no exception; a talented singer, composer and pianist / keyboard player, Berenice has played with some of the top musicians in the pop world and is now branching out with her own career and debut album entitled Polarity.
Jazz London Radio happily has another Presenter on board to join our growing roster. Drummer Ollie Howell will present a weekend show entitled “Later On, with Ollie Howell” which will run on Friday and Saturday evenings.
Another week and another announcement Jazz London Radio has recruited the services of trumpet player Kevin Davy for a weekly show entitled Kevin Davy’s D’semble. Kevin will be playing a great selection of jazz, soul, gospel and a bit of avantgarde music, which will give Jazz London Radio another dimension in its ever diversified playlist. The show will run on Friday and Sunday nights during the Soul Jazz Special slot.
Jazz London Radio is pleased to announce critically acclaimed singer Emily Saunders will be joining the station to host “The Latin Mix” every weekend starting Saturday 23rd May. In ‘The Latin Mix’ Emily will be dropping out some killing Latin vibes and Latin-tinged tunes – expect exciting grooves and seductive chillout.
Clare Hirst is a UK saxophonist with a distinguished career in pop and jazz music. Clare has performed with iconic British groups including Bronski Beat, Communards and David Bowie among others. However, Clare made her name with all female band the Belle Stars in the early 1980s; playing saxophone and keyboards on hits like “The Clapping Song”, “Sign of The Times” (not the Prince tune) and “Iko Iko”, which was later used as the theme tune for the movie Rainman starring Tom Cruise and Dustin Hoffman.
Last Tuesday I spoke with American soul / r&b singer Robin McKelle via Skype. Robin is currently on tour in France performing a series of concerts and also played at the Jazz Café in London for the first time; a gig I attended and thoroughly enjoyed. The French connection is not an insignificant one; Robin more or less got her break in France where her records really got the most airplay initially and she has been able to build up quite a following there. Ironically the first time I heard Robin’s music was on Paris station FIP on satellite radio (in the days before internet streaming took off).
Last week American saxophonist Najee was in town to record some tracks for his forthcoming album. JLR was invited to the plush Livingston studios in Wood Green (North London) to see some of the recording session and to meet the musicians involved in the project.
Cathie Rae will present a new monthly magazine programme called Cathie Rae’s Happening on JLR. Cathie Rae is a critically acclaimed singer originally from Scotland and now living in London with her long time partner, of 16 years, Julian Argüelles.
On 24th November I travelled to Vienna for a special concert by Juan-Garcia Herreros aka Snow Owl and his band. The concert was held at the prestigious ORF RadioKulturhaus and was recorded for radio broadcast which means a lot considering ORF is the national broadcaster of Austria.
Last month Jazz London Radio had the opportunity to interview drum legend and composer Harvey Mason. Harvey was in London with his group for two dates at Ronnie Scotts as part of the London Jazz Festival held every November in prestigious venues throughout London. I met Harvey at his hotel in the heart of Central London before he was due to have the sound check. Harvey was relaxed and in good form, and why not? It is always a privilege to do a job you love and tour the world playing for the people. I didn’t get to the gig at Ronnie Scotts but did go to the sound check and the band sounded great, I am sure the punters got their money’s worth that night.