Jez Nelson presents a documentary on one of jazz's most sacred recordings – saxophonist John Coltrane's masterpiece, A Love Supreme. This programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in November 2004 and features interviews with Elvin Jones, Ashley Kahn, McCoy Tyner, Steve Reich and Alice Coltrane.
This week on Jazz on 3 the Enlightenment Ensemble perform their own dedication to A Love Supreme, marking 50 years since the album's original release. Hear the performance on Monday 2 February at 11pm on BBC Radio 3, or online for 30 days after broadcast here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b050xkb1
Abakuá: a secret Afro-Cuban society that has inspired David Virelles' brilliant Mboko project. The band's percussionist, Román Diaz, is a paid-up member and tells Kevin Le Gendre what it's all about - including an impromptu performance!
Listen to David Virelles' performance on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3, at 11pm on Monday 14 December or for 30 days after broadcast here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06rwlym
Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has been one of the big new names to emerge in 2015, from one of the US's least-covered jazz scenes - Los Angeles. Alongside his album launch gig on Jazz on 3, Kamasi attempts to pin down what it is about the LA sound that makes it distinctive.
To hear more of Kamasi in conversation with Jez Nelson, and over an hour of his all-guns-blazing performance, listen to Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 7 September 2015, also available online for 30 days after broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00lqbxn
From internal Becca Stevens monologues over breakfast, to headbanging to Wayne Shorter on the A1 - pianist Tom Cawley shares his audio diary of a typical day of musical encounters.
Tom's trio Curios performs with saxophonist Iain Ballamy on Jazz on 3 on Monday 30 November, available stream for 30 days or download via the iPlayer Radio app. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06qjzx0
Record label Strata-East has a cult following among jazz die-hards and DJs. Gilles Peterson is one of its biggest fans and collectors and - ahead of a gig celebrating the label - he brought some of his favourite Strata-East LPs into the Jazz on 3 studio to show what all the fuss is about.
Listen to the full programme, including the concert, on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 30th March 2015, or listen online for 30 day after broadcast here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05nsdwf
Miles Davis's 1980s music has fared much less well than his earlier work. Is this a fair cop or should we pay it more attention? Jez Nelson is joined by music journalists John Fordham and Chris May to chew the fat.
One of Miles's greatest protegés of this period was the saxophonist Kenny Garrett. You can hear him in performance with his quintet on BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3 here for 30 days after broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b052058z
'It sounded like I had dropped my tray of drinks': a rocky start, but Bonnie Greer's first experience of avant-garde music collective the AACM (the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians)got better...
Jazz on 3's AACM 50th anniversary celebration is available for 30 days here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06mf1j3
Photo: copyright Jacky LePage www.jackylepage.com
Don't be put off by complex titles and high-concept pieces – musicians and critics explain why Anthony Braxton, who turns 70 this month, is one of the most influential avant-garde composers of our time. Featuring Daniel Spicer, Taylor Ho Bynum, Mary Halvorson, Alexander Hawkins and Mike Walker.
An exclusive bonus track from Jazz on 3's programme celebrating Evan Parker's 70th and John Butcher's 60th birthdays. Here the pair perform an improvised duo in the studio.
You can listen again to the full programme, including interviews and individual sessions from both saxophonists for 30 days on BBC iPlayer:
50 years ago, a group of South African musicians fled apartheid and came to Europe. Their influence on British jazz was profound and continues to this day. Some of those who have felt its impact most keenly tell the story.
This was originally broadcast on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on 14th November 2014. The programme includes a performance by some of the musicians featured here. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04p256w
Jazz on 3 Archive interview with the groundbreaking double bass player Charlie Haden, who died in July 2014.
Haden is best-known for his work with the Ornette Coleman Quartet, playing on the landmark album The Shape of Jazz To Come of 1959. His long and eventful career also saw him play politically charged music with his Liberation Music Orchestra as well as spellbinding duos with Alice Coltrane, Pat Metheny and Keith Jarrett among many others. Credited with helping to bring the bass out from behind the jazz ensemble, he is remembered for a warm, singing bass tone and unerring ability to play the 'right' notes in diverse contexts.
Jazz on 3 recorded Haden with his longstanding Quartet West at the London Jazz Festival in 2007 when he also gave us this interview. Posted here in long format, Haden tells Kevin Le Gendre about the first time he met Ornette, getting arrested in Portugal and his love of film noir.
Highlights of the interview, together with the live concert, were aired on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Monday 22nd September, and can be heard for 7 days after the broadcast at:
Trumpeter Dave Douglas and pianist Uri Caine discuss their relationship with Sacred Harp music – New England's rich church-song tradition and the inspiration behind their first ever duo project, Present Joys.
You can hear Dave Douglas and Uri Caine in concert on Jazz on 3, on BBC Radio 3, at 11pm on Monday 15th September, or for 7 days after broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04h7n4x
Dutch trio Tin Men and the Telephone are past masters at using voice samples as the basis for their music, featuring everything from cows to football commentators. This time a selection of Jazz on 3 listeners get the treatment. We asked our audience what jazz should sound like in 2014, recorded some of their replies and passed them on to the band to create a brand new piece which they performed at the Manchester Jazz Festival. Here are the results!
The track is also being broadcast on Jazz on 3 on Monday 4 August at 11pm on BBC Radio 3, and is available on iPlayer for 28 days afterwards http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04cfb60
'I want to create a womb of experience, a sensory womb of experience that is comfortable but also uncomfortable.'
Matana Roberts' latest installment of her epic Coin Coin project layers electronics, found sounds, voice and saxophone. She talks here about how family photos, the diary of a ship captain and ghosts and spirits come together in this immersive experience.
To hear her session for Jazz on 3, tune in to BBC Radio 3 on Monday 26 October at 11pm or stream/download for 30 days after broadcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kb0fb
Photo copyright Jason Fulford
'I knew nothing - I mean NOTHING' - pianist Paul Bley, a giant of avant-garde music himself, remembers being roasted by new musical partners Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry when they played together on the Live at Hillcrest recording in 1958.
Listen to the full Ornette Coleman tribute programme on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 22 June 2015 at 11pm BST, or online for 30 days after broadcast here http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b060psvn
Russian jazz musician Arkady Schilkloper is a man of many horns - including the alphorn. Jez Nelson met him backstage at the Jazzahead event earlier this year for a chat and a demo.
For much more from this year's Jazzahead, including a performance by Arkady with pianist Vadim Neselovskyi, tune in to Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 14 September 2015 or listen online internationally for 30 days after broadcast http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b069x6kw
Pianist Liam Noble is the latest victim of our MP3 shuffle - putting his listening playlist on random and talking about whatever comes up. Here, the Japanese traditional music of Ensemble Nipponia sparks a conversation about jazz's relationship to other musics.
To hear the full shuffle, tune in to Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Monday 26th October or stream/download for 30 days after broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06kb0fb