Robert Glasper: "I love straight-ahead, and I love RnB; and I'm gonna do soul; and hip hop. That's what jazz is supposed to be: a reflection of the society of the time."
Glasper brought his Experiment to the UK this month and Jazz on 3 were there at the sell-out Barbican concert to record a band that brings together jazz and improvisation with today's urban music genres.
Here's a sneak preview of a gig you can hear in full on Monday 4th June at 11pm on BBC Radio 3:
Hear Gilles Peterson's interview with Robert Glasper and more tracks from the Barbican gig on BBC Radio 6 Music:
Read a BBC review of the band's new album, Black Radio:
Robert Glasper - piano, keyboards
Casey Benjamin - saxophone, vocoder
Derrick Hodge - bass
Mark Colenburg - drums
Recorded at Barbican, London on 14th May 2012.
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
"We're looking at the whole history of the rhythm section, and the different approaches to groove that have happened in the last half century," says Vijay Iyer of his acoustic trio.
With this Iyer composition, the group explore the soundworld and processes of minimalist techno producer Robert Hood.
Here's a sneak preview of a gig you can hear in full on Jazz on 3, Monday 11th June at 11pm on BBC Radio 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tt0y
Read a BBC review of the trio's new album, Accelerando: http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/reviews/4xj9
Vijay Iyer - piano
Stephan Crump - bass
Marcus Gilmore - drums
Recorded at The Vortex, London on 1 May 2012.
When Jazz on 3 invited Tom Skinner's Hello Skinny project into the studio to record an exclusive session for BBC Radio 3, the drummer-producer invited UK improviser Steve Beresford to join the band on a cold February day in London. There's a real sense of warmth though in the music that results, with elements of jazz, dub, improvisation and electronica combining across ten tracks.
Next Day is a reworking of an '80s composition by Steve Beresford; hear the session in full on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on 15th April with Jez Nelson: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01rw0zc
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
Check out one of the most spectacular drummers on the planet - Chris 'Daddy' Dave - on Jazz on 3 (26 November): http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nzq6t
He and his 3-snare kit are on the show with his new Drumhedz band, performing a live 'mixtape' featuring samples and tunes from jazz/hip-hop history. Here's a taster of their take on John Coltrane's 'Giant Steps' - strap yourselves in!
More on Chris Dave at:
It's a year since the release of Walking Dark on Edition Records, the fourth album from dynamic UK/Scandinavian trio Phronesis. And it's been a particularly exciting twelve months for the band, too, as tours to Australia and mainland Europe have brought their trademark tight-knit grooves and anthemic tunes to new audiences.
Here they are in a more reflective mood, a previously-unbroadcast track from Jazz on 3's 2012 London recording. Ahead of a summer trip to America, hear more yet-to-be-heard tracks from that gig on Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Monday 29th April:
Ivo Neame - piano
Jasper Høiby - bass
Anton Eger - drums
Recorded at King's Place, London on 26 May 2012.
A brief immersion in the musical world of cult Australian piano trio The Necks, courtesy of band members and fans at the series of recent performances at London's Café Oto. You can hear a full live set from The Necks, as well as drummer Tony Buck and bassist Lloyd Swanton in conversation with Jez Nelson, on Jazz on 3, on Monday 13 April 2015 at 11pm on BBC Radio 3: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03h3p4s
(This programme was originally broadcast on Monday 11th of November 2013 )
Just one story from a wide-ranging conversation between Marc Ribot and fellow guitarist Chris Sharkey, recorded for Jazz on 3. Chatting about Ribot's career to date, they cover everything from great accidental guitar solos to the studio secrets of Tom Waits, with John Zorn, Albert Ayler and plenty more in between.
To listen to the full conversation, plus an exclusive jam by the pair and a wonderful performance by Ribot from the Jazz on 3 archives, tune in to Jazz on 3 on Monday 27 January 2014 at 11pm on BBC Radio 3, or listen online for 7 days after broadcast.
Jazz on 3 were at The Vortex in north London this February for the climax of Evan Parker's Might I Suggest Festival, with legendary European ensemble ICP Orchestra taking centre-stage (well, in fact, all of it) for two sets of swing-infused free-jazz artistry.
You can hear the whole gig on Jazz on 3 on 1st April 2013 at 11pm on BBC Radio 3: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006tt0y
Here's a taster from the band's opening number on the night featuring the great Dutch pianist Misha Mengelberg flying effortlessly around Michael Moore's saxophone solo and the group's dreamy reworking of Herbie Nichols' House Party Starting.
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
Catch two of the music's most important living saxophonists in conversation on this week's Jazz on 3: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01nphn8
New Orleans tenor player Branford Marsalis cites Sonny Rollins as one of his most important influences and in this interview Branford jumps at the opportunity to quiz the Colossus on his Harlem roots, his approach to improvisation and - here - what really happened when he met Bird...
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
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.
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