Bluesy, intricate and expertly-played, the music of UK pianist and composer Kit Downes' quintet is showcased in Jazz on 3 on Monday 6th May at 11pm on BBC Radio 3:
Presenting music from their new album Light From Old Stars, Kit and the group here play a favourite from their previous record.
Kit Downes - piano
James Allsopp - bass clarinet
Lucy Railton - cello
Calum Gourlay - double bass
James Maddren - drums
Recorded at The Cockpit, London on 29 April 2013.
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
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:
Mehliana's freewheeling improvisations touch on everything from free jazz to drum & bass to baroque music and 70s dance funk. Technology features prominently in the music - here, Jez introduces the multi-keyboard setup used by Brad Mehldau, and Mark Guiliana's drum-machine-esque approach to his kit.
You can hear their performance from last year's London Jazz Festival on BBC Radio 3's Jazz on 3, available on iPlayer until Monday 14 July: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03k0nqz
(Image by Naiel Ibarrola)
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...
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
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:
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
'Someone who can laugh at the necrophiliac tendencies of Rachmaninov' - drummer and long-term Threadgill bandmate Pheeroan akLaff offers a warm and suitably colourful tribute to the composer who has a musical language all his own, and who has inspired a generation of avant-garde musicians.
akLaff and composer George Lewis set the scene here - for the full tribute, tune in to Jazz on 3 on Monday 17 February 2014 on BBC Radio 3, or listen online for 7 days after broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03vd5yc
As part of Radio 3's Top of the Baroque for Comic Relief, Jez is championing Bach's Goldberg Variations as the best Baroque piece. To prove it, he asked some of his jazz friends to arrange their own variation. Here is Hello Skinny's!
Support Jez and Comic Relief! More info on how you can do this here: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006zrv…e-around-the-clock
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'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
This week on Jazz on 3 our live concert is from pianist and saxophonist Charles Gayle, who spent over 15 years homeless, playing his horn on the streets of New York city.
In this short clip he explains the effect this had on him and his music. To hear the full concert, recorded at London's Cafe Oto with Klaus Kugel and Ksawery Wojcinski, tune into Jazz on 3 on BBC Radio 3 on Monday 3rd March at 11pm GMT, or listen online for 7 days after the broadcast: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03wpqtf
For details of Charles' recent recordings, check: http://northernspy.11spot.com/artists-1/charles-gayle-trio/charles-gayle-trio-streets.html
'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
In a rare interview clip, John Zorn explains how his epoch-defining and highly influential 90s jazz-thrash band Naked City ended up covering Ornette Coleman's 'Lonely Woman' at the same time as Roy Orbison's 'Pretty Woman'.
The composer, multi-instrumentalist and avant-garde firestarter celebrates his 60th birthday this Monday and in tribute Jazz on 3 presents a John Zorn special featuring exclusive archive performances from his Bar Kokhba and Masada groups. BBC 6 Music's Stuart Maconie also joins Jez Nelson to share his favourite tracks from Zorn's varied and prolific career. Join them on BBC Radio 3 at 11pm on Monday 2 September, or listen again for 7 days after broadcast:
A few weeks ago, Snarky Puppy laid down the challenge to our listeners of coming up with the best story for how they got their name. Here are two wacky (and in no way contrived) tales, courtesy of Tom Lee Skinny and Rob Walter. We'll be passing them on to the band...
Talking to Jez Nelson, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire reveals his unusual compositional process and the importance of character and narrative in his music.
To hear the full interview, together with a live concert from Ambrose's quartet recorded at the 2014 Cheltenham Jazz Festival, tune into BBC Radio 3 on Monday 19th May 2014 at 11pm GMT, or listen online for 7 days after the broadcast:
For more information about Ambrose Akinmusire, visit: