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The Jazz Podcast
Rob Cope & Dan Farrant
The Jazz Podcast is run by Rob Cope and Dan Farrant, professional musicians based in London. We like life stories and inspirational tales of how musician get into the scene.
6 days ago
Guitarist Shirley Tetteh began her journey into jazz with Tomorrow’s Warriors. In demand as a player, she currently features in Jazz Jamaica, Groundation, female collective Nérija (Jazz FM Awards nominee for Breakthrough Act of the Year), Maisha, Huw Marc Bennett Quintet and many more. Tetteh has publishing and record deals with Lucky Number Music and is keen to explore the ways of combining jazz and left field pop, while forging ahead with bands Nerija and Maisha, who present high-quality original improvised music to a younger, wider audience.
Jun 23, 2020
Chris joins the show to tell us about his new EP, Cuddle Kitchen, Vol. 2. He has long been an absolute favourite of The Jazz Podcast and we can't wait to share some of his new music. Theres also a great interview with Chis to be found on The Improvised Music Agenda Podcast with our pal Huw Williams. Happy listening!
Jun 3, 2020
Tom Varrall is a guitarist, bassist, musical director, producer, and teacher based in London. He currently tours and records with jazz/pop artist Jamie Cullum, drum and bass artist Wilkinson on his live shows, pop singer songwriter Alex Clare and with the Outlook Orchestra in its various projects including with legendary Reggae Broadcaster David Rodigan. Other artists Tom has worked with include Izzy Bizu (on Bass and Guitar), Submotion Orchestra (on Bass) Nao, Foreign Beggars, Eliza Doolittle, Pharoah Monche, Maverick Sabre, Cyantific, Horace Andy, Dawn Penn, Natalie Duncan and more. Equally comfortable working as a session guitarist and bassist or working as a musical director, Tom has excellent knowledge of Ableton and preparing backing tracks and has a vast contact list of musicians working across all genres.
1 hr 30 min
Apr 17, 2020
Jazz pianist, composer and educator, Simon Purcell originally came to prominence during the UK jazz boom of the 1980s through his band ‘Jazz Train’. A passionate music educator and thinker, Simon has been active in the conservatoire sector since 1987, first as a senior lecturer within the jazz course at GSMD between 1987-2005, Head of Jazz at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Dance and Music between 2005-2017 and now returning to GSMD as International Professor of Improvisation. Music is the track, Make Someone Happy with Liane Carroll from the album Red Circle.
1 hr 18 min
Apr 2, 2020
Trumpeter Dave Douglas joins the show for a chat about his life and music. We get to check out a tune normally reserved for subscribers only, Climate Strike, from the album Marching Music. More details can be found here: https://davedouglas.bandcamp.com/album/marching-music
1 hr 10 min
Mar 12, 2020
Steve joins the show for a chat about all things trumpet. Dan and Rob chat about the upcoming guests as well as the covering the weeks jazz headline news.
1 hr 1 min
Feb 15, 2020
What Happened to Agnes - Third Anniversary Special
'What happened to Agnes' brings to life the vivid imagination of singer and story-teller Nishla Smith, as she spins her grandmother’s Malaysian childhood memories into a magic-realist realm of talking tigers, hidden dangers and infinite staircases. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Luca Shaw's hand-painted projections and an unforgettable piano score from Tom Harris, Nishla's haunting songs bewitch and enchant, drawing the listeners ever deeper into a dark world of lost memories. We chat to Nishla about the amazing year her project has had. Rob gets a chimney sweep.
Feb 8, 2020
Robin is a cool, straight-ahead & swing jazz pianist & singer. Today he joins the show to chat about his new album, ‘Re-Versed’ which is out now! We also chat about travelling, films and adventures. Songs featured are Spring Can Really Hang Out Up The Most and It Had To Be You, from the new album. Dan goes to Portugal, as the British winter gets the better of him.
Jan 7, 2020
Calum joins us to chat about his new album, 'New Ears' as well as his incredibly successful residency at The Vortex, which has been happening once a month with his big band.
1 hr 17 min
Dec 31, 2019
Like many artists who grew up in the post-60s environment, Robert was exposed to a full gamut of musical disciplines from hardcore Western Classicism through World music traditions. Growing up in a musical family – his father was a vocalist who organized variety shows and participated in the great production of Carmen Jones at London’s Young Vic Theater – Robert began serious piano studies at the age of 6 in the established UK conservatory system. Blending this with a listening love of Soul, R&B and popular music of the 70s/80s, Robert began to develop his own sense of musical expression.
Nov 30, 2019
New York saxophonist Daniel Bennett has been hailed as one of the most original and unpredictable musical voices of his generation. Bennett can be heard throughout the world performing his award-winning compositions on saxophone, flute, clarinet, and oboe. The music is a provocative mix of jazz, avant-pop, and surf rock. The Daniel Bennett Group recently performed their London album release of We Are the Orchestra at Ronnie Scott's. The Boston Globe describes Bennett's music as "a mix of jazz, folk, and minimalism."
Nov 10, 2019
Malcolm Edmonstone is a jazz pianist and arranger, born in Perth, Scotland in 1980. In 1998 he moved to London to study at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, where he gained Bachelors and Masters degrees. Today, Malcolm is a key professor in the Guildhall jazz faculty and Artistic Director of Jazz for the National Youth Orchestras of Scotland. He has forged a career as a modern jazz musician, working as a pianist, educator, arranger and musical director in many high profile situations. Needless to say, the peak of his career is right now, with the first appearance on our show!
1 hr 15 min
Oct 11, 2019
Raised in Cumbria and now based in London, Bryony Jarman-Pinto is an expressive and adventurous singer-songwriter, combining harmonious vocals and mesmerising jazz-fused melodies with personal and complex lyrics. With both of her parents as musicians, Bryony grew up surrounded by the art form, attending singing workshops with her mum from a very young age. Taking inspiration from the jazz vocalists and jam musicians she used to fall asleep listening to as a child, there is a jazz core at the heart of her music. Her debut album *Cage & Aviary* is out now.
Sep 27, 2019
Georgia Mancio's Hang - Festival Preview 2019
Storytelling, soul and compassion beat at the heart of award-winning vocalist Georgia Mancio’s 3rd *Hang*– a collection of collaborations that this year illuminates her extraordinary lyric writing. *Where We Once Belonged* includes intriguing family portraits created with pianist *Tom Cawley*, exploring heritage and identity alongside *Robert Mitchell**, **Kim Macari* and* **Shirley Smart*. *Finding Home *with pianist *Kate Williams* and string quartet: “a sublime song cycle” (Jazzwise) encompassing the refugee crisis to romantic spoken word groove. Finally the beautiful, iconic *Songbook* with Grammy-winning pianist *Alan Broadbent*: “one of the most formidable writing partnerships of the 21st Century” (Jazz Views).
Sep 15, 2019
Jemma Freese - The Beast In The Blueprint
Leeds based keyboard player and vocalist Jemma Freese joins the show to preview Freese Trio's new album, The Beast In The Blueprint. We chat about her influences and inspirations behind the writing of the album and listen to a few tracks. Dan goes to Lisbon and hangs out in a phone booth.
Sep 5, 2019
Will Glaser - Climbing In Circles Pt. 2
Will joins the show to chat about his new album, a duo featuring himself and Liam Noble on piano. Interestingly this is a sequel to Climbing in Circles Pt. 1, which we also featured on the show, that one starring Matt Herd on the saxophone. We struggled to track down Dan for a chat, with troubling results for the future of music.
Aug 23, 2019
Evelyn Laurie joins the show to tell us the story of her career change into jazz singing. An inspiration for anyone looking to chase their dreams and do the thing they love. Rob makes a big effort for Dan with the news, and Dan reveals some average at best piano skills.
Aug 9, 2019
This show features two of Jesse's tracks, at the top of the show is Calling, and after the interview we check out Blinding. We chat to Jesse about his journey into music. A super talented singer and songwriter, he makes The Jazz Podcast a lot cooler with his presence. Having achieved a degree in Social Anthropology, people have always fascinated Jesse, at every level, be it as individuals or as part of something bigger. People add colour to life and it is life that is at the heart of everything J Appiah writes.
1 hr 3 min
Jul 23, 2019
British Jazz Showcase - Rob Cope's Inhabited Island WAVs.
To celebrate our passing 50k downloads Rob has compiled his favourite 8 tracks. Its Desert Island Disks, without the desert island or the disks. Track list of featured music: Fabled - Dove Stone (Short Stories) 2018 Mike Walker & Stuart Mccallum - Clockmaker (Beholden) 2014 Rob Luft - We Are All Slowly Leaving (Riser) 2017 Snowpoet - Love Again (Thought you knew) 2018 Ant Law - Credits (Life I know) 2018 The Impossible Gentlemen - Just To See You (Internationally Recognised Aliens) 2013 Elliot Galvin Trio - 1666 (Punch) 2016 Liam Noble & Paul Clarvis - Dear Someone (Starry Starry Night) 2009
Jul 12, 2019
Ladies and gentlemen, may we present Mike Chillingworth for you amusement. One of the most prolific improvisers in London and a hugely sought after musician, Mike has forged an incredible path across the UK jazz scene. A great distributor of quavers, watch out for this man. Episode 105.
Jun 28, 2019
Kim joins the show for a wonderful chat about her life. Dan helps Rob make a list of standards he should probably know by now.
1 hr 2 min
Jun 5, 2019
Rory & Dom Ingham - Bonsai : Bonsai Club
Today we feature Bonsai Club, the brand new album just released from Bonsai. Front men Rory and Dom Ingham, sons of the iconic British jazz musician/educator Richard Ingham join the show to preview the album. Rob and Dan have a big catch up and discuss the beauty of Barcelona. Rob spills a cup of tea at the end. Chosen in the ‘Shape of Jazz to Come in 2018’ in Jazzwise, Bonsai (formerly known as Jam Experiment) are an award winning band that are based in London, UK. Formed in 2014, they have appeared on BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM numerous times, and played at leading jazz festivals and venues across the UK including London Jazz Festival, Love Supreme Festival,Cheltenham Jazz Festival, and Ronnie Scott’s.
May 20, 2019
Kyran Matthews - Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2019
Manchester based saxophonist Kyran joins the show to tell us about the amazing work he's doing with NQ jazz (his incredible jazz night in Manchester). We also chat about his career, his future plans and the Manchester Jazz Collective.
May 13, 2019
100th Episode - Gareth Lockrane
Gareth joins the show to celebrate our 100th episode! Its party time as we celebrate the grand milestone. We check out some of Gareth's own music and chat about his life.
May 3, 2019
Miguel Gorodi - Apophenia
Miguel joins the show to preview his new album, Apophenia. We chat about his upbringing, influences and what inspired him to record. Rob and Dan push the boundaries of technology taking the show to new heights. Episode 99.
Apr 11, 2019
Tom Cawley - Catenaccio
Its competition time for Tom's new album! Tell us the meanings of all these football related words from the album (bonus points for extra effort) and you can win a copy of Tom's CD. 1. The Ungainlies 2. Jabulani 3. Nutmeg 4. Zona Mista 5. Left Peg 6. Regista 7. Row Z 8. Rabona Answers can be sent to our Twitter or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Apr 5, 2019
Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her multi-lingual music references classic jazz and Latin alongside her own astonishing writing, always stamped with an unfailing emotional integrity. In summer 2018 Georgia made her US debut at Rochester International Jazz Festival and Kitano (NY) with her song-writing partner Grammy-winning pianist/composer, Alan Broadbent, following their 2017 album release, Songbook, sold out headline at Ronnie Scott’s (“unequivocally, one of the gigs of the year” Jazzwise) and subsequent performances across Europe. Other credits include Bobby McFerrin, Liane Carroll, Ian Shaw, Bobby Wellins, Gwilym Simcock, Darius Brubeck, Pat Metheny (lyric approval), her own festivals ReVoice! and Hang and multiple nominations in the Parliamentary, British Jazz and Urban Music Awards. Her 7th album, Finding Home, co-written with pianist/composer Kate Willia…
Mar 22, 2019
Drummer Jeff joins the show to tell us about his life and influences, Jeff is jazz royalty so its a real pleasure to hear his stories! Drummer/cameraman Jake Walker sits in to add some much needed common sense to proceedings and Rob peels an orange. We also chat to Jeff about his current album, Lifelike, as well as his upcoming album, Bloom (out 26th April on Whirlwind Recordings). Episode 96.
1 hr 7 min
Mar 15, 2019
Hattie joins the show for a chat about music, life, games and lots in between. It’s been three years since the Richmond-born singer songwriter released her debut EP Home, which led to radio play on the BBC and Amazing Radio, and a sell-out gig at St Pancras Old Church in London. Since, she has performed at a raft of festivals such as Latitude, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Field Day and Cambridge Folk Festival, supported the likes of Beth Rowley, and won the third prize in Glastonbury's Emerging Talent Competition.
1 hr 1 min
Mar 8, 2019
Kansas Smitty's House Band - Mardi Gras, Vol. 1
Giacomo Smith joins the show to tell us about the band and then new EP, which is available now! From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty's House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. The House Band is a tight-knit outfit that make jazz inclusive with an emphasis on camaraderie, spontaneity, and joy. Episode 94.
Mar 1, 2019
Richard Jones - Violin
Violinist Richard Jones is an exciting young British musician, recognised for his innovative sound and approach as well as his adaptability in bringing the violin to life within a broad range of musical contexts. We also chat about his new EP with his duo, Hemma. Huw V Williams also joins us to check in with whats going on over at the Improvised Music Agenda Podcast.
Feb 22, 2019
Chris Potter - Interview
A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet”. This week we preview his new album, Circuits, out today on Edition Records. This show features the tracks 'Hold It' and 'The Nerve'. TJP Episode 92.
Feb 15, 2019
Will Glaser & Matthew Herd - Climbing In Circles
Will and Matt join the show to preview their new album. We listen to a few tracks, chat about what inspired them and use the swearing bleep quite a lot. Its episode 91 of The Jazz Podcast.
Feb 8, 2019
Nishla is a singer and songwriter who defies easy categorisation. Her live sets include a breathtaking variety of material: from celebrated originals to dark jazz standards and devastating ballads. One of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent development artists and a prolific collaborator, Nishla has worked with some of the most highly respected jazz and classical musicians in the UK. Last summer she played at Lancaster and Manchester Jazz Festivals, before making her first visit east with a residency at the Sage Gateshead. Nishla is currently working on a narrative song cycle produced by Opera North, and her original project will start the year with shows at NQ Jazz, The Vortex and Jazz Leeds.
Feb 1, 2019
Tony Kofi - 2nd Anniversary Special
The Jazz Podcast turns 2 years old! We celebrate by inviting Tony Kofi to join the show. We chat about his career and influences as well as the great albums and projects Tony has been a part of. Episode 89.
Jan 25, 2019
Harpist Alina joins the show to share with us the fascinating story her life and her very interesting past (8 mins). We chat about her album, Inspiration (2018), and her new project, HipHarpCollective. We also feature an exceptional amount of Gareth Lockrane’s flute playing. As always, this is not to be missed! Episode 88 if you're keeping count!
Jan 17, 2019
Trumpeter Tom Walsh steps aboard to tell us about his career so far. We chat all things trumpet, as well as who inspired him to reach the top (of the register). Tom has played with so many we'll make this quick.. Benny Golson, Branford Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Bob Mintzer and Mike Stern. He has also played lead trumpet with the WDR Big Band & Vince Mendoza. Big time jazz podcast episode 87.
Jan 11, 2019
Sam joins the show to tell us about his life. Leak studied Jazz piano with Gwilym Simcock at the Royal Academy of Music. Leak is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Cambridge, where he is researching the learnability of Absolute Pitch by adults.
1 hr 4 min
Jan 4, 2019
Emma joins the show to reveal to us the inner workings of the freelance trombone player. Emma working all over the UK in all manner of musical styles. Emma is a veteran of the Chaos Orchestra as well as a member of Matt Roberts Bigish Band. A truly versatile musician and a wonderful trombonist. Episode 85 and year number 30 on Earth for our co-host Dan.
Dec 21, 2018
Michael De Souza - Road Fork
Today we preview Michaels new EP, Road Fork, with the man himself. We can about his inspirations and motivations behind this beautiful creation.
Dec 5, 2018
Andrew Robb joins the show to chat about his career and his grand Norwegian adventures. Now based in Edinburgh, having also lived in London and Bergen this fine young gentleman has seen it all (or quite a lot at least).
1 hr 5 min
Nov 20, 2018
London Jazz Festival 2018
Matt Roberts joins Rob to talk about this years jazz festival. They meet up in the heart of London to check out the upcoming gigs and get into the vibe of the festival.
Nov 8, 2018
*Tori Freestone* is a British saxophonist, flautist and violinist who performs at the forefront of the UK improvised music scene as both a sidewomen and highly regarded bandleader. Freestone is known for her robust tenor sound, melodic invention as well as an ability to amalgamate into a variety of styles and musical contexts while maintaining her highly personal and distinct voice. As a composer Freestone's writing balances wit with playfulness while exploring new ways to blur the lines between the written and improvised. Rob chats to Tori about her career and her musical journey. The interview starts around the 10 minute mark, beforehand Rob and Dan do some jazz news. TJP Episode 81.
1 hr 4 min
Nov 4, 2018
Cambridge Jazz Festival 2018
Rob previews the Cambridge Jazz Festival alongside our man on the ground, Vij Prakash. We preview the upcoming gigs as well as the educational workshops and discuss this years festival theme, woman in jazz.
Oct 31, 2018
Miriam Ast joins the show to tell us about her life and education. We also talk about her new album, Secret Songs, and her upcoming gig at the London Jazz Festival. TJP Episode 79.
Oct 24, 2018
Days before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxophone, defined Blackstar's visionary stylistic fusion. Now, two and a half years after Blackstar's release, McCaslin returns with a new album, Blow., a new definitive statement that fully realizes Bowie's influence and McCaslin’s evolved artistic direction. Then came the inevitable invitation to The Jazz Podcast, and, for our 78th episode, it is our very great pleasure to welcome Donny to the show to share his story with us.
Oct 17, 2018
Sarah joins the show to tell us all about her life, her musical inspirations and her upcoming album. We may have even revealed the name of the album with an on air test of the new name. TJP episode 77.
Oct 10, 2018
Ant joins the show to preview some tunes from his upcoming album, Life I Know. Ant is making exciting, beautiful music and its a pleasure to get to talk and preview it. The album is available for pre-order now, check out the link if you fancy it. https://antlaw.bandcamp.com/
1 hr 5 min
Sep 26, 2018
For the 75th episode we celebrate by welcoming Tara Minton. Tara is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation as a performing artist and educator. Rob and Dan also drop some big news coming out of Edition Records, as well as checking out the lineup for the Herts jazz festival.
1 hr 7 min
Sep 19, 2018
Ed Babar - Blues and Roots Ensemble
Ed joins the show to tell us about his mighty musical project. Rob and Ed chat about his influences, ideas and arranging the music of the great Charles Mingus. You can check out more at https://www.bluesandrootsensemble.com
Sep 12, 2018
Alan joins the show to talk about his life and career so far. We chat about his love of music and his power to speak Japanese. Alan shares with us his thoughts on how to pick up new skills as well as the inspirations behind some of his compositions.
Aug 23, 2018
Rob talks to Rebecca about her career so far, the projects she's involved in and some of the places she's lived. We also chat about other musicians who have crossed our paths and Rebecca's newest project, Altas. We get the very exciting chance to preview some new music from the upcoming album. Despite what Rob may think, this is episode 72.
Aug 16, 2018
Joy joins the show for a chat with Rob. We talk about the piano, improvisation, her influences, her plans for the future as well as her love of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We also check out some of the tracks from her debut album, released November 2017, Life on Land.
Aug 9, 2018
Alice joins the show to talk music, hobbies and the adversity of climbing to the top of the jazz tree. TJP episode 70 is a big showcase for one of London's newest jazz stars.
Aug 2, 2018
Helena joins us to chat about her life and times, her brand new album, and her alternative career choices if it couldn't be the saxophone. TJP episode 69.
Jul 26, 2018
How to Pay Your Rent
In the second of our series of hopefully helpful guides, Raph Clarkson joins Rob to discuss rent paying tactics and some of the many options for making a career as a freelance musician.
1 hr 1 min
Jul 19, 2018
Pete Churchill - 10 Years of London Vocal Project
Pete Churchill tells us about the history of London Vocal Project. He reveals what inspired the ensemble, what keeps it ticking, as well the amazing projects they've worked on in the decade they've been singing.
Jul 12, 2018
How to Make Your Debut Album
Trombonist Raph Clarkson joins the show to discuss ideas on how to release your debut album. We use our own experiences as a guide to see if we can demystify the process. If you've ever wondered how its done, look no further!
Jul 5, 2018
Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2018
Manchester based saxophonist Andy Scott joins Rob and Dan to preview this years Manchester Jazz Festival. Andy brings some much needed actual knowledge to the show. We also get to hear some amazing music which hasn't been released yet, from both Fabled and Beats and Pieces, you heard it here first (we think..!) The festival runs throughout the city from 20th to 28th July.
Jun 28, 2018
Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage | Album Preview
Today we're celebrating the release of The Velvet Rage. Pete joins us to share with us the very personal journey behind the making of the album, as well as his influences behind the music. The Velvet Rage grabs you and takes you to places of profound power and extraordinary beauty.
Jun 21, 2018
Huw V Williams
Huw joins the show to discuss his musical passions, his career and his brand new podcast. More info about Huw as well as more music can be found here: https://huwvwilliams1.bandcamp.com/ And https://www.huwvwilliams.com/
Jun 7, 2018
Emulsion VI | Festival Preview
Trish Clowes and Tom Harrison join the show to tell us about their upcoming festival, Emulsion VI. The festival is a celebration featuring new music, new commissions and some stunning performances from our country's top performers.
May 31, 2018
Rachel is an incredibly versatile singer and performer, known for her work as a pop & session vocalist, musical theatre performances and being an incredible DJ. Versatile, determined and funny, its no wonder she's so in demand.
May 24, 2018
Simon Lasky Group - About the Moment | Album Preview
Simon joins the show to share with us his journey of making his second album, About the Moment. Featuring our very own Jazz Podcast Alumni Sophie Alloway, this album is not to be missed!
May 17, 2018
Rob Cope - Gods Of Apollo | Album Preview
Rob joins Dan to discuss his new album. This project has been in the making since 2011, this album already has a rich history, not to mention the whole space race thing. The kickstarter for preorders can be found here... https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1620030745/gods-of-apollo#
May 6, 2018
Alex Hitchcock - Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals | Album Preview
Alex joins the show to tell us all about his new album. We chat about his decision to create it from live recordings, his band mates and team bonding in Poland. His album will be released Friday 11th May.
Apr 26, 2018
Pianist Ashley Henry joins the show to chat about his swift rise to jazz stardom. Rob and Dan are also reunited after several months apart. Ashley's interview starts at 9mins 50 if you're wanting to get ahead!
Apr 19, 2018
Dan and Rob go to the local Indian for a chat about Dan's life and career so far. They talk about his education, music, hobbies and anything else we can think to ask. We also get to hear a sneak preview of Dan's upcoming project, Third Estate, which is set for release later this year.
Apr 5, 2018
Matt Roberts is a London-based composer and trumpeter. Today he joins the show to chat about his life and career so far. We talk about a lot of people, and all references to the name Reuben refer to our good friend Reuben Fowler, who we can never go for very long without talking about.
Mar 22, 2018
Spice Fusion - Trying Hard 2 | Album Preview
Elliott Henshaw and Simon Niblock join the show to tell us all about their brand new album. It features some of the most in demand session players in the U.K. and also some amazing original compositions. Grab a coffee for this one and you'll fit in perfectly.
Mar 8, 2018
Matthew is a London-based soprano/alto saxophonist and composer. In addition to leading his own quintet, he works with Neon Orchestra, Dom Ingham Sextet, and James Brady's "Voyagers". Matthew is also keenly involved in education, and has taught on jazz courses including NYJC, Mehr Clef, NYJOS, and Ronnie Scott's "Big Band in a Day". Today he joins the show for a chat about all things jazz.
Feb 20, 2018
This Is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy | Book Preview
Peter Jones joins us to share insights on his new book. After several years in the making, this book promises to shed light on one of Jazz's greatest untold stories, bringing one underrated individual to the forefront of the Jazz industry.
Feb 7, 2018
Lizy joins the show to discuss her influences and upbringing. We check out some of the fantastic bands she's working with and listen to some tunes. We also chat about her work as a promoter and the events she's running across London. Lizy is an extraordinary person who's making things happen all over the place!
1 hr 1 min
Jan 30, 2018
Elliot Galvin - The Influencing Machine | Album Preview
Elliot joins the show to preview some of the music from his stunning new album, The Influencing Machine. We talk about his influences behind the music, and how Tom McCredie became such a monster of the guitar.
Jan 17, 2018
Matthew Herd joins to show to talk about his life and the times that make up the gentlemen we know and love.
1 hr 6 min
Jan 3, 2018
Yazz joins the show to tell us all about her life. We also chat about her wonderful album, La Saboteuse, and her upcoming gig in New York.. Not to mention her recording with Radiohead!
1 hr 9 min
Dec 20, 2017
Its nearly Christmas so time for a special show! Our very own Dan Farrant is this weeks guest. Its time to get to know Dan better. Including why he became a musician, what forced him to give up his career as a bassist and how he put things back together with a new career as a close up magician and his latest project Hello Music Theory. If you've ever wanted to know more about our curious co-host, well the time has come!
Dec 13, 2017
Fini Bearmann joins the jazz podcast for a show all about her! Rob and Dan discuss song name puns (3mins), we listen to Fini's song Sand on Sand (7mins). Fini then makes her grand entrance (8mins). After some mild mannered discussion we go back the start of her life story to talk it though to the present day (16mins). To close we discuss Fini's plans to go rogue and start her own show and listen to another song, Winter (64mins).
1 hr 8 min
Dec 6, 2017
Sophie Alloway joins the show for a chat. We check out the new Lydian Collective single, Loops (6mins). Dan and Rob discuss a fund for the self-employed struck down by illness and Sophie makes her grand entrance (7.30mins). Dan and Rob discuss the next guest (56mins) and realise the shows conception was over a year ago!
Nov 22, 2017
Wendy Kirkland : Piano Divas
Wendy discusses her new album, her influences and her musical passions.
Nov 15, 2017
Saxophonist Dave O'Higgins joins us to talk about jazz, albums, tours and recording but nothing as nerdy as mouthpieces so don't fear, this has something for everyone.
Nov 8, 2017
Ruth Goller is based in London and plays electric and double bass. She performs regularly with leading UK bands, such as Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Andreya Triana, Oriole, Pat Walden, World Sanguine Report, The Golden Age of Steam, Bug Prentice, The Sefiroth Ensemble, Kamao Quintett, The Moss Project, Let Spin, Gufo and many more. Today Ruth joins the show for a big talk about jazz, bass and cats.
Nov 1, 2017
EFG London Jazz Festival Preview
Dan and Rob preview some of the gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival. The festival runs for 10 days from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th November 2017. This year also marks 25 years of the festival, so it promises to be a very special one.
Oct 19, 2017
Album Preview | Leo Richardson - The Chase
We talk to Leo about his brand new album The Chase. Its had stunning reviews and deservedly so.
Oct 5, 2017
Sam Rapley joins us on the show. Sam is a young(ish) saxophonist living in London. Coltrane once said everyone wants to play like Stan Getz... well now its all about Sam!
Sep 22, 2017
He's one of the most gifted and wonderful pianists and improvising musicians we know. A man who can take anything and turn it into something beautiful. This man we speak of, is of course Liam Noble. He joins us for a chat about all things jazz and life related.
Sep 16, 2017
Album Preview | Tom Millar - Unnatural Events
Tom comes aboard the Jazz Pod Express to tell us all about his new album. Its on sale now so if you like the sound of it, you know what to do!
Sep 11, 2017
Album Preview | Entropi - Moment Frozen
Dee Byrne joins us to tell us all about her new album.
Sep 7, 2017
The lovely alto saxophonist Camilla joins us for a chat all about her life. Camilla has been working with both Tomorrows Warriors and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. In 2014 she joined Courtney Pine's Venus Warriors, an all female super group who had their debut gig at The Hideaway jazz club. Camilla's debut album, 'ISANG', with special guest Zara McFarlane on vocals, was released on Ubuntu Music in late 2016, to exceptional critical acclaim.
Sep 4, 2017
Album Preview | The Brass Funkeys - Rabble Rouser
The Funkeys join us for a chat about their band new album and how the music came to be. This album has a huge sound and a huge vibe. Prepare to feel good.
Aug 31, 2017
Trumpeter, improviser, educator and all round lovely guy Nick Smart joins the show today. Nick is an incredibly important figure for the future of the jazz scene and has helped guide a huge number of the jazz musicians playing in London today.
Aug 28, 2017
Album Preview | Rob Luft - Riser
Rob previews the music of his brand new album Riser. The album is available now and the launch is September 23rd. This is a beautiful and striking album with incredible melodies.
Aug 24, 2017
The larger than life John Helliwell joins us today. He rose to fame as the saxophone player with Supertramp. John is a classy gentleman with a beautiful sound. This man has seen it all (probably).
1 hr 5 min
Aug 21, 2017
Album Preview | Introducing Gabriel Latchin Trio
A newcomer to the British jazz scene, Gabriel Latchin's album is coming September 18th. We sit down with the man himself for a chat about his music, his band and the inspiration behind the album.
Aug 17, 2017
One of the most innovative guitarists and musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer. As a founding member of Troyka he has garnered a reputation for his distinctive approach to the guitar.
1 hr 1 min
Aug 10, 2017
Brigitte kindly gets aboard The Jazz Podcast Express for an hour of her life. She has a stunningly beautiful voice and today she shares it with us. Time to talk about jazz, weather, shoes and everything else. Kit Downes also makes a cameo appearance for good measure.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 3, 2017
George joins us for a talk about jazz, venues, recording, everything Rob can think to ask.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 27, 2017
Rachael joins the show to talk about her life and times. She also goes outside during the interview, with questionable results.
Jul 20, 2017
Phil has risen to become one of the premier European bassists of his generation. He tours with John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Bill Stewart, Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Ari Hoenig, Jonathan Kreisberg, Terrell Stafford, David Binney, Tyshawn Sorey and Nils Wogram’s Root 70 to name a few. This show will surely take things to a whole new level.
1 hr 12 min
Jul 13, 2017
Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2017
Dan and Rob preview some of the gigs coming up in the Manchester Jazz Festival. They pick out the bands they like the sound of along with the bands they know all about.
Jul 6, 2017
Henry and Rob chat about his illustrious career. The real question is, who hasn't he played with?
Jun 22, 2017
This week we're graced with the presence of Raph Clarkson. Raph is an enigma.. A little searching online brings up everything from free improvisation to trad jazz. If you make if to the end of the show you'll also hear his beautiful singing. This is also watchable online if you're wanting to see our lovely faces. Just search for The Jazz Podcast on YouTube and we should appear!
Jun 8, 2017
Dan and Rob talk to each other, and to Jim Hart. Jim is many things, one of which is an extraordinary vibraphone player. We also love the name Jim, sounds just as good on him as it does on Kirk.
1 hr 11 min
May 25, 2017
Rob goes to Greenwich for a chat with Mark where we talk about his life and approach to music. Dan and Rob attempt to record the show in two separate halves due to some timing and logistical issues.. what could possibly go wrong..?! You can find out more about Mark on his website, http://marklockheart.co.uk/
1 hr 7 min
May 11, 2017
Rob travels to visit Dan's new flat in Godalming, we listen to a band and Alex talks about meat.
1 hr 7 min
May 7, 2017
Film Preview | Richard Turner: A Life in Music
We sit down for a chat about the jazz film currently crowd funding. A film about jazz trumpeter Richard Turner. Richard sadly passed away 6 years and Rob is making a film to bring Richard and his music back to the centre stage.
Apr 27, 2017
John Escreet joins us this week, we talk about jazz, all things piano and some things saxophone. We're taking over the world, one interview at a time.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 23, 2017
Album Preview | Freddie Gavita - Transient
We preview Freddie's new album, listen to some of the tracks and discuss how and why it came to be.
Apr 20, 2017
We talk to Phil about his life and Freddie Gavita makes a guest appearance. Warning, this episode contains a lot of sirens. Oh, and its definitely episode 13.. not 12.
1 hr 18 min
Apr 13, 2017
We talk to the lovely Lauren Kinsella about.. well.. music! She's a young vocalist with the world at her feet and a unique sound that has to be heard to be believed.
Apr 6, 2017
Will Vinson joins us from his flat in Brooklyn for the first overseas show! We talk about growing up in London, studying at university and the decision to move to New York. Plus, as he lives in the USA we have to talk about Donald, the biggest elephant in any room.
1 hr 12 min
Apr 2, 2017
Album Preview | Big Bad Wolf - Pond Life
In our second album preview show we check out Pond Life (released 2nd April). We chat to the band about their creation and listen to some of the awesome music on the album.
Mar 30, 2017
Tom joins us for a talk about all things piano, some early years organ playing and some love for his hometown of Lincoln.
1 hr 8 min
Mar 23, 2017
The glorious James joins us for an early morning jazz hang. There's coffee and everyone has a nice time. This is as well mannered as it gets.
1 hr 13 min
Mar 16, 2017
Dave Green is an unspeakable legend who has played with so many icons of jazz. This week its an all time high point for PizzaExpress Soho as Dave, Dan and Rob hang out for a chat.
Mar 12, 2017
Album Preview | Group S - Ruby and All Things Purple
The first of a monthly series of album previews. We look ahead to Ruby and All Things Purple, coming out Friday 17th March on Basho Records. Andy Scott joins us for well mannered discussion about his upcoming album.
Mar 9, 2017
Time for a trip to Sevenoaks to talk about the life and times of Laura Jurd. Afterwards I broke the news to her that she needs to buy a new bike. Heres hoping she doesn't regret coming on the show...
1 hr 7 min
Mar 2, 2017
We travel to Kit's house for a talk about jazz, sc-fi and organs.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 23, 2017
Steve comes to dinner. Vegetables are eaten. Jazz is discussed. Good times had by all.
Feb 16, 2017
This week its the life and music of Trish Clowes. Time for a chat about jazz. Right here. Right now.
Feb 9, 2017
We go to Annie's Tea Room in Leatherhead for a talk about all things Femi.
1 hr 5 min
Feb 2, 2017
In our first ever episode we sit down with internationally renowned saxophonist Stan Sulzmann for a chat about his career.
1 hr 3 min
Feb 2, 2017
We travel to North London for a chat with bassist Loz Garratt about his life and career so far.