BBC Radio 2 Looks Forward to Electric Autumn of Music #jamiecullum

Jazz is also highlighted on the network this autumn.

Jazz Junctions, a new 10-part music documentary series from 6 October, presented by British trumpet maestro Guy Barker, explores the ever-changing journey of jazz through its 100-year history. Intercut with archive interviews with jazz greats from the past, are contributions from more than 50 living legends of their craft, including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Buddy DeFranco, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson and Sir Charles Thompson.

“As a musician, I’m really impressed with the range of talent showcased in this series,” comments Guy Barker. “I’m very much looking forward to introducing what to me is a definitive jazz hall of fame.”

Jamie Cullum’s weekly jazz show (Tuesdays, 7-8pm) is going from strength to strength.

On 26 October, in the lead-up to the London Jazz Festival, Jamie is joined by South African jazz legend Hugh Masekela as he looks back over his career and talks about the highs and lows that have influenced the music he produces today, whilst Jamie Cullum plays an archive Charlie Parker tribute session from Jazz625, performed by the JJ Johnson Group.

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On 30 November, Jamie introduces part one of a two-part special in which he talks to Dave Brubeck in an intimate interview reflecting on Brubeck’s incredible career in the lead-up to his 90th birthday. The programmes also include Maida Vale sessions with Dave Brubeck’s three sons and legendary British jazz singer and actress Cleo Laine, best-known for her inimitable scat singing style.

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