Jamie Cullum to host Radio 2 jazz show

Jamie Cullum is to present a new jazz programme on BBC Radio 2 in a schedule rejig that sees Desmond Carrington’s long-running show move to Friday nights.

Cullum’s new show will air at 7pm on Tuesdays in the slot currently occupied by Carrington’s The Music Goes Round, which switches to the same time on Fridays.

Carrington will form part of a new Friday lineup with an extended Friday Night Is Music Night, which will air from 8pm to 10pm, incorporating the slot currently occupied by Listen to the Band.

His show, which he broadcasts from his home in Perthshire drawing on his extraordinary collection of more than 250,000 records, has aired on Radio 2 for 29 years. Carrington’s show began broadcasting on the station on Sundays in 1981 and remained in the same slot until 2004, when it moved to Tuesdays.

Radio 2 said Carrington would also work on further projects for the station, including a series on iconic music figures from the 1950s, to be transmitted later this year.

The BBC Trust said last week the station should do more to attract older listeners.

Cullum has previously presented the Best of Jazz on Radio 2. His new show will begin on 6 April.

A Radio 2 spokesman said Listen to the Band “remains a much-valued show and will be moving to a new home in the Radio 2 schedule, which will be announced shortly”.

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Musician Jamie Cullum is launching a new weekly jazz show on BBC Radio 2, it has been announced.

The programme will feature guest interviews, live performances and news from the jazz world.

“We’re going to present a show that will excite people’s ears and bring them into a scene they may not know about,” the star said.

Cullum, who recently married model Sophie Dahl, will start his new show on 6 April at 1900 GMT.

“It’s an extraordinary privilege to be able to present an hour of jazz and jazz-related music at such a civilised hour,” Cullum said.

He became a household name in 2003 with his album Twenty Something.

Desmond Carrington, who currently broadcasts his show on Tuesday evenings, is being moved to the weekend slot.

It will continue to be broadcast live from his home in Perthshire, where he plays records from his own unique record collection of more than 250,000 discs.

“When I was asked to introduce a record programme in 1981, the contract was for three months,” he said.

“With one or two changes, the latest being the move to Friday evenings at 1900 just after Easter – that three months will soon be 30 years.

“Thank you, Radio 2, for keeping me young.”


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