Chatting about jazz and musical junctions - talking with special guests, listeners and musicians. And don't miss the Watford Jazz Junction festival (held during May in the UK).
Chatting with Shri, one of the world's most spiritual and compelling musicians
In our series 5 finale, we're joined by composer, producer and uncategorisable musician Shri Sriram.We chat about the value placed on music by society. We chat about bridging the music of India and the rest of the world. We chat about drum n bass, "jazz", classical music, jamming, not being able to read Western music, the inspiration of the Himalayas and so much more.He also shares one of the most amazing jazz stories we've ever heard as 19-year old Shri finds himself sitting down with Alice Coltrane and then being 'stuck' on stage with Al Jarreau with just a bass, a mic and an expectant audience!Album recommendations include:The Letter by Shri (2020) released on JazzlandSigns by Badmarsh and Shri (2001) released on Outcaste RecordsThe Inner Mounting Flame by The Mahavishnu Orchestra (1971) released on ColumbiaWho's To Know by L Shankar (1981) released on ECM RecordsMachine Head by Deep Purple (1972) released on PurpleFind out more about Shri at www.shri.co.ukPresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded July 2021.
Comparing the worlds of jazz & classical music with soprano Charlotte Newstead
In this episode, Chris is joined by soprano singer Charlotte Newstead for a ranging discussion around improvisation and performance.Comparing and contrasting the experiences of the classical world and the jazz world they explore the influence of JS Bach and Charlie Parker, tackle the risks of musical freedom & musical exactness, and generally have a good giggle!Find out more about Charlotte at www.charlottenewstead.co.ukPresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded June 2021.
Chatting with trumpeter, singer & bandleader Georgina Jackson about big bands, leading bands and women in jazz
Georgina Jackson joins us for a very energised chat about jazz life in Watford and on the high seas!There's chat about flugel horns, making it in a big band, combining trumpeting and singing, leading your own band and ultimately enjoying what you do.There's another tremendous top ten quiz challenge, fantasy house band review (sorry James Morrison - it was her, not me!) and insights into her career and influences.Georgina's Top 3 Album recommendations include:It Might As Well Be Swing by Frank Sinatra & Count Basie (1964) released on RepriseThe Complete Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong on Verve (originally released 1956-58) released on Verve in 1997Here's to Life by Shirley Horn (1992) released on VervePresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded June 2021.
Chatting with acclaimed jazz singer Luca Manning about the jazz scenes in London & Scotland and being your true self
Luca Manning is this week's special guest.A Glaswegian born singer of growing renown we talk about his journey into jazz via soul, singing with NYJO, developing his style with Fergus McCreadie, playing at Ronnie Scott's and finding his feet on the UK jazz scene.He also fearlessly faces our inaugural Glasgow's Miles Better & Stars of Scottish Jazz Hot Question Frenzy Quiz Special and introduces a writing element to the house band.Luca's album recommendations include:grae by Moses Sumney (2020), released on JagjaguwarOnce to Every Heart by Mark Murphy (2005), released on VerveLianne La Havas by Lianne La Havas (2020), released on WarnerPresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded June 2021.
Chatting with the owner of London's 606 Jazz Club Steve Rubie about the London jazz scene, Ronnie Scott, and programming live jazz
In this very entertaining episode, Chris in joined by Steve Rubie, owner of the 606 Club in London.As a programmer, a promoter, musician and one-time chef, Steve looks back across a 40-year career running Chelsea's most famous club. He talks about mentoring Ronnie Scott gave him in the early days and reflects on loads of wonderful musicians who've played at his club over the years.He also bravely takes on our culinary-jazz quiz, picking dishes to please the palettes of some of the world's true legends.Amongst lots of album references, Steve recommends:Under Milk Wood by Stan Tracey (1965) released on ColumbiaThe entire Charlie Parker back catalogue(!!)Flute and Nut by Harold McNair (1970) released on RCAPresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded May 2021.
Chatting with Jasdeep Singh Degun about playing the sitar, Indian classical music and jazz collaborations
Chris chats with sitar supremo and composer Jasdeep Singh Degun about all his musical junctions across Indian classical music, classical music, rock and, of course, jazz.Jasdeep talks about the complexities of collaboration, the heritage of the sitar and its place in the Indian classical music canon, the role of philosophy in his musical approach, and explains more about his current compositions.We also undertake our inaugural 'Ravi or Not Hear I Strum' mega quiz challenge. Of course.His album recommendations include:Pure by Kaushiki Chakrabarty (2004) on Sense World MusicRise by Anoushka Shankar (2005) on Angel RecordsImmigrants Nitin Sawhney (2021) on MasterworksPresenter: Chris NewsteadTheme: by SoundWorkLab, licensed through AudioJungle.Recorded May 2021.