Radio 3 launches Jazz Now

A new contemporary jazz programme begins on Monday nights in April

Published: March 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm

Radio 3 is launching Jazz Now, a new weekly series that looks at cutting-edge contemporary jazz, on 4 April at 11pm. From experimental improvisation in underground clubs to big-name artists in concert halls, Jazz Now looks at today’s vibrant jazz scene. The programme, presented by saxophonist Soweto Kinch, jazz singer Emma Smith and trumpeter Al Ryan, features in-house sessions, artist interviews and regular masterclasses.


‘This is a brilliant opportunity to reach out to new audiences, discover new voices, and to shake up our jazz world with a bit of controversy,’ says Kinch.

Radio 3 controller Alan Davey says: ‘The underground and emerging jazz and wider contemporary music scene is really exciting right now and Radio 3’s mission is to connect our audience with remarkable music and culture.’

Highlights on Jazz Now include:

4 April The opening programme includes a performance from London’s Kings Place by British trio Malija. The episode also includes an interview with Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen, a regular recording artist on the ECM label.

11 April A performance by Norwegian pianist Bugge Wesseltoft at Southampton's Turner Sims Hall

18 April A preview of the BBC Young Musician Jazz Award 2016 including an interview with last year’s winner Alexander Bone


25 April The world premiere of Hans Koller’s Twelve Re-inventions for George Russell


Neil McKimFormer Production Editor, BBC Music Magazine

Neil McKim is the former Production Editor of BBC Music Magazine. He is now the production editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

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