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Author: Rob Cope & Dan Farrant

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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.
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Sammy Stein

Sammy Stein

2020-10-3001:13:08

Sammy joins the show to share her career in writing with us. She has covered live gigs for the BBC, co-hosted radio shows, run a festival and have lots of on-going projects including writing for the Library of Congress. Here you can find out what's happening with her new book, Gender Disparity in UK Jazz, due for release this November 2020. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Graham South

Graham South

2020-10-1658:43

Graham South is a trumpeter and composer based in Manchester, UK. Since the mid-2000s he has been involved in a vast array of creative music-making. Whether as a founding and surviving member of Beats and Pieces Big Band, a composer/performer in the Vonnegut Collective or at the core of the Johnny Hunter Quartet, his contributions have become a mainstay of the scene in Manchester and beyond.Today, Graham joins the show to tell us about his new album, By and by,  its his debut album for the Graham South Quartet, featuring Richard Jones (piano), Seth Bennett (bass) and Johnny Hunter (drums). Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
We celebrate the release of John's new album by checking out a few of the tracks as well as chatting to the man himself. Dan is offered the chance to retrain as a coroner. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Gary Crosby

Gary Crosby

2020-09-0901:03:05

Gary Crosby joins the show to tell us all about his life, career, and being a key figure in the history of Tomorrow's Warriors. What an honour it is to talk to the man himself! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Claire Cope

Claire Cope

2020-08-2001:01:11

Claire joins the show to tell us about her debut  album, Small World, her debut album is out now. Dan moves house and we suspect he's now replastering a wall. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Moreira Chonguica

Moreira Chonguica

2020-07-3101:03:14

Today we welcome Moreira to the show for a chat about all things music. Born and based in Mozambique, its a joy to get over there and see what the music scene is all about. Also, Dan moves house.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Shirley Tetteh

Shirley Tetteh

2020-07-0359:04

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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Chris Hyson

Chris Hyson

2020-06-2351:17

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! Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Tom Varrall

Tom Varrall

2020-06-0301:29:55

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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Simon Purcell

Simon Purcell

2020-04-1701:18:02

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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Dave Douglas

Dave Douglas

2020-04-0201:09:53

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 Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Steve Waterman

Steve Waterman

2020-03-1201:01:16

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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
'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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Robin Phillips

Robin Phillips

2020-02-0846:53

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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Calum Gourlay

Calum Gourlay

2020-01-0701:16:58

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. Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Robert Mitchell

Robert Mitchell

2019-12-3158:55

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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Daniel Bennett

Daniel Bennett

2019-11-3050:53

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."  Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Malcolm Edmonstone

Malcolm Edmonstone

2019-11-1001:15:05

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!Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

2019-10-1136:32

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.Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
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).Support the show (https://www.patreon.com/thejazzpodcast)
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