NEWS: BBC Radio, Jazz FM + EFG LJF will launch temporary digital station BBC Music Jazz

BBC Radio has announced that it will be working with Jazz FM and EFG London Jazz Festival to launch a temporary Jazz Pop-up digital radio station, BBC Music Jazz. BBC Music Jazz will run from 12th November to 15th November offering continuous jazz content.

The service will be available on digital radio platforms, online in the UK and globally and via the BBC iplayer radio app labelled as BBC Music Jazz. It will also be available on demand for 30 days. 

The lengthy press release also flags up - among other things -  the following:

- This is a ground-breaking BBC Music collaboration with Jazz FM.

- It is the first time BBC Radio will work with Jazz FM to offer shared content for audiences

-Presenters include; Jamie Cullum, Julian Joseph, Clare Teal, Craig Charles, Helen Mayhew, Jez Nelson, Geoffrey Smith, Claire Martin, Chris Philips, Alyn Shipton and many other household names.

- ‘50 Greatest Jazz Figures’ vote will be launched. BBC Radio 3’s Geoffrey Smith with special guest and Jazz FM presenter Helen Mayhew will present the ‘50 Greatest Jazz Artists’. The programme will be broadcast daily on the pop-up station with audiences invited to vote.

- BBC Radio 3’s live coverage of the EFG London Jazz Festival 2015 to be simulcast

- Jazz FM’s rare archive coverage of Ella Fitzgerald in concert from the 1990s available.

- Temporary jazz pop-up station to be called ‘BBC Music Jazz’ and to run from 2pm on Thursday 12th November 2015 – midnight Sunday 15th November 2015.BBC Radio 2’s Jamie Cullum will open proceedings at 2pm on Thursday 12th November with a celebration of live performance

- ‘BBC Music Jazz’ will also feature jazz masterclasses with leading figures such as sax with Tommy Smith presented by Julian Joseph, bass with Lawrence Cottle presented by Kevin LeGendre and trombone with Dennis Rollins presented by Jez Nelson.

-  A programme ‘BBC Jazz around the Country’ will also be a celebration of UK jazz highlights from Gateshead to Belfast, Brecon, Manchester, Glasgow and Glynde.

- There will also be programming on the eve of the search for BBC Four’s BBC Young Jazz Musician 2016. ‘BBC Music Jazz’ will include performances from the award’s inaugural winner from 2014, Alexander Bone.

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