Friday, 30 September 2011

Jamie Cullum's radio show goes round the world!

Further information on the news earlier this week

Jamie Cullum is to launch his award winning BBC Radio 2 show to radio stations around the world. His eponymous weekly jazz show broadcast on Britain’s most listened to network is now available to license internationally.

Jamie Cullum on BBC Radio 2 is a place where Jamie shares his genuine passion for music. It showcases his love for all types of jazz and music rooted in jazz, from its heritage to its future. 

Each week Jamie will be bringing you a vibrant mix of new releases, cherished tunes from his own record collection, hidden gems from the BBC archives, interviews and backstage insights from his life on the road. There are exclusive live sessions from his favourite bands recorded at the BBC's iconic Maida Vale Radio Studios which, over time, has hosted sessions by amongst others The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Bing Crosby and Jimi Hendrix. There are unique performances at his own piano and collaborations with guests. 

When speaking about his new venture Cullum said: “I’m thrilled to have a new platform through which to share different types of music with an audience around the world, and to hear about new music from listeners everywhere.” By way of illustration, for a recent show, Jamie headed to Brazil to meet up with Joyce, and Ethiopia to interview Mulatu Astatke, who also recorded a live session, as did The Heliocentrics and Grammy winner Esperanza Spalding. He travelled to LA to interview Clint Eastwood and Dave Brubeck, to Tokyo to record an exclusive performance with Soil & Pimp Sessions and has interviewed back stage at the prestigious Newport and Cheltenham Jazz Festivals. In London he has interviewed Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny and most surprisingly, jazz loving Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich. 

The show, which has already picked up two prizes at the New York Festivals Radio Awards, is produced by Karen Pearson at Folded Wing. The pair previously worked together on other projects including the UK’s BBC Electric Proms. Karen says, "I'm really excited to have been producing the show with Jamie for a whole year now and can't wait to take it to international audiences around the globe. Jamie's love for and knowledge of music is incredible and the opportunity to help communicate this passion via the Jamie Cullum show is a very special experience, and makes for great radio.” 

Jamie’s broadcasting career is not new. Q on 2 (for BBC Radio 2), for which Jamie interviewed the great Quincy Jones, and 50 Years of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club both won World Medals at the New York Radio Awards.

He cemented his relationship with the BBC by guest presenting a number of documentaries for the corporation, notably on Herbie Hancock, Jimi Hendrix, 70 Years of Cool (the story of Blue Note Records) and Montreux And All That Jazz (the story of the Montreux Jazz Festival).

As both a musician and music fan, Jamie’s witty, personal stories help paint interesting pictures, bringing music to life for†the listener. With this unique musical perspective The Jamie Cullum Show makes great radio for a truly global audience.

Canada's JAZZ.91FM - Show starts October 1st with Pat Metheny show

France's TSF Jazz - Show starts October 9th w/ Cannonball Adderley Archive show 

From then on it will be weekly with Lars Ulrich show, Wynton Marsalis etc

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