Jazz FM is the UK’s largest jazz media celebrating the broad spectrum of jazz, soul and blues across the UK and the world
We are the home of jazz, soul and blues. Our musical output is unique and is a mixture of truly eclectic new music and well-known pieces by the legends of jazz, selected by the UK's finest presenters, each experts in their field. Every night of the week there’s a magical collection of specialist programmes followed by mellow music in Dinner Jazz while weekends provide landmark moments of musical discovery.
The Jazz FM playlist is one of the most innovative in UK radio. Not only do we celebrate the heritage of the music but we introduce our music-hungry audience to thousands of new artists and compositions each and every year. Gregory Porter and Kamasi Washington got their first major exposure on Jazz FM before going on to conquer the world.
Each week we also broadcast over 40 hours of musical discovery from presenters such as Jez Nelson, Helen Mayhew, Chris Philips, David Freeman, Sarah Ward and Jeff Young amongst others, each with their personally curated playlists. The wide range of musical colour is represented from world music to the avant garde via electronica and blues.
Staple-programming in the form of Dinner Jazz and Late Night China Moses provide a nightly relaxing opportunity to discover while you unwind.
Performance is at the centre of jazz, and we reflect this in various ways across the station, from programmes that celebrate nothing but live music, be it concert, studio or session material to interviews with those at the coalface. In the last 12 months we’ve welcomed over 60 live sessions into our Yamaha Live performance space while we’ve entertained over 300 interviews.
Jazz FM co-founded the Love Supreme Jazz Festival in Glynde, East Sussex, and each year we support this on-air and online with continuous live broadcasts from the sun-drenched arena over the first weekend of July featuring live interviews and multiple performances from the multiple stages across the festival. We also support small, medium and large concerts and venues right across the UK to ensure that the jazz community is always at the centre of what we do.
The Jazz FM Awards
The Jazz FM Awards celebrate the best in contemporary jazz, soul and blues from rising stars to international musicians and established British artists. Now firmly established in the UK and international jazz calendar, previous winners and performers at this star-studded event have included The Rolling Stones, Pat Metheny, Dame Cleo Laine, George Benson, Georgie Fame, Gregory Porter, Esperanza Spalding, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Ramsey Lewis and Jamie Cullum who have joined us from all four corners of the globe for the central London event.
Our award-winning take on outside broadcasts means that we are the go-to brand to be part of an event. Not only do we broadcast from the Love Supreme Jazz Festival but we are one of the broadcast partners of the annual EFG London Jazz Festival alongside jazz festivals in St Lucia, Lviv (Ukraine), New Orleans and so many more. We also travel all over the world with various tourism brands presenting our programmes from international destinations such as Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, the USA, Italy and Oman.