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7 November 2022

Clive Myrie to host joint Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 project

Clive Myrie

Journalist, presenter and jazz lover Clive Myrie to host a ten-part series of short features across both networks

The series has been created to celebrate 30 years of the EFG London Jazz Festival

‘Clive Myrie’s 10 Essential Jazz Albums’ will be heard on both networks from Friday 11th November until Sunday 20th November

Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 are once again breaking new ground with a joint broadcast collaboration to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the EFG London Jazz Festival, via a series of 10 short features fronted by broadcaster Clive Myrie.

In the series – to be broadcast daily on both networks from Friday 11th to Sunday 20th November – Journalist and Mastermind host Clive will present “Clive Myrie’s 10 Essential Jazz Albums” in which he will play a piece of music from each of the albums he believes should be in every jazz lover’s collection.

The series – commissioned by Nick Pitts for Jazz FM and Janet Tuppen at BBC Radio 3 – came from an idea of both networks wanting to work with the super-busy Clive and his passion for jazz music.  Clive has previously hosted some of the jazz themed BBC Proms as broadcast on BBC TV, the landmark ten-part series ‘The Definitive History of Jazz in Britain’ for Jazz FM in 2020, and most recently ‘The Truth About Jazz’ on BBC World Service.

In ‘Clive Myrie’s 10 Essential Jazz Albums’, he will feature recordings from Pharoah Sanders, Della Reese and Nubya Garcia along with many others.  It will broadcast nightly on Jazz FM at 1850 and on BBC Radio 3 on weekdays on In Tune at 1820 and on Weekend Breakfast at 0840, from 11-20th November.

Of the series, host and curator Clive Myrie said “Two of my favourite radio stations and ten of my favourite jazz albums! What’s not to like? It’s wonderful to be part of this brilliant collaboration between Radio 3 and Jazz FM.  It was a privilege to be asked to work on this series. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy whittling down my jazz collection and a lifetime of jazz listening to just 10 albums, and 10 tracks. I hope everyone enjoys the selection though I’m sure there’ll be fierce debate about the final choice.”

BBC Radio 3 Controller Alan Davey said “At Radio 3 we are fans of all kinds of music and we love working with colleagues in the music industry to make sure audiences have access to the most carefully curated, exciting, and stimulating output across a variety of genres. We are therefore delighted to partner once again with those brilliant, lovely people at Jazz FM for this year’s EFG London Jazz Festival, to present jazz chosen by none other than Clive Myrie. Clive is a friend of Radio 3, a regular Proms TV presenter, and a music lover. I look forward to listening to his jazz choices on our airwaves and on those of our friends and partners at Jazz FM.”

Nick Pitts, Content Director of Jazz FM and Scala Radio added “This is a unique partnership that is built on years of respect, and the chance to work in collaboration with our friends Alan, Janet and all at Radio 3 – and of course Clive again – is always welcome. This innovative series of shorts is an example of a simple but incredibly effective piece of programming that all jazz lovers will enjoy, plus it gives Clive a chance to remind people of his unbridled knowledge of jazz, wherever they listen. ”

Also, as part of the two radio stations output based around the EFG London Jazz Festival, Radio 3 will broadcast ‘Jazz All Night’, a six-hour celebration of jazz from 1am on Saturday 12th November.

‘Jazz All Night’ will feature specially-commissioned artist-curated mixtapes from the likes of Courtney Pine and Jamz Supernova, alongside a 30-minute special edition of Jazz FM’s Lost Tapes series featuring three previously unheard interviews from the archive, from the 1950’s to the 1970’s, with Art Blakey, Oscar Peterson and Sarah Vaughan.


Clive Myrie’s 10 Essential Jazz Albums

Friday 11th to Sunday 20th November inclusive

Jazz FM – each evening at 1850

Radio 3 – on In Tune weekdays from Friday 11 to Friday 18 November at 1820,

and on Weekend Breakfast Saturday 12 & 19, and Sunday 13 & 20 at 0840

Following transmission, it will then be available to listen to on BBC Sounds
and Jazz FM’s App for 30 days

Host – Clive Myrie

Producer – Rick Simmonds

Exec Producers – Janet Tuppen (Radio 3) and Nick Pitts (Jazz FM)

A Jazz FM/Radio 3 Joint Production

Albums featured:

Miles Davis – ‘Porgy and Bess’

John Coltrane Qaurtet – ‘Africa/Brass’

Nala Sinephro – ‘Space 1.8’

Art Blakey – ‘A Night In Tunisia’

Pharoah Sanders – ‘Journey To The One’

Dizzy Gillespie – ‘Dizzy On The French Riviera’

Nubya Garcia – ‘Source’

Lee Morgan – ‘Search For The New Land’

Vijay Iyer Trio – ‘Historicity’

Della Reese – ‘Blue Skies’


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For further press information, please contact:

Beth McDonald – Communications Manager, Bauer Media Audio UK
E: M: 07513 823447

Cat Martin – Communications Director, Bauer Media Audio
E: M: 07932 746 363

Eleonora Claps – Publicist – BBC Radio 3

E:  M: 07753 302778


About Jazz FM:

Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990.  Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular Jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone.

As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this – setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.

No matter how people tune-in they always listen in colour.


About BBC Radio 3:

We believe arts and music make the world a better place by bringing people together through shared experience and understanding, providing a place of inspiration, and a means to navigate a complex world.

At BBC Radio 3 we want to enable as many people as possible to have life changing musical and arts experiences. We aim to provide listeners with time out from a busy world through full-length artistic performances and slow radio that takes the time it takes.

We pride ourselves on being a commissioner and interpreter of complex culture; shining a new light on well-loved artistic works and investing in new artistic talent to bring cutting edge work to audiences everywhere.

We are one of the most significant commissioners of contemporary classical music anywhere in the world and the biggest broadcaster of live classical concerts including the BBC Proms.

From classical music to arts discussion, documentaries to essays, drama to sound art, video games and film music, to jazz, world, ambient, electronic and the avant-garde, there is a Radio 3 for everybody – we welcome you to join us on BBC Sounds, DAB, online, and on FM.

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