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11 October 2021

Comedy show “The Cabinet of Jazz” to air on Jazz FM

Ten-week comedy series hosted by Marcus Brigstocke

Based on the story of when Dizzy Gillespie ran for US President, Marcus inaugurates a President of the Week in front of a live studio audience

Confirmed presidents include comedians Stewart Lee and Isy Suttie, journalist Jay Rayner, musician Zara McFarlane and Hollywood actor Clarke Peters

This Autumn, Jazz FM will broadcast its first ever comedy series with ground-breaking new series “The Cabinet of Jazz” every Sunday evening from 17th October at 9pm, for the 10 weeks leading up to Christmas.

Based on the real-life run for president in 1964 by Grammy® winning jazz titan Dizzy Gillespie, the series will see self-confessed jazz nerd and occasional Jazz FM host, comedian Marcus Brigstocke ask a famous jazz fan or musician to suggest their cabinet of jazz musicians as they become US President for the week. 

Recorded in front of a live audience at Pizza Express Jazz Clubs in Soho and Holborn, the 60-minute programme will feature a diverse cross section of famous jazz-heads, from actors, comedians, broadcasters, journalists, and musicians themselves, kicking off with journalist Jay Rayner, plus comedians Isy Suttie and Stewart Lee, actor Clarke Peters and musicians Zara MacFarlane and Julian Joseph

The Cabinet of Jazz marks Jazz FM’s fourth Audio Content Fund funded series and is produced by Loftus Media. It also features a collaboration with jazz educators Tomorrow’s Warriors who have provided production support and live music for the events.

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts – who also devised the series – said: “This idea has been rattling around in my head for more than ten years and it is brilliant that we have been able to turn it into reality.  Loftus have created a perfect treatment and is has been exciting to see it come to life.

“Marcus is the perfect host and really allows him to bring his real inner geek to the surface and talk jazz with fellow nerds to much hilarity.  The audiences have been brilliant, very interactive and it makes a great listen that adds to our arsenal of ever-growing creative ways to talk about jazz music.”

Cabinet of Jazz Host Marcus Brigstocke said of the series: “This is so much fun to make and to listen to. The guests/appointed Presidents have all surprised me; not only with their choices for Cabinet positions but with the well-argued and funny cases they make for each selection.  The aim was always to give the listener a show that makes them laugh and then dash off to hear more music from these excellent artists and I really believe we’ve achieved that.”

Joanne Rowntree, MD of Loftus Media said: “It’s a real pleasure to team up with Jazz FM on this project, bringing our editorial expertise to help launch a new format. When we first heard the idea, it captured our entire team’s imagination; it’s such a playful way to explore jazz music, jazz stars and its fans. Marcus brings humour and warmth and listeners learn loads of interesting stuff too. For example, did you know that Elvin Jones had very specific synaesthesia where he would see particular colours when hearing a note; an F he would see as yellow, low D as purple! It’s a brilliant show to work on and we hope that the Jazz FM audience will love it as much as the live audiences have.”

Finally, Nick added: “This brings the curtain down on a tremendous set of programmes from across the year in this slot since January and has set the standard for what we commission and broadcast in 2022.  It has proven to be a highly successful strategy in exposure for Jazz FM and a rather unique approach to creating compelling content on commercial radio.”

Previous programmes in this slot over 2021 have seen a host of innovative programmes and legendary presenters take to the air to present stories and music passion, from David “Kid” Jensen and Sir Michael Parkinson’s series, to the landmark 10 part documentary ‘The Definitive History of Jazz In Britain’ hosted by new Mastermind presenter Clive Myrie alongside ‘The Lost Tapes’ which featured never-before-heard interviews with long since gone jazz legends Oscar Peterson, Sarah Vaughan and Art Blakey.

The Cabinet of Jazz with Marcus Brigstocke

Starting Sunday 17th October until 19th December between 9-10pm

Producer: Debbie Kilbride

Assistant Producers: Cheree Huston and Izzie Gardner

Researcher: Ben Selig

Sound Design: Dan King and Reuben Huxtable

Executive Producers: Nick Pitts, Joanne Rowntree and Alison Vernon-Smith


Ep 1 – Sunday 17th – JAY RAYNER

Ep 2 – Sunday 24th – ZARA McFARLANE

Ep 3 – Sunday 31st – STEWART LEE


Ep 4 – Sunday 7th – JULIAN JOSEPH

Ep 5 – Sunday 14th – ISY SUTTIE

Ep 6 – Sunday 21st – DENNIS BOVELL

Ep 7 – Sunday 28th – TBC


Ep 8 – Sunday 5th – GARY CROSBY OBE

Ep 9 – Sunday 12th – YOLANDA BROWN

Ep 10 – Sunday 19th – CLARKE PETERS


– ENDS –


For further press information, please contact: 
Amelia O’Shea – Head of Communications, Bauer Media Audio UK 
E: M: 07718 489342 

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

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 Loftus Media:

Loftus Media is an award-winning content production company whose credentials go back to 1997 when it was established as one of the first independent audio companies in the UK.

Clients include broadcasters, audio platforms, arts, cultural and science institutions, publishers, charities, think tanks and research foundations.

Beyond audio the company focuses on photography, digital content management and consultancy and is proud of its reputation for nurturing people and ideas whilst helping organisations to excel at content.

Loftus Media is one of the original host companies of the Multitrack Fellowship Scheme, is signed up to Equality in Audio Pact and a participant in 50:50 The Equality Project.




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