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4 March 2021

Jazz FM Celebrates International Women’s Day with a week of programmes and content

Includes Jazz FM Voices documentary: “Women in Music”

Special themed editions of regular programmes

Featuring charities that champion and support women

While International Women’s Day takes place on 8th March, Jazz FM is presenting a week of programmes and content to celebrate the innovative women of jazz, soul and blues, and charities that are doing vital work in the UK.

The weeklong season opens with Jazz FM Voices: “Women In Jazz”, hosted by journalist and broadcaster Lou Paley, which explores some of the women who played a pivotal role in shaping Jazz History. It closes with a broader look at “Women In Music” where singer and Jazz FM presenter China Moses, alongside her industry colleagues, explores the treatment of women in music, and what the future holds.

Elsewhere, the weekday 9pm and weekend “Discovery” programmes will theme their curations around IWD, while the daily Business Breakfast will feature a series of special guests including Helen Pankhurst, great granddaughter of suffragette Emeline Pankhurst, and women spearheading the call for more gender diversity at the top of the business world.

On IWD itself, the line-up of Jazz FM presenters including Clare Teal, Jez Nelson, John Osborne, Ruth Fisher, Mark Walker, Helen Mayhew and Sarah Ward will each select and pay tribute to ground-breaking female music icons.

And then Tuesday to Friday, the UK’s only national jazz, soul and blues radio brand will throw its weight behind charities that champion and support women on air, focusing on Walk the Walk, Sistah Space, Routes and Stonewall. On air we’ll share sound capsules from the organisations that highlight what they do and what IWD2021 theme of ‘Choose To Challenge’ means to them. Plus, on the Jazz FM Website there will be a more extensive hub to provide links and information from a wider range of charitable organisations.

Editor/Producer of Jazz FM Voices, Claire Umney says: “The jazz community is full of talented, strong, and passionate women – but the history and nature of the scene means we’re outnumbered, and don’t often enough get the respect we deserve. This IWD Jazz FM is inviting musicians, event producers, managers, activists, and CEOs to share their experiences, frustrations and hopes for the future… but why limit it to just one day? After all, we’ll still be women come 9th March.”


Jazz FM Celebrates International Women’s Day

programming highlights 8th – 14th March 2020

Saturday 6th March

9pm – Jazz FM Voices presents “Women in Jazz”: Join Lou Paley as she explores some of the women who played a pivotal role in shaping Jazz History. Expect record-scratched swinging tracks from vocalist Lil Hardin to Jazz Trumpeter and member of the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, Clora Byrant.  

Sunday 7th March

1am – Full Circle: Ruth Fisher talks with UK Jazz vocalist Deelee Dubee

10am – The Journey with Jeff Young: featuring an All Women Jazz Funk 40

2pm – John Osborne: The Trio at 3 will have an all-female artist who have had a huge influence on jazz, soul & blues.

7pm – The Clare Teal Show: The UK’s most pre-eminent female jazz singer presents and all female line up in her new Jazz FM show. Featuring lots of swing and big band. Including Mary Lou Williams and Maria Schneider, The International Sweethearts of Rhythm, The Ivy Benson Band, Eliane Elias, Georgina Jackson, Regina Carter and much more!

10pm – Somethin’ Else with Jez Nelson: with an hour dedicated to US vocalist and civil rights activist Abbey Lincoln

International Women’s Day Monday 8th March

6am-630am – The Business Breakfast with special guests Vicky Pryce – former Chief Economic Advisor to the government talking about women and capitalism and Helen Pankhurst (great granddaughter of Emeline Pankhurst) talking about Women Leaders.

9am-6pm – Jazz FM presenters personally select and pay tribute to their most important female icons throughout the day

6pm – Jazz FM’s Greatest: Mark Walker hosts an all-female line up

9pm – The Performance Series: Ruth Fisher presenters and hour of powerful live performances from an all-female line up

10pm – Late Night China Moses – A laid back mix of jazz and soul, with a touch of blues and R&B, featuring China’s ‘life songs’ from inspiring female musicians.

Tuesday 9th March

6am-630 – The Business Breakfast which today features Irene Molodtzov – CEO of Sia Partners – talking about the job bias against Women applying for Senior Roles and what should be done about it.

9am – 6pm – IWD Charity of the Day: Hear from ‘Walk the Walk’ Founder Nina Barough sharing her story behind the breast cancer charity taking to the pavements to raise awareness, and how the movement has grown internationally.

9pm – Jazz Travels with Sarah Ward: Sarah looks back at some of her former guests on Jazz Travels – exploring ground-breaking musicianship, innovative production, and inspiring activism! 

Wednesday 10th March

6am-630 – The Business Breakfast which today features Kate Willard, Ambassador for Women in Boards which sets out to encourage more women on boards.

9am-6pm – IWD Charity of the Day:  ‘Sistah Space’ CEO Ngozi Fulani talks about the work being done at the organization dedicated to tackling domestic abuse in African heritage homes, by supporting women and girls with little to no access to mainstreamed services.

9pm – The Big Easy: Women of New Orleans. Lil’ Koko presents an hour focusing on the music and lives of some of New Orleans’ most iconic female, and female identifying, performers. Including the the Soul Queen of New Orleans Irma Thomas and Tank and the Bangas in conversation.

Thursday 11th March

6am-630 – The Business Breakfast with Senior Director of Linkedin Janine Chamberlin talking about how female employment/job opportunities have been disproportionately affected by Covid +

9am-6pm – IWD Charity of the Day: We speak with ‘Routes’ Founder Daisy Jacobs, detailing how her organisation supports refugee and asylum-seeking women through spaces of joy and art and community.

9pm – True Brit with Helen Mayhew: It’s an all-female edition of True Brit, featuring some of our favourite homegrown musicians, all of whom just happen to be female. Including veterans like Dame Cleo Laine and Norma Winstone, plus young lionesses like Cassie Kinoshi and Nubya Garcia.

Friday 12th March

6am-630 – The Business Breakfast with a feature about women in STEM with the winner of the Young Woman Engineer of the Year Award

9am-6pm – IWD Charity of the Day: ‘Stonewall’ CEO Nancy Kelley discusses the importance of supporting the LGBTQ+ community and the value of an inclusive narrative, as she shares her journey as a lesbian in a narrow-minded world.

10pm – Late Night Jazz: Helen Mayhew presents a deep dive all-female line up in classic and contemporary jazz

Saturday 13th March

2pm – YolanDa Brown on Saturday: YolanDa’s artist of the week will be Sade. Plus, she’ll be highlighting her favourite female musicians that inspire and motivate her.

9pm – Jazz FM Voices presents Women in Music:  Along with her industry colleagues, China Moses explores the treatment of women working in music and what the future holds. Featuring interviews from managers, musicians, journalists and event producers, the ensemble will share honest experiences, and respond to the IWD2021 theme ‘Choose To Challenge’.

Sunday 14th March

5pm – Blues and Boogie: David Freeman talks to international blues icon Joanna Connor


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Amelia O’Shea – Bauer Media Communications Manager (Radio)

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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.

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