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David “Kid” Jensen joins Jazz FM

A new 6-part series of hand-picked music from David’s first musical love: jazz

Features classic jazz and some contemporary surprises from all four corners of the globe

Jazz FM will also team up with Parkinson’s UK, for which David is an Ambassador, to highlight the charity’s work to develop better treatments and a cure for the condition

Broadcasting legend David “Kid” Jensen will be delving into his extensive jazz collection in a new series of programmes for Jazz FM, from Sunday 21st February.

David has been broadcasting for over 50 years on some of the UK’s biggest radio stations such as Radio Luxembourg, Radio’s 1 and 2 and Capital Radio and fronting TV music shows like Top Of The Pops, but for six weeks he will be treating us to a hand-picked selection of his first love – jazz music.

David’s recent autobiography – For The Record – tells how he was brought up by his trumpet playing professional jazz musician father in his homeland Canada and how he wished to be a radio DJ who broadcast jazz music, which he finally did (with classical music) on CJOV FM in the mid 1960’s.  He also presented on the short-lived UK DAB service The Jazz between 2006 and 2008 and plays the tenor sax for relaxation.

However, David – nicknamed ‘Kid’ because he was the youngest radio presenter in Europe at the time and it has stayed with him ever since – mainly had a career playing pop and rock music becoming better known for championing new bands like The Grateful Dead, The Police and Duran Duran. 

Of his new Jazz FM show and passion for the music he will play, David says:  “I made my BOAC maiden flight in 1968, landing in London with a toothbrush and a pocket full of dreams and I used to love strolling down Wardour Street, loving venues like Revolution, Ronnie Scott’s, The Cromwellian and the Speakeasy. Jazz was everywhere and so was I and I’ve loved it ever since. Finally getting a programme on Jazz FM, means I’ve gone full circle now and couldn't be happier”. 

David has been living with Parkinson’s for ten years, and since announcing his diagnosis in 2018, he has subsequently become an ambassador for Parkinson’s UK. Jazz FM will also be linking up with the charity over the duration of the series to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and the need to drive forward pioneering research projects supported by the charity. The programme will include trailers and features about Parkinson’s, and listeners will also hear from David himself. 

On working with Jazz FM, Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Engagement at Parkinson's UK said: 

"David is a brilliant ambassador for Parkinson's UK and since his diagnosis, has not let Parkinson's stop him or get in the way of his love for music and radio. We are incredibly grateful for his support in helping us increase understanding of this often-misunderstood condition.  While there is currently no cure for Parkinson's and current treatments are simply not good enough, we do believe we're on the verge of major research breakthroughs. We're investing in promising studies to deliver a new treatment by the end of 2024. And with generous support from Jazz FM, Kid and the wider public, we can find a cure." 

Jazz FM’s Content Director Nick Pitts adds: “I’ve known David for a long time having worked with him for many years almost two decades ago.  To be able to give David the chance to stretch his wings and play his go-to favourite music from his extensive jazz collection is a dream come true for both myself and David, and having seen his initial selection I know there will be some really surprising choices in there to blow the mind.  It will be a real eye opening must listen from David.  

“To also be able to team up with the charity close to David’s heart - Parkinson’s UK - to give him and them an opportunity to educate and inform our listeners on this neurological condition that affects 1 in every 350 people is a real opportunity that I’m pleased we can help and make happen.”

“David Jensen’s Jazz”
starts on Sunday 21
st February until Sunday 28th March (6 weeks) from 9-10pm

 

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For further press information, please contact: 

Cat Martin – Bauer Media Communications Director (Radio) 

M: 07932 746 363 

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

M: 07718 489342

For more information about Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK, please contact the Parkinson's UK press office on 020 7963 9370 or pr@parkinsons.org.uk 

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 Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK:

Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Around 145,000 people in the UK have Parkinson’s.

For more facts and statistics, please click here.

Further information, advice and support is available on our website, www.parkinsons.org.uk.