Ten Jazz-ish radio shows that deserve a listen

23rd October 2018

Whilst music formats and music cultures will always keep us on our toes, the core soul of radio never changes; it gives us community when we’re alone, moves us, and feeds our imagination. We know broadcasters better than our neighbours. New radio platforms are being launched every week, meaning that some of the best shows can get lost in white noise. Here’s ten fine-tuned programmes that we recommend for Jazz-ish listeners, on both FM and internet.

Floating Roofs, NTS

Sunday morning is the ideal place for Teju Adeleye’s ambient voice and intriguing track selections. Highlight contemporary Jazz alongside some thoughtful throwback selections, her shows are a great weekend pitstop for live interviews and reflective listens.

When \\ Fortnightly, Sundays, 10AM

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Emma Warren, Worldwide FM

It’s hard to pick just one show on Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide FM, who celebrated two years this September. For us, Emma Warren’s two hour monthly residency is essential. From making her own zines and writing for THE FACE in the 90s, she continues to be an esteemed music journalist to the present day, launching her own Sweet Machine Publishing this year. Her integral Jazz and world selections, accompanied by in-depth interviews and live sessions with London up and comers, make her show a solid listen.

When: Second Friday of the month, 11AM BST

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Q.C with King Hippo, Lumpen Radio

Community station Lumpen Radio is based in Chicago’s Co-prosperity Sphere, a studio within a room of neon lights and gallery exhibitions that also provides live sessions for the station. Alejandro Ayala, AKA King Hippo, is one of the most respected tastemakers in America’s midwest and hosts Q.C fortnightly. He’s responsible for Hiatus Kaiyote’s first Chicago gig, and programmes Fresh Roasted, a regular event that sees producers create beats from live cuts in front of a live audience. Expect the sharpest Jazz, hip-hop and beatmakers from Chicago and around the world.

When: First and Third Wednesday of the month, 8PM CST

Listen to the first episode of our Supreme Standards podcast ft Sampa the Great

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Darker Than Wax, The Lot Radio \\ Singapore Community Radio \\ Worldwide FM

The Singapore-founded collective have scattered their six members around the globe since launching in 2011. They magnetise us towards South-East Asia’s electronic music with their label, DJ appearances and radio presence; sets from co-founder Dean Chew are some of the most unbarred, sonically expressive you will find, taking you on journeys from afro-boogie to deep soul and jazz. Their radio shows, broadcast from stations based in New York, Singapore and London, are testament to their global span, albeit with a rewarding South-East Asian centrepoint.  

When: The Lot Radio, every Saturday, 12-2PM EST \\ Singapore Community Radio, every Wednesday and Thursday \\ Worldwide FM, third Tuesday of the month

Jamz Supanova, BBC 1xtra

DJ Jamz Supanova has developed a reliable reputation for presenting trap, bass, house and alternative R&B that’s inviting no matter what you entry point is. She’s also been one of BBC Radio’s most active supporters of the the UK’s Club-Jazz movement, having had Joe Armon-Jones, Children of Zeus and Bradley Zero in the studio for sessions and interviews. Catch her supporting Ezra Collective in London this November.

When: BBC 1xtra, Saturdays and Sundays from 1PM

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Femi Koleoso, Reprezent Radio

The Ezra Collective, Jorja Smith and Nubya Garcia drummer has been the influencer of UK Jazz is 2018. He’s championed not only for his skills behind the kit – watch his solo performance for the Champions League advert – but his straight-talking Insta-stories, too. Find him talking about everything from youth crime to his family’s cooking traditions. He’s even taken over stories for the likes of Vanity Fair. On radio, his track selections and chat are sincere and unrestrained. You feel like you’re listening to your best mate with a wicked music taste. 

When: Thursdays, fortnightly, 2PM

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Better Days, Reform Radio 

Proudly Mancunian, proudly celebratory of the music they champions, Pablo Blanquito and Chris E are northern England’s senior prefects for underground Jazz, soul, hip-hop and beyond. They also throw intimate free parties in Manchester which are multi generational and genre diverse. These are two men in love with the music they play out, and the affection is infectious.

When: Fourth Saturday of the month, 1-3PM

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Counterpoint, Soho Radio

Launching this Summer, Delia Teșileanu is one of London’s young unsung heroes when it comes to championing new music. A team member of various labels – Wah Wah 45s, First Word Records and Total Refreshment Records – she provides Monday lunchtime rest-bite with her music and chat based show. With an emphasis on honest conversation and story-telling, she explores music with carefully selected guests through a kaleidoscope of perspectives, whether they be cultural, medical, anthropological or spiritual.

When: Mondays, 12-2PM.

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Musica Macondo, Jazz FM

Founder of global music platform Musica Macondo, host Tim Garcia is one of Jazz FM’s most on-the-pulse broadcasters on the station when it comes to new music. His show is a journey through fresh Jazz-centric releases spanning to afro, electronic, latin and outernational sounds. Guests have included Yazz Ahmed and Tahira.

When: Weekly, Saturdays (Friday nights), 1AM

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Women in Jazz, Soho Radio

Nina Fine and Louise Paley are preparing for their first major event; a three day festival championing the UK’s female Jazz pioneers. In the meantime, they’re presenting a six month residency on Soho Radio with live guests. Shows are inclusive, celebratory and inviting. Expect live guests and updates in contemporary Jazz.

When: Last Friday of the month

3 Comments on “Ten Jazz-ish radio shows that deserve a listen”

  1. Great list of shows here, and some lovely and very knowledgable presenters to boot. I’m going to be a bit brassy here and suggest my own show, The Illicit Grooves Radio Show on Starpoint Radio every Saturday from 11am-1pm GMT playing Grooves For The Global leftfield #g4gl

    I am clearly biaised lol

  2. Deniece Barnes says:

    Here’s one to listen to as well! I host the nationally syndicated “IN THE KNOW” Radio Magazine Show. The “jazzy” show airing LIVE Fridays on WRFN Radio Free Nashville 103.7 FM 107.1 FM Nashville/Pasquo, Tennessee. Airs Wednesdays, 1-3 pm E/T 99.3 WBTV Burlington, VA. Take a listen! https://soundcloud.com/deniece-ward-barnes

  3. Sedgewick says:

    You need to check out “IN THE KNOW ” The Jazzy” Radio Magazine show formally” Deferences “radio Magazine show airing since 2008 ! Bringing you the best in jazz, Hip Hop Jazz and Jazz classics r&b and soul classics with some of the best interviews in Entertainment, Health,Food,Fashion , lifestyles and Community Affairs!

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