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  1. BBC Introducing at the 2014 Manchester Jazz Festival

    Thursday 24 July 2014, 11:41

    Jez Nelson Jez Nelson Radio 3 Presenter

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    Jez Nelson introduces four of the country's most exciting emerging jazz acts.

    Brassy B Brassy B

    There was a moment during opening group Brassy B’s set on this special gig where I thought to myself “Yep, this is what BBC Introducing is all about”. A ten piece brass band, nine of them teenagers, blowing the funk out of some classy original tunes. It was a cracking start to a night that was yet another reminder of how much great, young talent there is on the UK Jazz scene.

    Moss Freed Moss Freed

    I enjoyed Moss Freed's Moss Project album What Do You See When You Close Your Eyes? but seeing them live really brought the music to another level I thought - particularly Moss’ guitar playing which really cut through but always stayed just the right side of 'rocking out'.

    Peter Edwards Trio Peter Edwards Trio

    It was my first time seeing the Peter Edwards Trio live and another real treat. Before the gig I asked drummer Moses Boyd what I might ask Peter in an on stage chat. “Piano, piano, piano” he said. “Put him on the spot and ask him his three favourite pianists”. So that’s what I did and he listed Herbie Hancock, Ahmad Jamal and Horace Silver before playing a short extract of Silver’s Song For...

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  2. CC 2014 #25 India

    Tuesday 22 July 2014, 14:47

    Donald MacInnes Donald MacInnes Commonwealth Connections Producer

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    On a stiflingly hot April morning we made our way through the traffic jammed streets of Mumbai to visit one of India’s most distinguished classical musicians, the violinist and singer Kala Ramnath.

    Mumbai Traffic

    After a warm welcome and some even warmer samosas, we made a start. Kala lives in a small flat and we had two rooms to choose from one at the back of her flat and one at the front. Neither room was ideal as at the front there was incessant traffic noise and at the back there was major building works going on with drills, banging and lorries reversing. We settled on the back room in the hope that the workers would stop for an early lunch to avoid the midday sun. Unfortunately it’s not only mad dogs and Englishmen who go out in the midday sun – Indian builders do too – so we had to pause often for particularly loud bangs and drills and record as much as possible in the short periods between the loudest noises.

    Having only a passing knowledge of Indian classical music, this was a real education for me. The great thing about being a BBC producer, is that you get to meet wonderful musicians...

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  3. Digital Proms 2014

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Andrew Caspari Andrew Caspari

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    Throughout the nearly 90 year history of the BBC Proms we have always done new things each year both with the programme of concerts and the way in which we bring them to audiences.  Our digital innovations have been an important element of this in recent years.  These range from the first Proms website to online ticket sales and then broadcasting in HD sound online which has made listening online the highest quality audio available.

    The season that launches tonight brings with it a raft of new digital offers that will increase the ways in which Proms content can be discovered and enjoyed on all platforms.  Here are some highlights which we hope you will use and tell us about:

    More Proms to listen to and watch

    Every Prom Concert will be available to listen to on demand for longer than ever before in HD Sound.  This means many more concerts will be available than in previous years.

    The Radio 3 website will offer a range of collections of performance highlights.

    There will be more Proms to watch as well.  On BBC iPlayer (TV) there will be extensive collections of filmed high profile Proms performances and New Commissions.  You will also be able to catch up with the BBC Two...

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  4. CC 2014 #22 Seychelles

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Lindsay Pell Lindsay Pell Senior Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    Humid heat, torrential rain and crowds upon crowds of party-goers all hit the one street town of Victoria on the opening day of Seychelles Carnival parade.

    Seychelles CC #22 1 Seychelles Carnival parade

    Like most people the only thing I associated with the Seychelles before researching this programme was luxury holidays and the vision of millionaire yachts moored off perfect beaches. I wasn't quite expecting rain showers on a monsoon scale which hemmed us into our apartment, turning the baking heat outside into a steaming...

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  5. CC 2014 #24 Zambia

    Friday 18 July 2014, 17:17

    Lindsay Pell Lindsay Pell Senior Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    If we had known we would meet royalty while in Zambia, we might have dressed up a bit.

    CC 2014 #24 Zambia 1

    Arriving in the 700 year old Mukuni village outside Livingstone, sound engineer Martin Appleby and I were led through a tiny thatched hut and met by the Palace Choir singing a welcome song in two lines like a sort of guard of honour for us. As it turns out this was also the signal to the 'palace' that we were approaching. 

    CC 2014 #24 Zambia 2

    The palace as it turned out was yet another little thatched hut behind a straw wall...

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  6. BBC Proms in 4.0

    Friday 18 July 2014, 12:23

    Rupert Brun Rupert Brun Head of Technology, BBC Radio

    Rupert Brun, Head of Technology for BBC Radio, invites you to participate in a surround sound experiment with BBC Radio 3 and BBC R&D.

    Proms Mixing Desk

    What’s happening?

    We will make some of the BBC Proms concerts available in surround sound this summer. To hear them you will need an internet connection, a computer with a suitable web browser, a surround sound card or HDMI output and a surround sound system with at least four speakers. You can find out more about the technical requirements by reading the FAQ.

    Radio 3 Audio Innovation

    Radio 3 always tries to bring the listener at home an exciting, immersive...

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  7. CC 2014 #23 Bangladesh

    Monday 7 July 2014, 20:13

    Laura Metcalfe Laura Metcalfe Producer, Commonwealth Connections

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    Horn honking here is a significant pass time, and we didn’t leave Bangladesh with a single recording whether music, interview or wild track without some kind of horn or tuk tuk bell on it.

    As sound engineer Rob Winter and I edge forward in the 40 degree heat a traffic policeman does his best to direct the cars, carts and ramshackle buses into their designated lanes. He waves his arms around with absolutely no effect whatsoever – eventually he sees a driver he knows and wanders over for a chat, whilst...

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  8. Music in the Great War and Dr Kate Kennedy

    Thursday 3 July 2014, 11:29

    Sarah Walker Sarah Walker Presenter, Essential Classics

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    Kate Kennedy Kate Kennedy

    Karg-Elert…Eisler…Reger…not names we encounter very often here on Essential Classics. But Radio 3’s focus on the music of World War 1 has given us opportunities to cast our net wider and pull in some hidden gems across the World War I season. Finding pieces like Reger’s Hebbel Requiem is partly thanks to our studio guest last week  – Dr Kate Kennedy of Cambridge University, who explained the background to this piece, putting her finger on its underlying message, that sometimes grief should be sustained, not assuaged. Kate Kennedy also found us a rather touching song...

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  9. A centenary celebration for Sun Ra

    Monday 30 June 2014, 17:14

    Joby Waldman Joby Waldman Producer

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    Recorded in session for Jazz on 3 at Livingston Studios, London on 18 June 2014

    About a year ago Jez Nelson handed me an interview he had done with Sun Ra in 1990. I still remember where I was when I listened to it, and the sheer inspiration I felt afterwards. I had been aware of Sun Ra's music and his strange sci-fi persona, but didn't quite get how the two fitted together. But on closer listening, and subsequent reading the penny dropped – here was a true visionary with a complete view of music as a force for social change.

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    Jez Nelson reflects on his interview with the jazz musician and...

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  10. A meditation on my experience with the Sun Ra Arkestra

    Monday 30 June 2014, 15:28

    Shabaka Hutchings Shabaka Hutchings Musician

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    Jazz on 3 invited UK reeds player Shabaka Hutchings to sit in with the Arkestra for their Sun Ra centenary session. On 17th June 2014 Shabaka joined the band for a rehearsal followed by a concert and the subsequent day went into the studio with the band. shabaka knoel

    I've always been attracted to the rebels. Not the Hollywood types donning a leather jacket, a balaclava, a Molotov aimed at the gates of authority. These characters, necessary as they are, have never been ones I could relate to. I resonate with those who perceive the totality of the zeitgeist we inhabit (or which has come before). Characters...

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