Jez Nelson has had a long and varied history as a jazz broadcaster. In the mid-80s, frustrated by the lack of jazz on the radio, he and DJ Gilles Peterson set up a jazz-only pirate radio station, K Jazz, which survived for two years.
After studying for a post-grad degree in radio journalism in the late 80s, Jez joined Jazz FM shortly after they won their licence in 1989 and presented the station's nightly programme Somethin' Else a four-hour show playing contemporary and classic jazz of all kinds.
During this time, Jez interviewed many jazz stars including Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Wayne Shorter and Sun Ra. Jez has also presented various programmes for BBC-TV including Tomorrow's World as well as a number of radio programmes across all BBC networks.