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Billy Jenkins in Session

Jez Nelson presents an exclusive session from blues guitarist and vocalist Billy Jenkins, who performs with an all-star improvising band, including Oren Marshall and Gail Brand.

Jez Nelson presents guitarist and vocalist Billy Jenkins, recorded in session exclusively for Jazz On 3 with an all-star band. A bluesman, fiery improviser and self styled musical subversive, Jenkins is a true original whose music inspired by the South-East London suburbs where he lives.

The comedian Stewart Lee has said of Jenkins "There is a kind of genius on our doorstep, don't let him die in poverty". In this programme Lee interviews Jenkins in his South London home about this session and his life in music, including his early days performing "jazz and jokes" at The Comic Strip comedy club; his seminal band the Voice of God Collective; and how his recent work conducting Humanist funerals has influenced his music.

Alongside Jenkins, this session features Oren Marshall on tuba, trombonist Gail Brand, saxophonist Nathaniel Facey, drummer Charles Hayward and violinist Dylan Bates.

Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Kathryn Willgress & Peggy Sutton.

1 hour, 45 minutes

Music Played

  • Ben Webster

    Blues in B Flat

    • Live at Montmartre 1965-1966.
    • Storyville.
  • Danish correspondent Christian Munch-Hansen plays his pick of the Copenhagen jazz scene

    • Mold

      Voodoo Down Jump

      Performers: Anders Banke (saxophone), Stephan Meinberg (trumpet), Mark Solborg (guitars), Peter Bruun (drums)

      • Voodoo Down Jump.
      • Ilk.
    • Jacob Anderskov

      Solstice 2009

      Performers: Chris Speed (saxophone), Jacob Anderskov (piano), Michael Formanek (bass), Gerald Cleaver (drums)

      • Agnostic Revelations.
      • Ilk.
    • Jakob Bro

      Origin

      Performers: Jakob Bro (guitar), Ben Street (bass), Paul Motian (drums), Bill Frisell (guitar)

      • The Stars Are All New Songs.
      • Loveland Records.
  • Guitarist Billy Jenkins speaks to comedian and jazz aficionado Stewart Lee part 1

    • The Fantastic Trimmer & Jenkins

      Jazz and Poetry

      Performers: Billy Jenkins (guitar & vocals), Ian Trimmer (saxophone & vocals)

      • Live from London’s Fabulous Comic Strip.
      • Charisma.
    • The Voice of God Collective

      Exodus from Bromley

      • Sounds Like Bromley.
      • VOTP.
    • The Voice of God Collective

      Parking Meters

      • Sounds Like Bromley.
      • VOTP.
  • Billy Jenkins recorded in session on April 8, 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Billy Jenkins (guitar), Dylan Bates (violin, pocket trumpet), Nathaniel Facey (saxophone), Gail Brand (trombone), Oren Marshall (tuba), Charles Hayward (drums

    • Billy Jenkins

      High Street/Saturday

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

    • Billy Jenkins

      Deptford Market

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

    • Billy Jenkins

      I Am A Man

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

  • Guitarist Billy Jenkins speaks to comedian and jazz aficionado Stewart Lee part 2

    • Billy Jenkins

      Francis Drake Bowls Club

      • I Am A Man From Lewisham.
      • VOTP.
  • Billy Jenkins recorded in session on April 8, 2010

    • Untitled

      Line up: Billy Jenkins (guitar & vocals), Dylan Bates (violin, pocket trumpet), Nathaniel Facey (saxophone), Gail Brand (trombone), Oren Marshall (tuba), Charles Hayward (drums)

    • Billy Jenkins

      Dancing In Ornette Coleman's Head

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

    • Billy Jenkins

      Brilliant

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

    • Billy Jenkins

      Bhopal

      Composer: Billy Jenkins

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