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Billy Jenkins

Claire Martin talks to blues singer and guitarist Billy Jenkins about his life and career, including his work as a humanist preacher and a recent concert with the BBC Big Band.

Billy Jenkins has become something of a cult figure in the jazz world yet his musical style and personality is something of an enigma. Claire Martin talks to him and explores the many aspects of his life as a blues singer, virtuoso jazz guitarist, composer and latterly as a humanist preacher. Notably, the nephew of David Jenkins, former outspoken Bishop of Durham, Claire explores his humanist calling and the influences and contrasts on his music and stage persona.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Wayne Shorter

    Devil's Island

    • All Or Nothing At All.
    • Charly.
    • SNAP 068CD.
  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy

    The Duke And Me

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy

    Blue Broadway

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy

    I'm Just a Lucky So & So

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy

    Donkey Droppings

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone)

  • Food

    Mictyris

    Performers: Thomas Stronen (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone), Nils Petter Molvaer (Trumpet), Christian Fennesz, (Guitar)

    • Quiet Inlet.
    • ECM Records.
    • ECM 2163.
  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy + BBC Big Band + Julian Siegal

    Brilliant

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone), BBC Big Band, Julian Siegal (Conductor)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy + BBC Big Band

    I Will Always Love You

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone), BBC Big Band, Julian Siegal (Conductor)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy + BBC Big Band

    Girl Getting Knocked Over

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone), BBC Big Band, Julian Siegal (Conductor)

  • Billy Jenkins Trio Blues Suburbia + Iain Ballamy + BBC Big Band

    Naptown Blues

    Performers: Billy Jenkins (Guitar), Jim Watson (Organ), Mike Pickering (Drums), Iain Ballamy (Saxophone), BBC Big Band, Julian Siegal (Conductor)

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