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Charlie Watts feature

As part of Radio 2's season celebrating 50 years of the Rolling Stones, drummer Charlie Watts talks to Jamie about his lifelong passion for jazz.

Jamie Cullum plays an hour of jazz music ranging from its heritage to its future.

This week, as part of Radio 2's season celebrating 50 years of The Rolling Stones, Jamie meets up with Charlie Watts in Paris to talk about The Rolling Stones, drumming and his lifelong passion for jazz.

Charlie remembers the artists he first heard when he was younger that inspired his style of drumming, from Howlin' Wolf to Earl Palmer, and the pair discuss the slick fashion of jazz musicians, who have influenced Charlie's own style.
Charlie also confides in what it was like drumming with The Stones, and shares some great memories from the last fifty years.

57 minutes

Music Played

  • Sarah Vaughan And The Count Basie Orchestra

    The Gentleman Is A Dope

    • Count Basie/Sarah Vaughan.
    • Roulette Records.
  • Nostalgia 77 And The Monster

    The Ignored

    • The Taxidermist.
    • Tru Thoughts.
  • The Swingle Singers

    River Man

    • Ferris Wheels.
    • Self-Released.
  • Charlie Parker And Dizzy Gillespie


    • Bird And Diz.
    • Clef Records.
  • Charlie Watts Interview

    • Howlin’ Wolf

      Back Door Man

      • Chess Records.
  • Little Richard

    The Girl Can't Help It

    • Speciality.
  • The Rolling Stones

    Honky Tonk Women

    • Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert.
    • Decca Records.
  • Erroll Garner

    I Can't Give You Anything But Love

    • Atlantic Records.
  • Susanna

    Her Eyes

    • Wild Dog.
    • Rune Grammofon.
  • Miles Davis Quintet

    Woody 'N You

    • Relaxin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet.
    • Prestige Records.
  • Cody ChesnuTT

    Scroll Call

    • Landing On A Hundred.
    • One Little Indian.
  • Get the Blessing

    Einstein Action Figures

    • Bugs In Amber.
    • Cake.


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