Best of 2014
Jez Nelson presents a review of the best jazz of 2014. The programme includes selections from Jez and studio guests, highlighting some of 2014's most memorable performances.
Jez Nelson presents a look back at the best albums and live recordings of 2014, featuring selections from studio guests Helen Mayhew and John Fordham.
Included in the playlist are highlights from several performances that have marked the biggest moments in the British jazz calendar, including the reunion of big band Loose Tubes, the 70th birthday of saxophonist Evan Parker and the Mercury Prize-nominated return of Polar Bear. Also on the billing are some of the most exciting albums to have emerged Stateside, including offerings from Steve Lehman's octet and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire. And Jez, Helen and John mark your cards for 2015 with their discoveries of the year.
Presenter: Jez Nelson
Producer: Chris Elcombe.
John Fordham (The Guardian) and Helen Mayhew (Jazz FM) join Jez in the studio
Loose Tubes in concert at Ronnie Scott's, London on 8 May 2014
Jake Labazzi in concert at the BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year final
Michael Wollny Trio in concert at The Playhouse Theatre, Cheltenham Jazz Festival on 3 May 2014
Evan Parker in session for Jazz on 3 at St Peter's Church, Whitstable on 8 October 2014
Polar Bear in concert at XOYO, London on 2 April 2014
Elliot Galvin Trio in concert as part of Pop-up Circus' 'Kitchen Sink Series' in London on 13 April 2014
Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order Of Service
Kenny Wheeler Memorial - Order of Service
Bottom: Kenny Wheeler and Evan Parker