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Jess Gillam with... Ollie Howell

Jess and Ollie's tracks include Dvorak, Quincy Jones and Nadia Boulanger, plus some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

Saxophonist Jess Gillam meets the dynamic young drummer and television composer Ollie Howell, and their eclectic choices include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, a film score by Quincy Jones, a mesmerising piano miniature by Nadia Boulanger, and some classic Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 9; 1st movement

    Conductor: Marin Alsop. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.
  • Quincy Jones

    The Separation

    • Qwest Records.
  • Béla Bartók

    Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, Sz. 110, BB 115

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien. Performer: François-Frédéric Guy. Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Nadia Boulanger

    Vers La Vie Nouvelle

    Performer: Lucy Mauro.
    • Marco-Polo.
  • Steve Reich

    Music For Large Ensemble

    Ensemble: Steve Reich and Musicians.
    • ECM.
  • Franz von Biber

    Passacaglia for unaccompanied violin

    Performer: Rachel Podger.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La Valse

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
  • Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong

    April in Paris

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