Jools and jazz aficionado Jamie Cullum talk about all things jazz and host music from Kano, Nerijo, Joy Crookes and Metronomy.
Alongside Jools at the wheel of this week’s show as co-host is songwriter, pianist, broadcaster and jazz aficionado Jamie Cullum. The duo talk about all things jazz and host music from Kano, Nerijo, Joy Crookes and Metronomy in a studio which is packed to the rafters with over 70 musicians this week!
With a jazz vein running through the show, we reflect on the contemporary British scene through a short film and chat to the son and nephew of jazz legend Miles Davis about his lost album Rubberband and forthcoming documentary Miles Davis: Birth of Cool. Jamie delves into the archive to pick his favourite performance from the show’s history and shares some of his current favourite new artists, as well as performing a track from recent album Taller joined by a string section and 20 members of the Roundhouse Choir.
Electro-pop band Metronomy return with a number from their recent sixth studio album Metronomy Forever, a 17-track LP exploring the idea of the band’s legacy. Performing in the matching outfits they have become known for, look out for dance moves aplenty. Led by Joe Mount, they perform Wedding Bells, a track written in the hope it would become a future wedding dancefloor filler.
London grime pioneer and Top Boy star Kano arrives at the studio straight off the back of touring his sixth album Hoodies All Summer, which focuses on the current state of society. Accompanied by his regular band that also includes a string section and a small choir, he performs tracks including the emotive Trouble, a comment on knife and gun crime in his home city.
Bringing jazz vibes from their debut album Blume are super-group Nerija, a who’s who of some of the most prolific players of the growing contemporary British jazz scene. The septet met as teenagers at development programme Tomorrow’s Warriors as part of an initiative created specifically to address the imbalance of women in jazz music. Formed as an all-female collective in 2013 they comprise of guitarist Shirley Tetteh, Nubya Garcia on tenor saxophone, Shelia Maurice-Grey on trumpet, Cassie Kinoshi on alto sax , Rosie Turton on trombone, Lizy Exell on drums and newest addition bassist Rio Kai, who joined in 2018.
Also on the show much talked about rising south London star Joy Crookes makes her TV debut. The singer-songwriter grew up in Elephant and Castle with her Bangladeshi mother and Irish father and her work both musically and visually takes influence from both cultures. She performs her single Early, joined by star of the burgeoning Dublin hip-hop scene Jafaris.