Renowned saxophonist and rapper Soweto Kinch is to front a new-look jazz show on BBC Radio 3.
The Birmingham-born musician will host Jazz Now alongside singer Emma Smith and Irish trumpeter Al Ryan every Monday night from 4 April.
It replaces Jazz On 3, which has been running for 18 years. That show’s host, Jez Nelson, has moved to Jazz FM.
Kinch said he wanted the new show to “shake up our jazz world with a bit of controversy”.
Its remit is to explore the “vibrant new and underground jazz scene” – broadcasting from car parks and dance music clubs as well as established jazz venues.
Kinch’s appointment is significant because he bridges the divide between the often closeted world of jazz and contemporary mainstream music.
A double MOBO-award winner and Mercury Prize-nominee, he has been described as one of British music’s “freshest and most exciting prospects”.
“Mr Kinch demonstrates what England has to teach [the USA] about narrative Hip-Hop,” wrote The New York Times, reviewing his first US show in 2004.
The first edition of Jazz Now will feature a concert by the British trio Malija; an interview with Mobo-winners Binker and Moses, and newly discovered recordings of organ legend Larry Young.
The following week will see the launch of a regular series of masterclasses by influential musicians, the first of which features saxophonist and composer Patrick Cornelius.
Future episodes will include the world premiere of Hans Koller’s new composition, Twelve Re-Inventions for George Russell; up-and-coming trumpeter Ralph Alessi; and coverage of the BBC Young Musician 2016 Jazz Award.
“The underground and emerging jazz and wider contemporary music scene is really exciting right now,” said Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3.
“We wanted to bring that scene to our audiences and through enlisting expert performers such as Soweto, Emma and Al, I am confident Jazz Now …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment