A star-studded presenting line-up has been revealed for 2016’s BBC Music Jazz pop-up digital radio station, with Will Young among the talent set to bring jazz classics to the airwaves.
The singer’s planned playlist includes music from Tony Bennett, Jill Scott, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and the Oscar Peterson Trio.
Young said: “I am a jazz singer at heart. Jazz is that simple connection with the audience, saying: ‘Here, have a listen and see what you think,’ so it’s the biggest treat to spend an hour sharing some of my favourite jazz artists on the airwaves for the BBC Music Jazz pop-up – I felt really privileged to be asked. I hope everyone enjoys the pop-up, I know I’ll be tuning in!”
Other presenters include singer Gregory Porter, food critic Jay Rayner, DJ Gilles Peterson and actor and BBC 6 Music host Craig Charles.
Van Morrison will appear as a guest on saxophonist Leo Green’s show to discuss his relationship with jazz and the influence it has had on his music, while US actor Don Cheadle, who wrote, produced, directed and starred in the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, will choose his favourite Davis songs in an hour-long interview with Jazz FM’s Jez Nelson.
Van Morrison performing for Radio 2 In Concert last month
This year’s pop-up will broadcast for 96 hours over five days. It will showcase live performances from the London Jazz Festival, as well as bespoke content from Radios 2, 3, 4 and 6 Music, Radio Scotland and Jazz FM.
The BBC Music Jazz pop-up will run from 10am on Thursday 10 November until 10am on Monday 14 November on digital radio, online and the iPlayer Radio app. The full schedule can be found here.