The Jazz Podcast

The Jazz Podcast

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The Jazz Podcast is run by professional musicians based in London. We like life stories and inspirational tales of why other musicians get into the business. We also run a series of album and jazz festival preview shows, which can also be found in amon…


Mike Chillingworth
Jul 12 • 55 min
Ladies and gentlemen, may we present Mike Chillingworth for you amusement. One of the most prolific improvisers in London and a hugely sought after musician, Mike has forged an incredible path across the UK jazz scene. A great distributor of quavers…
Kim Macari
Jun 28 • 62 min
Kim joins the show for a wonderful chat about her life. Dan helps Rob make a list of standards he should probably know by now.
Rory & Dom Ingham - Bonsai : Bonsai Club
Jun 5 • 37 min
Today we feature Bonsai Club, the brand new album just released from Bonsai. Front men Rory and Dom Ingham, sons of the iconic British jazz musician/educator Richard Ingham join the show to preview the album. Rob and Dan have a big catch up and disc…
Kyran Matthews - Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2019
May 20 • 59 min
Manchester based saxophonist Kyran joins the show to tell us about the amazing work he’s doing with NQ jazz (his incredible jazz night in Manchester). We also chat about his career, his future plans and the Manchester Jazz Collective.
100th Episode - Gareth Lockrane
May 13 • 52 min
Gareth joins the show to celebrate our 100th episode! Its party time as we celebrate the grand milestone. We check out some of Gareth’s own music and chat about his life.
Miguel Gorodi - Apophenia
May 3 • 51 min
Miguel joins the show to preview his new album, Apophenia. We chat about his upbringing, influences and what inspired him to record. Rob and Dan push the boundaries of technology taking the show to new heights. Episode 99.
Tom Cawley - Catenaccio
Apr 11 • 41 min
Its competition time for Tom’s new album! Tell us the meanings of all these football related words from the album (bonus points for extra effort) and you can win a copy of Tom’s CD. 1. The Ungainlies2. Jabulani3. Nutmeg4. Zo…
Georgia Mancio
Apr 5 • 58 min
Award-winning jazz vocalist, lyricist and producer, Georgia Mancio, is one of Europe’s most respected, adventurous and multi-faceted new artists. Her multi-lingual music references classic jazz and Latin alongside her own astonishing writing, …
Jeff Williams
Mar 22 • 67 min
Drummer Jeff joins the show to tell us about his life and influences, Jeff is jazz royalty so its a real pleasure to hear his stories! Drummer/cameraman Jake Walker sits in to add some much needed common sense to proceedings and Rob peels an orange….
Hattie Whitehead
Mar 15 • 61 min
Hattie joins the show for a chat about music, life, games and lots in between. It’s been three years since the Richmond-born singer songwriter released her debut EP Home, which led to radio play on the BBC and Amazing Radio, and a sell-out …
Kansas Smitty’s House Band - Mardi Gras, Vol. 1
Mar 8 • 48 min
Giacomo Smith joins the show to tell us about the band and then new EP, which is available now! From the moment they played their first note five years ago, the Kansas Smitty’s House Band has set out to reinvent how audiences experience jazz. The Ho…
Richard Jones - Violin
Mar 1 • 42 min
Violinist Richard Jones is an exciting young British musician, recognised for his innovative sound and approach as well as his adaptability in bringing the violin to life within a broad range of musical contexts. We also chat about his new EP with h…
Chris Potter
Feb 22 • 47 min
A world-class soloist, accomplished composer and formidable bandleader, saxophonist Chris Potter has emerged as a leading light of his generation. Down Beat called him “One of the most studied (and copied) saxophonists on the planet”. This week we p…
Will Glaser & Matthew Herd - Climbing In Circles
Feb 15 • 51 min
Will and Matt join the show to preview their new album. We listen to a few tracks, chat about what inspired them and use the swearing bleep quite a lot. Its episode 91 of The Jazz Podcast.
Nishla Smith
Feb 8 • 50 min
Nishla is a singer and songwriter who defies easy categorisation. Her live sets include a breathtaking variety of material: from celebrated originals to dark jazz standards and devastating ballads. One of Manchester Jazz Festival’s talent developmen…
Tony Kofi - 2nd Anniversary Special
Feb 1 • 50 min
The Jazz Podcast turns 2 years old! We celebrate by inviting Tony Kofi to join the show. We chat about his career and influences as well as the great albums and projects Tony has been a part of. Episode 89.
Alina Bzhezhinska
Jan 25 • 48 min
Harpist Alina joins the show to share with us the fascinating story her life and her very interesting past (8 mins). We chat about her album, Inspiration (2018), and her new project, HipHarpCollective. We also feature an exceptional amount of Gareth…
Tom Walsh
Jan 17 • 59 min
Trumpeter Tom Walsh steps aboard to tell us about his career so far. We chat all things trumpet, as well as who inspired him to reach the top (of the register). Tom has played with so many we’ll make this quick.. Benny Golson, Branford Marsali…
Sam Leak
Jan 11 • 64 min
Sam joins the show to tell us about his life. Leak studied Jazz piano with Gwilym Simcock at the Royal Academy of Music. Le…
Emma Bassett
Jan 4 • 55 min
Emma joins the show to reveal to us the inner workings of the freelance trombone player. Emma working all over the UK in all manner of musical styles. Emma is a veteran of the Chaos Orchestra as well as a member of Matt Roberts Bigish Band. A truly …
Michael De Souza - Road Fork
Dec 21, 2018 • 38 min
Today we preview Michaels new EP, Road Fork, with the man himself. We can about his inspirations and motivations behind this beautiful creation.
Andrew Robb
Dec 5, 2018 • 65 min
Andrew Robb joins the show to chat about his career and his grand Norwegian adventures. Now based in Edinburgh, having also lived in London and Bergen this fine young gentleman has seen it all (or quite a lot at least).
London Jazz Festival 2018
Nov 20, 2018 • 28 min
Matt Roberts joins Rob to talk about this years jazz festival. They meet up in the heart of London to check out the upcoming gigs and get into the vibe of the festival.
Tori Freestone
Nov 8, 2018 • 63 min
Tori Freestone is a British saxophonist, flautist and violinist who performs at the forefront of the UK improvised music scene as both a sidewomen and highly regarded bandleader. Freestone is known for her robust tenor sound, mel…
Cambridge Jazz Festival 2018
Nov 4, 2018 • 26 min
Rob previews the Cambridge Jazz Festival alongside our man on the ground, Vij Prakash. We preview the upcoming gigs as well as the educational workshops and discuss this years festival theme, woman in jazz.
Miriam Ast
Oct 31, 2018 • 48 min
Miriam Ast joins the show to tell us about her life and education. We also talk about her new album, Secret Songs, and her upcoming gig at the London Jazz Festival. TJP Episode 79.
Donny McCaslin
Oct 24, 2018 • 59 min
Days before his January 2016 death, David Bowie released his final album, Blackstar. While the record represented an endpoint for the legendary artist, it also marked a new beginning for jazz lifer Donny McCaslin who, armed with his saxopho…
Sarah Tandy
Oct 17, 2018 • 54 min
Sarah joins the show to tell us all about her life, her musical inspirations and her upcoming album. We may have even revealed the name of the album with an on air test of the new name. TJP episode 77.
Ant Law
Oct 10, 2018 • 64 min
Ant joins the show to preview some tunes from his upcoming album, Life I Know. Ant is making exciting, beautiful music and its a pleasure to get to talk and preview it. The album is available for pre-order now, check out the link if you fancy it.
Tara Minton
Sep 26, 2018 • 67 min
For the 75th episode we celebrate by welcoming Tara Minton. Tara is a harpist, vocalist and songwriter hailing from Melbourne, Australia. Since relocating to London in the Spring of 2011 she has built an international reputation as a performing artist …
Ed Babar - Blues and Roots Ensemble
Sep 19, 2018 • 55 min
Ed joins the show to tell us about his mighty musical project. Rob and Ed chat about his influences, ideas and arranging the music of the great Charles Mingus. You can check out more at https://www.bluesandrootsensemble.com
Alan Benzie
Sep 12, 2018 • 49 min
Alan joins the show to talk about his life and career so far. We chat about his love of music and his power to speak Japanese. Alan shares with us his thoughts on how to pick up new skills as well as the inspirations behind some of his compositions.
Rebecca Nash
Aug 23, 2018 • 35 min
Rob talks to Rebecca about her career so far, the projects she’s involved in and some of the places she’s lived. We also chat about other musicians who have crossed our paths and Rebecca’s newest project, Altas. We get the very exciting chance to previ…
Joy Ellis
Aug 16, 2018 • 42 min
Joy joins the show for a chat with Rob. We talk about the piano, improvisation, her influences, her plans for the future as well as her love of the Pittsburgh Steelers. We also check out some of the tracks from her debut album, released November 2017, …
Alice Leggett
Aug 9, 2018 • 42 min
Alice joins the show to talk music, hobbies and the adversity of climbing to the top of the jazz tree. TJP episode 70 is a big showcase for one of London’s newest jazz stars.
Helena Kay
Aug 2, 2018 • 44 min
Helena joins us to chat about her life and times, her brand new album, and her alternative career choices if it couldn’t be the saxophone. TJP episode 69.
How to Pay Your Rent
Jul 26, 2018 • 60 min
In the second of our series of hopefully helpful guides, Raph Clarkson joins Rob to discuss rent paying tactics and some of the many options for making a career as a freelance musician.
Pete Churchill - 10 Years of London Vocal Project
Jul 19, 2018 • 52 min
Pete Churchill tells us about the history of London Vocal Project. He reveals what inspired the ensemble, what keeps it ticking, as well the amazing projects they’ve worked on in the decade they’ve been singing.
How to Make Your Debut Album
Jul 12, 2018 • 51 min
Trombonist Raph Clarkson joins the show to discuss ideas on how to release your debut album. We use our own experiences as a guide to see if we can demystify the process. If you’ve ever wondered how its done, look no further!
Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2018
Jul 5, 2018 • 38 min
Manchester based saxophonist Andy Scott joins Rob and Dan to preview this years Manchester Jazz Festival. Andy brings some much needed actual knowledge to the show. We also get to hear some amazing music which hasn’t been released yet, from both Fabled…
Pete Lee - The Velvet Rage | Album Preview
Jun 28, 2018 • 33 min
Today we’re celebrating the release of The Velvet Rage. Pete joins us to share with us the very personal journey behind the making of the album, as well as his influences behind the music. The Velvet Rage grabs you and takes you to places of profound p…
Huw V Williams
Jun 21, 2018 • 45 min
Huw joins the show to discuss his musical passions, his career and his brand new podcast. More info about Huw as well as more music can be found here: https://huwvwilliams1.bandcamp.com/ And https://www.huwvwilliams.com/
Emulsion VI | Festival Preview
Jun 7, 2018 • 37 min
Trish Clowes and Tom Harrison join the show to tell us about their upcoming festival, Emulsion VI. The festival is a celebration featuring new music, new commissions and some stunning performances from our country’s top performers.
Rachel Clark
May 31, 2018 • 50 min
Rachel is an incredibly versatile singer and performer, known for her work as a pop & session vocalist, musical theatre performances and being an incredible DJ. Versatile, determined and funny, its no wonder she’s so in demand.
Simon Lasky Group - About the Moment | Album Preview
May 24, 2018 • 31 min
Simon joins the show to share with us his journey of making his second album, About the Moment. Featuring our very own Jazz Podcast Alumni Sophie Alloway, this album is not to be missed!
Rob Cope - Gods Of Apollo | Album Preview
May 17, 2018 • 27 min
Rob joins Dan to discuss his new album. This project has been in the making since 2011, this album already has a rich history, not to mention the whole space race thing. The kickstarter for preorders can be found here… https://www.kickstarter.com/…
Alex Hitchcock - Live at the London and Cambridge Jazz Festivals | Album Preview
May 6, 2018 • 28 min
Alex joins the show to tell us all about his new album. We chat about his decision to create it from live recordings, his band mates and team bonding in Poland. His album will be released Friday 11th May.
Ashley Henry
Apr 26, 2018 • 53 min
Pianist Ashley Henry joins the show to chat about his swift rise to jazz stardom. Rob and Dan are also reunited after several months apart. Ashley’s interview starts at 9mins 50 if you’re wanting to get ahead!
Dan Berry
Apr 19, 2018 • 53 min
Dan and Rob go to the local Indian for a chat about Dan’s life and career so far. They talk about his education, music, hobbies and anything else we can think to ask. We also get to hear a sneak preview of Dan’s upcoming project, Third Estate, which is…
Matt Roberts
Apr 5, 2018 • 45 min
Matt Roberts is a London-based composer and trumpeter. Today he joins the show to chat about his life and career so far. We talk about a lot of people, and all references to the name Reuben refer to our good friend Reuben Fowler, who we can never go fo…
Spice Fusion - Trying Hard 2 | Album Preview
Mar 22, 2018 • 49 min
Elliott Henshaw and Simon Niblock join the show to tell us all about their brand new album. It features some of the most in demand session players in the U.K. and also some amazing original compositions. Grab a coffee for this one and you’ll fit in per…
Matt Sulzmann
Mar 8, 2018 • 40 min
Matthew is a London-based soprano/alto saxophonist and composer. In addition to leading his own quintet, he works with Neon Orchestra, Dom Ingham Sextet, and James Brady’s “Voyagers”. Matthew is also keenly involved in education, and has taught on jazz…
This Is Hip - The Life of Mark Murphy | Book Preview
Feb 20, 2018 • 44 min
Peter Jones joins us to share insights on his new book. After several years in the making, this book promises to shed light on one of Jazz’s greatest untold stories, bringing one underrated individual to the forefront of the Jazz industry.
Lizy Exell
Feb 7, 2018 • 61 min
Lizy joins the show to discuss her influences and upbringing. We check out some of the fantastic bands she’s working with and listen to some tunes. We also chat about her work as a promoter and the events she’s running across London. Lizy is an extraor…
Elliot Galvin - The Influencing Machine | Album Preview
Jan 30, 2018 • 44 min
Elliot joins the show to preview some of the music from his stunning new album, The Influencing Machine. We talk about his influences behind the music, and how Tom McCredie became such a monster of the guitar.
Matthew Herd
Jan 17, 2018 • 66 min
Matthew Herd joins to show to talk about his life and the times that make up the gentlemen we know and love.
Yazz Ahmed
Jan 3, 2018 • 69 min
Yazz joins the show to tell us all about her life. We also chat about her wonderful album, La Saboteuse, and her upcoming gig in New York.. Not to mention her recording with Radiohead!
Dan Farrant
Dec 20, 2017 • 49 min
Its nearly Christmas so time for a special show! Our very own Dan Farrant is this weeks guest. Its time to get to know Dan better. Including why he became a musician, what forced him to give up his career as a bassist and how he put things back togethe…
Fini Bearman
Dec 13, 2017 • 68 min
Fini Bearmann joins the jazz podcast for a show all about her! Rob and Dan discuss song name puns (3mins), we listen to Fini’s song Sand on Sand (7mins). Fini then makes her grand entrance (8mins). After some mild mannered discussion we go back the sta…
Sophie Alloway
Dec 6, 2017 • 59 min
Sophie Alloway joins the show for a chat. We check out the new Lydian Collective single, Loops (6mins). Dan and Rob discuss a fund for the self-employed struck down by illness and Sophie makes her grand entrance (7.30mins). Dan and Rob discuss the next…
Wendy Kirkland : Piano Divas
Nov 22, 2017 • 37 min
Wendy discusses her new album, her influences and her musical passions.
Dave O’Higgins
Nov 15, 2017 • 48 min
Saxophonist Dave O’Higgins joins us to talk about jazz, albums, tours and recording but nothing as nerdy as mouthpieces so don’t fear, this has something for everyone.
Ruth Goller
Nov 8, 2017 • 49 min
Ruth Goller is based in London and plays electric and double bass. She performs regularly with leading UK bands, such as Acoustic Ladyland, Melt Yourself Down, Andreya Triana, Oriole, Pat Walden, World Sanguine Report, The Golden Age of Steam, Bug Pren…
EFG London Jazz Festival Preview
Nov 1, 2017 • 26 min
Dan and Rob preview some of the gigs at the EFG London Jazz Festival. The festival runs for 10 days from Friday 10th to Sunday 19th November 2017. This year also marks 25 years of the festival, so it promises to be a very special one.
Album Preview | Leo Richardson - The Chase
Oct 19, 2017 • 35 min
Leo joins the show for a preview of his stunning new album, The Chase.
Sam Rapley
Oct 5, 2017 • 59 min
Sam joins the show for a chat about all things music (and board games).
Liam Noble
Sep 22, 2017 • 57 min
He’s one of the most gifted and wonderful pianists and improvising musicians we know. A man who can take anything and turn it into something beautiful. This man we speak of, is of course Liam Noble. He joins us for a chat about all things jazz and life…
Album Preview | Tom Millar - Unnatural Events
Sep 16, 2017 • 19 min
Tom comes aboard the Jazz Pod Express to tell us all about his new album. Its on sale now so if you like the sound of it, you know what to do!
Album Preview | Entropi - Moment Frozen
Sep 11, 2017 • 20 min
Dee Byrne joins us to tell us all about her new album.
Camilla George
Sep 7, 2017 • 49 min
The lovely alto saxophonist Camilla joins us for a chat all about her life. Camilla has been working with both Tomorrows Warriors and the Nu Civilisation Orchestra. In 2014 she joined Courtney Pine’s Venus Warriors, an all female super group who had th…
Album Preview | The Brass Funkeys - Rabble Rouser
Sep 4, 2017 • 16 min
The Funkeys join us for a chat about their band new album and how the music came to be. This album has a huge sound and a huge vibe. Prepare to feel good.
Nick Smart
Aug 31, 2017 • 59 min
Trumpeter, improviser, educator and all round lovely guy Nick Smart joins the show today. Nick is an incredibly important figure for the future of the jazz scene and has helped guide a huge number of the jazz musicians playing in London today.
Album Preview | Rob Luft - Riser
Aug 28, 2017 • 19 min
Rob previews the music of his brand new album Riser. The album is available now and the launch is September 23rd. This is a beautiful and striking album with incredible melodies.
John Helliwell
Aug 24, 2017 • 64 min
The larger than life John Helliwell joins us today. He rose to fame as the saxophone player with Supertramp. John is a classy gentleman with a beautiful sound. This man has seen it all (probably).
Album Preview | Introducing Gabriel Latchin Trio
Aug 21, 2017 • 15 min
A newcomer to the British jazz scene, Gabriel Latchin’s album is coming September 18th. We sit down with the man himself for a chat about his music, his band and the inspiration behind the album.
Chris Montague
Aug 17, 2017 • 61 min
One of the most innovative guitarists and musicians to emerge from the UK in recent years, Chris Montague is widely recognised for his skills as a composer and performer. As a founding member of Troyka he has garnered a reputation for his distinctive a…
Brigitte Beraha
Aug 10, 2017 • 66 min
Brigitte kindly gets aboard The Jazz Podcast Express for an hour of her life. She has a stunningly beautiful voice and today she shares it with us. Time to talk about jazz, weather, shoes and everything else. Kit Downes also makes a cameo appearance fo…
George Crowley
Aug 3, 2017 • 72 min
George joins us for a talk about jazz, venues, recording, everything Rob can think to ask.
Rachael Cohen
Jul 27, 2017 • 59 min
Rachael joins the show to talk about her life and times. She also goes outside during the interview, with questionable results.
Phil Donkin
Jul 20, 2017 • 72 min
Phil has risen to become one of the premier European bassists of his generation. He tours with John Abercrombie, Marc Copland, Bill Stewart, Greg Osby, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Chris Speed, Ari Hoenig, Jonathan Kreisberg, Terrell Stafford, David Binney, Tysha…
Manchester Jazz Festival Preview 2017
Jul 13, 2017 • 25 min
Dan and Rob preview some of the gigs coming up in the Manchester Jazz Festival. They pick out the bands they like the sound of along with the bands they know all about.
Henry Lowther
Jul 6, 2017 • 53 min
Henry and Rob chat about his illustrious career. The real question is, who hasn’t he played with?
Raph Clarkson
Jun 22, 2017 • 47 min
This week we’re graced with the presence of Raph Clarkson. Raph is an enigma.. A little searching online brings up everything from free improvisation to trad jazz. If you make if to the end of the show you’ll also hear his beautiful singing. This is al…
Jim Hart
Jun 8, 2017 • 70 min
Dan and Rob talk to each other, and to Jim Hart. Jim is many things, one of which is an extraordinary vibraphone player. We also love the name Jim, sounds just as good on him as it does on Kirk.
Mark Lockhart
May 25, 2017 • 67 min
Rob goes to Greenwich for a chat with Mark where we talk about his life and approach to music. Dan and Rob attempt to record the show in two separate halves due to some timing and logistical issues.. what could possibly go wrong..?! You can find out mo…
Alex Munk
May 11, 2017 • 66 min
Rob travels to visit Dan’s new flat in Godalming, we listen to a band and Alex talks about meat.
Film Preview | Richard Turner: A Life in Music
May 7, 2017 • 12 min
We sit down for a chat about the jazz film currently crowd funding. A film about jazz trumpeter Richard Turner. Richard sadly passed away 6 years and Rob is making a film to bring Richard and his music back to the centre stage.
John Escreet
Apr 27, 2017 • 61 min
John Escreet joins us this week, we talk about jazz, all things piano and some things saxophone. We’re taking over the world, one interview at a time.
Album Preview | Freddie Gavita - Transient
Apr 23, 2017 • 21 min
We preview Freddie’s new album, listen to some of the tracks and discuss how and why it came to be.
Phil Meadows
Apr 20, 2017 • 78 min
We talk to Phil about his life and Freddie Gavita makes a guest appearance. Warning, this episode contains a lot of sirens. Oh, and its definitely episode 13.. not 12.
Lauren Kinsella
Apr 13, 2017 • 54 min
We talk to the lovely Lauren Kinsella about.. well.. music! She’s a young vocalist with the world at her feet and a unique sound that has to be heard to be believed.
Will Vinson
Apr 6, 2017 • 71 min
Will Vinson joins us from his flat in Brooklyn for the first overseas show! We talk about growing up in London, studying at university and the decision to move to New York. Plus, as he lives in the USA we have to talk about Donald, the biggest elephant…
Album Preview | Big Bad Wolf - Pond Life
Apr 2, 2017 • 24 min
In our second album preview show we check out Pond Life (released 2nd April). We chat to the band about their creation and listen to some of the awesome music on the album.
Tom Cawley
Mar 30, 2017 • 68 min
Tom joins us for a talk about all things piano, some early years organ playing and some love for his hometown of Lincoln.
James Maddren
Mar 23, 2017 • 72 min
The glorious James joins us for an early morning jazz hang. There’s coffee and everyone has a nice time. This is as well mannered as it gets.
Dave Green
Mar 16, 2017 • 59 min
Dave Green is an unspeakable legend who has played with so many icons of jazz. This week its an all time high point for PizzaExpress Soho as Dave, Dan and Rob hang out for a chat.
Album Preview | Group S - Ruby and All Things Purple
Mar 12, 2017 • 17 min
The first of a monthly series of album previews. We look ahead to Ruby and All Things Purple, coming out Friday 17th March on Basho Records. Andy Scott joins us for well mannered discussion about his upcoming album.
Laura Jurd
Mar 9, 2017 • 67 min
Time for a trip to Sevenoaks to talk about the life and times of Laura Jurd. Afterwards I broke the news to her that she needs to buy a new bike. Heres hoping she doesn’t regret coming on the show…
Kit Downes
Mar 2, 2017 • 64 min
We travel to Kit’s house for a talk about jazz, sc-fi and organs.
Steve Berry
Feb 23, 2017 • 58 min
Steve comes to dinner. Vegetables are eaten. Jazz is discussed. Good times had by all.
Trish Clowes
Feb 16, 2017 • 59 min
This week its the life and music of Trish Clowes. Time for a chat about jazz. Right here. Right now.
Femi Temowo
Feb 9, 2017 • 65 min
We go to Annie’s Tea Room in Leatherhead for a talk about all things Femi.
Stan Sulzmann
Feb 2, 2017 • 63 min
In our first ever episode we sit down with internationally renowned saxophonist Stan Sulzmann for a chat about his career.
Loz Garratt
Feb 2, 2017 • 59 min
We travel to North London for a chat with bassist Loz Garratt about his life and career so far.