One of the great jazz labels is making a regular appearance on Giants of Jazz Radio. Verve did more than most to promote and introduce people to jazz during the 1950’s and 60’s and under the stewardship of Norman Grantz he made the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson and many others accessible to the masses. He was acknowledged as "the most successful impresario in the history of jazz" and known for his anti-racist position and for integrating audiences. Every day GOJR fans can hear the best of Verve between 16.00 and 17.00 GMT. There is also an in depth documentary about the man aired regularly.
We have always played a rich variety of classic jazz, but from Monday 2nd January 2017 listeners will be able to go to the other side of Giants of Jazz Radio’s musical spectrum. “The Other Side” between 1am-5am will play a variety of sounds and styles from folk, reggae and rock. The show will also feature examples of the styles played across the whole station including classic jazz Tracks.
Tony Todd AKA DJ2tee is DJ based in Leeds in the UK. Tony has been a DJ for many years, specialising in Jazz and world music. As well as his musical endeavours, Tony has been a full-time writer for the last six years. His first novel"Broken" was published October 2014 and is available on Amazon . He is currently working on a historical novel set in 19th century Suffolk.
From 19.00 (GMT) on Friday evenings you can hear the best in big band swing on Giants of Jazz Radio. One of the artist who will be making a regular appearance will be Jimmie Lunceford. He is remembered as the leader of a swinging big band that rivaled on record, and exceeded in person, the orchestras of Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman and Count Basie. His band differed from many of the other big bands of the 1930s and 1940s in that Lunceford's group was noted less for its soloists than for its ensemble work. Furthermore, most bands of the period used a four-beat rhythm while the Lunceford Ork developed a distinctive two-beat swing often played at medium tempo. The unique sound became known during the Swing era as the Lunceford two-beat. Other musicians featured in the show include; Woody Herman, Lionel Hamption and Fletcher Henderson.
You can hear the mixes of DJ Cloud Danko on this station. He is a Vinyl junkie and collector of vintage original presses of funk, jazz, soul and hip hop records. Cloud shared the stage with national and international artists such as Grandmaster Flash, Afrika Bambaataa, Nicola Conte, Bobbito Garcia, Ronny Jordan, Snowboy and others, many of them guests of the one-night BUG (Black Urban Grooves), in which he works also as promoter. He spinned his vinyl for the most important festivals in Apulia such as "Locus Festival", "Pietre che cantano" and "Acqua in testa festival". He's also member "Black Vibrations", one of the most active crews in the city of Bari for the diffusion and promotion of black music.Listen to Giants of Jazz Radio to the Jazz Mix between 8-9pm every weekday.
You can now hear the talents of an Australian DJ on the Jazz Mix Show (8-9pm Weekdays). Mr Lob is a Melbourne, Australia based Dj and Music Collector and has been active on the Melbourne Dj scene since 1999. He is also the host of the weekly 'Maiden Voyage' radio show on tngcradio.com
Mr Lob’s live Dj sets are generally an eclectic blend of funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, reggae, Afrobeat and Latin soul, while his mixes tend to be more genre specific. The one thing you can say about Mr Lob’s style is that whatever he plays it has to have a real funky, jazzy and soulful sensibility.
Mr Lob also runs a very successful Mixcloud page with over 219 mixes and radio shows uploaded and was voted 17th in the 2015 Mixcloud Best of Eclectic Chart. Mr Lob is also a member of The New Jazz Collective, The Genre Creeps and a collaborator of The Jazz Jousters and Millennium Jazz Music.
Shows from Dick d'Alaise a.k.a. Dubbel Dee are being featured as part of the Jazz Mix 8-9pm weekdays UK Time. Dubbel Dee's Mo' Jazz series was nominated for Best Jazz Show in the 2015 Mix Cloud Awards. He discribes himself as "a true passionate music lover, record collector, selector and dj.who holds a rather eclectic record collection, but his true love goes out to Jazz. He selects tracks from his own collection, always from a groovy point of view!" Every week he makes a new Mo'Jazz mix for Ness Radio.www.nessradio.com
On New Year’s Day we will play the top ten classic jazz albums in full without any interruptions. Throughout 2015, Giants of Jazz Radio has been compiling a list of the 100 greatest classic jazz albums, partly based on suggestions from listeners. Alan Bramwell, Station Manager said, “In a station survey recently one listener suggested we should play entire albums, so we thought we’d try it out by playing the entire top ten without interruptions on 1st January 2016, between 10am and 6pm. You’ll be able to hear albums by John Coltrane, Miles Davis and Eric Dolphy and many others.”