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ONE JAZZ goes on air 25 May

Internationally renowned jazz presenters Chris Philips and Jez Nelson launch new 24/7 global jazz radio platform ONE JAZZ

Update: 14 May 2024
One Jazz

Launch event at Jazz in the Round 27 May 2024
featuring Rob Luft Quintet, Rachel Musson & Luke Baccus

“I’m drunk with music and hungry for the next thing!”  – Charles Lloyd

One Jazz is the new 24/7 global online jazz radio platform providing a constant flow of uninterrupted, curated music with a focus on the best new recordings but also including gems from the past. “One Jazz has come to be because we believe this music to be the most beautiful, emotive and creative of gifts, constantly evolving and reflecting life’s energy and passions,” explains Philips. “Our hearts tell us to put exciting new music first, all day, every day, without losing sight or respect for the heritage.” 

One Jazz is the first global radio station dedicated entirely to jazz,” says Nelson. “We’re here for a global audience that love this music as much as we do. But we’re also here in support of the artists, labels, venues and jazz organisations that keep the music alive. We’ll play music that makes you think, feel and move!”

Although the not-for-profit, volunteer-led organisation is being launched by the lifelong friends and jazz radio stalwarts, One Jazz “belongs” to everyone involved and indeed, the wider community. An evolving team of global, passionate and diverse hosts are being assembled to present a range of music from around the world – something for everyone. Confirmed international presenters include Paul Bradshaw (Straight No Chaser), Götz Bühler (JazzAhead from Germany), Marco Cafolla (Mama Terra), Nicola Conte (from Italy), Anthony Dean-Harris (The Lineup from USA), Ruth Fisher (Four Corners), Mike Flynn (Jazzwise Editor’s Choice), Haseeb Iqbal, Mari* (Gondwana Records’ Our World Session), Kasia Konstance (Heads Up), Kyri (Other Ways Of Being), Kevin Le Gendre (Now’s The Time), Gerry Lyseight (Near Enough For Jazz), Toshio Matsuura (Tokyo Moon from Japan), Jez Nelson, Matti Nives (We Jazz from Finland), Chris Philips, Debra Richards (The Fuse), Orphy Robinson (The Vibes Describes), Rouhangeze (SoundShift), Darrel Sheinman (Gearbox Playback Sessions), Tomorrow’s Warriors, Beatrice Venturini (Montreux Jazz Festival – Then & Now), Don Was (Blue Note First Look) and Audio Gold Jazz Mixtape.

Philips and Nelson’s intentions are clear – to give back to the community of interest around the music by putting the artist at the heart, new music first and creating a source of inspirational music that is always there, easy to find and simple to listen to and engage. 



Jazz in the Round:

Celebrate the launch of One Jazz at Jazz in the Round on 27 May with Rob Luft’s quintet featuring Joe Wright on tenor saxophone, Tom McCredie on bass guitar and Corrie Dick on drums & percussion with special guest Alice Zawadzki on violin & vocals, Rachel Musson and Luke Bacchus.

One Jazz:

One Jazz will initially be available online, on mobile and can be heard instantly on Alexa compatible smart speakers by asking, “Alexa, play One Jazz” and added to new platforms in the future. 

Chris Philips and Jez Nelson first created jazz pirate radio station K-Jazz in the late 1980s. Since then, they have hosted jazz radio on Jazz FM and the BBC. They have also promoted many live events and supported jazz in a myriad of ways including curating the Jazz at the Round concert series at The Cockpit featuring the most innovative new artists on the scene and a yearly presence at Love Supreme festival. Until recently, Nelson also ran the media production company Somethin’ Else, which became part of Sony Music Entertainment in 2021.

One Jazz is a not-for-profit, self-funded organisation. A combination of donation, advertising and sponsorship, merchandise and events will be sought to generate income to cover costs and pay colleagues who contribute.

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