New radio station launches

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 28, 2006

Christmas Day saw the launch of an all-new digital radio station called thejazz.
Available on DAB, on Sky and NTL’s radio channels and online at, the station will play a range of music across the jazz genre and plans to engage listeners in a debate throughout 2007 by asking listeners to discuss “What is jazz?”

Darren Henley, station manager of Classic FM and thejazz, says: “Just as Classic FM has taken classical music into the mainstream, so we want to make jazz a part of everyday life in the UK.”

The digital-only station, which went on air at 9am on Christmas Day, will operate as a sister service to GCap-owned Classic FM.

Like Classic, GCap hopes theJazz will develop as a brand across live concerts, CDs, books, podcasts, downloads, a website and TV programming.

According the website

theJazz will play a wide range of jazz genres such as bebop, swing, cool jazz, trad, blues and modern jazz.

Some of the artists featured on the station will include Miles Davis, Ray Charles, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Charles Mingus, Louis Armstrong, Weather Report, Branford Marsalis, Denys Baptiste, Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall and Madeleine Peyroux to name but a few.

Our full playlist will follow in January 2007.

Only time will tell just how much of the programming will be blues. I will pass on more information as I receive it.

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