New Jazz Series on BBC2

BBC Radio 2 have announced a new ten-part documentary series called Jazz Junctions, which explores the ever-changing journey of jazz through its 100-year history. Launching at 10pm on Wednesday 6 October 2010, the ten-part series is presented by British trumpet maestro Guy Barker, and will explore one of the 20th century’s defining art forms.

All music changes over the years as social and personal tastes shift, and jazz is no exception. Each one-hour episode of Jazz Junctions focuses on different aspects of jazz, identifying the defining turning points and pivotal events that shaped jazz history, discovering along the way some of the extraordinary innovations, stories and larger-than-life characters at each step and turn, on every page and in every groove.

Intercut with archive interviews with jazz greats from the past, are contributions from more than fifty living legends of their craft, including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Buddy DeFranco, Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath, Roy Haynes, Ron Carter, Jimmy Cobb, Lou Donaldson and Sir Charles Thompson.

“Jazz Junctions promises to be a truly fascinating exploration of the timeless attraction of jazz and an appointment to listen for all music-lovers everywhere” comments Radio 2 and 6 Music Head of Programmes, Lewis Carnie.

Presenter Guy Barker adds: “As a musician, I’m really impressed with the range of talent showcased in this series and very much look forward to introducing what to me is a definitive jazz hall of fame.”

Jazz Services and Jazz UK magazine are hopeful that this exciting series - written by well respected journalists and broadcasters Russell Davies, Brian Priestley and Dave Gelly - represents a new and increased commitment from the BBC in its presentation of jazz on both radio and television.