We might not know exactly what is replacing Jazz On 3 in the new revamped BBC Radio 3 schedule, though we do know Alyn Shipton will be exec producer and that Puppini Sister Emma Smith might be one of the presenters, thanks to a hint in her interview with London Jazz News (see here). What is official is where we will be able to find presenter Jez Nelson following the ending of his company Somethin’ Else’s relationship with JON3.
Jazz FM is delighted to announce that Jez Nelson and his programme “Somethin’ Else” is to return to the national digital radio station on Saturday nights.Jez was one of the founder presenters of Jazz FM, joining the fledgling station to host a nightly show from day one in 1990. Returning on 2 April “Somethin’ Else with Jez Nelson” will allow Jez to share his passion for a wide range of jazz, with a mixture of the strongest new music and classics from his 10,000 strong jazz album collection. There’ll also be occasional guests and live music.He announced this new appointment at his monthly “Jazz In The Round” gig [this evening], where he was also recording his last Jazz on 3 programme which he finishes presenting at the end of the month. Jez is also founder and CEO of Somethin’ Else, the award winning content and production company.Jez said: “Jazz FM has always been dear to my heart. It’s where I cut my teeth as a (legal) broadcaster. My greatest passion is sharing the music I’m mad about with as many people as I can and I genuinely believe jazz is as strong and vital as it’s ever been. I’m really excited that I’m going to be able to dig in to my library again as well as continue what I’ve done for 30 odd years – play the best in contemporary jazz.”Jazz FM’s Head of Music Chris Philips said: “Jez is a Jazz FM original. As we return to national DAB in stereo, our sound continues to evolve with Jez’s timely return. The legendary Somethin’ Else programme is in Jazz FM history, forging new ground for the music. As a life-long friend and colleague of Jez I know his knowledge and love of our music is a perfect fit. It’s great to welcome him back home.”
- Somethin’ Else with Jez Nelson starts on Saturday 2 April, 10pm-midnight. More about Jazz FM here.