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BBC radio stations and Jazz FM team up with more content than ever before on a temporary digital BBC Music radio station in November...

It was announced at the launch of EFG London Jazz Festival that BBC Music Jazz, a pop-up radio station, will return from 10-14 November 2016 for five days of broadcasting. Last year saw the inaugural run of the temporary station, which ran for 41 hours over four days. This year’s pop-up is bigger in ambition and scale, with a marathon 96 hours of continuous content.

A collaboration between BBC Music, BBC Radio and Jazz FM, the 2016 pop-up sees commercial and public service broadcaster come together for a diverse range of the best jazz music for everyone from jazz novices to connoisseurs. It will feature all-star presenters, and performers, archive gems, live content from BBC Radio 3’s collaboration with EFG London Jazz Festival, bespoke content from BBC Radio 2, 3, 4, 6 Music, BBC Radio Scotland and Jazz FM.

Alan Davey, Controller of BBC Radio 3, said, "As a station Radio 3 has an illustrious history of broadcasting jazz and connecting audiences with pioneering music and culture, as well as supporting new talent and broadcasting from major festivals like EFG London Jazz Festival. What better way to help celebrate our 70th anniversary than to come together once again with our sister BBC radio stations and Jazz FM to bring an astonishing amount of new and archive content to jazz obsessives, the uninitiated and everyone in between."

Jonathan Arendt, CEO Jazz FM, added, "It’s a privilege to be working with BBC Music and Radio 3 again following our groundbreaking collaboration in 2015 with the EFG London Jazz Festival. This year’s pop-up digital radio station will reflect the tangible increase in popularity for jazz across the UK over the last year. We are delighted that the station will include substantially more content from Jazz FM with specially commissioned shows and some of our most popular archive material."

Claire Whitaker on behalf of Serious, producers of EFG London Jazz Festival, was also happy about the Festival's involvement in the collaboration saying, "The Festival is committed to engaging both live and digital audiences and enriching the experience for all; BBC Music Jazz is the perfect platform to realise this ambition."

Key BBC radio content highlights include over 25 hours of jazz documentary programming from the BBC archive, featuring jazz icons such as Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. A BBC Radio Scotland series, Godfathers Of Jazz, explores the work of great pioneers of the genre, including Lalo Schifrin, Herbie Hancock and Tony Bennett, who is 90 this year.

Jools Holland presents Leader Of The Band: Chris Barber Story, a two-part documentary about the trombonist, bassist, bandleader and pioneer of British jazz and blues. Jamie Cullum presents several programmes of interview and performance highlights from his Radio 2 programme, including a special BBC Music Introducing show.

All four of Radio 3’s dedicated jazz strands feature on the pop-up schedule, with Soweto Kinch presenting Jazz Now live from Pizza Express, and special editions of Jazz Line-up, Jazz Record Requests and Geoffrey Smith’s Jazz. Host of Radio 3’s poetry and spoken word programme The Verb Ian McMillan presents The Jazzverb, and Tom Service presents a special jazz edition of The Listening Service. As part of its partnership with EFG London Jazz Festival, Radio 3 broadcasts several live concerts starting with Jazz Voice, which opens the Festival.

Highlights of Jazz FM’s programming include evenings celebrating great jazz icons Quincy Jones and Cleo Laine. David Bowie Jazz Genie looks at the influence of Bowie on generations of jazz musicians, and at the influence jazz had over Bowie’s music. Jazz FM also explores the differences between the British and New York jazz scenes with special editions of two regular programmes; TransAtlantic Jazz with Marcus Miller and True Brit with Helen Mayhew. Former Radio 3 presenter Jez Nelson - who re-joined the commercial station in the spring of this year - returns to the BBC with a special edition of his Jazz FM show Somethin’ Else.

More information and full schedule will be announced in due course.

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