Jazz FM and Deezer curate new ‘Jazz Stories’ radio strand

The partners will delve into music history exploring five iconic labels

Global music streaming service Deezer has exclusively partnered with Jazz FM, to launch the new ‘Jazz Stories’ radio strand. Each week, a Jazz FM presenter will discuss the fascinating history of five iconic jazz labels, slotted into playlists of exceptional, hand-picked jazz.

The first ‘Jazz Stories’ playlist kicks off with Helen Mayhew discussing Universal’s record label ‘Impulse!’. In between every track, Helen’s commentary includes facts on the label’s inception, the track’s history and the artist. Music includes pieces from legendary John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins and Michael Brecker.

The second episode explores the history of Blue Note (Universal) and is hosted by Chris Philips including music from heritage artists like Art Blakey and Thelonious Monk then right up to 2018 with contemporary stars such as Gregory Porter and Robert Glasper.

More episodes will come from presenters including Jez Nelson and David Freeman, and there will be a chance to hear the stories behind Colombia (Sony), Atlantic (Warner) and ECM (Universal). 

Chris Baughen, VP of Content & Formats at Deezer commented: “We’re delighted to partner with Jazz FM to take users on a journey of musical discovery. Every week, fans can learn about the labels behind some of the most renowned artists, while enjoying a hand-picked selection of huge jazz cuts. Combining Jazz FM audio commentary with music also means users can enjoy the discussion format of radio but with the ability to pause, pick up and listen whenever they want on Deezer.”

Nick Pitts, Content Director at Jazz FM commented: “As the world’s leading Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is home to many of the world’s most knowledgeable presenters. With a truly innovative blend of expert curation, fascinating commentary and outstanding music we are proud to be partnering with Deezer to produce and present exclusive playlists on the legendary jazz music labels.”

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