Somethin’ Else with Jez Nelson
Jez Nelson has had a long and varied history as a jazz broadcaster. In the mid-80s, frustrated by the lack of jazz on the radio, he along with fellow Jazz FM presenter Chris Philips and DJ Gilles Peterson set up a jazz-only pirate radio station, K Jazz, which survived for two years.
After studying for a post-grad degree in radio journalism in the late 80s, Jez joined Jazz FM shortly after we won the London licence in 1989 and presented the nightly four-hour programme Somethin' Else from launch show playing contemporary and classic jazz of all kinds. During this time, Jez interviewed many jazz stars including Herbie Hancock, Nina Simone, Wayne Shorter and Sun Ra.
Jez has also presented various programmes for BBC-TV including Tomorrow's World and until recently ‘Jazz on 3’ on Radio 3 for just over 18 years. He also is the creator and host of the monthly ‘Jazz In The Round’ concert-event that takes place at The Cockpit Theatre in London and runs the highly successful content agency, also called Somethin’ Else.
On coming back to Jazz FM to revive Somethin’ Else, Jez said “It’s very exciting to be returning to the place where I began my (legal) radio career. The revived Somethin’ Else will maintain the original spirit - musically eclectic and open minded, discovering and sharing great sounds.” Somethin' Else with Jez Nelson on Sundays at 10pm.
Listen to Somethin' Else on Mixcloud