Andrew Cartmel, Frank Griffith, and Adam Sieff are three familiar names to LJN readers. All three have recently taken to the airwaves with their own jazz radio shows. Report / interviews by Izzy Blankfield.
“It was something I had dreamed of all my life”, writer, former Doctor Who screenwriter and jazz fan since forever André Cartmel tell me. Cartmel’s show The Jazz Lounge began in March with an exchange on Twitter: “Someone by the name of Shea Coffey got in touch, who had just started a radio station called Medway Pride. She wanted to interview me, and then she asked me if I wanted to do my own show. I always wanted to have a jazz radio show! I am extremely grateful to Shea for making this possible.
Frank Griffith is now in its twenty-eighth episode of Jazz cave with the online platform MyKindaMusic24 and records a monthly community-oriented broadcast on Liverpool Community Radio. Renowned musician, composer and educator, Griffith enjoys communicating with a new kind of audience. “I teach a lot on the radio! It naturally occurs to me to say more than just “that was the track” – I always give a date and a context. And sometimes a listener just wants to hear the music, so I don’t want to buzz. “
Former Director of Jazz at Sony Music and currently Advisor to the Board of Directors of Gearbox Records, Adam sieff recorded the first episode of his new radio show, Jazz on the beach, last week: “It’s a chance to do something new and different and have fun with it!” Sieff was persuaded to record a weekly show on Kent’s local Deal Radio station by a friend, Roger Brockbank, who does a world music show on the same platform. “Why not?” Sieff laughs: “It’s two hours talking to me!”
All three shows are kind of a passionate project, giving Sieff, Cartmel and Griffith the chance to share the music they love with listeners. Griffith’s Show celebrates the music of artists who don’t get much airing alongside well-known tunes – and he’s accepting requests! “I choose a theme for the show – it could be a particular artist, a certain style of jazz, or new releases. I can share new songs with people I love, and I think I can get Miles Davis to participate in most of my concerts.
The Jazz Lounge, with Cartmel, is to forge improbable links. “I like to strike a balance between instrumental and vocal jazz. With a two hour show, I can play two different versions of the same song to contrast and compare. My favorite thing to do is play a song and then play something from a whole different sound world – connect people to music and connect one piece of music to another in a way that never happened. never produced before. Like forming synapses in a big musical brain!
Message from Jazz on the beach is simple, according to Sieff: “It’s stuff that I like, that I think others might like. Through a mix of classic jazz records and new tracks, Sieff’s show aims to welcome new listeners from the local community. “I want to get people to listen to people who may not know much about jazz or even who don’t like jazz, and see if we can guide them to the right things!” I’m trying to do something that is truly an inclusive local show. Deal is a very special place and I would love to involve the local people.
Getting into the radio game is not without difficulties. As Griffith and Cartmel discovered, the main challenge has been the technology. “It’s a bit of a learning curve to learn how to use the software! says Griffith, who pre-records his weekly MyKindaMusic24 show but broadcasts live on Liverpool Community Radio. “You can’t just sit there talking, there was a lot of trial and error with friends who helped me out. Depending on what type of show I’m hosting, it might take 3 or 4 hours.
Cartmel got acquainted with his home recording studio through a little hard love. “I’ve done 33 shows now, but the first 30 were technically awful, because I was using such a poor mic,” he laughs. “A friend who had worked as a professional on local radio for decades contacted me and said, ‘Get rid of your microphone and buy a suitable one! He sent me a long email with all the things I was doing wrong, but the wonderful thing was that he clearly thought I was worth the encouragement!
Although Cartmel, Griffith, and Sieff are at different stages of their radio journey, they all agree that radio is a very special platform. “It’s mobile, it’s accessible – you can even listen to it in your car,” says Griffith, who reached listeners in Russia and Japan with Jazz cave.
“You provide a connection to the people and the business,” says Cartmel. “You are a friend they have never met and you play music that they love. And this is the backdrop to their life. Sieff agrees that this personal level sets radio apart from other listening modes: “In a world where people want things on demand, sometimes it’s nice to have a filter – to have some sort of curation or programming. . Maybe I can direct people where to start.
Jazz on the beach with Adam Sieff is Wednesday at 10 p.m. on Deal Radio
The Jazz Lounge with Andrew Cartmel is Sunday at 2 p.m. on Medway Pride Radio, repeated Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Jazz Cavern with Frank Griffith is Thursday at 9 p.m. on MyKindaMusic24, repeated Thursday at midnight and Sunday at 6 p.m., and Friday at 2 p.m., Saturday at 4 p.m. and Tuesday at 4 p.m. on Liverpool Community Radio 106.7FM