Chris Hodgkins joined the station in September 2014 with a weekly show called Jazz Then and Now.
The concept of the show is as Chris puts it “what it says on the tin”. Chris will be delving into the history of the music and present what is happening on the scene today with a watchful eye on British contemporary jazz. The show will run every Monday at 3pm and 8pm repeated on Wednesdays; and complements Todd’s Turntable by Todd Gordon which runs on Sundays at 12pm repeated Wednesday evenings.
Each week the play list will be posted detailing the tunes played, the musician or band, album and composers. The playlist can be found at: Jazz Then And Now
Chris was raised in Cardiff. He co-founded the Welsh Jazz Festival and was instrumental in establishing the Welsh Jazz Society. As a professional trumpeter, Chris has toured the UK and Europe, appearing at the Sacramento Jazz Festival in the USA. The Chris Hodgkins Band made a name for itself supporting the likes of Buddy Tate, Humphrey Lyttelton, Kathy Stobart, Bud Freeman and Wild Bill Davison.
Chris Hodgkins retired after 29 years as the Director of Jazz Services, the national support charity for jazz music and musicians. During his time at the organisation, he was honoured for his Services to Jazz at the 2002 BBC Jazz Awards and in July 2013 at the British Jazz Awards. Chris was awarded the Services to Jazz Award at the Parliamentary Jazz Awards in March 2015. Despite his successes championing British jazz he still found the time to play himself, and as a musician released several albums with his various groups, including 2009’s Boswell’s London Journal, which was reviewed as ‘CD of the Week’ in the Evening Standard. With his days of administration behind him, Chris has returned to the road, the radio and the recording studio.
In July 2017 Chris was appointed by the All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group to act as their Secretariat. Details can be found at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group Details of the recipients of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards supported by PizzaexpressLive can be found at: Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2018 and a video of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2017 at the PizzaExpress Live at Holborn here and details of the Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2019 here
Recent lobbying and position papers can be seen at: All Party Parliamentary Jazz Appreciation Group
The 2020 Parliamentary Jazz Awards, took place online on Tuesday 30th June 2020. Details of the recipients can be found here
Awards took place in 2021 and the 2022 Awards were celebrated recently at the Pizza Express on the 5th July.
Also released is Lenore Raphael, Wayne Wilkinson and Chris Hodgkins at PizzaExpress Live, Dean Street, London, The album was launched, with special guest Alison Rayner, at the PizzaExpress, lunchtime on the 11th November as part of the London Jazz Festival 2017. Two new album releases are planned for Autumn 2021.
Chris has published on the Music Business Resource page a free download “Where do you want to be – a business planning manual for jazz music students and musicians.” Also on the Online Music Business Resource are three additions; the Guide To Marketing Your Band, Funding Tips, Guide To Getting Your Music On The Radio, which have been revised September 2017 and two recent publications the Guide To Music Organisations– Including Copyright, royalties and IRCSs and A Quick Guide to Contracts for Jazz Musicians all are available as free downloads on the Online Music Business Resource page.
A new publication We Love You Madly – A Concise Guide To Good Communications is available free here
You can stream Jazz London Radio Here
Further details on Chris is available at: www.chrishodgkins.co.uk
Details of his latest CD releases can be seen oat his Bandcamp page https://chrishodgkins.bandcamp.com/
Jazz Then And Now – “It must be one of the most eclectic jazz radio shows out there.” Bill Trythall at Beaconville Music PR
Chris interviewed Clark Tracey on the publication of his book, The Godfather of British Jazz – The Life and Music of Stan Tracey and also Clark’s career in jazz and what the future holds. Clark’s book is published by Equinox, www.equinoxpub.com
The interview can be heard here: Jazz London Radio Interview Series – Clark Tracey
“The idea to broadcast a jazz radio station out of London was born in 2014. Inspired by the radio stations I heard on satellite radio from France, Italy and Germany in the 1990s and early 2000s, I wanted a radio station which covers a range of music, primarily in the jazz setting. Having spent my student years listening to John Peel on BBC Radio 1, the idea of music played on the radio without any real categorisation appealed to me greatly. The result, daily playlists which mix all of this music together under the great jazz umbrella, music played in the jazz spirit of creativity and freedom, whether that be indie, electronica or straight ahead jazz.” Station Owner and Programme Director: Laurie Burnette
The Presenters on Jazz London Radio are important figures on the London and British jazz scene. The Presenters you will hear throughout October are:
Andrea Vicari, Chris Hodgkins, Deirdre Cartwright, Emily Saunders, Johnny Mooney, Kevin Davy, Liv Fernandes, DJs Jazz na Casa and Todd Gordon.
Biographies of all Presenters can be perused here