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The Jazz Show with John Hellings on the BBC
John Hellings

Call the show on 01782 208008

Text the show on 07786202946

John Hellings is the presenter of the BBC's jazz show in the Midlands, which is heard by thousands all over the world using the BBC's i-Player.

It goes out live between 7-9pm on Wednesdays from BBC Radio Stoke's studios, and can also be heard for a further seven days on the BBC i-Player.

John plays a huge range of music from the earliest recorded Jazz, through Big Band and Bebop, to the latest releases.

There's also gig news, and interviews and your memories and requests.

John Hellings - jazz man

When most of his mates were into Elvis and Bill Haley, a young John Hellings was enjoying the music of Ted Heath.

It wasn't long before he was buying everything from Gerry Mulligan to Earl Bostic and Gene Norman's Just Jazz Concerts.

From 78s he moved on to the new fangled LPs - Dave Brubeck concerts, Shorty Rogers albums and so on.

Over the years he's seen the the Modern Jazz Quartet and Ella Fitzgerald.

In love with radio

Fast forward to the early 80s and a middle aged jazz lover shared his affections with a new love, radio. After cutting his teeth on hospital radio, he was offered two hours a week to present a jazz programme on a local commercial station.

He's been presenting jazz radio in one form or another ever since, including the Big Bands Show on the BBC across the Midlands for many years.

He said: "It's great to be playing the music I grew up with, together with sounds that were around before my time. Added to this, is the newer music still being produced by young musicians today which only goes to underline the wonderful heritage that jazz has."




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