Jazz Is………. On Pure Jazz Radio

Pure Jazz Radio

Chris Hodgkins  presents a programme Jazz Is…… on Pure Jazz Radio

Pure  Jazz Radio, started on the 1st January 2009 with a few dozen listeners, emerged as the “Internet Jazz Radio Station of Record”. We not only play great jazz but are the home of some of best jazz presenters in the world. Pure Jazz Radio also promotes the jazz scene world wide and talks with some of the leading talent regarding their latest projects. If it is happening – and its – jazz – you’ll hear it here at Pure Jazz Radio

Rich Keith, General Manager, Pure Jazz Radio – New York

Jazz is a broad church that has developed an  incredibly diverse range of musics with a global reach. When there is an altercation in the choir stalls about what jazz is, some one is reinventing jazz and building an extension to the church. The programme Jazz Is  illustrates the rich history of jazz and the  happening jazz of today.

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 hereand 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.

Recently released two albums,  Chris Hodgkins And His Band – Retrospection and Remembering John Evans. Chris worked with John Evans for over 30 years.

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.

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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 TipsGuide To Getting Your Music On The Radio which have  been revised September 2017 and two recent publications theGuide 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

Further details on Chris is available at:www.chrishodgkins.co.uk

Details of his latest album releases can be seen at: https://chrishodgkins.bandcamp.com/

Each week the playlist will be posted detailing the tunes played, the musician, band, album and composers.