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The Music That Made Me returns to Jazz FM on May 12th 2024.

Thursday, May 09, 2024

Running weekly until the end of June Jazz FM’s in-depth interview series ‘The Music That Made Me’ returns for a fifth outing from Sunday 12th May. Press release attached.

We have received the following press release;

In depth interview series ‘The Music That Made Me’ returns to Jazz FM for season 5.

The acclaimed series is back for a fifth outing.

Jazz FM’s in-depth interview series ‘The Music That Made Me’ returns for a fifth outing from Sunday 12th May.  Running weekly until the end of June for eight weeks the series talks to a who’s who of jazz, soul and blues stars.

This series features UK music legend Sir Van Morrison, Brazilian guitarist Carlos Santana, US pianist Bruce Hornsby, Grammy® winning Mishell Ndegeocello, soul singer Betty Lavette, British jazz vocal royalty Norma Winstone and legendary record producer, musician and Blue Note CEO Don Was.  The series first conversation sees Jazz FM’s breakfast show host Nigel Williams in conversation with multiple Grammy and Jazz FM Award winning New Orleans artist Jon Batiste.

Between them all eight legendary guests have been nominated for an astonishing 87 Grammy® award nominations, with an impressive 28 wins!

Among the highlights this season, Jon Batiste charts his incredible rise to fame from the humble street bands of New Orleans, while Bruce Hornsby explains why jazz has had a profound influence on his entire career, British jazz legend Norma Winstone looks back over her 70 years of singing with some incredible stories and Santana casts his mind back to Woodstock in 1969.

Nick Pitts – Jazz FM and Scala Radio Content Director – says “Since 2020, The Music That Made Me has brought together the stories and influences of over 28 music legends through thorough and in-depth conversations.  These have included household names like Gregroy Porter, Norah Jones, Nile Rodgers and Jamie Cullum, plus jazz legends like Pat Metheny, Sergio Mendes, Ramsey Lewis and Esperanza Spalding, and this series promises to be just as exciting.

We know that our listeners love to hear influential jazz musicians talking about what gets them going and made them what they are today, and I know that they’ll be leaning in and taking in every word as the latest eight contributors thrill us with their story so far.”

All previous 28 episodes of this series are available to listen to on or via the Jazz FM App.  New episodes will also be available online immediately after transmission.


Eight legends of jazz, soul and blues talk about their musical journey and influences.


The Music That Made Me, Series 5
Starting Sunday 12th May until 20th June between 9-10pm)
Presenter: Nigel Williams
Producer: Chris Gilvear
A Jazz FM Production


12th – Jon Batiste

19th – Sir Van Morrison

26th – Carlos Santana


2nd – Norma Winstone

9th – Bruce Hornsby

16th – Meshell Ndegeocello

23rd – Don Was

30th – Bettye Lavette


About Jazz FM:
Jazz FM is the largest commercial jazz station in the world, celebrating the complete spectrum of Jazz in all its colourful forms since 1990. Jazz FM broadcasters, producers and team are true devotees, with a deep love and understanding of their particular jazz shade, their passion is vivid, their enthusiasm infectious, sharing the finest jazz with everyone.
As the UK’s only dedicated Jazz broadcaster, Jazz FM is on a mission to entertain, promote and celebrate all that’s great about Jazz. Involvement with national festivals and awards is part of this - setting the bar high for live performance, recognising outstanding talent and strengthening the Jazz community.
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