Sunday Jazz Lounge with Natalia Farran - 22/10/2017

October 22, 2017


In today's episode of Sunday Jazz Lounge we feature our very first live performance! I can hardly contain my excitement as I delight in the gorgeous harmonies of local jazz superstars Heather Simmons, Debbie Bines and Dave Cooke: the spectacular Daisy Bowlers. We'll listen to some of their recordings as well as their live performance, and I will join them on a number at the end of their live segment. My colleague Doug Kaye sends in a report from the jazz trenches and tells us all about the grand opening of the Jazz Café and Living Jazz Heritage Room, in Southend; and we will hear other fabulous vocal jazz groups, such as The Andrews Sisters, The Manhattan Transfer, The Ink Spots and Lambert, Hendricks & Ross, amongst other vocal gems. Don't miss this uplifting and life-affirming edition of Sunday Jazz Lounge!



Yes, Sir, That's my Baby (Kahn/Donaldson) - The Daisy Bowlers

Saving All your Honey for Me (Heather Simmons) - The Daisy Bowlers

Life is Sweet to a Daisy Bowler Beat (Heather Simmons) - The Daisy Bowlers

Five Foot Two (Henderson/Young/Lewis) - The Daisy Bowlers

Bésame mucho (Consuelo Velázquez) - The Daisy Bowlers with Natalia Farran


Heather Simmons on double bass and vocals

Debbie Bines on ukulele, kazoo and vocals

Dave Cooke on guitar and vocals

Natalia Farran guest vocals on second half of last track


You can buy their new album "Music to smile to" on

Heather's CD "I'm Old Fashioned" is available on CD Baby and iTunes.




That Man (Caro Emerald) The Daisy Bowlers

Tea for Two (Youmans/Caesar) The Daisy Bowlers

My Clock is Tickin' (Heather Simmons) The Daisy Bowlers

Roll on Mississipi (Kye Fleming/Dennis Morgan) The Daisy Bowlers

If I Had a Dime (Heather Simmons)


Rum and Coca Cola - The Andrews Sisters

Hold Tight - The Andrews Sisters

Home Cookin' - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Halloween Spooks - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross 

Come on Home - Lambert, Hendricks & Ross

Java Jive - The Ink Spots

Four Brothers - The Manhattan Transfer

Gloria - The Manhattan Transfer

Chanson d'Amour - The Manhattan Transfer

Dust My Broom – Cassandra Wilson

Little Room – Norah Jones

You’re the Boss – LaVerne Baker and Jimmy Ricks

The Walking Band- Clyde Stubblefield

Nobody's Princess - Natalia Farran

Willow Weep for Me – Lou Rawls

Sunday Jazz Lounge with Natalia Farran - 24/09/2017

September 24, 2017

Natalia Farran in conversation with Doug Kaye
In the first part of the show we have a delicious Latin Jazz selection for you - from Celia Cruz to Snowboy - and in the second half Doug delights us with groove-filled classics and hidden jazz gems. Enjoy the show!


La Paloma Azul - Dave Brubeck
Caravan - Duke Ellington
Mambo Rift - Bebo Valdes
Burundanga - Celia Cruz
Dragnet Mambo - Machito
Mambo Inn - Johnny Pacheco
Taxi Driver - Charlie Palmieri
Tumbao - Ruben Gonzalez
La Epocas Del Palladium - Snowboy and the Latin Section
Yo ya me cure - Jerry Gonzalez


Let's Get Lost - Chet Baker
Milestones - Mark Murphy
He Perdido Contigo - Omara Portuondo
Rolling Stone =- Mose Allison
Up City - Calvin Newborn
Lonely In Paris - Julie London
Doodlin' - Georgie Fame
Young Blood - Buddy Rich
Cosmic Ray - Ray Charles and Milt Jackson


Sunday Jazz Lounge with Natalia Farran - 23/07/2017

July 23, 2017

For our third edition of Sunday Jazz Lounge I decided to do something different - a special program with some of my favourite jazz tracks: just me playing records for your listening pleasure. I talk about the Jazz Centre UK and local jazz club Annie’s Jazz and read excerpts from interviews with Miles Davis and Cleo Laine, amongst others; play some vinyl treasures which I found at a charity shop for fifty pence (for a 1958 pressing of George Shearing’s Latin Affair!), offer my musings about the universal art form that is jazz, and marvel at the extraordinary sounds of John Coltrane, Oscar Peterson, Nina Simone, Basie, Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, Wes Montgomery, Jimmy Smith, Cassandra Wilson and more.

If you fancy a mellow, uplifting, cool and definitely groovy selection of music, this program is for you!

My Favourite Things - John Coltrane
Con Poco Coco - Bebo Valdés
Caravan - Duke Ellington
What Is This Thing Called Love - Dave Brubeck
Zambia - Ben Sidran
Margie - Oscar Peterson
Indiana - Oscar Peterson
Tequila - Wes Montgomery
The Jumpin' Blues - Jimmy Smith
Shulie a Bop - Sarah Vaughan
Do I Move You? - Nina Simone
Pennies From Heaven - Sarah Vaughan
Blues For Mama - Nina Simone
If I Knew Then (What I Know Now) - Sarah Vaughan
Body And Soul - Sarah Vaughan
They Can't Take That Away From Me - Sarah Vaughan
Linger Awhile - Sarah Vaughan
Give Me The Simple Life - Dakota Staton
If I Could Be With You - Julie London
Estampa Cubana - George Shearing
Juana Palangana - George Shearing
This Is Africa - George Shearing
After Supper - Count Basie
Cong-Go - Duke Ellington
Teddy The Toad - Count Basie
Billie's Bounce - Miles Davis
Run The VooDoo Down - Cassandra Wilson
Sinner's Prayer - Ray Charles with B.B. King
Baby Ain't I Good To You - Helen Merrill

Sunday Jazz Lounge with Natalia Farran - 25/06/2017

June 25, 2017

Our special guest today is Mick Foster, a saxophonist, clarinettist and composer who has worked with John Dankworth, Stan Sulzmann and Mike Garrick, The Humphrey Lyttelton Band, The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Dame Cleo Laine, Jacqui Dankworth, Guy Barker, Digby Fairweather, Swing Out Sister and the BBC Concert Orchestra, to name a few. Mick has recorded three albums under his own name and his session work credits include Predator, The Penguins Of Madagascar, Strictly Come Dancing and Downton Abbey.

Your host Natalia Farran and Mick Foster discuss some of the greatest jazz arrangers of all time. You will hear some of Mick’s compositions, from classical to jazz, as well as some uplifting Dixieland with Mick playing with local legends Digby Fairweather and Dave Hackbridge Johnson.

Which is Mick’s favourite saxophone? What’s the relationship between the instrument you choose to play and your speaking voice? Who is Miles Evans? Tune in to find out!

We also discuss the differences between UK and US jazz, what’s cooking in today’s jazz scene and listen to a few more vocalists, continuing from last month’s fascinating conversation with Simon Spillett.

1 Mellow Blue (Clarissa Farran/Natalia Farran) - Natalia Farran, a.k.a. Miss Graves, from the album Nobody’s Princess)
2 Reunion (Gerry Mulligan) from Mick Foster’s album Four Views, 2012
3 All of Me (Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons) performed by We Three – Mick Foster, Digby Fairweather and Dave Hackbridge Johnson)
4 October Dances (Mick Foster) performed by Yeu-Meng Chan and Mick Foster
5 Where the Rain Falls (Mick Foster) With Jackie Dankworth
6 Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington)
7 Jaleos (Ramón Farrán) – two fragments of Jaleos, from movements 3 & 4 (Pau and Loa-Nana), ONJAZZ, Spanish National Jazz Orchestra
8 S’Wonderful (George & Ira Gershwin) - Ella Fitzgerald, arranged by Nelson Riddle
9 Little Brown Jug (Glenn Miller)
10 Springsville (Miles Davis) from Miles Ahead, arranged by Gil Evans
11 Tomorrow’s World (John Dankworth)
12 Pirates (Laura Jurd) With Lauren Kinsella, from the album Human Spirit
13 Do I Love You? (Cole Porter) Peggy Lee with George Shearing (from the album Beauty and the Beat!)
14 Rags and Old Iron (Norman Curtis/Oscar Brown Jr) - Nina Simone, from the album Nina’s Choice
15 Chet Baker – Let’s Get Lost (Jimmy McHugh/Frank Loesser)
16 I Got Plenty o’ Nuthin’ (George Gershwin) – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong (from the album Ella and Louis sing Gershwin)
17 You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” (Cole Porter) - Helen Merrill, from her debut album Helen Merrill, with Clifford Brown
18 Now You Has Jazz (Cole Porter) - Bing Crosby and Louis Armstrong, from the soundtrack of High Society
19 Look Here (Ben Sidran), from the album The Concert for García Lorca

Sunday Jazz Lounge with Natalia Farran - 28/05/2017

May 28, 2017

Every third Sunday, 7-9 pm
Jazz vocalist Natalia Farran in conversation with international jazz stars. Featuring a wide array of jazz, from classic jazz to Latin, from symphonic to far out!
Tune in for cool jazz and hot interviews... the perfect soundtrack for your Sunday evenings.

FIRST SHOW - with special guest Simon Spillett

Natalia talks to award-winning tenor sax sensation and author Simon Spillett. This program is dedicated to jazz vocalists and features the extraordinary talent of Blossom Dearie, Anita O'Day, Julie London, Nat Cole, Salena Jones and Astrud Gilberto, amongst many others. Simon and Natalia discuss lyrics, the art of good delivery and diction, why vocalists have the most delicate of instruments and are never "just singers', and have a little rant about mobile phone overuse at live music events and the evils of YouTube! Jazz anecdotes aplenty and fantastic tunes. All this, plus some beatnik philosophy, a barking dog and a very loud passing motorbike below the radio studio. George Crockford produces and puts some order into the proceedings.

Bass House (Jimmy Deuchar), from Simon Spillett's album Square One
Something Happens To Me - Blossom Dearie
Young and Foolish - Tony Bennett and Bill Evans
Shiny Stockings - Karin Krog and Dexter Gordon
Listen to that Fool Talk - Ben Sidran (Bumpin' at the Sunside!)
Who Needs Forever - Astrud Gilberto (featuring Tubby Hayes)
We're A Couple of Losers - Salena Jones
The Song of The Sabia - Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim
My One and Only Love - Doris Day with the André Previn Trio
Blame It On My Youth - Nat 'King' Cole
It Could Happen To You - Julie London
Bye, Bye Love - Ray Charles
Happy Talk - Nancy Wilson with Cannonball Adderley
Hideaway - Georgie Fame
I Guess I Just Wasn't Made For These Times - Carmen McRae
This Is Always - Annie Ross with Gerry Mulligan
Señor Blues - Anita O'Day
Blinded by Love - Natalia Farran (from the album Nobody's Princess)