Sunday Jazz Lounge with Doug Kaye - Birthdays

April 15, 2018

Doug introduces two hours of great jazz and celebrates the birthdays of sevaral fanous jazz artists. 


Let's Have A Party - Amos Milburn
Jordu - Duke Jordan
Hoochie Coochie Man - Muddy Waters
Wee Hours Theme - Stanley Turrentine
Bernie's Tune - Gerry Muligan
I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - Billie Holiday
Od Devik Moon - Carmen McCrae
Orange Peel - Rueben Wilson
Bluesy - Art Van Damme
Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock
Any Old Time - Helen Forrest
Hittin' The Jug - Gene Ammons
Blues For Brando - Shorty Rogers
I Need Sugar - Bessie Smith
Anna - Arthur Alexander
I Wish You Would - Billy Boy Arnold
Nobody's Princess - Natalia and Co
Today - Herbie Mann
Cherokee - Lionel Hampton & Stan Getz
Dizzy Moods - Paul Chambers
Let's Face The Music And Dance - Ella Fitzgerald
If I Could With You (One Hour Tonight) - Billy Vera
You Can't Go Home - Billy Vera

Sunday Jazz Lounge with Doug Kaye and Natalia Farran

March 18, 2018


In today's programme the star instrument is the vibraphone (commonly known as vibes), an instrument with a unique mellow tone, a combination of percussion and melody which works especially well in the jazz language.
The vibraphone was invented in America in 1921 by Hermann Winterhoff of the Leedy Drum Co. and was almost immediately put to use by dance band and jazz musicians. Starting in the 1930s, a few orchestral composers started to occasionally incorporate it in their works. Like other keyboard percussion instruments, it requires a level of specialisation on the part of the performer to play well, and not every percussionist can be expected to be proficient on it. In the jazz idiom, a few players in particular have elevated the vibraphone to the status of a solo instrument, Milt Jackson and Lionel Hampton being two good examples.
We have some fantastic, diverse tracks that include vibes as the main instrument and as accompaniment. This show features artists such as Milt Jackson, Mike Mainieri, Lionel Hampton, Tubby Hayes, Gary Burton, Astrud Gilberto, Grant Green, Miles Davis, Bobby Hutcherson, Roy Ayers, Stan Getz and Herbie Mann.
Also on this show: Natalia sends us a fascinating interview with Phil Phillips, a British pianist and singer, excellent accompanist and composer, who has been working around the world since his teens and is still delighting audiences with his renditions of classic Latin and jazz numbers - as well as original compositions - and his extraordinary charisma and savoir faire.
What other skills did Sammy Davis Jr. have as well as singing? What do Juan Perón and Ava Gardner have in common? Is it true that Tubby Hayes and Ronnie Scott were "rock and roll sinners"? What's the link between Phil and Natalia's father? Phil's experience encompasses so much, from playing in jazz clubs in early 1960s Spain to becoming resident pianist at The Talk of the Town in London, surrounded by international celebrities such as Diana Ross and Judy Garland, plus a long and fruitful career on British television working with the likes of Bruce Forsyth and Ronnie Corbett. All this - and much, much more - in this month's exclusive interview.
Sadly, due to technical problems, we couldn't play his songs, but we hope to be able to do so in a forthcoming show.
We'll also remember special jazz birthdays in our new section.
We hope you enjoy the show!
With thanks to Jane Winterbottom.



Selim - Johnny Lytle
Blowin' The Blues Away - Buddy Rich
The Blues And Me - Georgie Fame
Seven Come Eleven - Charlei Christian
Stoned Soul Picnic - Roy Ayres
Big Bear - Cal Tjader & Getz
The Night Before - Herbie Mann
Why Not - Dave Pike

We'll Call You - Stan Tracey Quartet
Rapandas - Stan Tracey Quartet
Guys & Dolls - Eddie Costa
Jump For Joy - Mark Murphy
It Might As Well Be Spring - Astrud Gilberto
Autumn - Gary Burton

Interview by Natalia Farran Phil Phillips

Move - Red Norvo
Minor March - Miles Davis
The Kicker - Bobby Hutcherson

The Sunday Jazz Lounge with Doug Kaye

February 18, 2018


In this the first edition of Sunday Jazz Lounge in 2018, Natalia interviews acclaimed pianist, producer, singer and composer Ben Sidran in Madrid during his annual week-long engagement at the Cafe Central. Ben has recorded more than thirty solo albums, including the Grammy-nominated Concert for García Lorca, and produced recordings for such noted artists as Van Morrison, Diana Ross, Michael Franks, Rickie Lee Jones, Mose Allison and Steve Miller (with whom he co-wrote the hit song “Space Cowboy”). He is a film composer (Hoop Dreams, amongst others) and has authored two excellent books on the subject of jazz: Black Talk, a cultural history of the music, and Talking Jazz, a series of conversations with inspirational musicians. He continues to record, write, produce and tour the world. We will hear Ben’s thoughts on press and television, find out why the most revolutionary thing in the world is feeling good, his experiences at University in Brighton in the 1960s, his secrets as an interviewer, how working with musicians around the world has impacted his sound…and many other wonderful visionary nuggets of wisdom and humour. Accompanying him is his son Leo Sidran, a very successful drummer, singer, songwriter, composer and producer. Join us for champagne and jazz talk in a Madrid hotel room!

You will also hear a selection of fantastic tracks, in this edition focused around jazz pianists, including Ray Charles, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Dave Brubeck, Nat Cole, Martial Solal, Jutta Hipp and many other stars of the jazz firmament. Last but not least, in this show we will remember the extraordinary British pianist John "Critch" Critchinson, who left us recently... a great loss for British jazz.


Back 9 - Ben Sidran
Black Jack - Ben Sidran
For Margarita Xirgu - Ben Sidran
If You Live - Ben Sidran
Look Here - Ben Sidran
You Can't Judge A Book - Ben Sidran

What Is This Thing Called Love - Dave Brubeck
Criss Cross - Thelonius Monk
Willow Weep For Me = Ray Charles and David Newman
Sweet 16 Bars - Ray Charles

Congalegre - Horace Parlan
Blue Monk - Martial Solal
Don't You Leave Me Here - Jelly Roll Morton
This Here - Bobby Timmons
Straighten Up And Fly - Nat Cole
Moonlight In Vermont - Jutta Hipp
Come Over My House - Jay McShann
I Get A Kick Out Of You - Oscar Peterson


Sunday Jazz Lounge 26/11/2017

November 26, 2017


In this edition of Sunday Jazz Lounge, Natalia Farran and Doug Kaye converse with Ramón Farrán, Natalia’s father. The Spanish jazz legend will regale us with anecdotes about his experiences playing drums with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Chet Baker, Don Byas and Sonny Rollins; how he knocked on the door of Ronnie Scott’s asking to play with him as a teenager; how he started the bebop jazz movement with his school friends in Franco's Spain, where imported music was illegal; how he read music before words; and we’ll even hear about him rewriting the Muskerhounds’ TV theme tune. All of this, plus a fabulous soundtrack - this time focusing on big bands -  with artists including Tubby Hayes, Sonny Rollins, Artie Shaw, Billie Holiday, Frank Sinatra, Nelson Riddle, Harry James, Duke Ellington, Don Byas, Lionel Hampton, Joe Henderson and Chet Baker.

An enlightening, entertaining and educational programme… don’t miss this spectacular edition of Sunday Jazz Lounge!


Tubby Hayes & his Orchestra ~ Orient Line (Deuces Wild)

Sonny Rollins with Oliver Nelson Big Band ~ Alfie's Theme

Artie Shaw with Billie Holiday ~ Any Old Time

Frank Sinatra with Nelson Riddle ~ Blues in the Night

Harry James Big Band with "Pretty" Kitty Kallen ~ I’m Beginning to see the Light

Duke Ellington ~ Stompin’ at the Savoy

"Hot Lips" Page and His Orchestra with Don Byas ~ These Foolish Things

Lionel Hampton ~ When the Lights are Low

Joe Henderson ~ Caribbean Fire Dance (from the album Mode for Joe)

Tubby Hayes & his Orchestra ~ Mambo Tesoro

Chet Baker ~ Old Devil Moon

Ramón Farrán and the ONJAZZ (Spanish National Jazz Orchestra) ~ fragments from double album Jaleos (from tracks Loa-nana & Mi soleá)

Jack McDuff with Benny Golson Big Band ~ Theme from the Carpetbaggers

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)