Just Jazz features new releases and casts a wide net to include smooth jazz, jazz funk, blues, soul and jazz fusion. Let me know if you’d like something played or have a jazz gig I should mention.
Tell us about yourself
One of the first things I did when I moved to Sunbury in 2022 was become a member of Sunbury Radio. I have always had a passion for radio.
It all began when I started volunteering at my local hospital radio station in the UK. My interest in music saw me become a full time club DJ. I eventually swapped my turntables for a typewriter, and joined my local weekly as a reporter covering everything from carnivals to crime.
I worked in commercial and BBC Local radio, and ended up travelling the world as a photo-journalist. I left the UK for New Zealand in 2000 to join the New Zealand Herald’s newsroom.
What’s your all-time favourite album?
That’s a toughy… I have wide music tastes and so enjoy everything. Jazz, soul, funk, EDM, prog rock, ambient, classical… 80s dance music has a special spot in my life, and today’s dance music is fantastic too. The first album I remember buying is Rick Wakeman’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Do you play a musical instrument?
When the mood takes me, I plug a keyboard into the Mac and get busy with an app called Reason. Nothing good has come from it in 15 years. I love the sounds of the Moog and ARP synths. But, if it counts, I create dance mixes blending half-a-dozen cuts into a single track, adding percussion and samples.
What’s your favourite TV show?
I like documentaries. But…Seinfeld, The Detectorists, The Prisoner, Blake’s 7, UFO, and The Beiderbecke Affair series.
What’s your advice to those thinking of volunteering at Sunbury Radio?
Get in touch. All skills are needed, from technical to fundraising. There are regular get-togethers, it can be very social at times, and everyone is really friendly.