Wednesday 10th April 8.00pm - 10.00pm

Special Guest Paul Higgs

Paul's new album for 2024.

Summer Lullaby

As the sun dips below the horizon and the warm breeze of summer caresses your senses, join us on a musical odyssey that is ‘Summer Lullaby’.


Saturday 16th March 2pm - 4pm

Tom will be be chatting to Sgt Mathew Walker

Leader of The Royal Air Force Squadronaires

Saturday 16th March 8.00pm -10pm Sunday 17th Rewind 12.00pm - 2pm

A John Petters Special on American Jazz Drummer

Sid Catlett

Sid Catlett was one of the most versatile drummers of his era, adapting with the changing music scene as Bebop emerged.


Paul Higgs new album

Summer Lullaby

At 12.00 PM on Sunday 3rd March Chilli Jazz is proud to support and present

Marie Curie ambassador  Gaby Roslin

Radio News Hub has partnered with Marie Curie to support the UK-wide Day of Reflection

Radio News Hub has partnered with Marie Curie to support UK-wide Day of Reflection and offer a free radio programme hosted by Gaby Roslin.

The anniversary of the first UK lockdown, March 23, marked the inaugural Day of Reflection in 2021 but this year it moves to the new date of March 3, in line with the UK Commission on Covid Commemoration’s recommendation that the day be held on the first Sunday in March each year.

Radio will continue to feature heavily in the public engagement, acknowledging the vital role the medium played in connecting communities particularly during the pandemic.

The programme ‘Sound Not Silence’ will focus on the importance of music in supporting people with their grief and feature a range of voices and stories relating to songs and music as a source of comfort and connection.

Broadcaster and Marie Curie ambassador Gaby Roslin says: “I’m delighted to be hosting this important moment for the nation. I’ve been a broadcaster for many years now and understand how important radio is to people. We provide companionship to people through good times and bad.

“And while the pandemic was the worst of times, the radio world was there for people, in their homes, bringing relief from all the stresses that surrounded us. On Marie Curie’s Day of Reflection, radio will be there to help heal and build some positivity and hope for the future. I feel overwhelmingly lucky to be working on this and with the radio stations that sit at the heart of so many homes and local communities.”

RNH will also carry the planned minute’s silence in the news bulletin at midday. The content will be made available to all subscribing client radio stations.

BBC and commercial networks across the UK will also be encouraged to dedicate a portion of their planned programming and musical output to memories of loved ones, through the medium of music.

The end of life charity, Marie Curie, supports people with an illness they are likely to die from and the people close to them. Its bereavement support was scaled up during the pandemic in response to the number of people who were grieving.

Marketing and Communications Director at Marie Curie, Katie Colombus said: “After the minute’s silence for Day of Reflection, radio stations across the UK can play a vital role in supporting people who are still coming to terms with the grief they experienced during the pandemic.

“Radio was a source of information, escape and companionship for people during the pandemic. And for people who are grieving, music can transport them back to happy time with the person they have loved who has died. The content we’re producing will be hugely comforting for people on the Day of Reflection and we’re calling on the entire radio community to join us and show their support for bereaved people.”

RNH will capture multiple interviews and soundbites with Marie Curie ambassadors, supporters and experts, both in the studio and on location in the build up to the day.

Directors Stephanie Otty & Jamie Fletcher said: “This is a really important date and we are honoured to be part of it. RNH, which already serves over 400 radio stations, is committed to ensuring the widest possible reach for the Day of Reflection programme.”




Chilli Jazz is proud to present David Prever hosting a new weekly news programme from Radio News Hub

David Prever is to host a new weekly news programme available free to all stations from Radio News Hub.

The thirty-minute Review of the Week show will take an in depth look at the big talking points from news, sport, business and showbiz.

David will be joined by a host of special guests with the first episode launching on Friday 2nd February.

Speaking about the programme David told RadioToday: “I can’t wait to get back behind the mic, again, and talk with experts who can help us understand the week’s news and all that’s going on in the world.”


29th January - 4th February

Patti Austin

Patti Austin’s keen interest in being a total entertainer likely started when she stepped onto the stage of the world-famous Apollo Theatre in Harlem at the age of four at the urging of music legend Dinah Washington. The daughter of jazz trombonist Gordon Austin, Patti was a recording star in her teens, achieving her first chart success in 1969 with “The Family Tree” (a Top 50 R&B single) after a string of 45s that would later become treasured collector’s items among Britain’s Northern soul community. 

During the 70s Patti was the undisputed "Queen" of the New York session scene, her voice was heard behind everyone from Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Brown and Joe Cocker to Bette Midler, Roberta Flack, Luther Vandross and Diana Ross and on countless memorable commercial jingles. After a series of much-acclaimed albums for CTI Records, she signed with her godfather Quincy Jones’ Qwest label and began achieving mainstream success on an international level thanks to the GRAMMY®-nominated hit "Baby Come To Me," her now classic duet with James Ingram and the follow-up duet, the Oscar-nominated "How Do You Keep the Music Playing?" as well as her appearance on albums with Jones on his best-selling. Stuff Like That, his GRAMMY®--winning classic The Dude and later, his From Q With Love Vols. 1& 2.

The GRAMMY®-nominated For Ella album opened new doors for Patti as a performer and her embrace by the jazz world was further cemented with her Grammy winning classic CD “Avant Gershwin: Now after more than two decades of touring her take on the classic American Song Book has expanded Patti’s appeal and garnered standing ovations all over the USA and Europe.

Patti continues her philanthropic work with her mentoring organization, “The Over My Shoulder Foundation and with Covid hopefully winding down she has resumed her touring schedule to the delight of fans all around the world.




Tonight !!!!!!!! Not to be missed 17th January 8.00pm

Tom talks with one of the UK’s most exciting saxophonists, vocalists, composers, band leaders and radio hosts

Kim Cypher


18th NOVEMBER 2.00PM


Tom Talks with

Gordon Goodwin

Bandleader of Big Phat Band

"one of the most exciting large jazz ensembles on the planet"



Award winning jazz pianist and composer

“Iles is one of the most refreshing figures to have emerged in the UK
scene in recent times"

Part 1 of a 9 Part Special on the legendary stride pianist

Thomas Wright “Fats” Waller 

Presented by Drummer and Band Leader

John Petters

NEW SHOW !!!!! Todd's Turntable

THURSDAY'S 8.00pm - 9.00pm



Presented By


“one of Britain’s foremost singers and entertainers”


East Kirkby Air Show 2023
05 August


1st AUGUST - 8pm

Special Guest - Georgina Jackson


31st July - 6 August

The Wigan Youth Jazz Orchestra

New release - "All The Things We Are"

Formed in 1976 by Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council this multi-award winning band aims to train and develop the musical skills of its members through the performance of big band music from 1930’s to the present day. Over the years, WYJO has received many national and international honours, most notably from the BBC Radio Big Band Competition, the Daily Telegraph Young Jazz Competition and the National Festival of Music for Youth. In 2010 they were runners-up in the Great North Big Band Festival at Sunderland University and in 2014 and 2015 were the winners of this prestigious trophy.

As a result of their high standards, the orchestra has worked with a number of the world’s top musicians including Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Shue, James Morrison and many more.

Since 1985 the Orchestra has released ten albums, which have sold to over twenty-five countries and have been played on radio stations throughout the world. The most recent recording features guest soloist Eric Marienthal and was recorded live at Wigan International Jazz Festival in 2016 on the occasion of the band’s 40th anniversary.

Up until 2011 WYJO was directed by Dr Ian Darrington MBE. Upon Ian’s retirement, former WYJO member and now Wigan’s Head of Music Service David Little has served as the band’s MD and their new cd is "All The Things We Are" was launched at the 2023 wigan international jazz festival in July 9th off July 

NEW SHOW !!!!!!

Presented by Drummer and Band Leader

John Petters


Tuesday 4th July - 8.00pm

Listen to Paul Rigby with special guest

Callum Au

One of the UK's leading

Composers, Arrangers, Orchestrator and Band leaders  

Callum Au is a British composer, arranger, orchestrator, and trombonist. He writes music across a wide range of genres, with a particular passion for big band and large jazz ensemble music. He is highly regarded for his stylistic awareness and versatility, and has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists.

 He came up from the ranks of National youth jazz orchestra he has worked with some of the world’s biggest artists,  Quincy Jones, Michael Bublé, and the Metropole Orkest.” And just recently the SWR Big Band. 

More recently, he had the pleasure of writing two new arrangements for Michael Bublé’s album ‘Higher in 2022

The Big Band Heat

8th July 2.00pm

The Stan Kenton Legacy Orchestra and an interview with Stan Kenton Lead Trumpet Player Mike vax

With blessing of Leslie Kenton, Stan’s eldest daughter – who had represented the interests of her father before her untimely passing in 2016 – we continue to keep the Kenton Legacy alive. The band features new music written in Kenton style, plus some of Stan's most well-recognized tunes.

Alumni from the 1956 – 1978 Stan Kenton Orchestras – plus some wonderful young new members – come together to perform for festivals, clinics, concerts, cruises and dances.

The band makes tours around the United States every year. We perform some of the well-known music of the Stan Kenton Orchestra; plus, in keeping with Stan’s insistence on not just performing nostalgia type music, we also perform fresh new material written in the Kenton style, as well as original material written by members of the Band. We are NOT trying to be the “Stan Kenton Orchestra,” but we are carrying on his tradition of dedication to creative music and to jazz education.

The goals of the band are to perform meaningful music, talk about the importance of the jazz heritage in America, bring jazz music to young people, and to offer our audiences a relaxed, entertaining atmosphere.

Leader Mike Vax has led a big band off and on since his days at College of the Pacific 60 years ago. A few of his credits include being first trumpet, soloist and road manager of the Stan Kenton Orchestra, as well as being co-leader while Mr. Kenton was recovering from surgery; playing lead trumpet in Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, leading the Dukes of Dixieland in New Orleans; producing and/or music directing for over 50 jazz festivals; and performing workshops for more than 3000 high schools, colleges and universities all over the world. Mike now lives in Northern Arizona and still travels on the road many months a year. Mike is a signature artist for The Warburton Company and plays Warburton horns and mouthpieces exclusively including the “Vaxinator” Model Trumpet.


5th July - 8.00pm



In 1997 Pete had to put the big band on hold for an extended tour of Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, but immediately on his return to England work was concluded on the debut album “Playing With Fire” which helped to spread the word beyond UK shores and resulted in Pete being a shoo-in for Big Band of the Year in the British Jazz Awards 2000, and Critic’s Choice the following year.

In 2002 Pete was elevated to the ranks of British jazz royalty when he was first choice to replace the late Ronnie Verrell (‘Animal’ from the Muppet Show) in the Best of British Jazz, an all-star sextet under the leadership of trombonist Don Lusher. Pete also appeared regularly with Don Lusher’s big band until Lusher passed away in 2006.

“Don was the epitome of what a professional musician should be, not just as a player but also as a man. I’ve never worked for anyone who treated the people around him with so much respect, and the fact that we became so close in his final years was really quite an honour”.

Also during this period Pete worked with electronica pioneer and big band tyro Matthew Herbert on the crossover album “Goodbye Swingtime”, which resulted in live performances all over the world, from the Shanghai Jazz Festival to the Hollywood Bowl. Pete taught jazz drums for many years at the renowned Drumtech academy in London, and remains in demand for clinics, masterclasses and drum shows. Of recent times he has appeared at the National Drum Fair, The Rhythm Course organized by the International Drum Foundation, and a one-off concert to mark Buddy Rich’s 90th birthday entitled “The World’s Greatest Drummer” which also featured appearances from Ian Paice, Steve White and Ian Palmer amongst others.

Most recently Pete has appeared in a number of concerts with the big band where the emphasis has been on re-examining the Buddy Rich repertoire, and the October 2007 London concert ‘The Man From Planet Jazz’ was an enormous success. In 2002 Pete was elevated to the ranks of British jazz royalty when he was first choice to replace the late Ronnie Verrell (‘Animal’ from the Muppet Show) in the Best of British Jazz, an all-star sextet under the leadership of trombonist Don Lusher. Pete also appeared regularly with Don Lusher’s big band until Lusher passed away in 2006.

“Don was the epitome of what a professional musician should be, not just as a player but also as a man. I’ve never worked for anyone who treated the people around him with so much respect, and the fact that we became so close in his final years was really quite an honour”. Pete Cater is a self taught natural drummer just like Buddy Rich. Buddy appeared on a vaudeville stage with his parents when he was two years old. By a remarkable coincidence Pete's childhood was spent alongside his father's band and he appeared on television when he was also two years old. Thirty four years later and the scene changes. The child prodigy has become the leader of the band- Pete now fronts one of the most progressive and exciting bands in Britain and is currently experiencing a breath- taking rise to fame. critics and musicians began to sit up and take note after a tumultuous reception at the Jersey Jazz Festival in 1998. Suddenly, here was a band which was drawing on the core values and experience of the great big bands of the past and then projecting into he twenty-first century.



Anthony Strong he was born in Croydon, Surrey, Englandand educated at Whitgift School, the Royal Academy of Music, the Purcell School, and The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he received a bachelor's degree in jazz piano. During his final years as a music student, Strong worked as a sideman and session musician with Charlotte Church, Michael Bolton, Marti Pellow, and Jocelyn Brown, and appeared on television shows.

In 2009, Strong recorded his debut album, Guaranteed!, written with Guy Mathers and Jamie Pullen and featuring eight originals and a version of "I Won't Dance", with performances from singer Natalie Williams, vibraphonist Lewis Wright, and double bass player Tom Farmer of Empirical.

In 2011, he appeared on Friday Night Is Music Night with actors from the Royal Shakespeare Company and on BBC Radio 2's New Year's Eve special at the Savoy Ballroom, where he performed "Baby, It's Cold Outside" as a duet with Paloma Faith. He was the piano player for Adrien Brody in the 2011 Super Bowl commercial Stella Artois's "Crying Jean". Strong also took on an understudy role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the West End musical Million Dollar Quartet, during which time he released his second record, Delovely, a five-track EP of standards with one original by Strong and Mathers, "Going Nowhere". Strong and Mathers's songs are published as an occasional series in Areté.

He is associated with the city of Paris, where he supported B.B. King at Le Grand Rex and played twelve shows at Le Duc des Lombards.

In January 2013, it was announced that he had signed a recording contract with Parisian label Naïve Records, which released "Stepping Out" in 2013.

In 2015, he released his album On a Clear Day. And 2019 he released Me And My Radio And 2023 he Released  Easy sailing .

The Big Band Heat

24 JUNE 2.00PM

Featuring interviews with

Kevin Kosovich of the USAF Airmen of Note


Local Sleaford Band Leader Jim McQuade of Miller Magic

Kevin Kosovich of the USAF Airmen of Note

Master Sgt. Kevin Cerovich is a trombonist with the Airmen of Note, The United States Air Force Band, Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C. A native of Overland Park, Kansas, his career in the Air Force began in 2012 when he joined the United States Air Force Academy Band, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, performing with the Falconaires, the Concert Band and Marching Band.

Before joining the Air Force, Cerovich moved to New York City in 2008 to further his music career and was quickly hired by jazz piano icon Eric Lewis with whom he toured internationally and recorded on the 2009 Sony Pictures soundtrack, "Dark Country." He then recorded and toured for several years with French music legend Charlelie Couture in Europe and Canada. Before joining the Air Force Cerovich was a member of the Charlie Persip Big Band and the National Jazz Museum in Harlem All Stars. His work was nominated for a Latin Grammy in 2015. Cerovich has also performed with the Michael Dease Big Band, Jay McShann, Elliot Mason, and Kevin Mahogany among others.

Cerovich's Air Force career highlights include the Jazz Heritage Series concerts with Steve Turre, Terell Stafford and Peter Erskine and performances at the Hartford, Atlanta, and Detroit Jazz Festivals. Cerovich also participated in several Airmen of Note recordings including "Airmen of Note," and "Veterans of Jazz." In 2015, Cerovich deployed with a small group from The U.S. Air Force Band who traveled to Qatar, Kuwait, Jordan and Afghanistan in support of diplomatic and troop morale initiatives as a part of Operation Resolute Support.

A graduate of the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music, Cerovich holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Trombone. There, while studying with Bobby Watson and Paul McKee, he won numerous awards including the 2007 International Trombone Association's JJ Johnson Jazz Competition and the Eastern Trombone Workshop's Solo Jazz Competition. Before leaving Kansas City, Cerovich released his debut album, "The Last Spring" featuring his quartet playing all original compositions.