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1990s

Jazz on the airwaves and beyond

The influence of jazz continued to spread. 1992 saw the launch of Jazz FM, Britain’s first radio station dedicated to jazz which continues to broadcast today. It was founded by pianist-composer Dave Lee. In the same year, Digby Fairweather founded the Jazz Section of the British Musicians’ Union. The Jazz Café opened in Camden, London, in 1990 and is still an active music venue. In 1997, singer Cleo Laine was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander), and Jazzwise Publications launched their award winning ‘Jazzwise’ monthly magazine. Female jazz performers flourished, among them singer Tina May and pianists Nikki Yeoh and Nikki Iles. Meanwhile acid jazz - combining elements of jazz, soul, funk and hip-hop and utilising looped beats – evolved in London dance clubs and grew in popularity across the globe.

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