Sax player and broadcaster YolanDa Brown joins Jazz FM

The award-winning saxophonist and broadcaster YolanDa Brown is joining the presenter line-up at Jazz FM to host a new weekly show.

Because of the lockdown, the new show, “YolanDa Brown on Saturday”, which begins this Saturday 30 May at 2pm, will initially be broadcast from home, where she balances all her work with being a full-time mum.

YolanDa has been a mainstay of the UK jazz community for over a decade. She’s toured the world, performed with The Temptations, Beverley Knight, Billy Ocean and Diana Krall, and she chairs the charity Youth Music.

She is a multiple Award winner, becoming the first musician to win a MOBO Award for ‘Best Jazz’ over two consecutive years.

As a broadcaster, YolanDa has presented across BBC national radio, remaining a regular contributor to ‘Loose Ends’ on Radio 4 and her TV work includes presenting Young Jazz Musician of the Year for the BBC, and “YolanDa’s Band Jam” for CBeebies.

Speaking about joining Jazz FM, YolanDa says: “Jazz FM oozes cool… my relationship started as a listener many years ago and now to be a part of the Jazz FM family is an absolute honour. I cannot wait to meet the current listeners and bring some new ones along on the journey too.”

Nick Pitts, Jazz FM’s Content Director says: “We’ve been planning this for quite a while, but then Covid-19 and the ensuing lockdown took hold, so I’m really pleased that we can now bring YolanDa to Jazz FM.

“Her bright, fresh approach to the music as a working jazz musician in so many disciplines will really add a layer to our presentation and will expose Jazz FM to a whole new audience. She is also one of the smiliest people and her warmth immediately comes across on the airwaves”.

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