Vocalist James Tormé has signed on to present a show for UK-based jazz radio station Jazz FM.
Tormé, whose father is legendary jazz vocalist Mel Tormé, will take over from Helen Mayhew as the presenter of ‘The Aberdeen Discovery Show’ – which has been a joint effort between Aberdeen Asset Management and Jazz FM since 2011. The show aims to shed light on new international talent, while also remembering the forgotten gems of the past.
Mayhew will continue to present ‘Dinner Jazz,’ which airs Monday-Thursday at 7pm, while ‘The Aberdeen Discovery Show’ will stay at the same time; Sunday afternoons at 2pm.
“Jazz FM and I have had a very special relationship. So I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I am to officially join the Jazz FM broadcasting team as a presenter and jazz journalist,” Tormé said in a statement. In his own career as a vocalist, Tormé received much support and airplay from Jazz FM.
Jazz FM started life as ejazz.fm, an online-only sister radio station to the now defunct London Jazz Radio (102.2 Jazz FM). London Jazz Radio went though a rocky period in the early 2000’s, which included a corporate buyout by radio holding company GMG Radio, playlist changes that alienated the station’s core audience, and a complete re-brand which included renaming the station and removing jazz from the playlist entirely – Changes which ultimately led to the closure of the radio station. However, Jazz FM was able to rise from the ashes, and has managed to build up a sizable audience on DAB digital radio and online.
Despite the name, Jazz FM is not broadcast on FM radio. On DAB and online, the station is heard by more than 666,000 people in the UK, making it one of the most listened to digital-only radio stations in the country. The station also receives a large number of international listeners.
Jazz FM is free to listen to worldwide on JazzFM.com.
Watch James Tormé perform “Love For Sale” below: