The Billy Jenkins Listening Club

Tony Messenger in his psychadelic-wrapped car photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

A life-changing collaboration

Producer Tony Messenger jumped into his amazing psychadelic-wrapped car for the trip to leafy Brockley to talk about his long association with Billy Jenkins and the challenges of capturing the essence of his musical ideas on record...

Episode Six: Recording Billy

Previous Episodes

The pain of smooth jazz

Billy Jenkins models Sade-style lips photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Billy explains his philosophy of "aural cartoons" and describes how an overdose of so-called "smooth" jazz can really grate on the nerves. It might be exploring a form of torture but there's no connection with the Marquis de Sade - really... Listen

Did you lock the back door?

Billy Jenkins locks up for the night photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Billy discusses the constant pressures imposed by the forever-connected, immediately responding digital world. There's so much to take in it's no wonder he can't remember if he's locked the back door...Listen

'Anything could happen'

Charlie Hart photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and record producer Charlie Hart describes meeting Billy through Wood Wharf studios performing with the Voice of God Collective in the late 1980s... Listen

Billy Jenkins sees the light

Billy Jenkins lit with blue light photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Billy describes how, and why, he embarked on his musical journey back to his blues roots after many years of playing jazz... Listen

Rage Against the (mp3) Machine

Billy Jenkins covering his ears photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Billy confirms that he is still alive, explains the intricacies of the low strung guitar and mourns the decline of traditional analogue recording... Listen

The Ultra Trendy Preview

Billy Jenkins at the microphone photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

The internet seems to be plastered with previews and trailers for films, television shows and albums these days, so we did one as well... Listen

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Club Credits

The Billy Jenkins Listening Club webcast is presented by Beowulf "Wulfie" Mayfield.

The music played in this episode is Invocation VII from the True Love Collection, which is ranked in the BBC's 50 Greatest Jazz Albums playlist.

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