The Billy Jenkins Listening Club

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It's the Series Four Box Set Binge...

Series Four of The Billy Jenkins Listening Club webcast is boxed up for your binge listening pleasure. Listen to all six episodes. If you enjoy what you hear, please share with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. You can subscribe for all episodes through iTunes and Spotify - you might like to write a nice review while you're there...

1. Musical miles...

Martin France with road map. Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

It's the first episode of Series Four and we've covered a lot of ground so far, but that's peanuts compared to the travelling drummer Martin France got up to during 1993. In this episode Billy and Beowulf ponder on the back-straining mileage Martin and his drum kit put in that year... But, as Billy points out, that's what drummers do. Listen

2. Forty albums of madness...

Tony Messenger reading about Don King. Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

Record producer Tony Messenger returns to Billy's shed to recall his first meeting with Billy and the genesis of their recording collaboration. We take a listen to part of the 1994 album Entertainment USA which featured saxophonist Martin Speake and the voice of former US President Ronald Reagan. Listen

3. Strange meeting in suburbia...

Billy Jenkins with signs pointing west. Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

Beowulf "Wulfie" Mayfield casts his mind back to early 1994 and the day he ventured out to Mottingham where London's deep southern suburbia blurs into Kent to witness Billy recording with the Voice of God Collective and the Fun Horns of Berlin. Listen

4. "There is no glass..."

Charlie Hart and Billy Jenkins in Equator Studio. Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

Former Voice Of God Collective member turned record producer Charlie Hart explains explains the philosophy of Equator Studios, his personal approach to recording and the making of Jazz Gives Me The Blues. Listen

5. Messages from the Other Side...

Ghostly image of Billy Jenkins at the piano Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

Our presenter, hunting for the spiritual energy of recording sessions past, returns to Equator Studios and encounters 'William' - the ghost who communicates by tapping Morse code on the piano keys... Listen

6. Sharing the Musical Vision

Trumpet player and bandleader Chris Batchelor. Photography by Beowulf Mayfield

Trumpet player Chris Batchelor recalls his memories of recording with the Voice of God Collective on the 1988 album Motorway At Night, and describes his use of Billy's music in his teaching work and with Pigfoot, his own 21st Century Avant Trad band. Listen

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Club Credits

Beowulf Mayfield at the piano. Picture by Billy Jenkins.

The Billy Jenkins Listening Club webcast is presented by creative photographer and former jazz columnist Beowulf "Wulfie" Mayfield, pictured bashing out Billy's music on the piano.

The music played in the video is the title track from Jazz Gives Me The Blues.

Chris Batchelor photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Trumpet player and bandleader Chris Batchelor has made use of Billy's music in his teaching work and his band Pigfoot dedicated a whole night at the Vortex jazz club in London to Billy's music.

Charlie Hart photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hart was a member of Billy's Voice of God Collective and played on Uncommerciality Volume 2. He's also produced several of Billy's most recent albums.

Martin France photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Long-time Billy collaborator, drummer Martin France can be heard keeping time in Series Four, Episode One.

Tony Messenger photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Record producer Tony Messenger worked with Billy during the 1980s and 1990s, recording many of Billy's most famous albums including the True Love Collection, which is ranked in the BBC's 50 Greatest Jazz Albums playlist.

Billy Jenkins photographed by Beowulf Mayfield

Guitarist, bandleader and composer Billy Jenkins is currently on an open-ended sabbaitcal from live performance. The Listening Club podcast provides an alternative outlet for his creative energies. You can read more about his music at