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Review: The Actor and Jazz FM Presenter Turns to Blues and Soul
by Patricia Nicol | The Sunday Times | January 8, 2023
Actor, dad, redhead and ping-pong champion” is how Damian Lewis bills himself on social media. Now he can add jazz presenter to the list. On New Year’s Day the star of ITVX’s A Spy Among Friends hosted his own show, a mellow two hours of blues, jazz and soul on Jazz FM. Listen on Jazz FM Player here or Spotify here.
Lewis is a consummate leading man. In the past two decades he has treated television viewers to complex, riveting performances in Band of Brothers, The Forsyte Saga, Homeland and, most memorably, in Wolf Hall, where he gave us a high-energy Henry VIII, bouncing between alpha psychopath and needy man-child. On Damian Lewis the supple actor seemed to slip seamlessly into the smooth, somewhat self-regarding character of a jazz presenter.
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Jazz FM’s Guest Disc Jockey
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | January 1, 2023
As previously reported, Damian played guest disc jockey as part of Planet Radio’s Jazz FM Festive Christmas and New Year holiday special. He shared his love of jazz, blues and swing songs with listeners on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023. For those who could not listen to the segment on Jazz FM Player, we have curated his playlist for you on Spotify, with the exception of one song, Masekela’s Goin’ Back to New Orleans, which was unavailable. Enjoy the 23-song playlist on Spotify here or the Jazz FM Player here. P.S. He mentioned his own debut album will be released this summer, 2023.
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A Blues and Swing Special
by Alastair Steel | Planet Radio | December 6, 2022
We’re proud to reveal another star-studded Christmas and New Year schedule, featuring A-list curators and hosts, festive specials, live music, interviews and a selection of highlights from across the year.
Highlights include singer Gregory Porter hosting 2 hours of Christmas Day selections, and Hollywood actor Damian Lewis sharing his love of jazz, blues, swing and much more on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2023 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. You can listen along on the Jazz FM Player here.
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Music and Sausages
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | December 1, 2022
Damian popped into Jazz FM today and ran into Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, MBE aka The Black Farmer. Jones moved from Jamaica to the UK when he was a child. Inspired by his small farm on the Devon Cornwall border and the love of his father’s inner-city Birmingham allotment, he is a passionate supporter of British farming and bringing diversity to the food and farming industries. And Damian is a fan of Black Farmer’s sausages, perfect for a Christmas hamper!
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Damian Lewis and the Kansas Smitty’s Supersize Band
by Gingersnap | damian-lewis.com | June 1, 2021
Listen to Damian on today’s podcast episode of Out To Lunchwith Jay Raynerhere. Among many other things, Damian discusses his music and work with the the Kansas Smitty’s Supersize Band.
Here is Damian performing the Dr. John classic ‘Such a Night’ with the Kansas Smitty’s, recorded on February 23, 2021 from Kansas Smitty’s headquarters in East London. Giacomo Smith and Alec Harper on Alto, Camilla George on Tenor, Dylan Jones on Trumpet, Dave Archer on Guitar, Kit Downes on Keyboard, Joe Webb on Piano, Ferg Ireland on Bass and Jas Kayser and Will Cleasby on Drums.