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A new century

By now, seven of Britain’s music conservatoires offered full-time degree courses in jazz. In 2000, Northway Books directed by Ann Cotterrell published the first of eighteen British-based jazz books.

In 2001 Humphrey Lyttelton’s band collaborated with Radiohead on their track ‘Life in a Glass House’. Classic FM’s sister station, The Jazz - dedicated to broadcasting jazz 24-hours a day - was launched in 2006 but sadly closed down in 2008.

Jamie Cullum made his first television appearance on the Michael Parkinson show in April 2003, and shortly after signed a £1m contract for three albums. Pianist-presenter Jools Holland also attracted a new audience for jazz and blues. Singer Clare Teal signed first for Alan Bates’ Candid label and then for Sony Records. More new musicians continued to refresh the British jazz scene, notably saxophonist Soweto Kinch and pianist Gwlym Simcock.