We're delighted this year to have as a member of our Boom scheme, Emily Jones. Emily is a producer and arts manager working in live music covering classical, jazz, world, electronica and avant-garde. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2008, she developed a strong interest in presenting music outside of the concert hall, as well as commissioning, talent development, and multi-disciplinary work. She currently programmes and produces for one of the UK’s largest and most forward-thinking jazz festivals, as Festival Manager for Cheltenham Jazz Festival in association with BBC Radio 2 and has also recently been made chair of the Jazz Promotion Network, congratulations Emily!

You can hear more about Emily in her own blog here A MILLION DIFFERENT IDEAS but she's also compiled for us her own exclusive mix along with her thoughts below. Enjoy!


I’ve recently been learning to DJ, so I’ve decided to put that to good use to make a mix especially for OCM. It combines my day job at Cheltenham Jazz Festival by showcasing young UK jazz artists who are doing really exciting things at the moment with my BOOM fellowship. In my first meeting with the OCM team to discuss BOOM, the Cities and Memory project was one of the many things they recommended I check out since I’m interested in music in and of cities. It’s an ingenious Oxford-based project which collects field recordings from around the world and remixes each one into something new. I love a good remix, both in artistic contexts (we’ve had live remixes of gigs at my festival for the past two years courtesy of OCM & Iain Chambers) and in a DJing context. The Cities and Memory remixes are available in themed collections– in making this mix I checked out their ‘Sounds of 2016’ and ‘Sacred Spaces’ albums on Bandcamp.

It has been a really interesting process finding the connections between the jazz I’d chosen and these landscapes of found sounds which are ambient and often quite electronic. The final mix has become a kind of ‘Cities and Memory sandwich’, with one of their tracks at the beginning, one in the middle and one at the end.

The jazz in the ‘sandwich’ is mostly from the buzzing South London scene and features beats and breaks from drummer Moses Boyd; a gorgeous track from Yussef Kamaal who have sadly now split up;  hotly-tipped vocalist Oscar Jerome; a dreamy ambient track from percussionist Sarathy Korwar who perfectly bridges jazz and soundscapes; a bouncy tune from Ezra Collective with rapper Ty; and electronica from Blue Lab Beats featuring saxophonist Nubiya Garcia (a rising star in her own right) which nicely leads into the distant strains of saxophone of the lonely busker in the final track. To complement all these UK jazz artists, I also snuck in a recent percussion-driven track from the godfather of jazz-meets-electronica, Bugge Wesseltoft. Bugge is a Norwegian pianist whose seminal New Conception of Jazz in 1995 led to his music crossing over to the club and techno scene, and has since become synonymous with ‘nu jazz’. 

OCM's Boom scheme is supported by PRS Foundation's The Open Fund