A SLICE OF JAZZ from Cardiff, Wales see’s host RHYS PHILLIPS presenting a weekly slice of jazz as he shares his favorite tracks, rounds and up the latest news from the world of jazz and will have top guests in conversation and in session. Mike Sims provides the weekly album review and Nadia Hamilton brings her Beginner’s Guide to Jazz. A Slice of Jazz is a Radio Cardiff Production. For more information, go to www.asliceofjazz.uk.
Rhys is a jazz trumpeter and radio presenter based in Cardiff. His love of jazz comes from growing up with a jazz lover and pianist for a father. When not presenting A Slice of Jazz, Rhys can be found gigging with his jazz band Imperfect Tenth or presenting his science radio show, Pythagoras’ Trousers.
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Rhys had his first experience of broadcasting at Cardiff University’s Xpress Radio in 2006 where he presented a range of programmes. As President of the Cardiff Student Jazz Society, he launched The Jazz Society Radio Show which ran from 2006-2008 featuring the best music (including prereleased tracks), features, competitions and guests. Local musicians including performed live sessions each week and Rhys interviewed well known artists including Karen Sharp, Kirk Lightsey, Courtney Pine, Neil Cowley, Trudy Kerr, Eri Yamamoto, Chris Hodgkins, The Blessing and Empirical. Rhys was also lucky enough to conduct extended interviews with Stacey Kent, Billy Cobham and the late great Humphrey Lyttelton. The show was shortlisted for Best Specialist Show at the Cardiff Student Media Awards 2007.
Between 2006 and 2008, Rhys presented a series entitled Jazz Profile, looking at the life and work of some of the greatest jazz musicians. The shows were broadcast on both Xpress Radio and here on Radio Cardiff and the musicians profiled included Maynard Ferguson, Herbie Hancock, Dexter Gordon, The Manhattan Transfer, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Joe Zawinul, George Melly, Glenn Miller, Chick Corea and Louis Prima. Jazz Profile will return to Radio Cardiff in the Jazz Special time slot during the summer of 2011.
In 2008, Rhys was asked to take over as host of Xpress Radio’s weekly music quiz, Beat It! Completely revamping the format, Rhys clinched the award for Best Speech Show at the Cardiff Student Media Awards 2008, awarded by Paddy O’Connell. Other work on Xpress Radio included sitting in for both mainstream and specialist presenters, giving him the chance to interview guests such as singer-songwriter Dean Friedman and comedians Rhod Gilbert and Robin Ince, and hosting a live music event broadcast across South Wales on DAB Radio. He also produced audio diaries for the station for various university based music groups when touring abroad. More recently, Rhys has made small contributions to Feedback on BBC Radio 4 and Serious About Comedy on BBC Radio 7.
Rhys rejoined Radio Cardiff in September 2010 to launch a new science and technology show with the Institution of Engineering & Technology – Pythagoras’ Trousers which is now sponsored by EADS. In January 2011, he also started presenting Jazz Special, playing the best mix of jazz music every week. Rhys also presents the hourly news bulletins on Saturdays and can occasionally be found sitting in for other presenters on shows including Breakfast and Saturday Brunch.
Science and jazz may seem like an unlikely combination but they are both right up Rhys’ street. Rhys studied maths & physics at Cardiff University and now works as a Research Engineer for EADS Innovation Works UK looking at innovative methods of protecting the next generation of composite aircraft against lightning strikes. When not in work or on the air, Rhys is a keen musician, playing trumpet in a number of ensembles including the City of Cardiff Concert Band, Black Hawk Big Band, KT & The Funtime Band, Quintessential Brass and his own jazz ensemble, Imperfect Tenth.
Biog from the Radio Cardiff website