David Jensen is at the controls once again on Jazz FM

David "Kid" Jensen returns for a third series on Jazz FM with an extended 8-week run starting Saturday 8 April.

Broadcasting veteran David "Kid" Jensen is to return to Jazz FM for a third series of David Jensen’s Jazz, as he once again dives into his extensive record collection. 

Airing for an extended 8-week run across April and May, the programme will air every Saturday, beginning 8 April, at 9pm each week.  

The series starts just 3 days before World Parkinson’s Day, which takes place on Tuesday 11 April 2023. David has been living with Parkinson’s for over a decade and is an ambassador for Parkinson’s UK. We're partnering with Jazz FM again to raise awareness of the condition, showcase our bright and brilliant community and spotlight the hard work taking place to find better treatments and a cure. 

David has been broadcasting for over 50 years on some of the UK’s biggest radio stations such as BBC Radio 1 and 2 and Capital Radio, and presenting TV music shows like Top Of The Pops. Now he’s back treating us to a hand-picked selection of his first love, jazz music. 

On returning for a third series, David Jensen said:

"It’s so great to be back on Jazz FM in association with my friends from Parkinson’s UK. Regular listeners will hopefully look forward to some more of my favourite tunes, peppered with some anecdotes from my 50 years in the business, and new listeners may be intrigued to hear that this old pop DJ is a not-so-secret Jazz fanatic."

On working with Jazz FM and David Jensen, Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising & Experience at Parkinson’s UK, said:

"David is a fantastic ambassador for Parkinson’s UK and the wider Parkinson’s community. His determination to increase understanding of the condition among the wider public is one of many reasons why he is such an inspiration. We are absolutely delighted that he will be stepping up to the microphone once again at Jazz FM and raising awareness through his show. It's wonderful that it returns to coincide with World Parkinson's Day, which is all about celebrating the bright and the brilliant. David is a shining example of that.

"Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and currently there is no cure. Current treatments aren’t good enough, and people can experience distressing side effects from their medication. Getting Parkinson’s better understood will help us drive forward the research breakthroughs we need to develop better treatments and a cure, transforming the lives of people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and carers. Thank you to David and Jazz FM for their generous support."

Jazz FM’s Content Director, Nick Pitts, added:

"Kid remains one of the greatest broadcasters of his generation. His enthusiasm still shines through, regardless of his battles with Parkinson’s, and his selection shows both his extensive knowledge plus his continuing curiosity in the jazz world today. He also uses the show as an opportunity to tell his stories of meeting the famous musicians and they really are some of the best. In the past, he has regaled us with stories of interviewing Sir Van Morrison on a bed face down and how Gil Scott Heron chased after him down the streets of Nottingham to say hi, so we can’t wait to hear what stories we’ll get this time.

"Also, it fills me with pride that we can continue our partnership with Parkinson’s UK once again. We know that the charity is so central to David so to give him and them an opportunity to once again educate and inform our listeners on this neurological condition, which 145,000 people in the UK are living with, is something that I’m pleased we can help with and make happen."

Get to know David Jensen

David "Kid" Jensen is a household name in the UK. But what helps him on more difficult days with Parkinson's? And does jazz play a part in managing his symptoms? Read the latest Jazz FM interview to find out.