Chris Philips has been a steady name on the London airways for over 30 years playing jazz, soul, r&b, hip hop and dance music. He is currently the morning show host and Head of Music at Jazz FM UK and also presents The Blueprint every Saturday night at 10pm, a three hour focus on new jazz. He was also one of the initial team that created London’s radio station Mi-Soul and an early presenter with his show Instant Vintage.
Music schooling came via legendary London clubs like George Power’s ‘Crackers’ in Wardour Street and The 100 Club on Oxford Street on a Saturday afternoons with Ronnie L in the late 1970s, soaking up heavy jazz-funk and boogie. This was usually followed by visits to the legendary Groove Records in Greek Street to get them in.
A devoted listener to London pirate stations Radio Invicta, JFM, Horizon Radio and Solar, Chris entered radio with two ground breaking stations of his own. He was part of the UK’s first ever jazz radio station K-Jazz that came to life every Sunday in the mid 1980s, at one point from his garage in south London reaching out across London with a line-up including some of today’s stellar names like Gilles Peterson, Jez Nelson, Kevin Beadle and Bob Jones. Then came Chris’s Starpoint Radio, a maverick soul and jazz radio station that still exists today online. There were relentless late night sessions and aerial installations on icy roofs as the battle went on to keep the music on radios.
Chris joined in as one of the crew on Gilles’ subsequent ‘Mad On Jazz’ show on BBC Radio London and Sunday nights in the mid 80s were always spent at the Belvedere Arms in Richmond with Gilles dropping infectious jazz dance grooves in the most packed pub known to man. This was and remains the centre of the world!
In 1990 Chris joined Jazz FM 102.2 as drive-time host, and latterly co-hosted the legendary Somethin’ Else late night show with Jez Nelson that pushed jazz with serious music but always with less than serious approach. In 1991 they took the show to Kiss 100 and then co-founded an independent radio production company Somethin’ Else.
After fifteen years on air at Kiss 100 Chris joined London’s Choice FM, which included roles in music and programming, and was simultaneously on (now defunct) national digital station The Jazz on Saturday nights before returning to the re-launched Jazz FM.
Chris is also a passionate follower and founder member of AFC Wimbledon, a football club with the most amazing lineage embodying the support of Wimbledon FC that abandoned its fan base and moved to Milton Keynes. He supported the club since childhood going along with his Grandfather in the mid seventies seeing its rise to the top level, demise and rise again from the very bottom to a return to the football league in 2011. Chris was Wimbledon’s stadium host for nearly twenty years and latterly board member of AFC Wimbledon.