Chris Philips is on air at Jazz FM UK hosting mornings from 10am plus The Blueprint, a three hour focus on new jazz Saturday nights at 10pm. Chris is also Jazz FM’s Head of Music.
With a head full of jazz-funk grooves from attending legendary London club sessions at ‘Crackers’ and The 100 Club on Saturday afternoons in the late 1970s Chris began on London’s pirate radio scene in 1984.
He was one of the original team on K-Jazz which was once based in his South London garage. It was the UK’s first dedicated jazz station, London-wide, on-air all day on Sundays only and featured a line-up including some of today’s most respected authorities in the music including Gilles Peterson, Jez Nelson, Bob Jones and Kevin Beadle. After K-Jazz Chris owned and operated Starpoint Radio, an eclectic station playing soul, hip hop, house and jazz. There were relentless late night sessions and aerial installations on icy roofs as the battle went on to keep the music on radios.
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 Wimbledon FC since childhood going along with his Grandfather in the mid seventies seeing its rise to the top level, demise and rise again as AFC Wimbledon to the football league in 2011. Chris was Wimbledon’s stadium host for nearly twenty years, including the Premier League years, and latterly a board member of AFC Wimbledon.