Gilles Peterson runs London Marathon, then a live jazz broadcast of same duration

The prospect of running 26.4 miles is enough for most people. The stamina required for a four hour DJ set needs some getting used to as well. Try combining them in the same day, and you’ve sized up the task ahead of Gilles Peterson on 22nd April.

Despite carrying a nagging leg injury, the DJ and broadcaster will be running the London Marathon this Sunday, which he describes as “the best feeling in the world…People holding pints outside pubs in Bermondsey encouraging you at 11 am. Brass bands and gospel choirs and sound systems.”

Following his anticipated four hour run, he’ll be heading to the Brownswood Basement for a Marathan Jazz Jukebox live broadcast on Worldwide FM, picking from his personal vinyl collection (the only genre half organised, he admits) at the request of anyone who donates. The more you pay, the rarer he plays:

  • Regular jazz tracks – £5
  • Rarer independent releases – £10
  • Steve Reid featured track – £20
  • And if you want him to reach for the original acetate of Terry Callier’s never released Cadet double album, you have to pay £50 per track.

All the money will go to the Steve Reid Foundation. Help him reach the £4000 target by donating at Just Giving

Watch Gilles talking about his love for Lonnie Liston Smith below, when we visited the Brownswood Basement. 

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