About Funk & Soul Weekender: Saturday Ticket
Gilles Peterson is a French-born disc jockey and record label owner in England. His labels have included Acid Jazz, Talkin' Loud, and Brownswood Recordings. Peterson has been associated with the careers of artists of the 1990s, such as Erykah Badu, Roni Size, and Jamiroquai.
Peterson started his career on pirate radio stations. He then worked on legal stations in London, notably the dance music station Kiss FM. In 1998, he was hired by BBC Radio 1, and in 2012 he began hosting a program on BBC Radio 6 Music that played a variety of genres, including jazz, hip hop, electronica, and soul. He hosts a syndicated radio program that is broadcast in seven European countries.
Peterson became popular on SoundCloud with a follower base of more than 3 million listeners, featuring mixes and artists from his label Brownswood Recordings.
Born in France to a mother from Paris, France, and a father from Zürich, Switzerland, Gilles Peterson moved to the UK at a very young age and attended the Roman Catholic John Fisher School. He became known on the London circuit as a DJ specialising in the new breed of "acid jazz", drawing on the jazz, funk and Latin fusions of the 1970s. First heard as a DJ on the London pirate radio station Radio Invicta, he went on to host Mad On Jazz on BBC Radio London in 1986–87, then ran club night at Dingwalls in Camden Town. Upon leaving BBC London in 1986, Peterson took up a new residency at Dingwalls in Camden, which ran for five years. Coinciding with the rise of acid house in UK clubland, the popularity of Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls grew and grew, establishing itself as a legendary session. This was just one among many other significant clubs with which Peterson was associated: Special Branch, Electric Ballroom, Wag Club, Babylon at Heaven, Fez, Talking Loud at the Fridge and not forgetting That’s How It Is at Bar Rumba and his long association with Plastic People. Peterson now curates a number of extraordinary live music events in the UK and internationally including the Worldwide Festival in the south of France, now in its 10th year.
That club, and one of Peterson's best remembered club sessions, was Talkin' Loud Sayin' Something at the old Dingwalls club in Camden, North West London which ran from the late 1980s until March 1991. The sessions were characterised by jazz dancers in suits hats and spats, well-known jazz dance classics including tracks from Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Airto, Herbie Hancock, and the anthemic In The Fast Lane by Jean-Luc Ponty; but the jazz was fused with hip-hop and the more experimental tracks. Peterson played alongside fellow London DJ Patrick Forge at most of the Dingwalls' sessions, as well as separately at many other underground club nights and music weekenders. On 8 October 2006, both Peterson and Forge played the first of many annual reunion shows at the old site of Dingwalls , with a compilation album of popular tracks from the club also being released at the same time in 2006 entitled Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls.
In March 1990, Peterson became a disc jockey on London's first-ever dedicated jazz station 102.2 Jazz FM. The three-hour show was stripped into sections including the "Samba 60" and the "Vibrazone". Artists as diverse as the Freestyle Fellowship, Sérgio Mendes and Leon Thomas would all appear on the same playlist. He was forced to leave the station after making anti-war comments during the first Gulf War.
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