Leo returns to BBC Radio2 this December...

Leo will be presenting a new LIVE series of SOUNDS OF THE 50s on BBC Radio2, Friday nights at 7pm - Click HERE for info

Leo will be presenting a new  series of "LEO GREEN REMEMBERS" on BBC Radio2, celebrating the lives of Peggy Lee, Dean Martin & Dean Martin - Click HERE  for info

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"Sounds Of The 50s with Leo Green" is back for a new series on Monday April 4th and it will be 'live' this time....Email your requests to: FIFTIES@BBC.CO.UK

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Leo will be hosting Radio 2's legendary show "Friday Night Is Music Night" on April 8th, 8pm-10pm, for a concert celebrating music from 50's movies. Click on the image on the left to go to the show details.

Leo returns to BBC Radio 2 in February with a brand new series celebrating The Great American Songbook

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Leo returns to BBC Radio 2 this Xmas with two new shows...

Join Leo at 8pm on Monday Dec 28th as he celebrates the great Sammy Davis Jr
Join Leo at 10pm on Xmas Night for a Very Special Sounds Of The 50s

Leo is an Award Nominated broadcaster, and has presented his own shows on Smooth FM and for four years, on Jazz FM.

 

In Summer 2013, Leo made his debut on BBC Radio 2, presenting two one hour specials on his late father, Benny Green.

 

Leo has since Written & Presented various series on BBC Radio - please see below for additional info and clips.

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Starting on June 8th, Leo will be hosting a major new series on BBC Radio 2 'Sounds Of The 50's with Leo Green'

The 1950s was the decade that saw  Elvis, Sam Cooke, James Brown, Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Little Richard, Ray Charles, The Drifters and so many others make some of the most well loved and influential recordings of all-time. Now it has become the latest period to have its music celebrated in a weekly show on Radio 2.

 

"Sounds Of The 50s" is a brand new show presented by Broadcaster and Saxophonist Leo Green, which will kick off on Monday 8 June at 10pm.

 

The show will celebrate all of the musical genres of the 1950’s, which featured some of the biggest stars in recording history from the worlds of Rock ’n’ Roll. Soul, Rhythm ’n’ Blues, Country, Pop & Swing.

 

Leo says: “I’m incredibly excited and honored to be hosting Sounds Of The Fifties every Monday night on Radio 2. It is the decade that featured so many of the original Icons & Legends, and I’m really looking forward to sharing the best music and the stories from the most exciting decade in musical history!"

Listeners can email requests to fifties@bbc.co.uk

 

 

Leo on Simon Mayo's Drivetime show discussing 'Sounds Of The 50s'....

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Leo on Clare Teal's show choosing his favourite tracks and discussing 'Sounds Of The 50s'....

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Leo on Steve Wright's show discussing 'Sounds Of The 50s'....

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Leo hosted BBC Radio 2's Gershwin celebration on May 4th feat. Gregory Porter, Rebecca Ferguson, Laura Mvula...

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Feb 2015 on BBC Radio 2

Following the passing of the great Ervin Drake, BBC Radio 2 are repeating the two shows as a tribute to the great man.

 

Further programme details are availible HERE

Jan 2015 on BBC Radio 2

Leo Green Presents: "Too Late To Stop Now - The Van Morrison Story"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

In an extremely rare series of interviews with Leo Green, the legendary Van Morrison looks back at his life and work.

This first episode of four takes in Van's early life as a musician, his first influences and the start of his career in Belfast and Hamburg with the band Them.

After working with Them's New York producer Bert Berns on beautiful Top 40 pop hit 'Brown Eyed Girl' (1967), Morrison moved to another realm. 

Recorded over 3 days with legendary jazz musicians Astral Weeks (1968) is a still singular album combining street poetry, jazz improvisation, Celtic invocation and Afro Celtic Blues wailing. 

Morrison would weave these and myriad other influences into the albums that followed in quick succession. 

Reflecting on new life in America on the joyous Sinatra soul of Moondance (1970) and the country inflected Tupelo Honey (1971) he summoned old spiritual and ancestral life in the epic St Dominic's Preview (1972) closer track Listen To The Lion. 

Steering his own course throughout the 80s on albums such as No Guru, No Method, No Teacher he claimed Celtic roots with The Chieftains on Irish Heartbeat. Teaming with Georgie Fame brought new impetus to his live show while Avalon Sunset saw him back in the album and single charts by the decades end. 

Van Morrison continued to advance on his status as a game- changing artist through the 90s and into the 21st century. 

Awards and accolades - a Brit, an OBE, an Ivor Novello, 6 Grammys, honourary doctorates from Queen's University Belfast and the University of Ulster, entry into The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and the French Ordres Des Artes Et Des Lettres - attest to the international reach of Van's musical art.

December 2014 on BBC Radio 2

"Leo Green Presents: Ella & The Songbooks"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Ella's final 'Song Book' recordings, musician & broadcaster Leo Green leads us through the most loved songs in the Ella collection, focusing on these seminal albums which paid homage to the classic songwriters of the Golden age of the Great American Songbook.

Ella herself tells us about how she got her big break with Chick Webb and the early influence on her of Connie Boswell.

We'll enjoy the most celebrated duet recordings of all time that she made with the great Louis Armstrong as we hear the stories behind some of the greatest songs ever written such as Everytime We Say Goodbye, Manhatten, S'Wonderful and How Deep Is The Ocean.

Ella made her historic Song Book series between 1956 and 1964 and the 240 tracks will probably never be surpassed by any other recording artists.

January 2014 on BBC Radio 2

"It Was A Very Good Year - The Ervin Drake Story"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

Ervin Drake is the last surviving composer from the Great American Popular Songbook - Ervin Drake.

To coincide with his 95th birthday celebrations, Leo chatted with the great man about his incredible life in music. Ervin composed some of the most loved songs of all time - we'll hear how and when he wrote such classics as 'Good Morning Heartache' and 'It Was A Very Good Year', all accompanied by recordings from artists such as Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr and Rosemary Clooney. We'll also enjoy some of Ervin's recollections of working with Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Ethel Merman and Nat King Cole, as well as hearing of his dealings with the various songwriting giants of the day; Johnny Mercer, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter and others.

Part 1 of The Ervin Drake Story

Part 2 of The Ervin Drake Story

December 2013 on BBC Radio 2

"Leo Green's Hollywood Special"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

Leo presents stories and music from some of the greatest names of the Hollywood Golden Age of Musicals. We hear from the likes of Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Bing Crosby, Walt Disney, Barbra Streisand amongst others as Leo selects some real gems from the family archive, created by his father Benny Green during a recording trip in the 1970'a for Radio 2.

Part 1 of Leo's Hollywood Special

Part 2 of Leo's Hollywood Special - Walt Disney

Press Coverage

July 2013 on BBC Radio 2

"Green On Green - Leo Green Explores His Father's Radio Legacy"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

15 years after he died, Benny Green's son Leo celebrates his legacy with a selection of interviews and comment from the Radio 2 archive alongside some of Benny's favourite music.

Benny's much-loved Radio 2 shows defined Sunday afternoons for several generations of listeners with their mixture of jazz and selections from the Great American Songbook.

"Green On Green - Leo Green Recreates His father's Final Radio Script"

Written & Presented by Leo Green

For BBC Radio 2

 

An acclaimed saxophonist, Benny started his BBC career in 1955, and was on air right up until his death in 1998 at the age of 70.

Benny died on Monday June 22nd 1998, having missed his Radio 2 show from the preceding day. The script for that missing show has recently been unearthed by the Green family, and on August 6th Leo will be recreating it on Radio 2, using his father's words and selection of music.

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