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An edited version of Desert Island Discs with Jazz Gems Host Gerald Hodge and invited guest Bill Smith who chooses a selection of recordings to accompany him to a Desert Island.

Desert Island Discs • June 17th/2012…with music by Gerry Mulligan, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Ben Webster & Coleman Hawkins, Ornette Coleman, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, John Carter & Bobby Bradford, Archie Shepp & Horace Parlan, Tony Wilson & Bill Smith.

Desert Island Discs is a BBC Radio 4 programme first broadcast on 29th January 1942. It holds the record for the longest-running factual programme in the history of radio and is one of the longest-running radio programmes in the world (surpassed only by the Grand Ole Opry, 28 November 1925 in the United States and by Sunday Half Hour,14 July 1940 in the United Kingdom.)

Each week a guest (“castaway”) is asked to choose eight pieces of music, a book and a luxury item for their imaginary stay on the island, while discussing their lives and the reasons for their choices.