In the May of 1995 Maurie Kemp, The Governor, joined what was then known as Radio Haslar, a hospital radio station based in Gosport, Hampshire. He created, and hosted, ‘Sounds Like Jazz’ in order to “present the music I love and to spread the gospel according to Louis,” which he did for twenty-five years. The Governor died at 6pm on Tuesday, 23 August 2022, with his family around him.
I was fortunate, and privileged, enough to co-host ‘Sounds Like Jazz’ with Maurie for a number of years and continued to broadcast his programme after he hung up his headphones for the last time some eighteen months ago. This playlist is my tribute to the man I will always consider a friend, a mentor, and an inspiration: Maurice (Maurie) Kemp, The Governor!
- Will You Make My Soup Hot & Silver by the Christine Dahl Trio from the album Heartbeats.
- Victory Stride by Dan Barrett from the album Blue Swing.
- Harlem Airshaft by Duke Ellington from the album Jazz Greats, Volume 2: Duke Ellington: Rockin’ In Rhythm.
- Rhapsody For Drums by Ted Heath from the album Ted Heath – The Maestro.
- Mack The Knife by Ella Fitzgerald from the album For The Love Of Ella.
- Take It From The Top by Humphrey Lyttelton from the album Take It From The Top : A Tribute To Duke Ellington.
- The Peanut Vendor by Stan Kenton from the album The Best Of Stan Kenton.
- Christopher Columbus by Dan Barrett from the album Blue Swing.
- I’m A Ding Dong Daddy by Kenny Baker from the album The Half Dozen… After Hours.
- Take Five by the Dave Brubeck Quartet from the album Time Out.
- The Dolphin by The Stan Getz Quartet from the album The Dolphin.
- Sing, Sing, Sing by Benny Goodman And His Orchestra from the album Jazz Greats Volume 6: Benny Goodman: Clarinet à la King.
- The Music In Me by Wendy Kirkland from the album The Music’s On Me.
- West End Blues by Louis Armstrong Hot Five & Sevens from the album Hot Fives & Sevens, Volume 3.
- The Golden Striker by The Modern Jazz Quartet from the album The Complete Concert.
- La Cumbia Me Está Llamando by Nubya Garcia feat. La Perla from the album The Source.
- Used To Be Duke by Johnny Hodges from the album Used To Be Duke.
- Chuckles by Clark Terry from the album Clark Terry Four Classic Albums: Leader And Sideman.
- North Meets South by the Abbie Finn Trio from the album Northern Perspective.
- Black Coffee by Peggy Lee from the album Black Coffee.
- Too Marvelous For Words by J.J. Johnson from the album The Eminent Jay Jay Johnson, Volume 2.
- Goodbye by the Ray Bryant Trio from the album Ray Bryant Four Classic Albums.
This will be the last playlist posted for ‘Sounds Like Jazz’ as the programme was his, as presenter and listener, and the show dies with him. I shall continue to “spread the gospel according to Louis” but in my own way and in my own time, just as he always encouraged me to do.