Steve Hart – the host of Just Jazz
Steve Hart is the host of the Just Jazz radio show that’s broadcast by dozens of FM, DAB, and digital stations worldwide.
Each show features the cream of the week’s new jazz releases, a little jazz funk, some old faves (post 1980s), listener requests, and a little chat.
The former professional club DJ appeared at leading venues across Essex, London, and Kent in the UK, including the iconic Nero’s 2000 in Ramsgate; Woody’s, Sheerness; and in Southend – Electric Blue, Zhivago’s, The Zero 6, High Society; Benfleet’s The Sam Lords, numerous ‘raves’, as well as countless other pubs and clubs… His fun half-hour set is legendary!
Steve volunteered at Southend Hospital Radio, hosted breakfast at Radio Basildon, recorded weekly news for the blind, and was a Radio Top Shop favourite – hosting daily shows for five years (see below). He had a short stint at stand-up (until he was asked to sit down) and was once seen on Channel 4 TV (as the interference).
He eventually segued into a career as a news reporter for his local weekly – a job that led to news reporting shifts at BBC Essex and rival commercial station Essex Radio. He later worked across Europe as a photo-journalist for an international magazine, spent more than 20 years working for leading news publishers in New Zealand, and is now based in Melbourne, Australia.
Before Just Jazz there was the Steve Hart Radio Show (news and documentary). Then came the Cool Nights show which ran for three years – starting out as a news and music magazine show, it morphed into a jazz programme and prompted the show’s name change in 2020.
Radio Top Shop
Radio Top Shop was a closed-circuit ‘radio’ service heard in various Top Shop / Top Man fashion retail stores across the UK.