Mike Jones has been involved with Radio since 1977. A professional voice over artist and film maker . Loves Phoenix and now hosts Fridays One 2 Three. An award winning director and actor Mike relishes local politics and is also a crap football analyst. You can hear live Daggers reports from Mike on Chris Hoods shows as well on Saturday afternoons
West End performer Kevin Brewis is set to return to his local theatre to pay tribute to a selection of Broadway’s finest musicals in Broadway & Beyond.
Kevin Brewis grew up in Hornchurch and his love of theatre started when he visited his first pantomime at the Queen’s Theatre. From a young age Kevin was actively involved in drama groups at Fairkytes Art Centre and performed in productions at the Queen’s Theatre. After training professionally in musical theatre, Kevin has toured all over the world and appeared in West End shows including Grease at the Victoria Palace and One & Only at the Piccadilly Theatre.
Mike Jones spoke to Kevin about coming back to the Queen’s and what to expect from the new production. You can hear the interview again below:
Kevin will be back at the Queen’s Theatre on 8 February to perform an entertaining mix of music and wit from the most popular musicals in Broadway & Beyond. The show comprises of songs from New York’s legendary theatre district, including hits from Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate and Miss Saigon and Spamalot.
He says, “Nearly 20 years after leaving college, having worked all over the West End, the UK and abroad, I find myself back where it all began at the Queen’s Theatre.”
Audiences will be captivated with a stunning array of costumes, exhilarating dance routines and the versatility of five musicians that play over a dozen instruments between them. This is a must see for any musical fan!
Broadway and Beyond comes to the Queen’s Theatre Hornchurch on Wednesday 8 February at 7.30pm. Tickets range from £16.50 – £23. To purchase tickets call the Box Office on 01708 443333 or book online at queens-theatre.co.uk.
Mike was delighted to welcome Richy Hughes and Luke Bateman who are lyricist and composer of the Broadway show Mr Poppers Penguins. It returns at the end of the month for a short tour which takes in, amongst others, The Palace Theatre in Southend, before taking up Christmas residence in The West End’s Criterion Theatre. The show features brilliant puppetry, a snow storm and toe-tapping songs. So far our penguins have appeared on Blue Peter, BBC Breakfast and The Elaine Paige Show on Radio 2 to name but a few. More info on the show can be found at www.mrpopperspenguinslive.com .
We cover all sorts of subjects here on 123 and today was no different. Martyn Williams the director of the latest production from Thurrock Courts Players came into the studio to chat to Mike about The Ghost Train which is on at the Thameside Theatre in September
You can here the interview again here
Stuart Smith is raising money for St Lukes Hospice. How? By walking on the wings of an aircraft . Why? He explains all to Mike
We are proud of the fact that we are constantly trying to further the career of young raw local talent and today was no exception. 15 year old Anna Marie Childs hails from Grays and has been singing since she was 11. She visited the studio today with Mike and played 3 songs of her own material
Mike was delighted to welcome three lovely ladies into the studio from Ad Hoc the local theatre group. One didnt say much as she was only 2 and half years old. Ad Hoc were in to talk about their latest piece which is Neil Simons the Odd Couple which runs from Thurs 26 May at the Brentwood theatre
The award winning but rarely produced musical Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde comes to the Brentwood Theatre courtesy of Shenfield Operatic Society. Suzanne Gunn and the good doctor David Predegia himself popped in to tell Mike Jones all about it
You can hear the interview again here
It was also the morning after the night before and Mike has spenthalf the night at the elections
One of the rarer musicals is coming to town The Music Man will be at the Thameside Theatre very soon and Luke Coldham who plays the lead role Professor Harold Hill popped in to chat to Mike about the show.
eMoov have been expanding since Russell Quirk started his on line estate business not very long ago. So much so that today they were hoping to raise over £1m in investments. Office manager Paula and Financial chief Nicole came into talk to Mike about the business.
One of the most unique and interesting artists Jordan Gray joins Mike in the studio for a chat and to play some new some old and actually quite brilliant music. This artist’s big break is not very far away
You can hear the whole interview here
you can also watch a video of one of the songs right here
I first became aware of Jordan Gray AKA Tall Dark Friend back in 2008 and ever since that first meeting I have fully appreciated the sheer talent and scope of Jordans work. Seven albums two books with a further five in production, a new album out soon oh and a sex change as well. Jordan talks very honestly and frankly about his reasons and beliefs for his decision to become a transgender and I found it to be one of the most well constructed and from the heart interviews I have ever conducted
You can hear the interview again here along with some fresh new songs
Mike was delighted to welcome]amie West from Funeral Directors West and Coe who are launching their campaign for Movember which includes one member of staff shaving off his moustache after 47 years . You can hear that interview here
Mike Le Surf the Labour PPC for Basildon came into the studio to talk local and national politics
The leader of Brentwood Council and Fire authority member Barry Aspinell came into the Phoenix Studio to talk to Mike about how the new Accord was getting on. The past present and the future for Brentwood and surrounding areas were discussed plus the current situation in Essex Fire Service. In fact the chat went on for nearly an hour without a break
To hear the interview again you can can click here
Sarah Scowen was on the phone to talk about the forthcoming show Gunmetal Blues at the Queens Theatre
Following yesterdays press release regarding the future of the Thameside Theatre Mike spoke to Cllr John Kent The leader of Thurrock Council to explain the Councils proposals and ideas regarding this centre for Arts Library and Museum
Today was probably one of the hardest interviews I have ever had to do but at the same time it was a pure joy. Joni-Mai is a 8 year old girl fighting Ewings Sarcoma which is a rare form of cancer. She needs public awareness and public funding to give her a chance of beating this terrible illness
Grandma and friend Bonny came into the studio to talk to me today about Joni’s plight and I was gobsmacked by their bravery and their hope
You can visit Joni’s website to find out more about this little girl
Godspell opens at Hornchurch’s Queen’s Theatre today and last week I spoke to Sam Kordbacheh, who played the title role in The Great Gatsby, which has just ended its run at the Queen’s Theatre, and will be playing Jesus in the new play until the run comes to an end on 7 June.
Sam is an experienced actor having performed in several recent productions at the Queen’s and a number of UK tours as well. He talks about how Godspell has been brought up to date and more accessible without changing the original essence of the original story.
You can find out more about Sam here. To book tickets for Godspell visit the Theatre’s official website.
Brentwood first councillor Russell Quirk joined Mike in the studio to discuss all things Brentwood including the national news story regarding Disgraced Tory Councillor David Bishop. Plus potholes ,new developments ,street lighting, UKIP and lots more.
You can here the interview in full here:
Jenny Lee from the Wesley Players came into talk about their latest production, Child’s Play.
If you bring food into the studio Mike is going to eat it and thats exactly what happened here. Here the interview again with the Lovely and very clever Stella Phillips in between Mike asking questions with his mouth full
Stella has started a new business called Edesias Banquet and is a genius at producing cakes and chocolates and all sorts of stuff with “Raw Foods”
To find out more about Sterlla and here work follow this link
Two and Two Make Sex opened this week at the Queens and Mike went along to see this brilliant farce which includes in its cast the lovely Claire Storey. An actress with an impressive list of credits Claire also sings and has a stand up comedy routine.
She spoke to Mike and you can here the interview here
Also joining Mike was Richard Onslow who came into talk about his new record shop opening this weekend in Southend
James Torme and his brilliant band delighted audiences at a unlikely Leigh on Sea venue last week into a laid back Jazz speakeasy. Mike Jones watched the gig and afterwards got a chance to chat to James.The band included the legendary John Altman who will be a future guest on Mike’s show
You can hear the interview again here
James Tormé (who is the son of 3-time Grammy Award Winning jazz legend Mel Tormé), is taking the legacy he was born into even further – and causing a serious buzz in the process. Often appearing with outfits like the BBC Concert Orchestra, Ronnie Scott’s Orchestra and Les Paul Trio, the charismatic young star’s debut album has topped both the iTunes and Amazon Jazz Charts*.
Tormé is “the best male jazz singer to come along in 20 years” according to long time Verve Records president, Chuck Mitchell, the man who first discovered him. Having grown up spending time with a myriad of jazz legends (Bing Crosby, Peggy Lee, Duke Ellington, George Shearing, Buddy Rich & more), one begins to understand why. Tormé himself attributes as much of his ability as a performer to the “process of osmosis” as he does to his own show-business background. Explains Tormé, “There’s no question, I absorbed a lot from my dad, and his peers.” This is clear as soon as one hears his singing style, which draws from the “old school”, but with modern styling that makes it very current in today’s market.
Following the furore in the media Brentwood First Councillor Russell Quirk came into the studio to explain the context and reasons behind his recent leaked email which stated that “The prospect of sharing such time and space with Conservative members of the panel is akin to a daytrip with Fred West and Ian Brady”.
In a open and frank interview Russell apologised unreservedly for the comments and talked about the current unrest in the chamber as well as what’s in his postbag and the good work that’s also being done but not attracting media attention.
In what promised to be a heated debate following the previous week’s Council Full Meeting Ousted Chair Karen Chilvers (Lib Dem) Phil Baker (BWF) were invited to join Mike for One to Three.
New Chair of Scrutiny Noelle Hones had been invited and accepted to join the debate but two hours before the broadcast we received this statement
Andrew Hadfield, Communications Manager at Brentwood Borough Council
“This issue has been debated enough over the last 2-3 weeks and has been decided at Ordinary Council. The Council is now focusing on keeping council tax low, cleaning the streets (particularly after Monday’s storms) and increasing recycling.”
Disappointing but that is their prerogative. You can hear the whole of the debate again here
On todays show I was fortunate to have two guests.
Jack Monroe has become a media sensation since she was forced to give up her full time job when she became pregnant. Since then she has found her self and her little boy close to real hunger and selling everything she owned. Two years later she has a publishing deal ,a massive following on her blog and the attention of the media
After establishing the award winning news web site YourThurrock.com Founder Michael Casey popped in to the studio to talk about that websites development and the launch in a few weeks time of his new venture Your Harlow.com
In a very busy programme Mike spoke to Phil Scrotton who has written a brand new song called Keeping The Flame alive.
Somefrom the many thousands of people who took part in the four London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies have decided to capitalise on their volunteering and performing experience and continue the legacy by writing and recording a charity single for SportsAid. The hope is that this inspirational song will remind the public of the Olympic feel-good factor and that sales will raise substantial funds to help finance the athletes of the future. Rehearsals are under-way, and the group are now seeking backing and sponsorship to record the single.
You can hear the interview with Phil and the song by listening here
With tomorrow’s election looming, a busy Phoenix studio saw Mike Le-Surf (Labour), David Kendall (Lib Dem), Keith Parker (Con), Mick McGough (UKIP) and Robin Tilbrook (English Democrats) engage in a loud but healthy debate hosted by Mike Jones.
One hour of intense debate covering local and national issues but in particular potholes, William Hunter Way, Crown Street and Hutton Community Centre.
Listen to the debate again here:
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Its been a long season and a dramatic change for local League 2 side Dagenham and Redbridge as long standing manager John Still left the club . Interim boss Wayne Burnett has held the reigns since John’s departure and the club just need one more point to remain safe this season
As usual Wayne joined Mike on the programme to discuss the next two games
We all suffer from Cold calling . Usually at mealtimes the phone will ring and there will be a distant voice trying to sell you some unwanted or unneccesary item or persuading you to divulge private information
My guest today is trying to put a stop to that . He is Gerry Calder who chairs the Thurrock Over Fifties forum and has organised a petition to get these calls banned
You can find out more at www.eropag.co.uk
Gerry was also a good friend of the late Gerry Rafferty and is in the middle of wriring a book about him
In a busy one to three this week I spoke at length to Neil Speight who is the editor of the Enquirer group about new investement at St Luke’s Hospice and the aftermath of the death of Baroness Thatcher
As usual Daggers Boss Wayne Burnett joined me to reflect on the week gone by
It’s a difficult time for the Daggers and Wayne Burnett has got a tough task on his hands. Just four more games to the season and Daggers desperately need points. As usual on Wednesday Wayne spoke to Mike about the 4-2 defeat to Bristol Rovers on Easter Saturday and the weeks ahead at this crucial period for the club
It was budget day of course but we were more interested in local budgets and what exactly was happening at Brentwoodcouncil. Mike was delighted to interview leader of the council Louise McKinlay. Many topics were discussed and you can hear the entire 40 minute interview below
On a busy One 2 Three today Mike welcomed Cllr’s Mike Le Surf and Julie Morrissey both representing Brentwood South Ward. Amongst topics discussed were plans for 20mph zones in the town ,TowieTowers and late nuisance factors for residents
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Next weeks special guest is Louise Mackinlay and if you would like a question aired please email radio@phoenixfm
A brief respite from local politics on the show this week. Mike welcomed David Minns from Brentwood and District Talking newspaper and the discussion was aimed at making listeners more aware of the service
Mike was almost late for the programme as he had just interviewed Jools Holland at The new Skills Academy at Purfleet
You can see the film here .
The interview with Jools was also played during the programme
On the sports front regular contributor John Still has left Dagenham and Redbridge to join Luton Town FC so we hope to speak to new boss Wayne Burnett along with Brentwood Boss Steve Weatherspoon in the very near future
This Wednesday’s One 2 Three saw Mike Jones interviewing Cllrs Karen Chilvers (Lib Dem) and William Lloyd (Brentwood First)
They discussed car parking, the possibility of a new cinema, potholes and a variety of local issues.
Cllrs Louise McKinlay and Roger Hirst (Con) were invited but did not respond.
Mike was also joined later by Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still.
You can hear both interviews below:
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Tuesday night saw the annual Budget meeting of Brentwood Borough Council and today for Wednesday’s One 2 Three Mike Jones was joined by Cllrs Mark P Reed (Con), David Kendall (LD) and Phil Baker (Brentwood First) as well as Editor of the Gazette Nev Wilson. A one hour debate took place and you can hear the full debate below.
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So my first show on Phoenix that I can actually call mine got off to a brisk start yesterday with great debate from Mike Le Surf and Russell Quirk. We discussed a whole range of subjects including the current state of Brentwood Conservatives , the Tesco Warley Debate ,car parking and the sale of Old House.
I was also delighted to interview Dagenham and Redbridge manager John Still on the phone you can hear parts of both below
Guests included Michael Casey who will assist Mike as a Political analyst in the brand new show One 2 Three which starts on Wednesday 6th Feb. This show will have feature political stories from Brentwood and Billericay and will also include sport
Mike Jones stood in for the unwell Bryan Powis on Monday and was delighted to welcome Jordan Gray, AKA Tall Dark Friend a local musician who has appeared on Phoenix several times before. 18 months ago he wowed audiences at a Phoenix fundraiser but on his occasion came in to the studio to talk about his new album. Not only did we hear excerpts from the new album but Jordan also played several tracks live in the studio.
Here’s a video of a track called “The Lion” from Jordan’s new album:
[audio:http://www.phoenixfm.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/The-Blackhearts.mp3|titles=The Blackhearts]Billericay Based Band the Blackhearts (well two of them ) joined Mike Jones for Breakfast this morning and treated listeners to two live acoustic songs. You can hear the whole interview and music here
The Music Engine is a two hour programme hosted by Mike Jones that plays music that is brand new ,very old unusual ,unsigned never played before sort of show. Join Mike tonight (Sunday) between 8pm and 10pm.
The music Engine has appeared on radio stations worldwide and in tonights programme Mike remembers one of the first community stations in the country Radio Basildon which operated in the 1970’s and 1980’s
Michelle is off today so Mike Jones is in the chair. In a special programme today Mike is joined by Jordan Gray AKA Tall Dark Friend for a live session. Jordan recently appeared at a Phoenix fundraiser and impressed on all who were there.
So join Mike today Between 11 and 2pm and if it stays warm then studio doors may be flung open and the music may escape
Oh and Mike may brag on and on about his hole in one on Friday
Michelle has a well earned rest today so Mike Jones will be hosting the programme. And in a packed programme today he will be joined by Nick Mayes from Brentwood Fire Station to talk about the cuts to the service and Saturdays march.
Also Gordon Wiseman will be talking about Brentwood based PCH UK Racing Team. And hopefully Dagenham and Redbridge defender Damian Mcrory will find time to pop in to talk about tonights crucial match with Brighton and Hove Albion.
Plus Mike went to see Elbow at the O2 last night so will probably be dripping on endlessly about that . Join him between 11 and 2 today..
Joining Mike Jones in the studio tonight will be Cllr Lionel Lee. Cllr Lee is a former chair of Essex Fire Authority and with serious changes planned for the Essex Fire Service including Brentwood Fire Station the debate should be interesting.
Also Colin Wade from the Hermit will be popping in plus the best music and the latest travel to get you home . Drivetime from 2pm till 6