Jazz plays an integral part in the Grantchester, as series Producer Emma Kingsman-Lloyd explains:
Sidney’s love of jazz is an important part of the book [on which Grantchester was based]. Author James Runcie created a man who likes ‘warm beer and hot jazz’. For the television series it was important to reflect Sidney’s love of jazz because it was—in 1953—a very modern, innovative music genre. It’s pre-rock-and-roll, but it reflects Sidney’s youth and vitality.
While recorded music was a well-established medium by this time, records were not so readily available and accessible like they are today. For someone like Sidney Chambers, tracking down jazz records would have been a labor of love and they would have been real treasures to him. …
What tunes are sticking in your ear between episodes?
Posted by John B. Chilton