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Gilles Peterson (born c. 1964) is an influential DJ and record-label owner from London, UK. Through his labels Acid Jazz and Talkin' Loud he has been associated with the careers of countless well-known artists of the 1990s such as Erykah Badu and Tony Rich. He is also well known as a radio DJ: he used to have a radio show on London's Kiss FM dance music station, but was recruited to the BBC's youth-oriented Radio 1 in 1998. Peterson is known for his eclectic musical selections. Though not as "anything goes" as the late John Peel, he plays anything from dub and reggae through jazz, nu-jazz, soul, neo soul, R&B to drum and bass, house, broken beat, hip-hop and Jazz-funk.

Widely acclaimed as a musical tastemaker, spreading his influence on music listeners around the world mostly through his Worldwide radio show, on BBC Radio 1 which is also broadcast live from the Radio 1 website as well as syndicated to radio stations all over the world, such as FM4 in Austria and Radio Helsinki in Finland, his British Airways in-flight entertainment shows and through his frequent gigs around the world. He has recently started a new record label called Brownswood - named after the house he had to move out of after his record collection became too big, and which now acts as a warehouse for his enormous collection of vinyl.



Attending The John Fisher School, in the mid- and late- 1980s, Gilles Peterson was already known on the London circuit as a DJ specialising in the new breed of "acid jazz", drawing on the jazz, funk and Latin fusions of the 1970s. First heard as a DJ on the London pirate radio station Solar, he went on to host the show 'Mad On Jazz' on BBC Radio London between 1986 and 1987, then ran a notable club night in Camden.


That club, and one of Peterson's best remembered club sessions, was Talkin' Loud Sayin' Something at the old Dingwalls club in Camden, North West London which ran from the late 1980s until March 1991. The sessions were characterised by jazz dancers in suits hats and spats, heavyweight jazz dance classics including tracks from Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Freddie Hubbard, Airto and Herbie Hancock and the anthemic In The Fast Lane by Jean-Luc Ponty; but the jazz was fused with hip-hop and the more experimental tracks. Gilles played alongside fellow London DJ Patrick Forge at most of the Dingwalls' sessions, as well as separately at many other underground club nights and music weekenders. On 8 October 2006, both Peterson Patrick played at a one-off show at the old site of Dingwalls (now a Jongleurs comedy club). A compilation album of popular songs from the club was also released at the same time, Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls.

Jazz FM

In March 1990 Peterson became a disc jockey on London's first ever dedicated jazz station 102.2 Jazz FM, now known as Smooth FM. The three hour show was stripped into sections including the 'Samba 60' and the 'Vibrazone' and artists as diverse as Justin Warfield, Sergio Mendes and Leon Thomas would all appear on the same playlist. He was forced to leave the station after making anti-war comments during the 1st Gulf War.

Kiss 100 FM

September 1990 saw famous London pirate dance music station Kiss 100 FM become legal when it acquired a licence and started to broadcast from Holloway Road in North London. Patrick Forge was then given the space to create his own show, with the two DJs continuing to work together at Dingwalls until the 'last dance' on 3 March 1991.

Gilles then moved over to Kiss himself, having been fired by Jazz FM for making anti-war comments during the first Gulf War. His shows on Kiss were legendary, playing acts as diverse as Josh Wink, Gang Starr and Horace Silver in the space of a single programme. He was then hired by BBC Radio 1 in 1998 and still takes great pride in the show's concept of 'joining the dots' between different styles of music.


  • Jazz Juice Street Sounds 1985
  • Jazz Juice 2 Street Sounds 1985
  • Cal's Pals BGP Records 1987
  • Focus On Fusion BGP Records 1987
  • Focus On Fusion (Volume 2) BGP Records 1987
  • Jazz Juice 6 Street Sounds 1987
  • Acid Inc., The Best Of Funk Inc. BGP Records 1988
  • Acid Jazz And Other Illicit Grooves Polydor (Germany) 1988
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 1 BGP Records 1988
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 2 BGP Records 1988
  • Acid Jazz Vol. 3 BGP Records 1991
  • B&G Party BGP Records 1988
  • Beat On (The Best Of The Blackbyrds) BGP Records 1988
  • Jazz Juice 7 Street Sounds 1988
  • The Best Of Azymuth BGP Records 1988
  • The Best Of Acid Jazz BGP Records 1989
  • Totally Wired Acid Jazz 1989
  • Totally Wired II Acid Jazz 1989
  • Acid Inc., The Best Of Funk Inc. BGP Records 1991
  • Brasil - Escola Do Jazz Toshiba EMI Ltd 1994
  • Brazilica! Talkin' Loud 1994
  • Talkin' Jazz Vol. 2: More Themes From The Black Forest Talkin' Loud, Polydor (Germany) 1994
  • Talkin' Jazz: Themes From The Black Forest Talkin' Loud 1994
  • Jazz Juice # 2 Beechwood Music, Street Sounds 1995
  • Jazz Juice # 3 Beechwood Music, Street Sounds 1995
  • Brazilica, Volume II Talkin' Loud 1997
  • Pozytywne Wibracje 1 [Brand New Acid Jazz Collection] I Hear Your Name PolyGram *Polska, STX Records (2) 1997
  • Max City Guide - London (12", Promo, Smplr) Motor Music 1998
  • Talkin' Headz - The Metalheadz Documentary The Metalheadz Documen... Manga *Entertainment Ltd, Palm Pictures 1998
  • INCredible Sound of Gilles Peterson INCredible 1999
  • Sound Of The City Vol. 2 - London Motor Music, Universal Jazz (Germany) 1999
  • Sound Of The City Vol. 2 - London Universal Jazz (Germany), Motor Music 1999
  • Gilles Peterson: Worldwide Programme 1 Talkin' Loud 2000
  • INCredible Sound Of Gilles Peterson Epic 2000
  • Gilles Peterson GP03 Trust The DJ 2002
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide 2 Programme 2 Talkin' Loud 2002
  • Impressed With Gilles Peterson Universal Jazz (UK) 2002
  • Impressed With Gilles Peterson Universal Jazz (UK) 2002
  • Gilles Peterson Eclectic Sessions Vol. 2 Trust The DJ 2003
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide 3 Talkin' Loud 2003
  • Southport Weekender suSU 2003
  • Gilles Peterson In Brazil Ether 2004
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 1 (10", Promo) Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 2 (10", Promo) Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 3 (10", Promo) Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Gilles Peterson Worldwide Exclusives 4 (10", Promo) Talkin' Loud 2004
  • Impressed 2 with Gilles Peterson Universal Jazz (UK) 2004
  • Brasil - The Rhythm And Art Of Movement Nike, Inc. 2005
  • Gilles Peterson Digs America Luv N' Haight 2005
  • Gilles Peterson In Africa Ether 2005
  • Gilles Peterson Presents - The BBC Sessions (Volume 1) Ether 2005
  • Gilles Peterson Presents BBC Sessions Ether 2005
  • Petit Dejeuner Au Lit! Most Records 2005
  • Brownswood Bubblers Brownswood Recordings 2006
  • Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge Present - Sunday Afternoon At Dingwalls Ether 2006
  • Gilles Peterson Back In Brazil Ether 2006
  • House Bash-Up Mix By Switch Because I Can Mixmag 2006
  • Pure Fire! A Gilles Peterson Impulse! Collection Impulse! 2006
  • The Kings Of Jazz (Promo) Rapster Records 2006
  • The Kings Of Jazz (Part B) Rapster Records 2006
  • Brownswood Bubblers Two Brownswood Recordings 2007
  • Fania DJ Series Gilles Peterson Fania Records 2007
  • Gilles Peterson In the House Defected 2008
  • Brownswood Bubblers Three Brownswood Recordings 2008
  • Brownswood Bubblers Four Brownswood Recordings 2009
  • Brazilika Far Out Recordings 2009

Selected compilations

Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls (2006)

Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls (2006) is a compilation edited by Gilles Peterson & Patrick Forge. It is dedicated to music played at Talkin Loud and Saying Something at Dingwalls.

Track Listings Disc: 1

1. Sunday Afternoon - Janet Lawson 2. The View From Her Room - Weekend 3. Te Caliente - Patsy Gallant 4. Shake (Ginga Gingou) - Dom Um Romao 5. Kon-Tiki - Bobby Montez 6. Kitty Bey - Byron Morris 7. Encounter (Encontro No Bar) - Airto 8. Southern Routes - Michel Legrand 9. Origin - Pharoah Sanders 10. Empty Faces - Mark Murphy 11. Barbara Ann - Webster Lewis

Disc: 2 1. Cool Out - Leroy Hutson 2. Luck of Lucien - Tribe Called Quest 3. Nuther'n Like Thuther'n - Willis Jackson 4. Sweetie Pie - Stone Alliance 5. Hot Pants Breakdown - The Soul Tornadoes 6. Fuel For The Fire - Larry Young's Fuel 7. He's A Superstar - Roy Ayers Ubiquity 8. Captain Connors - Norman Connors 9. Searchin' For The Soul - Corky McClerkin 10. In The Fast Lane - Jean Luc Ponty 11. Fairplay - Soul II Soul 12. Do You Really Want To Rescue Me? - Elsie Mae 13. Feel Like Making Love - Ricardo Marrero 14. Dorian - Roy Haynes

INCredible Sound of Gilles Peterson

1. Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow - Funkadelic 9. Upa Neguninho - Luiz Arruda Paez 2. Baila Piena (Off World Remix) - Papo Vasquez 10 Mas Que Nada - Elza Soares 3. The Salon Section - Buscemi 11. Picadillo (Carl Craig's Breakdown Mix) - Johnny Bias 4. I Can See The Future (Ski'sa Main Mix) - Incognito 12. Coro Miyare - Fania All-Stars 5. I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun (4 Hero Mix) - Nu Yorican Soul 13. Skindo Le Le - Alive! 6. Nuther'n Like Thuther'n - Willis Jackson 14. See The Light - Eddie Russ 7. Who's Afraid of Virginia Wolf (Part 2) - Jimmy Smith 15. Let The Sun Shine In - Sons And Daughters Of Life 8. If The Papes Come - A Tribe Called Quest 16. Spread Love - Lenny Fontana Presents Black Sun

1. I Can See the Future - Maunick, Jean-Paul 2. I Am the Black Gold of the Sun - Stepney, Charles 3. I See - Coleman, Matt 4. River Man - Drake, Nick 5. Les Fleur - Stepney, C. 6. The Truth - Dan the Automator 7. Your Revolution - Peare, Vadim 8. Rejoice - Sanders, Pharoah 9. Flower - Blizz 10. Messages - Duplaix, V. 11. Skindo le Le - Amaral, C. 12. See the Light - Bailey, Philip 13. Let the Sun Shine In - Daniels, W.C. 14. Spread Love - Hudson, Al


Worldwide is a compilation by Gilles Peterson, named after his radio show on BBC radio, released in 2000.

1. Snakecharmer/Intro - Raw Deal 2. El Capitalismo - Foraneo 3. We Live in Brooklyn Baby - Roy Ayers 4. Slowly Surely - Jill Scott 5. Easin In - Edwin Starr 6. The Ghetto/El Barrio - George Benson 7. Lonely Can Be Sweet - Mysterium 8. Manhood - Victor Duplaix 9. Deep Burnt - Pepe Bradock 10. The Last Best (House mix) - Herbert 11. Thinking Louder (J Raq remix) - Clarity 12. Mind of a Killer - Polar 13. Roun Soun - Spacek 14. Life changes - Ski 15. Waltz for Koop - Koop 16. All I have in me (original musicquarium mix) - Young Disciples (2) 17. Last beat (twisted dub) - Herbert (1) Disc: 2 1. The Mystery of Man - Sarah Vaughan 2. This World - Zero 7 3. Suspended - Kelis 4. Black Mary - Parris Clemons 5. Respect - Rotary Connection 6. Solid Air - John Martyn 7. Blue Mosque - Dan Rendall/Ian Carr 8. All I Wanted Was To Make You Feel Good - Bugge Wesseltoft 9. Life Changes - Ski 10. Waltz - Koop 11. The Look - Alison Crockett 12. Herbert - The Last Beat (Twisted Dub)

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