Jazztrack Mal Stanley
Page added Dec 2, 2011 Updated Apr 25, 2016

Mal Stanley brings you the best jazz from Australia and around the world. On-air Saturday & Sunday at 5pm, repeated Tuesday & Wednesday at 2pm & 9pm.

Join him for a whole world of jazz, including new and historical recordings and the ABC's own recordings in studios and at festivals.


Latest Episode

Sun 17 Sep 5:00pm
Wed 20 Sep 2:00pm
Wed 20 Sep 9:00pm

Catch a new record by the Blue Note All-Stars, featuring some of the iconic label's signature artists Robert Glasper and Lionel Loueke (pic)

Recent Episodes

Sat 16 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 19 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 19 Sep 9:00pm

Hear the first and last sessions by Quintette du Hot Club de France, featuring the timeless duo of Django Reinhardt & Stéphane Grappelli.

Sun 10 Sep 5:00pm
Wed 13 Sep 2:00pm
Wed 13 Sep 9:00pm

We remember guitarist and bassist Walter Becker who passed away September 2017 - an integral member of the iconic jazz-rock band Steely Dan.

Sat 9 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 12 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 12 Sep 9:00pm

On Jazztrack, Mal takes a look at a newly reissued LP from the German label MPS, featuring pianist Joe Turner originally recorded in 1969.

John Abercrombie
Sun 3 Sep 5:00pm
Wed 6 Sep 2:00pm
Wed 6 Sep 9:00pm

Mal remembers the late guitar virtuoso John Abercrombie who passed away in August 2017 with music from his 2010 Australian tour.

Sat 2 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 5 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 5 Sep 9:00pm

Music from jazz icon Lester Young helps kick off this episode - with a session from the tenor saxophonist's post-Count Basie years.

Sun 27 Aug 5:00pm
Wed 30 Aug 2:00pm
Wed 30 Aug 9:00pm

Drumming powerhouse Mark Guiliana leads the way on a new album with his 'Jazz Quartet' - dedicated to his home state of New Jersey.


On Sep 5, 2017. 10:56am
ABC Jazz said

Hey Christopher, word around the office is that Mal will be playing some of Steely Dan's music on Jazztrack this weekend.

On Sep 4, 2017. 10:05am
Anonymous said

Hello Mal,
I know it's not jazz in the strictest sense of the term, but like some other jazz fanatics, I adore Steely Dan and consequently was saddened to hear co-founder Walter Becker recently passed away. Both Becker and his illustrious partner, Donald Fagan, were jazz enthusiasts and much of their music reflects this. (They preferred working with musos who had 'jazz chops'.) Their chord and tonal shifts could really throw the ear. Relished their quirky hip-sneer lyrics too.
Any chance of a tribute in some way Mal?
Christopher Lynch.

On Sep 2, 2017. 5:47pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal
Is it likely that the Olivia Chindamo live recording will be issued by ABC or someone? It's very good and deserves wider recognition

On Aug 28, 2017. 12:23pm
Anonymous said

Fully agree Mal.
Christopher lynch.

On Aug 26, 2017. 7:53pm
Anonymous said

Hyper-impressed with Stuart King's guitar work as indicated in tonight's Jazztrack. Our own Kenny Burrell plus?
You've certainly 'got it' Stuart! Power to you therefore, from this day forward.
Christopher Lynch.

On Aug 26, 2017. 6:21pm
Anonymous said

Charlie Watts and the DR Big Band is a great album, highlighting some very good musicians and Charlie's superb jazz drumming. Shows just how good the Stones were as composers, their tracks lend themselves to jazz interpretation all too easily.

On Aug 22, 2017. 9:15am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks Christopher - stay tuned for more of that recording over the coming weeks =)

On Aug 21, 2017. 11:06am
Anonymous said

Thanks so much Mal for the Carla Bley inclusion in last night's Jazztrack. It was a tender thrill to hear her sublime sounds replayed.
Christopher Lynch.

On Aug 14, 2017. 10:54am
Anonymous said

Douye does indeed have a uniquely lovely and warm voice. Her diction, control and emotional enhancement of Gershwin's classic, "I Loves You Porgy", featured in Sunday's Jazztrack, almost stopped the clock! Needless to add Mal, I'd love to hear more from her.
Christopher Lynch.

On Aug 6, 2017. 9:33pm
Anonymous said

Harold Mabern, though in his eighties, can still tame a piano! This was more than self-evident during the recording featured during last Saturday's edition of Jazztrack. Furthermore, how joyful it is to observe that legendary drummer from Miles' "Kind Of Blue' era, the mighty Jimmy Cobb, can still time-drive with such intensity despite his own eighty plus years. Great stuff.
On a pianistic note, enjoyed the Albert Ammons Saturday inclusion. Furthermore Mal, how about some more coverage of other older masters such as Meade Lux Lewis, Willie 'The Lion' Smith, Cripple Clarence Lofton, James P. Johnson, Jimmy Yancey, Otis Spann, Pete Johnson, Pinetop Smith, Roosevelt Sykes, Cow Cow Davenport and such? Another album I enjoyed many years back of that ilk was Fats Waller's "Smashing Thirds". We all owe a debt to these old blues/jazz* masters - not only pianists, but on other instruments too - who remain obscure to a number of today's chic jazz listeners.
Cheers and thanks,
Christopher Lynch.
* 'blazz' - as I term blues/jazz.

On Jul 30, 2017. 7:53pm
Anonymous said

Whoa! Am I in awe of Jazzmeia Horn! That lady can more than hold a tune.
"The Peacocks" must be extraordinarily demanding for even the finest of vocalists to approach, yet she does so with aplomb.
Jazzmeia can accurately attack a note and can sensitively sustain it, proclaim it. (As a hymn-challenged tenor, I'll always admire those who can truly sing. I've always wanted to sound like Johnny Hartman or dynamic Roy Phillips of The Peddlers. Dream on eh Christoph!)
Christopher Lynch.

On Jul 20, 2017. 9:36am
Anonymous said

Mal, I've just heard that highly regarded WA jazz musician, Graham Wood, has passed away after a difficult four year battle with cancer. Will there be a tribute to him in Jazztrack at some point?
His contributions to jazz as an educator, performer and part-owner of Perth's Ellington Jazz Club, are outstanding.
Christopher Lynch.

On Jul 21, 2017. 3:35pm

There are many fine musicians and groups based in northern NSW & QLD which we do give exposure to..it seems in recent years in Brisbane in particular the scene has been growing , especially now that the Doo-Bop jazz venue is presenting live jazz almost every day of the week....and JMI live as well as the Brisbane Jazz Club also play an important role..these venues I mention each week on Jazztrack.
We have also recorded a number of musicians such as Ingrid James, Kristen Berardi (her Jazztrack recording won the Bell award for vocal album of the year), and live recordings of Andrew Butt Trio, Rafael Karlen Qt, Trichotomy , the late David Ades and others...and have recently played Sharney Russell's new album and other releases by the likes of Jim Kelly, Elly Hoyt ,Toby Wren, Steve Russell, Leigh Carriage,Martha Baartz,Jeff Usher,Chris Poulsen Trio etc... Brisbane also has an upcoming jazz vocal festival which we will be mentioning on air..

So yes we can always do more, but I hope we do as much as we can to reflect the diversity of the Australian jazz scene.

Mal Stanley

On Jul 18, 2017. 12:08pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, thanks for your comments.

You certainly make a valid point that we continually discuss at ABC Radio. Many of the recordings and features gathered come about as a result of partnerships with events and organisations. Our partnership with Generations in Jazz in Mt. Gambier as well as our work with the Young Women's Jazz Workshops in Perth, Canberra and Sydney are examples of seeking a wider reach.

You may be interested to know that the 2016 National Jazz Award winner was Mike Rivett from North Queensland and ABC Jazz is offering a recording as part of his prize.

We appreciate you challenging us to seek ways that we can expand our coverage.

On Jul 17, 2017. 6:42pm
Anonymous said

I am continually amazed that the ABC Jazz seems to ignore those who come from northern NSW and Queensland. Your organisation projects a Melbourne/Sydney view of the Jazz scene and seems to ignore the north of Australia. I would love to be proven wrong but ........

On Jul 11, 2017. 8:48pm
Anonymous said

Hi again Lex Brooks,
Further to my earlier comments, some of bluesman Paul Butterfield's music might be interesting to you.
For example, his 'East West' album.
Christopher Lynch.

On Jul 11, 2017. 1:25pm
Anonymous said

Hello Lex Brooks,
I hope you don't mind, but I observed your interesting request.
(I'm a regular follower of this terrific website.)
The following might meet your needs to some extent:
"Jazz Blues Fushion" by John Mayall
"The Turning Point" also by John Mayall - a personal favourite. Contains some superb flute and sax solos.
"Midnight Blue" by Kenny Burrell could be another album you'll like, although of course the emphasis is on jazz.
Perhaps you could consider some of the work of Buddy Miles, with his band Express.
Additionally, have a listen to some material from Brian Auger & The Trinity.
If I can come up with any further ideas Lex, I'll add to this.
Wishing you happy listening always. Hope you find what you're looking for in life and music.
Christopher Lynch.

On Jun 29, 2017. 12:18pm
Anonymous said

Hello Mal, could you give me some examples of Jazz Blues fusion,, that hopefully would be readily available, and preferably heavy on Guitar. I know this is not a comment ,however what better brains than yours to pick on this subject.
Best regards
Lex Brooks""

On Jun 27, 2017. 10:35am

Yes Colin is a wonderful pianist..and an architect..and a ceramicist.....I'll be playing another track from the Nick Haywood trio this Saturday July 1...
also if you enjoy Colin's playing he's also on a previous Nick Haywood album '1234' Nick Haywood Quartet on Jazzhead (which was originally a Jazztrack recording)..this also includes guitarist Steve Magnusson and the late, much missed drummer Allan Browne..the playing from all is quite incredible and moving.

On Jun 25, 2017. 4:32pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal,
The Nick Haywood Trio piece you played was the highlight of my month. Colin Hopkins is seriously one of the most sublime musicians breathing and it astounds me the rest of the world hasn't worked this out yet. "Still" is one of the best cds, jazz or otherwise, to emerge in this country. Might I request "Kali", a spell binding piece I suspect you know as you produced the album. Wish he'd record a follow up.

On Jun 13, 2017. 9:13am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Christopher,

Yes - unfortunately our site is a little quirky in that way. It's a 2009 build and we're in the process of putting together a new website. We really do value your input as a regular contributor here.

All the best - ABC Jazz

On Jun 10, 2017. 7:27pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal,
Occasionally I try to make a comment on the music and find it absurdly disallowed on the basis that I've made reference to illegal substances, financial matters and other issues. I pride myself on integrity, courtesy as well as wholesome living and therefore remain baffled as to why this happens. Maybe your system is 'over-sensitive' in some way?
Christopher Lynch.

On May 22, 2017. 9:23am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks, will pass the compliments on! =)

On May 21, 2017. 8:30pm
Anonymous said

Just clicked on the latest Jazz track and was floored by the sublime Jarrett selection from "Facing You", an album I own and a track I had forgotten.
Mal, you are a deadset gun Jazztrack is one of the few radio shows worth listening to. Loved the Bell Award focus too. Thank Zeus someone still cares for home grown music.
Where do I vote for Mal for PM or better still, Mal for head of the ABC?

On May 15, 2017. 10:19pm
Anonymous said

Youn Sun Nah is indeed an outstanding jazz vocalist and was a worthy inclusion in Sunday night's edition of Jazztrack. My lovely Korean associates and yours truly are thrilled whenever such a soulmate gains air time, so hearty thanks Mal.
Nah Youn-sun, as we call her, makes a truly unique contribution to jazz. We experienced the pleasure of seeing her live accompanied by an outstanding group of European musicians during her Melbourne visit in 2006. She is charmingly friendly and delights in meeting her fans and discussing her music. Hopefully, we'll see her again soon at home in Korea or abroad. Naturally, I'll be purchasing her new album. Her take on that Joni Mitchell classic was sublimely uplifting last night, by the way.
Christopher Lynch.

On May 9, 2017. 10:41am
Anonymous said

Hello Mal,
As you're no doubt aware, I'm a keen Jazztrack enthusiast and an ABC Jazz lover who is consistently full of praise for all involved. However I'm bewildered as to why that terrible vocal female vocal track from Gian Slater made it to air last weekend. I'm sure she can do better.
Christopher Lynch.

On May 8, 2017. 11:41pm
Anonymous said

Hello Mal

Thanks for your fabulous program. Jen Salisbury here from new jazz release 'Unspoken Rule' feat James Mustafa.
I wanted to let you know that our cd is now available for sale at Thomas Music (ABC), 31 Bourke Street Melbourne.
If you play any songs from 'Unspoken Rule' on Jazztrack in the future you can direct interested listeners there to purchase the album.
Kind regards
Jennifer Salisbury

On Apr 21, 2017. 6:56pm
Anonymous said

Greetings to all at ABC Jazz.
Have been listening to quite a bit of jazz during OS flights over the years and again recently.
I continue to be disappointed, sorry to report.
The selections remain predictably mainstream with little to offer any serious jazz devotee. Sure, the announcers themselves sound highly professional and are certainly slick in terms of presentation, yet the programme contents are consistently limp. One can't help but wonder if the presenters really love or understand jazz, or if they even have sufficient knowledge to be doing what they do. (I suspect most are merely well-paid radio pros.)
Airlines are seemingly in desperate need of the services of long-term, committed jazz afficionados who really know what they're talking about, to arrange their jazz schedules.
Love you always ABC Jazz - how fortunate we are to have you around,
Christopher Lynch.

On Apr 21, 2017. 6:28am
Anonymous said

Although I am in the city right now and have good internet, at home in the country there is no way we can listen to podcasts or stream programs or anything like that. Our internet, our phone all of those things are unreliable at best, non-functioning at worst. Which of course is due to long term government neglect, making us practically a third world country as far as the internet is concerned.

I think people in government who make these decisions to cut radio programs are very, very out of touch with what people's lives are really like, especially in the country. Or, they just don't care. Probably the latter. The money saved is insignificant and not worth the loss incurred.

ABC radio and TV are vital to Australia. I'm sure you already know this, but I wish your current bosses also understood that.

On Apr 20, 2017. 6:55pm
Anonymous said


On Apr 7, 2017. 4:22pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, thanks for tuning in! You can also listen to any episode of Jazztrack with catch-up listening at a time that suits you - right here on our website. Normally each episode of Jazztrack is uploaded after the initial 5pm broadcast on weekends, and will be online for 1 month.

On Apr 7, 2017. 10:44am
Anonymous said

I used to absolutely love Jazztrack when it was in the late night weekend time slot on ABC RN! I was crushed when I heard that it had been discontinued. I'm so glad to find that it is now on ABC Jazz but am concerned that I will not often be able to listen to it in the earlier time slot (too much to do at that time). However, I will do my best and live in hope that one day it will move back to to a later time slot on the weekends!

On Mar 15, 2017. 7:22pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal,
Sunday 26th March from 4PM
The Paul Bird Band will be playing at the Open Cellar, 1123 Burke Rd., Kew
Entry is free
Jazz quartet comprising Paul Bird (tenor), Tim McLaren (guitar), Quintoin Smith (bass), Bob Macqueen (drums)

All the best

On Mar 14, 2017. 8:11am
ABC Jazz said

Hey there - Jazztrack is still very much alive and well, right here on ABC Jazz! You can catch Mal every weekend from 5pm on Digital TV (Channel 201), Digital Radio, online or on your mobile. Hope you can stick with us =)

On Mar 13, 2017. 3:36pm
Anonymous said

Jazz Track - please come back one day. I am just so disappointed that the management cut this. The people who have taken over the ABC must be philistines... this will NOT be forgotten. The politicians who encouraged it, and who openly fraternize with xenophobic people have besmirched their reputations forever. What do they even stand for. This is not directed at ABC staff, except for those overlords who have brought this about. What do you know of people, culture and humanity? Well guess what. We are not putting up with it. Actually, I thank you for going too far with this, because it has woken me up and I am now joining with a lot of other previously sedate middle aged and older people who have had enough. We are getting active and believe me, we are not going away.

On Mar 4, 2017. 8:36pm
Anonymous said

Applause to Mal Stanley and the Jazztrack team for their various and relevant musical inclusions on the 100th anniversary of those first jazz - or 'jass' - recordings in recent editions of the programme.
Whilst I find it both joyful and uplifting to encounter so many bright younger jazz lovers and others newer to the genre so interested in this true art form, it can be equally disappointing to observe their lack of deeper knowledge of jazz and its at times grim history, along with its technical development. Sure those good folk know about Miles and some of the greats as well as some more recent stars, yet a deeper understanding of jazz historically and in terms of technical knowledge is often lacking. Your efforts to correct this imbalance are commendable.
Christopher Lynch.

On Feb 13, 2017. 9:15am
Anonymous said

Thanks so much Mal for that wonderfully heartwarming anecdote in Sunday's edition of Jazztrack, concerning dynamic trombonist Reggie Watkins and his ultimate connection with his trombone playing hero, Jimmy Knepper.
If the recording featured is any indication, Watkins is certainly making meaningful use of that great man's instruments. At times during his soloing, I thought it actually WAS Mr Knepper and that a mistake in presentation had occurred!
The delightful lesson for us all in this Reggie Watkins story, is that if we show people some love and respect then inspirational outcomes may result.
Christopher Lynch.
PS: Jeremy Pelt's trumpet playing has me hooked too! I'm in awe. More please Mal.

On Feb 11, 2017. 2:10pm
Anonymous said

Saturday and Sunday nights are no longer the same without Mal Stanley's Jazztrack on RN. It has been a highlight of my week and a great way to hear many Australian jazz musicians old and new, as well as many other fabulous musicians.
The replacement programs are BORING, and not what you want to listen to when winding down on a weekend.
Get real ABC and improve your late night programming instead of losing loyal listeners such as myself.

On Feb 7, 2017. 3:32pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi Angela, thanks for your comment - we will make sure to pass it onto Mal as well...

If you'd like to send us feedback, there are online forms available here: http://about.abc.net.au/talk-to-the-abc/feedback-and-enquiries/

Also, you may be aware that ABC Jazz and Jazztrack are available on Digital TV around Australia. You can find us on channel 201. We're also on VAST Satellite TV for those in remote areas.

Thanks for the feedback.

On Feb 7, 2017. 3:18pm
Anonymous said

Hello Mal
Have enough internet to send this, but can't get a continuous decent feed to listen to Jazztrack on digital. REALLY MISS YOUR programme on Classic FM. I switch across each Saturday and Sunday and try to enjoy it with the blessed limitations we have where we live.
What's the best way to lobby for Jazztrack return to FM? Or RN on AM?

Finally figured out how to contact you. Tried when your programme was taken off Classic FM ages ago, without success.
Keep up yr great work, Angela

On Dec 19, 2016. 8:42am
Anonymous said

I think that Jazz has an image problem in Australia. When you mention Jazz to a 30 year old in Australia general populas they think its 60-70 year olds playing Trad Jazz and don't realize that there are many younger improvising modern sounding music that they would enjoy

On Dec 19, 2016. 8:17am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, it was Count Basie: Complete Live at the Crescendo 1958.

You can listen back to the full conversation here: https://soundcloud.com/abc-jazz/mals-top-finds-for-2016-mark-simmonds-on...

On Dec 17, 2016. 5:15am
Anonymous said

On Thursday the 15th of December, around about 2:00pm on 846 I heard Mal having a ramble. He recommended a Count Basie live CD set (with 5 CDs)... anybody know which one this was?

On Dec 6, 2016. 1:30pm
Anonymous said

Have to say I've managed to get a pretty nice sound sourced from digital tv via my Cambridge amp and Kev speakers (and Ruark bookshelves if I want it through the house).

My ability to adapt doesn't mean I support these sinister moves on the ABC tho...

On Dec 6, 2016. 12:16pm
Anonymous said

Thanks for a great morning's music (6/12), made patching and painting a funky doddle!

On Nov 29, 2016. 12:25pm
Anonymous said

I agree with many of the comments above - Please bring back Jazztrack on ABC Classic FM. I also miss it very much. It was also the soundtrack for my weekends. Not everyone wants to be messing with the internet all the time. When did the ABC start making such bad decisions?

On Nov 22, 2016. 10:14am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for listening Jonathan.

The track was 'Aziza Dance' by the band Aziza (and from the album Aziza)! It's Dave Holland, Chris Potter Lionel Loueke and Eric Harland, together on Dare2 Records (DR2-009). A quick Google search of "aziza dance dave holland" should get you there, but we obviously can't give direct links to buy right here. You can also listen again here: https://radio.abc.net.au/programitem/pey39bYa9Q?play=true

On Nov 22, 2016. 8:05am
Anonymous said

Hi Mal,
You played a track by a band you named Aziza or something like that, it was on Sunday night at 11.25?approx and it was funky jazz. keen to buy some of their music, please advise the correct name.
Thank you Jonathan

On Nov 21, 2016. 8:52am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there,

Jazztrack with Mal Stanley can still be heard right here on ABC Jazz as per usual from 5pm every Saturday and Sunday. You can tune in via your Digital TV (Channel 201), Digital Radio, the ABC Radio App or online: https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/jazz/live?play=true

Thanks for listening!

On Nov 18, 2016. 4:31pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal
I realise you can't comment, but thank you for the decades of listening pleasure! No comments here re going off RN now. Must be another reason apart from attracting a younger audience. What's wrong with JJJ? Punishing us so called 'lefties'!
Will you be on ABC Jazz?

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