Jazztrack Mal Stanley
Page added Dec 2, 2011 Updated Jun 14, 2015

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.


Coming Up

Nick Garbett
Sun 29 Nov 5:00pm
Wed 2 Dec 2:00pm
Wed 2 Dec 9:00pm

We're spinning new music from Wollongong trumpeter Nick Garbett and his Jamaican-tinged ensemble Garfish, who have just dropped a new album.

Latest Episode

Sat 28 Nov 5:00pm
Tue 1 Dec 2:00pm
Tue 1 Dec 9:00pm

Mal takes a look at some of the artists appearing at this year's Melbourne International Women's Jazz Festival, including new Andrea Keller.

Recent Episodes

Sun 22 Nov 5:00pm
Wed 25 Nov 2:00pm
Wed 25 Nov 9:00pm

UK sax man Tim Garland has rekindled musicians from an album he recorded 20 years ago for a follow-up project entitled 'Return to the Fire.'

Sat 21 Nov 5:00pm
Tue 24 Nov 2:00pm
Tue 24 Nov 9:00pm

On this episode, catch highlights from pianist Aaron Choulai's performance, tracked live at the 2015 Wangaratta Festival of Jazz and Blues.

Sun 15 Nov 5:00pm
Wed 18 Nov 2:00pm
Wed 18 Nov 9:00pm

Catch highlights from Sydney pianist Jackson Harrison's set with trumpeter Phil Slater, recorded live at the 2015 Wangaratta Jazz Festival.

Kelly Ottaway
Sat 14 Nov 5:00pm
Tue 17 Nov 2:00pm
Tue 17 Nov 9:00pm

Tasmania has produced some fine jazz artists, and we'll sample a few of them on this episode, including Kelly Ottaway and Viktor Zappner.

Sun 8 Nov 5:00pm
Wed 11 Nov 2:00pm
Wed 11 Nov 9:00pm

Mal's presenting a tonne of new Australian music as part of AusMusic Month on ABC Jazz, with tracks from Jeff Usher, Jeremy Rose and more.

Sat 7 Nov 5:00pm
Tue 10 Nov 2:00pm
Tue 10 Nov 9:00pm

The great Art Tatum leads this show, as we take a look back at some of the pianist's solo work as well as his sextet with Lionel Hampton.


On Nov 25, 2015. 7:28pm
auswazza said

Don Watson would be proud of you in helping promote his latest book on "bureaucratic non-speak".
Your reply in no way answers the question asked. Furthermore, the actual playlist is not reliable, even after the event.
For example, the list for Jazztrack of 21 November 2015 lists the first item as:
2:05 PM
East of the Sun, Jon-Erik Kellso and Danny Moss,
Bob Barnard's Jazz Party 2001.
(Why the "2:05 PM timing")
If you listen, as you read the listing, you will notice that this particular track is announced by Mal as the second track, after he has played "Cake Walking Babies From Home" by Frank Johnston's Dixielanders.
I might add this is not the first time I have noticed discrepancies between what is actually played and what is listed. This might have been a little excusable when the list was published before the actual broadcast, but when it is now published after the event!
I am surprised Mal, that you do not take a closer interest in what is published in your name!

On Nov 19, 2015. 4:27pm

Hi Mal,

Thank you for all your excellent work. Please pass this on to Aunty for me.

Dear Aunty,

I have been a long term fan of Jazz Track on ABC Classic FM for many years. It's been part of my life since the late seventies with Jim McLeod. I made the transition to Mal Stanley and it was seamless. I think Mal may have even raised the bar. Articulate, knowledgeable and researched.

Audio quality is a major factor for me and while I'm not adverse to DAB, digital streaming or DTV audio (in mono for ABC Jazz unfortunately) none of these formats are worthy of this program. Only ABC Classic quality FM analogue broadcast will do. You need a good FM tuner and audio system. You need to relax and really listen and then you can hear the music breath and flow. I’m sure other ABC Classic listeners would understand what I’m trying to say here. I just can’t imagine your fine music fans coping with DAB with its crunched dynamics and psychoacoustic modelling.

Please bring Mal back to ABC FM. Do this for me and all of the other lovers of Jazztrack. FM – “Not completely digital”.

Concerned Listener, ABC Fan, Taxpayer, Not a fan of film music in Jazztrack's timeslot, Fan of Fine Music who still broadcast Jazz on FM, Unhappy with Aunty for abusing my ears.

On Nov 16, 2015. 2:38pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, that's correct.

A playlist accompanies the listen-again-audio and is available for one month after each Jazztrack epsisode is broadcast. Before each show, a summary is profided as a preview of the highlights to come. Each episode of Jazztrack also has two repeat broadcasts on ABC Jazz: Tuesdays / Wednesdays at 2pm and 9pm.

Thanks for listening.

On Nov 14, 2015. 5:33pm
Anonymous said

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the recent lack of any playlist prior to the program. I've given up, I'm afraid I won't commit to listening unless I know what's ahead. For whatever reason, maybe a lack of funding, Jazztrack seems to have been on a rapid downward descent over the last few months. Shame, really.

On Nov 9, 2015. 11:04am
Anonymous said

Gratitude in abundance Mal for including that astounding music from the innovative Don Ellis, during Sunday's Jazztrack programme.
Sadly Ellis remains one of those ground-breaking, creative souls about whom we hear too little. His inventive Hindustani Jazz Sextet wasn't even recorded to my knowledge, although it was sensational live apparently.
The influence of eastern sounds is thankfully far more prevalent these days, but wasn't always so.
Ellis even employed a four valve trumpet to enable him to strike exotic quarter and eighth tones with greater ease, and instructed some of the other musicians in his big band trumpet section to do likewise.This was in addition to his challenging use of unusual time signatures.
Oh how I'd love to have seen his incredible big band live! I passionately recommend his gloriously adventurous album, "Electric Bath" to all serious jazz devotees. (I still have an original copy of this in timeless vinyl, in addition to a CD re-issue.)
"Shock Treatment", is also terrific.
If that's not all, I believe Ellis did the score for 'The French Connection".
Thanks once again Mal.
Christopher Lynch.

On Oct 26, 2015. 9:12am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, this new page link will show the playlist after an episode has gone to air, due to the mechanics of the new ABC Radio Player. We are looking into an alternate display, but one that works well with this newly designed Radio Player, which has many benefits to audiences.

On Oct 25, 2015. 7:02pm
Anonymous said

Is there no longer any way of seeing a playlist before a show goes to air? I know it's possible to click play on a show and see a playlist but wouldn't that only be after the event? I'm more interested to know what's coming up.

On Oct 20, 2015. 10:52pm
Anonymous said

It's good to see folk here maintaining the rage about the removal of Jazztrack from ABC FM broadcast - an act of cultural vandalism that continues to sting. It is much missed from that hi-fidelity medium.

On Oct 20, 2015. 10:03pm
Anonymous said

I guess I should add my voice to those who miss Jazz Track on the radio. I used to so look forward to my hour-long commute home from work on Saturday and Sunday. Mal Stanley's show is by far the best show on Australian radio. I do enjoy Philip Sametz, and the shows he presents, but nothing like the pleasure I got from listening to Jazz Track on my drive home. I am grateful that we can catch Mal several nights a week on ABC Jazz, but I do miss the show on the radio. I have wondered about the politics of its cancellation since it was announced. I doubt I will ever know why....

On Oct 5, 2015. 10:58am

Hello Boris and Simon,
thanks for getting in contact. Yes there have been changes to how Jazztrack can be heard...
You mention you are both in regional areas...you should be able to hopefully tune into ABC Jazz via your TV.. channel 201 carries the ABC Jazz service...Jazztrack can be heard 5pm eastern time (and repeated 2pm and 9pm eastern on Tues & Wednesdays)...
Boris you are near Birdsville I understand...do you receive the remote VAST service via Satellite? This also carries the ABC Jazz service...here is a link for more info: https://www.myvast.com.au/channels/ABC

Mal Stanley

On Oct 5, 2015. 8:15am

Dear Boris, I was just like you except that I discouraged visitors on Sat and Sun evenings. Jazz Track added rich dimensions to my world. Sadly, the ABC has abandoned Regional Australia and the programmers are deaf to us. I'm In Melbourne at the moment and enjoying the Jazz Track space again (briefly). Thanks...Simon

On Sep 27, 2015. 6:22pm
Anonymous said

G'day Mal,
I had been listening to Jazz Track for about 25 years when it was on the radio and enjoyed it so much, that my friends knew that I will be unavailable between the hours of 5 - 7 pm on Saturdays / Sunday's, unless they came to visit me.
I have lived in remote Australia most of my life and being able to hear this show and others like it has been a lifeline.
When Jazz Track and others went digital I was beside myself. We do not get digital radio out here and Internet connection is like trying to hear a sparrows fart at times.

I am currently in Brisbane for a few nights and JOY o JOY, I've found you on the in room TV. I've ordered a bottle of red wine and some cheese and am sitting on the balcony with the TV cranked up.
You have made me a very happy chappy indeed.
Great to hear you and this wonderful show again.

Keep up the great work.

Warmest regards and thanks,

Magareet Station
Via Birdsville

On Sep 24, 2015. 6:32pm

Hello Melissa,

you can forward any info to me via:



Mal Stanley

On Sep 23, 2015. 6:32pm
melrap83 said

Hi Mal

Have recently tuned into your show and it's great.

I understand your show also presents new Jazz from around the world. I've come back from Italy and was fortunate to attend a Jazz concert in Amalfi, on the Amalfi Coast. The co-ordinator Alessandro Florio, composer and guitarist himself, has released a new album "Roots Interchange" dedicated to the Italian and Italian American communities contribution to the development of Jazz. Thought it might be of interest to yourself.

What's the best way to send you through some links that might be of interest?

Thankyou, Melissa

On Sep 21, 2015. 10:43pm
Anonymous said

Hi mal
You are right. What a great writer Gioia is, thanks for the link to his website!

On Sep 20, 2015. 2:15am
Anonymous said

Who was that lady singing the Bessie Smith song tonight? Great style and tone and humour in her voice.

On Sep 15, 2015. 10:32am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Tony,

Unfortunately due to copyright, we can't offer shows as an .mp3 download. You can, however, listen back to past shows up to 28 days from the original broadcast date via our website - either on your computer or your smart phone. To hear them, visit an individual Jazztrack page and click the blue 'Listen Again' link in the middle of the page. All our programs are also available to listen again to on the ABC Radio website here: http://www.abc.net.au/radio/categories/music/jazz

Let us know if you need any more help.

On Sep 15, 2015. 8:41am
Anonymous said

Hi Mal, I used to listen to your programs on Sat and Sun at 5 pm on Classic FM while walking. Now, I am missing your program badly. Hence, I need a clear instruction how to download your program as MP3 so I can listen/download to my MP3 player of smart phone please? Please clearly show on your page how to download past programs.
Cheers Tony

On Sep 10, 2015. 11:36am

Ted Gioia is a fine writer...his website has a lot of resources also..articles etc: http://www.tedgioia.com/

Mal Stanley

On Sep 9, 2015. 9:34pm
Anonymous said

The whinging here is quite intense! Get with the program!

Great music, I've only really just discovered jazz properly and just finished the amazing History of Jazz by Ted Gioia.

On Sep 7, 2015. 10:22am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, episode track-listings are available on individual episode pages (i.e. the track list for Sunday's program on 6/9/15 is posted on that episode's page - http://abcjazz.net.au/programs/jazztrack/zenon-and-friends).

The easiest way to find past and present Jazztrack pages is to visit this program page and select an episode. Current Jazztrack episodes are also available on our home page at abc.net.au/jazz.

Let us know if you need any more help.

On Sep 7, 2015. 12:27am
Anonymous said

Years ago, we used to be able to find a track list for each Jazztrack program - ie., a list of every track played, in sequence. I have just been going around in circles, from one website page to another to another, trying to find a track list for each Jazztrack show. Is it still available? If not, why not? If so, why is it so hard to find?

On Aug 20, 2015. 6:00pm

Glad you've enjoyed the Joe Lovano/Paul Grabowsky live recording..certainly was a great night of music...
no plans for a commercial release as we only have broadcast rights however I'll be sending a copy to Joe shortly.....you never know! Mal Stanley

On Aug 19, 2015. 6:06pm
Anonymous said

really enjoying hearing the Joe Lovano/Paul Grabowsky/Phillip Rex/Dave Beck set fromthis year's MIJF, almost like being there. Is there a chance that it will released commercially either by the ABC or on another label?

On Aug 10, 2015. 9:08pm
Anonymous said

Does this mean Mal's banned from playing Mingus's Ah Um album?

On Aug 10, 2015. 8:07am
LikeJazz said

Is it just me or has the sound quality of online Jazztrack & Just Jazz improved dramatically? - The less said the better re. Jazz Radio Digital @ 72kbps. Woeful!

On Aug 9, 2015. 3:39pm
Anonymous said

Ah, just Ignore that last one, Mal. He's disappeared up his own "ahhs".

On Aug 4, 2015. 6:31pm
Anonymous said

Dear Mal,
I like Jazztrack. One problem: You say "ah" too many times. It's annoying when a presenter says "ah" several times every sentence. When I hear it I turn the radio off, and hope that when I turn it back on there will be music. You say "ah" a dozen time a minute some times. Listen to a recording of yourself on air. It's unnecessary and unprofessional. It would be better to have a pause (ie, silence) for half a second than say "ah." Please stop saying "ah" so I can continue to enjoy your work. Thanks.

On Aug 3, 2015. 9:53am
Anonymous said

Please put jazztrack back where it belongs. The movie soundtracks show would be more suited to later on when we need a hand falling asleep.
Joe from Mill Park

On Jul 27, 2015. 11:42am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Ian & Gayle,

Sorry to hear you had trouble streaming an episode. Do you remember which episode of Jazztrack you were trying to listen to?

If it was an older episode, unfortunately we can only offer listen again audio on shows for 28 days due to copyright restrictions, so audio for episodes over 4 weeks old will expire.


On Jul 26, 2015. 5:35pm
Anonymous said

I notice your sibling station ABC FM is still persisting away with its dodo (fillin music @5.00pm) and is having to resort to spreading the word on your own networks to muster an audience.
Has the experiment worked? I figure there is even half the audience for this music as there is for Jazz.
Are you and the ABC able to save appearances and change back? No didn't think so.

Now I know that it's only been half a year since the give up but I am wondering where we will all be in 2 years.
My crystal ball is too murky to tell

On Jul 24, 2015. 9:26pm
Anonymous said

We tried to start a Mal Stanley - Jazz Track "listen again", but nothing seems to work.

Jazz track - Mal Stanley was dropped out last year from Darwin from the normal starting time of 5pm (Darwin does not have digital radio). Having "listen again" is really appreciated but it needs to work.

Ian & Gayle
Darwin NT

On Jul 24, 2015. 12:09pm
Anonymous said

I agree, please, please, please bring back Saturday and Sunday evening jazz on Classic FM Radio!!! These hours were the highlight of my week, and now they are lost....

On Jul 19, 2015. 7:50pm
Anonymous said

Hi I'd like to add another voice supporting the return of Jazztrack to Classic fm, In addition to sound quality, there was always the pleasure of driving with Jazztrack turned up taking us all to another world. Radio is such a simple pleasure, and as far as I know, Jazz is now totally unrepresented. Classic fm is now extremely boring at the weekend and I feel bereft.

On Jul 13, 2015. 1:28am
Anonymous said

I really miss geniune and skillful world music, bring back the Weekend Planet. Jazztrack is yuppie garbage.

On Jun 16, 2015. 2:26pm

I think I played some Eric Dolphy not long ago..happy to play more..I'll search out some Steve Lacy for you also...

On Jun 14, 2015. 6:56pm
Anonymous said

Mal...how 'way out' can you take Jazztrack?...I would like to know...(Could you play a track from both Eric Dolphy and Steve Lacy)...thanks...also, the show would be well received back on FM 92.9...

On Jun 14, 2015. 6:28pm
Anonymous said

I entirely agree with all the thoughtful comments posted and commiserate with Jazztrack lovers in regional areas. Programmes are still being scheduled in Jazztrack's former timeslots on Sat & Sun. Where are the cost savings, I wonder? Most of ABC Jazz on digital radio sounds like pre-packaged, musak mush and the sound quality is very inferior to FM radio on my analogue equipment. Along with everyone else, I urge you to re-consider your actions and put Jazztrack back where it belongs.

On Jun 14, 2015. 3:16pm
Anonymous said

Yes I agree it a tragedy losing Jazztrack off Classic FM. It was a bad decision. As if we didn't have enough classical music ! Far too much and out of balance. Mal has a knack of giving his program a very particular sound and style, that ABC Jazz just doesn't produce for some reason. It's bland.

On Jun 14, 2015. 1:42pm
Anonymous said

I just went to view the fabulous comments (here). Before I scrolled down I saw:
'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.' ...My heart left for a brief moment thinking the ABC had realised that it had made a wrong decision...alas the page header had not been updated since December 2011. How I miss Jazz Track when it was at 5:00pm on Sunday FM, Being in the bush, I used to pour myself a whisky and settle in for some fabulous treats...now just a memory. Jazz track is out of reach on these city centric digital channels and I'm not much of a fan of film music.

On Jun 13, 2015. 8:31pm
Anonymous said

Dear Jazztrack,
Please come back to ABCFM. Screen Sounds can take up the midnight RN shift.

On Jun 13, 2015. 7:05pm
Anonymous said

Vale, Al.

On Jun 9, 2015. 10:51am
ABC Jazz said

Hi there, the episodes often take a little while to upload on the website. This weekend's Jazztrack episodes are all there now. Thanks for listening.

On Jun 7, 2015. 8:49pm
Anonymous said

Hello. It's 5.48 PM in Perth and I'm trying to listen to Jazztrack. It's not available on the website to listen to right now. How long does it take to be uploaded to the site?

On May 28, 2015. 10:15pm
Anonymous said

I've just spent some time going through the many thoughtful comments regarding the movement of Jazztrack from ABC Classic FM.
Those involved with ABC programme scheduling really should take note. There is a great deal of genuine dissatisfaction out there. To my knowledge, there has never been a proper explanation given for these unpopular changes. Furthermore, I'm still terribly disappointed that Gerry Koster's marvellous programme, Jazz Up Late, no longer exists.
Those of you who regularly read jazz news via these pages will likely be aware of how much I love, appreciate, honour and regularly contribute comments on this sublime art form termed jazz, that we know, play and love. (I'm an amateur musician and collector who has been keenly following jazz for well over fifty of my sixty-five years.)
Additionally, I'm an enthusiastic ABC supporter overall, whose car radio is always tuned to ABC Classic FM.
Therefore, for me to make any negative remarks is indeed a rarity and doubtless a surprise; I certainly wouldn't be doing so without careful consideration and sound reason.
Please listen to your faithful, devoted listeners.
Christopher Lynch.

On May 6, 2015. 1:41pm

Re the W.A Jazztrack times...on digital radio Jazztrack is still broadcast at 5pm..
On ABC Jazz on TV Channel 201 and on line it is broadcast at Eastern time so this would
be 3pm in non-daylight saving time in W.A.
It is also available anytime to listen to online after broadcast from the ABC Jazz website or
the RN website..click on the Jazztrack link.
These changes to Jazztrack were made as part of the reorganisation that occurred at the ABC earlier this year.
Hopefully you can still access Jazztrack....
Mal Stanley

On May 2, 2015. 10:11pm
Anonymous said

This programming and Jazztrack saga is unbelievable.

1.This program is supposed to be broadcast here in WA at between 5-7pm weekends, but does anyone think that this is happening? No. Listening to Mal and the program was something to look forward to during our weekend sundowners, including his 'what's on where' segment, and we miss it. In our location we can't receive digital radio (I checked) and the sound quality through the TV of any jazz is way less than we are used to. Not happy.

2. I also noticed that the website has been redesigned and looks pretty, but the functionality is - in my opinion - poor: where are the program times to be found? Where can I confirm what the broadcast times (in WA) for Jazztrack, or any other ABC Jazz program without having to resort to Googling that question? Dearieme, what a mess.

On Apr 5, 2015. 9:03pm
auswazza said

Good old ABC does it again!
Daylight saving finishes in the (all important?) Eastern States and the ABC is unable to work out how to adjust the delayed digital radio broadcasts to Western Australia. I tuned in to listen to Jazztrack (at its normal time of 5pm WST) and guess what, it is not on yet. In fact the Just Played site tells me that what I am listening to (and my digital radio print out confirms) I actually heard at 2:04 pm (WST) - Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra - The Touch of Your Lips.
It is now 6pm WST and Jazztrack has just started. Will the ABC be able to workout that the delay has to be cut to 2 hours by next Saturday, or should I rely on it starting at 6pm WST still.
Also someone who can count needs to adjust the Just Played web site.

On Apr 5, 2015. 6:19pm
Anonymous said

It's called the old one two.
First my favorite radio show gets shifted to the Cinderella hour on AM and then Netflix is launched ensuring that my broadband feed, which was working fine 6 weeks ago, is now slow as treacle and I can't listen online.
Thanks Mr Turnbull!

On Apr 4, 2015. 6:38pm

I just wanted to say how much I enjoy Jazz Track ... but I loved it soooooo much more on FM!!!

That thin sounding low budget streaming we get on Aussie DAB+ FraudStream just leaves me cold.

I imagine it was the joy of 'office politics' that did it (the Jazz Haters Club?).

Keep up the good work all the same Mal!

BTW ~ there seems to be no way to reply to a comment?

Is that a feature or have I missed something?

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