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.


Latest Episode

Kristin Berardi
Sun 4 Oct 5:00pm
Wed 7 Oct 2:00pm
Wed 7 Oct 9:00pm

Music from some of the Aussies appearing at the upcoming Wangaratta Jazz Festival, including Zac Hurren, Kristin Berardi and Aaron Choulai.

Recent Episodes

Sat 3 Oct 5:00pm
Tue 6 Oct 2:00pm
Tue 6 Oct 9:00pm

On this episode, Mal Stanley spins a set of some of the more jazz-infused tracks from the one and only Ray Charles.

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

Pianist Mike Nock has made such a valuable contribution to jazz in Australia and we'll celebrate his 75th birthday on this episode.

Sat 26 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 29 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 29 Sep 9:00pm

We're revisiting a 1960 recording with drummer Art Blakey, leading his band 'The Jazz Messengers,' featuring Wayne Shorter and Lee Morgan.

Benny Goodman Clarinet
Sat 26 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 29 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 29 Sep 9:00pm

Mal Stanley unpacks a couple of Benny Goodman performances, including his pivotal version of the Jelly Roll Morton tune 'King Porter Stomp.'

Sun 20 Sep 5:00pm
Wed 23 Sep 2:00pm
Wed 23 Sep 9:00pm

On this episode of Jazztrack, we hear music from Australian Jazz legend Bernie McGann, marking the second anniversary of his passing.

Sat 19 Sep 5:00pm
Tue 22 Sep 2:00pm
Tue 22 Sep 9:00pm

Following the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Mal celebrates New Orleans with some classics, including one from Jelly Roll Morton.


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?

On Mar 30, 2015. 9:13pm
Anonymous said

Dear old Auntie

It's nice to see you moving with the times going digital, dumbing down, cutting services, not providing adequate explanations, hyping up what’s left with Ad speak.

It is not just jazz that will suffer but it is the whole broader music industry; recording, live venues, entrepreneurs, events, who will feel the flow on effects of limited exposure to jazz and modern/contemporary musics on FM. Because it is through cross pollenisation of musical styles, that germinates new growth and stimulation. Many young people would, as they become more aware of music's breadth gravitate to jazz and classical music as a natural progression in musical awareness. Music is one Universe; it just can't happen all at once. Classical music will continue to lose more ground and relevance as you corral styles like jazz into their own box.

Advance Australia Fair.

On Mar 30, 2015. 1:13pm

Jazztrack is terrific - thank you Mal. But I really wish to express some disappointment that it got pushed off air. All I used to need to listen was an FM radio - now I have to muck about with computers - which is the last thing I want to do on a Sunday afternoon.

Ross Attrill.

On Mar 27, 2015. 11:05am

Sorry Earl that it's difficult for you to tune into Jazztrack with the changes that have been made as a result of recent events. As to podcasts we hope later this year to be able to offer our music programs (including Jazztrack) as downloadable as a non-saveable file to your device to be listened to at your convenience..

As you are outside the reach of digital radio perhaps an option is listening via ABC Jazz on channel 201 on your TV?
Mal Stanley

On Mar 26, 2015. 6:44pm
Anonymous said

Thanks ABC (irony), for moving Jazztrack out of my reach!! For many years my wife and I have tuned in to Jazztrack to catch a bit of sanity from the air waves, but no more. It had become a much loved weekend activity accompanied by a glass or two. Living in “the bush” exludes me from using digital radio and we are not allowed to record a podcast for later enjoyment. So I guess it's back to the old days sitting around the computer listening through rather crappy speakers and being frustrated by digital drop-outs. Thanks again, ABC. Cheers. Earl Broadbent.

On Mar 15, 2015. 5:11am
Anonymous said

Do bring back JazzTrack to a friendly time for listening.

On Mar 12, 2015. 2:36pm
Anonymous said

I know it's along time ago but Jazztrack recorded Danilo Rea solo and live in Melbourne several years ago and played a few of the tracks. I remember the performance in the concert space near the Ian Potter Gallery fondly and wondered if it would be possible to play the finale where I think he simultaneously played I've Got Rhythm and Here Comes The Sun, but it might have been other tracks.

On Mar 11, 2015. 10:49am

The tune you were referring to was by the Bennetts' Lane Big Band recorded at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival back in 2003 called 'The Antidote'..not released commercially unfortunately. Mal Stanley

On Mar 10, 2015. 12:35pm
Anonymous said

I was listening on Saturday night and I'm sure I heard a track where the musician introduced a tune with words something like "If you try to dance to this you are crazy" . I have listened to the podcast but couldn't seem to hear the track. Was it in the show? It was definitely Jazz and late on Saturday. I wish I could email directly.

On Mar 8, 2015. 8:41pm
Anonymous said

As Anonymous said above, please go back to ABC Classic FM. The Weekend Planet was the best music program I have heard anywhere in my 47 years on this planet. I discovered so many genius world musicians thanks to Doug Spencer. I refer you to Frank Zappa's comments on jazz. As for mine, it is bland, head up it's own arse music.

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