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Jazztrack

Jazztrack Mal Stanley
Page added Dec 2, 2011 Updated Feb 7, 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.

Changes to Jazztrack in 2015

Jazztrack is no longer broadcast on ABC Classic FM but is repeated on RN at 11pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

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Coming Up

Broadcast:
Sat 25 Apr 5:00pm
Tue 28 Apr 2:00pm
Tue 28 Apr 9:00pm

We check out a previously unreleased recording from the influential pianist and composer Lennie Tristano, recorded live in 1951.

Broadcast:
Sun 26 Apr 5:00pm
Wed 29 Apr 2:00pm
Wed 29 Apr 9:00pm

US-based/Mexican-born drummer Antonio Sanchez's latest project is based around three different trios and is aptly named 'Three Times Three.'

Latest Episode

Rez Abbasi
Broadcast:
Sun 19 Apr 5:00pm
Wed 22 Apr 2:00pm
Wed 22 Apr 9:00pm

Guitarist Rez Abbasi of Pakistani background gives his take on fusion music from the ‘70s with his new release 'Intents and Purposes'.

Recent Episodes

Broadcast:
Sat 18 Apr 5:00pm
Tue 21 Apr 2:00pm
Tue 21 Apr 9:00pm

We remember Billie Holiday on the 100th anniversary of her birth with her performance on the 1957 television program ‘The Sound of Jazz’.

Broadcast:
Sun 12 Apr 5:00pm
Wed 15 Apr 2:00pm
Wed 15 Apr 9:00pm

More from 'Dedication,' the latest album from the young, blind pianist Justin Kauflin, who was a protegee of the late trumpeter Clark Terry.

Broadcast:
Sat 11 Apr 5:00pm
Tue 14 Apr 2:00pm
Tue 14 Apr 9:00pm

The birthplace of jazz - New Orleans - is featured, with music from the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and multi-instrumentalist Jon Cleary.

Broadcast:
Sun 5 Apr 5:00pm
Wed 8 Apr 2:00pm
Wed 8 Apr 9:00pm

Mal gives us a sneak preview at pianist Barney McAll's up-and-coming 2015 release titled 'Mooroolbark,' plus loads of other recent releases.

Broadcast:
Sat 4 Apr 5:00pm
Tue 7 Apr 2:00pm
Tue 7 Apr 9:00pm

Two giants of the saxophone Sonny Rollins and Coleman Hawkins are featured on the show, with a 1963 recording at the Newport Jazz Festival.

Broadcast:
Sun 29 Mar 5:00pm
Wed 1 Apr 2:00pm
Wed 1 Apr 9:00pm

New music from the US pianist Kenny Werner, who has teamed up with guitarist Lionel Loueke, saxophonist Miguel Zenon and a host of others.

Comments

On Apr 5, 2015. 8:03pm
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.
Regards

On Apr 5, 2015. 5:19pm
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. 5:38pm

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. 8:13pm
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. 12:13pm

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. 10:05am

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. 5:44pm
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. 4:11am
Anonymous said

Do bring back JazzTrack to a friendly time for listening.

On Mar 12, 2015. 1:36pm
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. 9:49am

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. 11:35am
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. 7:41pm
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.

On Mar 4, 2015. 8:26pm
Anonymous said

Please come back to Classic FM.
We miss you.
Brian

On Mar 1, 2015. 9:07pm
auswazza said

Dear Jazztrack,

If any one is listening? Why was Jazztrack today (March1 2015) only 1 hour and 50 minutes long?
And can I once again try to get a response to a (twice) previously asked question: Are Playlists for Jazztrack, that we used to be able to access when Jazztrack was on Classic FM, available somewhere?. Oh for the old days!

On Feb 26, 2015. 3:35pm
auswazza said

Re Comment Feb 25, 2015. 12:50pm

Maybe Gerry Koster has (like Jazz Up Late) been "decommissioned", whatever that means.

My Oxford Dictionary defines

decommission

Definition of decommission in English:
verb
[with object]
1 Withdraw (something, especially weapons or military equipment) from service: a decision to decommission the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance

1.1 Make (a nuclear reactor) inoperative and dismantle it safely: we need to decommission old nuclear power stations

Never knew Gerry and Jazz Up Late in particular or Jazz in general was so dangerous.

PS. Still awaiting reply to my post of 25 January re availability of Playlists for Jazz track that we used to be able to access when Jazztrack was on Classic FM. Oh for the old days!

On Feb 25, 2015. 2:50pm
Anonymous said

Where is Jerry foster? Hope you havent buried him along with j up late!
George Leishman Pt Lonsdale Vic

On Feb 15, 2015. 10:32pm
Anonymous said

Two hours of jazz on two weekend evenings? This is too much. Please get the jazz back onto Classic FM and leave RN for talk, news background, science magazine, history and the other things it's great for. Spend the 2 hours playing blended extracts from Big Ideas, Religion and Ethics Report, Science Show, Saturday Extra, Hindsight and so on. I respect that people want to hear jazz, but it shouldn't be on RN.

On Feb 15, 2015. 2:49pm
Anonymous said

Love the show!
Thank heavens you got rid of the weekend lobotomy music!

On Feb 19, 2015. 4:49am
LikeJazz said

Another Classy Site: Jazz Wyoming (90.1). The most beautiful 'solid' sound at 256kbs. no drop-outs at all and, best of all, absolutely no interference as you wander about your favourite places. It can take quite a while to load at times but when streaming starts it's 'sheer bliss'. Jazz Wyoming has the best Bass sound and Ray Brown has the most gorgeous tone on this site; you can feel the wood!

Cheers

On Feb 13, 2015. 3:21pm
Anonymous said

Why no podcast? How useless is that?

On Feb 12, 2015. 5:52am
LikeJazz said

For listeners still experiencing problems with the Jazz feed: Go to "Born in Blue" streaming Jazz. Great Jazz @ 320kbps. On my old computer I get the odd buffering dropout - On NRK (Norway) Great Jazz, no dropouts and pretty good sound @ 192kbps. The Norwegian language is tough but the Musicians names are easily recognised
and there is very little chatter anyway. Want more stations...Search Jazz Radio Streaming on line. The programming on NRK is World Class!

Cheers

On Feb 11, 2015. 8:14pm
Anonymous said

Would you please do your best to stream this audio at a listenable bitrate, which will not cause any legal difficulties. Is there any technical difficulty involved?

On Feb 11, 2015. 12:03pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi,
Actually it's not legal to offer downloadable files of programs containing commercial music. There may have been third party software that allowed a capture of 'streaming audio', but downloads of Jazztrack episodes have never be offered by the ABC.

Stay tuned to news from the ABC Radio App (available on smartphones). A feature will be available on these devices which will allow 'listen-again' of full programs on the device, even when not connected to the internet, with the program temporarily stored on that device only (ie: not offering downloadble files).

On Feb 10, 2015. 7:30pm
Anonymous said

The audio streams at the current bitrate are unlistenable. Please at least offer a 256 or 320 kbps audio stream for this program.

On Feb 9, 2015. 3:28pm
Anonymous said

Can anyone help me out here. I can download other RN & Classic FM programs to my desktop and listen later with RealPlayer. Why is this option not provided for this program? Please consider returning Jazz Track to FM in the early evening on Saturdays and Sundays.
Not Happy ABC

On Feb 9, 2015. 10:32am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for your comments. Mal Stanley's Jazztrack had a technical glitch at 5pm on Saturday February 7 2014, resulting in no broadcast. Below is a link to hear audio of Saturday's show for a period of 1 month.

http://abcjazz.net.au/dig/audio/150207-jazztrack-saturday

The program will also be repeated on Tuesday February 10, 2014 at 2pm and 9pm eastern on digital TV and online and at 2pm and 9pm local time on DAB+ (digital radio).

On Feb 8, 2015. 6:10pm
Anonymous said

Dear Jazztrack, while many listeners are very disappointed that Jazztrack has moved to RN and run at an inhospitable time slot it is even more disappointing that I also cannot download and listen to the latest episode. Other programs on the RN site can be downloaded fine but not for Jazztrack.
LR

On Feb 8, 2015. 10:53am
Anonymous said

Agree with JannoM and LikeJazz,
No Mal, no explanation. Seems ABC can happily ignore listeners, especially those of use in the country where internet access is poor. I wait with baited breath to see whether Jazztrack will be on this evening.

On Feb 8, 2015. 4:49pm
LikeJazz said

@JannoM,

! totally agree! Mind you on 'Listen Later' I've recorded an excellent 'Just Jazz' segment on my Digital Radio -
Jess announced Just Jazz and after a while 'Jazztrack' was displayed on the Pure Dial, then taken off?
A simple explanation would have been, at least, well mannered! Sadly none was offered!

On Feb 7, 2015. 7:50pm
Anonymous said

I am not computer illiterate but I have NOT been able to play Jazz track through this website since it moved from ABC classic FM. This is rubbish.

On Feb 7, 2015. 5:46pm
Anonymous said

I agree with Janno M.
Missing Mal from Classic FM, now no Jazztrack and no explanation.
Very unhappy- let's remove Mark Scott and return Mal and Jazztrack to Classic FM.

On Feb 7, 2015. 5:27pm
Anonymous said

I also want to know what's happened to Jazztrack tonight. Not on digital TV as promised. Not pleased that it's disappeared off Classic FM either.
Max in Adelaide.

On Feb 7, 2015. 4:51pm
JannoM said

Ok ABZ Jazz: where is Jazztrack tonight? Outraged enough that it is no longer available via mainstream radio (save for the ridiculous timeslot on RN) but to tune in digitally this afternoon and not have it all.... not amused! Some explanation on your website would have been appreciated.

On Feb 6, 2015. 2:18pm
Anonymous said

Well thanks a bloody lot ABC, runing my Saturday and Sunday evenings, cooking to azztrack BOOO!!!

On Feb 4, 2015. 12:41pm
Anonymous said

Thank you Mal and ABC support staff for Jazztrack and for continuing in the groove of Jim McLeod and the great Arch McKirdy!
But, PLEASE BRING BACK SATURDAY AND SUNDAY EVENING JAZZTRACK TO ABC CLASSIC FM!
Digital is not a suitable carrier for this programming. It is not even able to be received in all parts of Sydney, let alone more remote locations.
Many of us are unable to afford to replace all our analogue receivers and speakers with digital equipment. I purchased a digital radio (expensive Sony) for a bedroom, but the sound is very tinny. My main radio listening is through a good set of analogue equipment in my living room. Please bring back jazz into my life.
Rosemary

On Feb 3, 2015. 4:21pm
Anonymous said

Dear 'ABC Jazz'

Don't thank us for our comments and feedback. Have a look at how disappointed, annoyed, bereft and outraged your listeners now are.

The least that could be done to remedy this is to post the streamed programs on this web page in 256 kbps, 320 kbps and/or as an MP3 podcast at the same sampling resolution(s). That way regional Australia and anyone else online can still access high-quality audio, albeit at a trickle in many places. This should replace or be offered in parallel with the miserably compressed, recessed, muffled and dead-sounding 128 kbps streams that are (pointlessly) here.

Still furious at these senseless and destructive changes to the presentation of an excellent program.

On Feb 3, 2015. 10:09am
ABC Jazz said

Thanks everyone for your support of Jazztrack's long history supporting the jazz scene in Australia. Please know that the program continues production as it has done in previous years, that of documenting and presenting live and studio performances of Australian and international jazz musicians/composers via two weekly programs, presented by Mal Stanley.

We hope that you can find a way of tuning in each week, either at Jazztrack's traditional timeslot of 5pm Sat/Sun on Digital Radio, or on Digital TV (chan 201), on mobile devices (ABC Radio App) or online (abc.net.au/jazz). Also, in the additional timeslot on ABC RN of 11pm Sat/Sun.

Many of the changes are detailed in the webpage below, which explain specifics of time-zones and repeat broadcasts.

http://abcjazz.net.au/features/abc-jazz-in-2015

In addition to Jazztrack, we would like to share our other weekly programs on ABC Jazz, including:
Jazz with Jessica Nicholas (Thursdays 2pm, Sundays 12pm)
Thursday Night Live (Thursdays 9pm)
Talking Jazz (Fridays 2pm)

ABC Jazz also broadcasts jazz 24/7 in Australia with a weekly featured album, new releases and classic jazz recordings that support and promote both local jazz artists and those from overseas.

Thanks again for your comments and feedback.

On Feb 2, 2015. 5:50pm
Anonymous said

I am furious at the changes in timeslot and program streaming quality.

The previous timeslot on ABC FM could not have been better timed for the nature of the program.

This page's archived streams are appalling. You also gave no notice about how and where previous broadcasts were now being archived - they have moved from

http://www.abc.net.au/classic/program/jazztrack/listen-again.htm

to the page I am commenting on now without _any_ information on the previous page pointing to them. Updates to that page simply stopped, again without any explanation or warning.

The streams on this page are of disgustingly poor audio quality. They must have been encoded at 128 kbps or less. They are muffled, recessed and their dynamic range is ultra-compressed. They are impossible to extract easily from the page and play on other software.

WTF are you doing ABC? You seem to be determined to ruin something precious to me and many other listeners.

On Feb 1, 2015. 1:45pm
Anonymous said

Why has JazzTrack been moved from the FM band and relegated to a very late time-slot on RN on the weekend? This programming decision does not make sense and judging from other comments, listeners are having reception problems in regional areas on the AM band. I and my friends enjoyed listening to the JazzTrack early evening on Saturday and Sundays. Please return JazzTrack to its original time spot on the FM band. It is really sad to see on many fronts what is happening to our ABC.
Lillian.

On Jan 31, 2015. 7:25pm
Anonymous said

We are devastated at the loss of Jazztrack from ABC FM. The time slot at Radio National is too late for us, listening on the computer is unsatisfactory, also the TV and we do not have digital radio reception. Please please bring it back, we have been listening for years. Thanks to Mal Stanley for a great show, what can we do to get it back?
Cheers,
Sue and Ken.

On Jan 31, 2015. 6:39pm
Anonymous said

I listened to jazztrack whilst on my evening weekend shifts driving buses in Canberra. My passengers were exposed to a lot of great jazz whilst tuned in to the ABC on my radio. That is no more thanks to the decision to take it away from classic Fm. Very, very dissapointed in the decision. A very poor decision.

On Jan 31, 2015. 6:15pm
gkelby said

I agree with many of other people out there. I miss JazzTracks tremendously. And I'm going to put a political spin on the whole thing. First it was good old John Howard and now it's Tony Abbott and his gang. What is it with these Liberals that they want to choke the ABC to death? Don't they understand we live in a society and not an economy? When will they figure out without society there is NO economy? I could go on but I'd better not.

PLEASE bring back JazzTracks. I've been listening to it for years and I miss it greatly. I used to look forward to the programs on the weekends and highly recommended it to many friends and associates. And unfortunately I don't yet have a digital radio.

GK.

On Jan 31, 2015. 3:04pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal

I have recently tried to look up Nat Bartsch's web site and it appears to have been deleted.

A friend told me that she has taken 'leave of absence' from the jazz scene.
Is this so?

David

On Jan 31, 2015. 2:49pm
Anonymous said

Three cheers to Mal Stanley for sounding so optimistic in the promo about the 'challenge' of Jazztrack's new timeslot of 11pm Sat and Sun on ABC Radio National.
After existing in stereo and at the friendly time of 5-7pm for so many years on Classic, (who can forget the joy of having a bevvie, preparing the evening meal and listening in!) his optimism is the only bright spot in what is surely a ridiculous decision by someone to 'bury' one of the best programs. You just have to ask "why, oh Why?"

On Jan 31, 2015. 9:50am
Anonymous said

I am dismayed that Jazztrack has been removed from the weekend Classic FM timeslots 5-7pm. This is a fabulous show that I liked to listen to whilst having a relaxing drink and preparing the weekend evening meals. Please return Jazztrack to its previous slot on Classic FM. ABC Classic FM is becoming more conservative in its programming. I noticed in the last year that the music choice on Classic FM Drive has changed too - a more narrow music focus. And Background Briefing has been axed! What is happening to our ABC?

On Jan 28, 2015. 5:36pm
Anonymous said

I've got to tell you that I really missed jazztracks on the weekend. Saturday and Sundays at 5pm. ABC classic FM. That's where Jazztracks belongs.

Please ABC, find somewhere else to save a couple of $$ and bring it back to its rightful place...

Matt

On Jan 28, 2015. 9:36am
Anonymous said

Regional Australia abandoned! Thank you Jane Atkinson and Steven Lewis for sharing your dismay at ABC abandoning what used to work so well for jazz lovers. Seems like the city-centric decision makers just don't understand what an important role radio plays when it is the only channel of communication with the rest of the world. You would hope that these Sydney-centric media bogans (shame on you) would understand that there is no coverage for digital radio out here where there is no phone or TV coverage. But it seems they don't.

Best wishes to those that share a love of refined ideas... Simon Pockley (Warrumbungles).

On Jan 25, 2015. 5:33pm
Anonymous said

Please reinstate Jazztracks on previous timeslots. Jazz can be seen as classical, at least as crossover, very frequently, and we regular classics listeners enjoy the mix. Can't tell you how much we enjoyed a Saturday pre-dinner drink with Mal, and now he's been relegated to gone to Oh-God-O-Clock, or fiddle around with the internet when you're trying to use it for something else, so it restarts all the time.. Didn't do this on purpose because of the election this weekend did you?
Jane Atkinson.

On Jan 25, 2015. 4:49pm
Anonymous said

To whom it may concern;
PLEASE bring back Jazz Up Late with Jerry Koster...the time slot was perfect and the accessibility on FM Radio was handy...Not everyone has a digital radio or access to one, when listening to jazz on the ABC...ABC Classic FM have, in one clean swoop, eliminated a vast intelligent listener base, by removing ALL jazz programming from Classic FM and not understood the variety Jazz Up Late would have had to ABC Jazz Digital...Why on earth has Jazz Up Late been canned...after 8 solid years! A very many jazz listener and musician needed this show! It was new, often confronting musically and always educational. I believe ABC Classic FM and ABC Jazz Digital have successfully alienated a major section of their listener audience by not appreciating the significance of Jazz Up Late and should bring back Jazz Up Late or a programme of comparative equal significance, before the damage to the listener base to Jazz music at ABC is irreparable! Jazz Up Late really complimented the mostly mainstream jazz presented at ABC radio...Insane decision to remove Jazz Up Late...AT LEAST! it could have moved to ABC Jazz!...intelligent management call(where was the market research)...word of mouth is the greatest fatal knife to any organisation...even Government funded? orgs such as the ABC! BRING BACK THE SHOW!...Nice!

Regards;
Steven Lewis-Jazz Educator and Musician.

On Jan 24, 2015. 11:11pm
auswazza said

1. Are playlists still available now that Jazztrack is no longer on Classic FM?
If so, where?
2. Why was no explicit mention made anywhere (e.g. in programs, on line, in the weekly newsletter ..) that ABC Jazz Digital Radio was reinstating a 3 hour delay, (given daylight saving in Eastern states), to its to West Australian transmissions from this week? Still, as no indication was given last September when the delay was removed, I suppose it was not surprising. Still if ABC expects us to listen to specific programs, it would be nice if we knew when they were on!

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