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 25 Jun 5:00pm
Wed 28 Jun 2:00pm
Wed 28 Jun 9:00pm

Captured live at the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Fest, Swiss outfit MaxMantis band together as a trio of jazz 'super heroes.'

Recent Episodes

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

On this episode, Mal revisits a classic live album by Count Basie and his Orchestra with vocalist Joe Williams - captured in 1959.

Sun 28 May 5:00pm
Wed 31 May 2:00pm
Wed 31 May 9:00pm

A rare one from the vinyl archives on this episode, featuring local legend Mike Nock (pic) performing alongside the late Michael Brecker.

Sat 27 May 5:00pm
Tue 30 May 2:00pm
Tue 30 May 9:00pm

Catch some memorable vintage recordings from John Coltrane live in Germany and Miles Davis with Sonny Stitt in France - both from 1960.

Sun 21 May 5:00pm
Wed 24 May 2:00pm
Wed 24 May 9:00pm

We sample music from all the winners at this year's Australian Jazz Bell Awards, plus catch a selection of new Australian recordings.

Sat 20 May 5:00pm
Tue 23 May 2:00pm
Tue 23 May 9:00pm

On this episode, two live recordings from the Olympia Theatre in Paris - with Sidney Bechet from 1955 and Art Blakey and in 1961.

Sun 14 May 5:00pm
Wed 17 May 2:00pm
Wed 17 May 9:00pm

Lots of new music on this episode, including tunes by Melbourne pianist Nathan Liow, as well as the German piano player Florian Ross.


On Jun 9, 2016. 3:26pm
auswazza said

Hello Jazztrack. Is anyone awake there? Where are the playlists for June 4 and 5?
Or do you no longer think people might find them useful?

On May 5, 2016. 9:37pm
Anonymous said

Hi Mal. As usual, a fine selection of interesting and inspiring jazz. Just love your program.

On Apr 3, 2016. 7:10pm
Anonymous said

I agree with Joe from Mill Park and others. Please bring back Jazztrack on ABC Classic. I miss it very much. It was the soundtrack of my weekend afternoon-early evenings for so many years and part of my education. Not everyone has reliable internet when they need it. I live remote-regional. Why did ABC cancel it to begin with?

On Mar 26, 2016. 5:55pm
Anonymous said

I thoroughly agree with Hugo. I miss Jazz Track in the car when taking friends out on a Saturday or Sunday night.

On Mar 23, 2016. 11:43pm
Hugo said

What has happened to the music listings for each ABC Jazz program? Jazztrack has always been a wonderful way to find new and undiscovered tracks and artists and it was always very helpful to sometimes go back, look up the album details & seek out the album. Unfortunately that's not possible now.
I also very much miss listening to Jazztrack on the FM radio as I often listen on a music player or frequently on the car; the perfect playlist when going out on a Saturday or Sunday evening. It's not really possible with digital radio because one must be tied down to a computer or TV and also because of the large amount of bandwidth that it chews up. I now often have to 'record' the programs to playback later.
Love hearing Jessica Nicholas' & the New Releases program but just wish they were more 'accessible'.

On Mar 9, 2016. 6:52pm
auswazza said

It would be nice if you were a bit more specific (i.e. truthful, forthcoming and transparent) with your answers. Not everyone lives in NSW or Victoria.

Jazztrack can be heard at 5pm Saturday and Sunday on digital radio (in stereo) wherever you can receive digital radio.
It can be heard at 5pm Eastern Time on TV Channel 201 (in mono). That is, for example, at 2pm Western Australia time (at the moment with NSW/Vic daylight saving operating).

Similarly, it can be heard at 5pm Eastern Time online at abcjazz.net.au.

But be warned, in the past, if in Western Australia and I know it's not high priority (as I was informed by an ABC employee that only 5% of listeners are in WA), they may forget to reset the delay on digital radio when daylight saving in NSW and Victoria ends.

But if you persevere you can get to listen to Jazztrack.

On Mar 8, 2016. 3:49am
iwsuye said

Thanks for the list. I loved it and I love ABC channel

On Mar 6, 2016. 7:32pm
Anonymous said

Cheers Mal on a typically inspired selection,
From one of Jessica Williams' most avid Oz fans to Oz's best radio presenter.
PS Thanks again for giving me the heads up on her extraordinary music.

On Feb 26, 2016. 5:00pm
Anonymous said

Jessica Williams is one of the US’s musical treasures and I’ve followed her avidly after first hearing her on Mal's show. I thank Mal for putting me on to her extraordinary artistry and touch.She is not only a great composer but is a wonderful interpreter and has technique and touch in spades, all deftly in evidence on her numerous recordings and youtube vids.
So I was horrified to read of her recent physical and health problems on her website. Ms Williams like so many other pianists has back problems and is currently recovering from back surgery. She seems to be handling the physical recovery but it’s the financial pain that’s flattened her. She's had to sell her possessions, and she’s a reclusive artist who has tended to shun money making ventures, including her grand piano to pay for her hospital costs. She is presently living in self described “poverty” and has been forced to beg for donations in order to buy a piano. She’s 67. What sort of country deprives its greatest artists of the tools of their artistry? We don’t realize how lucky we are to live in a country with universal health care.
Anyway I was wondering if Mal would consider playing her again and alerting her fans to her plight and her website.
The moral? Even a musical great can't afford to fall ill in the USA.

On Feb 22, 2016. 9:12am
Anonymous said

Jazztrack can still be heard at 5pm Saturday and Sunday on ABC Jazz either via ABC Jazz on TV channel 201 (eastern time) or on ABC Jazz on digital radio (if you are in an area serviced by digital radio)....

On Feb 21, 2016. 10:05pm
Anonymous said

Please ABC put Jazztrack back to Sat -Sun 5 - 7 pm. Not everyone can listen at 11 pm nor do we all podcast or want to. FM at that time now is tedious and ABCTV Jazz is like MUZAK. Mal Stanley is a fabulous jazz presenter and should be given more accessible time airplay.

On Feb 8, 2016. 9:35am
Anonymous said

David Bowie's brilliance defies belief.
Your inclusion of 'Lazarus' from his latest album was an astute decision Mal - and what an album 'Blackstar' is! Well selected. It's been on my turntable on a daily basis for the past couple of weeks and deservedly so. For what it's worth, the album's cover art, design and photographs are simply sublime; elegance personified.
And how sagacious of Bowie to collaborate with some outstanding jazz musicians. Such musicians are not only technically far more competent than most rockers, but are superior lateral thinkers.
Bowie is also featured in the February edition of that much respected jazz magazine, Downbeat, in which he is rightly described as a 'towering cultural icon'.That is in itself an honour which recognises his contribution to progressive music.
Sadly, we'll never know what David Bowie would have gone on to create.
Christopher Lynch.

On Jan 21, 2016. 12:02pm
Anonymous said

To the ABC Jazz moderator.
Sorry to be a bother, but I just sent a message headed 'Blue Note beautiful Blue Note' and I forgot to put my name to it! My apologies.
Please adjust.
Thanks a million,
Christopher Lynch.

On Jan 21, 2016. 11:58am
Anonymous said

Blue Note beautiful Blue Note!
One can only wonder how many extraordinarily gifted, creative musicians would have gone unnoticed or unrecorded if it weren't for true musical visionaries like Alfred Lion and Francis Wolff. The gratitude due to these entrepreneurs from long-time jazz lovers is surely boundless. Blue Note recordings, in many instances, represent the core content in many of our collections after having provided a sublime soundtrack to our youthful days.
Those lush black and white photographs combined with the tasteful cover designs by Reid Miles, are in themselves alluring art. Additionally, the informed cover notes remain another asset to students of jazz.
And oh to have been an observer in the Van Gelder studios when some of those outstanding recordings were taking place! Heck, I'd have been content simply to be rustling up coffee and sandwiches for everyone involved.
It's a pity the Blue Note label suffered a hiatus for a few years, yet those concerned are to be congratulated for its welcome revival.
Heartfelt thanks Mal Stanley for bringing Blue Note to the air so meaningfully. I was particularly delighted to hear Herbie Nichols getting some airplay too.

On Jan 6, 2016. 4:01pm
GoFusion said

Thanks for the reply. Bart Stenhouse and Pat Farrell are in India at the moment performing at the India International Guitar Festival. Here is a link to a performance of the Bart Stenhouse Group at The Void in Brisbane


The performance was part of the release of two CD (which I could send if you like),


On Jan 5, 2016. 2:21pm
ABC Jazz said

Hi there,

Unfortunately we don't have the rights to upload full video sets. We did, however, record Julien and Zac's set, as well as a number of others from Wang. Mal Stanley has featured many of those tracks on Jazztrack recently, and we expect to give them more airplay this year on Thursday Night Live.

Thanks for understanding!

On Jan 5, 2016. 2:17pm
ABC Jazz said

Thanks for the list @GoFusion! We really dug James Whiting's 'Hard Mince,' which he released and toured last year - http://abcjazz.net.au/features/hard-mince-james-whiting

On Jan 5, 2016. 7:38am
GoFusion said

How about some Jazz Fusion from the up and coming young artists in Queensland/Northern NSW. People like Cleon Barraclough, Bart Stenhouse and Pat Farrell. You can include Ben Byrne and David Galea and James Whiting in that list!

These musicians have well and truly earned their stripes as being in the next generation of top Jazz Musicians in Australia, however find it very hard to get a break on the national Jazz scene. I know that the first three have released albums that are first class.


On Jan 4, 2016. 4:20pm
Anonymous said

I posted this query once before and not sure if it was culled or lost in cyberspace but I've noted a series of short and slick videos from the recent Wangaratta festival have been posted on You Tube and sourced to ABC Jazz.
Do full concert videos exist and are there any plans to broadcast them? I'd particularly like to think the wonderful David Ades tribute concert has been recorded in full.

On Jan 4, 2016. 8:14am
ABC Jazz said

Hi Nev, where are you listening from? The web streams are broadcast in eastern time, so perhaps that's the reason why you're not hearing it at the same time? Jazztrack will be on-air from 5pm Saturdays and Sundays AEDT via the ABC Radio App and Website. In terms of listening to the stream, it's possible that you have an old link? If your computer is hooked up to your hifi, this is the link to the ABC Radio Player's Jazz stream - which Jazztrack airs on: https://radio.abc.net.au/stations/jazz/live?play=true.

Hope that helps!

On Dec 27, 2015. 6:13pm
Anonymous said

Dear ABC,
For a many years I have been a devoted fan of Jazztrack on ABC FM, Saturday and Sunday evenings, 5.00pm to 7.00pm. So I was very disappointed when the programme was taken off ABC FM at those times. I have tried the alternative of listening using an internet stream, but recently I've found that the internet stream of ABC Jazz does NOT include Jazztrack at that time any more. This is very disappointing. I can get it on my IPad or IPhone using the ABC Radio app, but that is less than enjoyable using the speakers on those devices. My question is this: how do I access Jazztrack using internet streaming so I can play it through my hi-fi system, as I have done in the past? We don't get digital radio where I live. Ideally, I'd like Jazztrack back on ABC FM !

On Dec 24, 2015. 5:04pm

Thanks Graeme...I've enjoyed presenting all the music this year...you'll be able to hear more of our Jazztrack live recordings, both recent and from the archives, in January on Jazztrack....Mal Stanley

On Dec 20, 2015. 5:09pm
Anonymous said

although it's not quite the end of the year, thanks for giving us a great variety of music. Especially liked your recordings from this year's MIJF and Wangaratta Jazz.
all the best for the festive season and looking forward o listening again in 2016.

On Dec 10, 2015. 8:49pm
Anonymous said

Totally agree. For years my wife and I have been listening to and thoroughly enjoying jazz track on a Saturday and Sunday evening in Perth. We have totally lost track of where and when jazz track is broadcast on the eastern states time zone in a hopelessly compressed digital format. DAB and streaming of the digital television a very poor substitutes.

Please bring the program back to ABC FM

Regards, Graham and Robyn

On Nov 25, 2015. 6:28pm
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. 3:27pm

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. 1:38pm
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. 4:33pm
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. 10:04am
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. 8:12am
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. 6:02pm
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. 9:52pm
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. 9:03pm
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. 9:58am

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. 7:15am

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. 5:22pm
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. 5:32pm

Hello Melissa,

you can forward any info to me via:



Mal Stanley

On Sep 23, 2015. 5:32pm
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. 9:43pm
Anonymous said

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

On Sep 20, 2015. 1:15am
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. 9:32am
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. 7:41am
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. 10:36am

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. 8:34pm
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. 9:22am
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 6, 2015. 11:27pm
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. 5:00pm

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. 5:06pm
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. 8:08pm
Anonymous said

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

On Aug 10, 2015. 7:07am
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!

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