Fine Music 102.5 Jazz Presenters
Presenting Jazz Programs on Fine Music On-Air & Digital
John Buchanan first became interested in the music of the 1920s and 1930s during his teenage years. Since then he has spent much of his time organising concerts and festivals in Australia with the view of reviving and restoring the popularity of this wonderful and exciting music.
Apart from the many concerts and festivals, John has written extensively on the subject, and has been involved in many live recording sessions, and for the past twenty years been involved in broadcasting over a number of FM radio stations.
John was awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in the 2017 Australia Day Honours for services to jazz music and to the broadcast media.
Music featuring bands of the 1930’s swing era and the dance bands of the 1920’s taken from radio broadcasts, transcriptions and recording sessions.
Classic Jazz & Ragtime
The early days of jazz and ragtime as recorded during the first 30 years of the 20th century (2nd, 4th Sunday).
Susan Gai Dowling
The Australian Jazz Scene
Music and news of the local jazz scene, including interviews with musicians and newly released music.
The Australian Jazz Scene gives the lowdown on the vibrant local jazz scene in Australia - via the latest releases and Peter's archive of over 1,000 live concert recordings of Australian jazz. Susan Gai brings 50 years of direct experience as a jazz singer in Sydney and Peter has over 20 years experience broadcasting weekly radio programs around Australian jazz, and continues to record jazz gigs every week for broadcast on Fine Music. If it's happening in the local jazz scene, hear all about it on The Australian Jazz Scene.
Kevin Jones (2019)
Kevin Jones was a presenter at the station since 1975. His love for jazz had its roots in the Swing Era. especially the music of Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Duke Ellington and Count Basie. This love for melodic improvisation and swing has been the biggest influence in nearly 60 years of listening and reading about the music. Reminiscing in tempo indeed!
Laid back late night music to give a wonderfully smooth end to the busy day. Lay back, relax, enjoy, but at times you can even tap your feet …. discreetly.
A retired accountant who grew up with music, having a father who was a competitive ballroom dancer there was always big band music playing in the house. In her teens she joined a musical society and was introduced to operettas and musicals, the society having many aspiring opera singers gaining stage experience, gave her friends who eventually achieved their dreams and introduced Maureen to the world of opera. Working for United Nations Agencies and living in Switzerland and the UK for fourteen years resulted in an introduction to classical music, at the same time never forgetting the music from her childhood.
Since joining Fine Music in 1994 Maureen has presented programmes across the musical spectrum and has been presenting her jazz programme, “Jazz, Pure and Simple” for the past seventeen years.
Jazz Pure & Simple
A program covering the many aspects of jazz from Swing to Mainstream, with the great American songbook making regular appearances.
Robert’s introduction to jazz came in his late teens with visits to the El Rocco club, Sydney’s premier jazz venue of that era. One of the main attractions was Mike Nock’s Three Out Trio, often playing original works and setting a new direction for Australian jazz. It was a thrilling scene & defined Robert’s life long interest in contemporary jazz.
Robert commenced broadcasting in 2002. Since 2013 he has presented the weekly program, “Jazz Sketches” on Fine Music 102.5 & a wide variety of jazz programs which can be heard at various times each week on Fine Music Digital.
Jazz Sketches focuses on contemporary jazz often gathered from emerging cultures & Australian sources.
Fine Music Digital programs include “Jazz After Hours” & a range of specialised programs including “Jazz Australia”, “Jazz Biography”& “Jazz In Concert”.
Bought up listening to the greats of swing, jazz has always been David’s first musical “love”. An appreciation of classical music in later years has expanded David’s musical knowledge and complemented in some instances his understanding of jazz.
Jazz After Hours
Barry O’Sullivan is the producer and presenter of the nationally broadcast music program A Jazz Hour now approaching its fourteenth year on the Community Radio Network, one the longest running jazz music programs on the FM Airwaves. The program focuses on contemporary jazz from Australia as well as international recordings from the Americas, Scandinavia, United Kingdom and the EU. Nostalgic jazz is also revisited from time to time.
Barry also produces and presents a variety of jazz programs for digital radio on Fine Music Digital. He reviews jazz music recordings for the web pages Jazz Australia, Jazz and Beyond and the American webpage All About Jazz as well as for Fine Music Magazine. He has recently completed a ten part series for the CRN Magic Moments in Jazz for national broadcast to over 120 stations in all states in 2017. Barry strongly supports Australian jazz and contemporary improvised music with his involvement in Live at the Village and The Sydney Improvised Music Association from his home base in The Blue Mountains, NSW.
A Jazz Hour
Contemporary and modern sounds of now in jazz from all corners of the globe.
Jazz Stars and Stripes
Peter presents the stars of American Jazz from bee-bop on………
Chris grew up in a jazz household. Plenty of Ellington, Armstrong and Basie in the air. His natural habitat these days is "hard bop" but he likes and plays broadly across the wide spectrum of this music from early Louis to Coltrane. Favourite locals are Ten Part, Clarion and anything with Bernie, Sandy, Lloyd and so on.
Classic Jazz & Ragtime
The early days of jazz and ragtime as recorded during the first 30 years of the 20th century (5th Sunday)
Fine Music Digital Jazz
Jazz After Hours
The Smooth Sounds of Jazz to keep you company in the late evening.
Jazz off the Shelf
Pull the album off the shelf and lets hear it along with some of the back story.
The tunes that have become known as “jazz tunes”.
Music from our home grown talented composers and performers.
The music, life and background of individual jazz identities.
Jazz in Concert
Recorded with the added enthusiasm of an audience, both Australian and international.
Back by request, a second chance to hear the best of Fine Music Jazz.
The Jazz Beat is a reflection of my love for jazz and in a sense it is self-indulgent because I only play tracks from my personal CD library and only those that I love and enjoy. Over the past ten years The Jazz Beat has always featured a track from Miles Davis but the listener will notice that I avoid his later fusion albums - mostly from Bitches Brew onwards.
I prefer small groups (just as I do with Classical chamber music) but I also love the big sounds of Duke Ellington and Count Basie (just as I love Gustav Mahler).
My early influences came from listening to Kim Bonython and Eric Child and seeing all the visiting jazz artists who came to my home town of Adelaide.
In recent years my horizons were expanded by visiting jazz festivals and clubs around the world and meeting up with some great performers. Adding to the mix, I have enjoyed seeing some of the finest classical performances in my travels. How lucky am I that I can share my love for jazz music with the audience that listens to The Jazz Beat on Tuesday evenings. Nothing thrills me more than meeting people, often in unlikely surrounds, who tell me that they listen and enjoy the program.
The Jazz Beat
Smooth small group jazz from the 50’s on, and with a visit from Miles Davis each week.
Born too late to be a hippie, to a Father who was a self-taught Jazz pianist; I managed to win one or two music prizes at school (which was encouraging); and it was clear I was destined to become a presenter at Fine Music 102.5.
Urban Jazz Lounge
New, hip, fun and traditional jazz - tons of cool jazz, all presented in a chilled and laid back, lounge style.
Jeannie has been a devoted “jazz dag” and presenter for many years. As a life member of Sydney Jazz Club, she has a broad knowledge of the Sydney traditional jazz scene. With eclectic tastes in music listening from classical, folk, world and especially jazz, her programs present from the wide gamut of jazz, all based around a theme. These could range from 1920s New Orleans, right through to contemporary Australian performers – always diverse and varied, & as noted by a listener “not paranoid or biased to one form – a true pro”.
An eclectic blending of agreeable rhythm and melody from the New Orleans jazz roots through to recent decades, including many Australian bands.
Jazz Classic & Traditional
The cherry sounds of traditional Jazz from New Orleans, Chicago and all around the world, to here in Australia.
Frank has been a weekly jazz presenter since 1991, broadcasting from numerous community radio stations in NSW and was a presenter of Comradsat’s Australian jazz program “Tempo”. Frank is currently the editor of the Sydney based jazz e-zine Jazz and Beyond, was a reviewer for ABC Limelight Magazine from 2007-12, a contributor for Extempore Journal and The Bulletin and in 2006, announced the winner of the National Jazz Writing Competition at the Wangaratta Festival of Jazz.
The New Jazz Standard
The New Jazz Standard is a concept program based on a fresh perspective of modern music contributing to the standard jazz repertoire. In a jazz context, Frank presents music from composers more associated with the world of pop, rock and film but also contemporary jazz composers interpreted by other fine jazz artists.
Christopher grew up in Tasmania and took an early interest in the theatre and in music. He is an organist and a singer of what you might call 'light music' - music from the 'popular' jazz repertoire, as well as Gilbert and Sullivan, Noel Coward and the like. Christopher is an experienced arts administrator and events producer and has worked for the ABC, Sydney Theatre Company, the St James Theatre in London and Christ Church Cathedral Oxford. He currently works as the Director of the St James' Institute in Sydney. He's been involved in radio since his school days and is very pleased to be joining the team at Fine Music FM.
Friday Night Jazz Sessions
A focus on the current Sydney jazz scene mixed with a range of international jazz stars and occasional musical guest interview.