Changing attitudes after WW2 led to the chord-based improvisations of bebop and the calmer sounds of cool jazz. Then followed free jazz, hard bop, modal jazz, jazz-rock fusion, smooth jazz, Latin jazz and third stream, a synthesis of classical music and jazz.
What a long list of styles, but this still does not explain what jazz sounds like. To explore that, we need to use our ears, to listen and be surrounded by the music itself. What better way to do this than via the radio, with presenters sharing their loves and preferences. On Fine Music, both 102.5 and DAB+, the dedicated jazz team takes pride in covering the whole spectrum of the jazz world. You can hear the more traditional styles in Speak Easy, Swing Hard, Classic Jazz and Ragtime and Jazz Classic and Traditional; the 1930s are aired in Swing Sessions and Jazz Stars and Stripes brings bebop and beyond; The New
Jazz Standard explores pop as interpreted by jazz musicians; Urban Jazz Lounge often presents jazz from movies and gaming; the local contemporary scene features in The Australian Jazz Scene and A Jazz Hour; Miles Davis can be heard on The Jazz Beat, while northern European bands often feature in Jazz Sketches and we join the audience in Jazz in Concert. Other programs present a wide variety of the genre.
The jazz offerings on Fine Music DAB+ are also numerous, with specialist programs at 9pm Tuesday to Friday and 7pm on weekends.
This is followed by Jazz After Hours 10pm till midnight, Tuesday to Sunday. Fine Music is currently bringing you 32 hours every week of the finest jazz presented by passionate and knowledgeable jazz lovers ever eager to share their enthusiasm. As well as this, you may listen at your leisure to specials via our website with Jazz on Demand.
To find out more, go to finemusicfm.com, and click on the JAZZ tab. Here you will find our program listings and presenter information.
- JEANNIE MCINNES