Wednesday, November 22, 2017 22:05

Jazz Radio Here and Now

So there I am behind the bar at small club in Buffalo, doing my once a year Classic Cocktail Night event. It’s early in the evening with not too many folks around and a couple of the patrons who knew of my personal affinity for jazz listening so we chatted a bit.  They asked about what stations I tuned to these days.

wbfoIt was an easy answer.  I have two favorites, and you don’t have to be in Buffalo to hear them.  One is available over-the-air when I’m in the car where the radio includes HD Radio capability. It’s the HD2 feed that goes along with the main transmission of WBFO, a station that used to broadcast jazz most of the day but pretty much dropped it a few years ago. Now it sends out a 24 hour jazz feed provided by JazzWorks. It’s a fine service and when I’m not driving in Buffalo I can jazzworks-colorlisten via an Internet feed either directly from WBFO or through the good offices of TuneIn. I usually use a Roku player for that but computers, phones, tablets, smart TVs, Blu-Ray players, and other media devices will also serve.

logo-tsfThe other one, and the one that I head for first is TSF Jazz. That’s also readily available on TuneIn. It has its own mobile apps, too. Internet streaming is the only way for me to listen since TSF Jazz is based in France with headquarters in Paris an satellite stations around the country.

I ran into it first in a taxi from the Paris ariport last fall. When I got home, I was very happy to find it so easily available to me. The programming is as varied as any jazz nut could want. It’s totally up to date and has a significant world view of America’s music. It also reaches as far back as Jelly Roll Morton and Joe Oliver.

Here’s the last hour of programming on TSF Jazz as of this writing:

ARTISTE TITRE
Jan Lundgren Mulgrew
Dave Brubeck/Paul Desmond Broadway bossa nova
Muddy Waters My captain
Ernie Fields Castle rock
Nikki Yanofsky Little secret
Teddy Edwards Nothin’ but the truth
Django Reinhardt Manoir de mes reves
Monty Alexander What’s going on
Mccoy Tyner Star eyes
Frank Sinatra Empty is
Laurent De Wilde Fe fe naa efe
Roy Hargrove I’m not so sure
John Coltrane Mr. Syms

And to let you make comparisons, here’s a similar JazzWorks playlist from this evening:

ARTIST

TITLE

Gerry Mulligan Venus De Milo
Brent Jensen Just Squeeze Me
Roberta Gambarini Day In, Day Out
Al Cohn & Zoot Sims Emily
Count Basie Jumpin’ at the Woodside
Jan Leder (Female) Bluesette/All Blues
Andre Previn & David Finck Batter Up
Gene Harris Amazing Grace
Fraser Macpherson Quartet How Deep is the Ocean?
Quincy Jones/Sammy Nestico Orch. For Lena and Lennie

There’s plenty of good listening on both lists.

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