Presenting Jazz programs on Fine Music
Swing Sessions and Classic Jazz and Ragtime (2nd, 4th Sunday)
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.
After Hours Jazz
A jazz trumpeter himself, having spent the last 7 years studying and performing in Canberra with the likes of Miroslav Bukovsky and John Mackey, Eddie Bernasconi presents the Monday night Jazz After Hours program, creating mixed programs that feature the latest contemporary jazz artists while reviving and paying homage to the great stalwarts of American and European jazz.
The Jazz Beat
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.
Jazz After Hours
Brought 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.
Urban Jazz Lounge
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.
After hours Jazz
Growing up in South Africa the sound of Township Jazz was everywhere. It formed the background to my earliest musical memory which was dancing to a scratchy 78 rpm of Glen Miller’s In the Mood. This was played on a wind up gramophone which used rapidly blunting needles requiring constant replacement with new ones kept in a metal tin. In the fifties my life was filled with the hi fidelity LP sound of Lena Horne, Billy Holliday, Dave Brubeck and my lifetime favourites, Ella, Louis and Oscar. Learning to play the piano (badly) introduced me to Classical music, adding a valuable dimension.
Thanks to Fine Music I now have the chance to present Jazz on Sunday Nights and Classics during the week and providing me with a heaven sent opportunity to enjoy and play music from my own library of CDs – a far cry from the shellac.
Jazz Rhythm & Classic Jazz and Ragtime (3rd & 4th Sunday)
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”.
Jazz, Pure and Simple & Classic Jazz and Ragtime (1st Sunday)
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 programs across the musical spectrum. She has just presented her 1,000th “Jazz, Pure & Simple”. A tremendous achievement!
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 of 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.
The New Jazz Standard
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.
While I had a music-free childhood, as a teen of the 60s, I was an avid listener, with a small reel-to-reel tape recorder with mixed-from-radio rock and pop under the seat of my post-war Ford. But then, our kids learned music from a jazz pianist, and pursued tenor sax, jazz bass and baritone sax. What does that say about frustrated musicians! My career taught me that we are all story tellers, and that’s what drives my radio programming. And that while jazz has its roots, it’s the 21st century, and Jazz lives. So, it’s now, and keep that foot tapping.
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.
Friday Night Jazz Session
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.
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.