International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day Program Details

cyates, 20th April 2016

The full program schedule for the Community Radio Network's 24-hour International Jazz Day broadcast is now available.

The CBAA is celebrating International Jazz Day on 30 April with a whole day of jazz programming on the Community Radio Network

Joining the CRN's core jazz programs are special programs produced especially for the broadcast from a very diverse of community broadcasters from around Australia. The response from program makers to contribute was overwhelming with so many passionate, knowledgable and dedicated jazz program makers demonstrating why the community radio sector has such a strong connection with jazz. 

Switch over to CRN-2 as your sustaining service for 30 April as we go Midnight-to-Midnight

International Jazz Day was launched in 2011 by UNESCO in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.

From the words of the organisers:

"International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change."

The Community Radio Network thanks all the producers and others involved in this very special broadcast for CRN-2, here's what's in store! 

00:00 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - Flip 

The first of several performances to be featured on International Jazz Day recorded live in Studio C at Fine Music in Sydney, Flip is a young quartet with amazing talent. Rhys Daher drums, Lachlan Hamilton sax, Harry Morrison bass and William Morrison guitar play standards from Fats Waller, Duke Ellington and Joseph Kosma. They are now studying and playing regularly in Mt Gambier, South Australia. 

00:30 - Jazz Made In Australia 

Paula Langlands has been presenting Jazz Made In Australia for the Community Radio Network since March 1996. Paula draws the material for the program from a wide selecton of Australian jazz recordings as well as focusing on the latest releases and looks back at early recordings and the history of Australian jazz. 


01:30 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - Steve Barry 

Winner of the 2013 Bell Award for Young Jazz Artist of the Year and runner up in the National Jazz Awards, Steve Barry is a master of the piano. He has played with many international names as well as contemporary Australian bands such as the Jazzgroove Mothership Orchestra. Joined in this trio by Tom Botting bass and Tim Firth drums, they play all original compositions. Beautiful.  

02:00 - Jazz Got Soul (PBS FM) 

Presented by Chelsea Wilson, Jazz Got Soul comprises of groove orientated jazz from Bebop to soul jazz with a dash of Ethio and Latin jazz. Driving rhythms, fiery solos and killer bass lines from the 1950’s to today, Jazz Got Soul comes from the studios of PBS in Melbourne. 

03:00 - A Jazz Hour (Fine Music 102.5)

Barry O’Sullivan has been broadcasting on the jazz scene for many years. His programs Jazz on SundayMid Week Jazz and Dinner Jazz have been heard locally on 89.1 Radio Blue Mountains for the past 15 years. His national program  A Jazz Hour now approaches its twelfth year on the Community Radio Network. On this special edition of A Jazz Hour we will hear music from artists appearing at this year's IJD All Star Concert at the White House, as hosted by the President of the United States, Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. Plus there will be the music of new Australian jazz pianist Francesa Prihasti ,who has just recorded her album “Evolving” in New York.

04:00 - Australian Jazz Recorded Live (3MBS) 

3MBS has programmed a 2 hour show for International Jazz Day which features jazz musicians from Melbourne - young and old.  This city has a great jazz history and the program features musicians and families who have played a key role making jazz in Melbourne the success that it is today.

06:04 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - The Dizzy Fingers Ragtime Band

The Dizzy Fingers Ragtime Band led by Craig Mitten perform instrumental rags in the style of Scott Joplin including a recent composition by Mitten. A lively entertaining group, it is impossible to listen without tapping your feet.  

06:32 - Big Band Illuminations (3MBS) 

Callum Moncrieff explores the Australian contemporary big band scene in this two hour program featuring interviews with Australian composers and big band leaders from all over the country. Music included in the program is from prominent Australian groups like the Mace Francis Orchestra, the Mike Stewart Big Band (pictured), the Steve Newcomb Orchestra and the West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra performing with Jim McNeely. 

08:32 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - Susan Gai Dowling

Susan Gai Dowling has been performing for many years. A vocalist, she is joined by the much admired Evan Lohning at the piano, Andrew Dickeson drums and Max Alduca bass. They share standards in their own special style. (Pictured above)

09:04 - Jazz & Swing in WWII (3KV) 

Nick Brown from Alpine Radio (3KV) presents a brief rundown of jazz and swing songs popular during World War 2. World War 2 was the first world conflict where recordings of songs were available to civilians and military personnel, and where radio was able to bring music and news to large audiences everywhere. Jazz was banned in Nazi Germany, big band leaders Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw took big band swing to Europe and the Pacific theatres of war respectively, and V-discs were produced for American troops abroad. Celebrate International Jazz Day with a terrific hour of upbeat music and lively stories. 

10:04 - Documentary: Australia's 'First Lady of Jazz' Kerrie Biddell (PBS FM)

This documentary produced by Chelsea Wilson from PBS FM in Melbourne explores the life and music of Australia’s first lady of jazz: Kerrie Biddell. Born in Sydney in 1947, Biddell passed away in 2014 after a 40-year career in music. She left behind a genre-defying catalogue of recordings and a legacy as an uncompromising artist who rejected glamour and stardom to be true to herself and her music.  

11:04 - The Bohemian Beat: Jazz and Beat Poetry (Bay FM)

Jazz poetry is like a thread weaving through the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat movement, and the Black Arts Movement, emerging from the appreciation of early blues to free jazz to experimental music into poetic inspiration. 

12:04 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - Benny's Boys

Benny’s Boys take us to the swing era of the 1930s when Benny Goodman was king. The highly experienced and acclaimed musicians are Trevor Rippingale clarinet, Glenn Henrich vibes, Stan Kenton bass, John Blenkhorn guitar and Bob Baird drums, creating the music of Goodman, Hampton, Christian and Krupa. This includes an interview with leader Trevor Rippingale who also led the world renowned New Wolverine Jazz Orchestra.   

13:00 - Hit Parade of Yesterday - 20s and 30s Jazz 

CRN regulars Hit Parade of Yesterday present the music from this exciting age of jazz history. 

14:00 - Jazz Made in Australia - Young Women in Jazz (Eastside FM)

Veteran Eastside FM broadcaster Mick Paddon joins Paula Langlands on this special episode of Jazz Made in Australia focusing on three young Sydney based women musicians who are taking great strides in the Jazz community. For at least one of the musicians, 'music has no gender.' Hear their stories and music this episode.

15:00 - Live From Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - The Idea Of North

The Idea of North are an ARIA award winning a cappella quartet of whom James Morrison commented that “when you can sing and entertain like them, a band would just get in the way”. They tell the story of the songs they perform and include a special treat combining Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Alfred Hitchcock.  

15:30 - Traditional Jazz and Boogie Woogie (4EB) 

Produced by Richard Hamernik at 4EB in Brisbane, this mix of traditional jazz and boogie woogie, spans from Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Woodie Herman, Lional Hampton to boogie greats like Fats Waller, and Jimmy Yancey. 

16:30 - Asian Jazz (Northside Radio)

Although Asian Americans have been performing jazz since its inception based on Afro American standards in the San Francisco and Chicago areas, it was in the early 20th century that Asian Jazz developed to reflect some of their traditional instruments. Today, many combine these instruments with standard jazz instruments, eg. erhu and shamisen. Early musicians were of Chinese and Japanese background and were later followed by Filipino, Indians and Vietnamese musicians with the influence of American and British presence in Asia (particularly Singapore, Vietnam, Japan, China). Tony Pang from Northside Radio explores this genre in a special program. 

17:30 - Live from Studio C (Fine Music 102.5) - Frances Madden 

Frances Madden is wowing audiences whenever she plays. A very lyrical pianist and beautiful vocalist with clear diction, she has composed three of the songs in this performance. This program was recorded in the Sydney Lower Town Hall on the occasion of Fine Music 102.5’s 40th birthday concert with an audience of over 500 entranced by her performance.   

18:00 - Wangaratta Jazz Festival 2012 (Fine Music 102.5) 

The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz & Blues is the annual gathering place for anyone connected to jazz in Australia. It’s the home of the National Jazz Award and an incredible lineup of musicians from both overseas and Australia. In 2012, Peter Nelson went along to record local artists at the Festival – seven of them are featured in this International Jazz Day program on the Community Radio Network.

19:00 - Hot Sweet & Jazzy (94.7 The Pulse)

John Thompson & Ross Williamson present a very special episode of the regular CRN program Hot, Sweet & Jazzy, one of the newest additions to the Community Radio Network. Sample a tasting session of some jazz gems with John looking at the origins of some jazz sounds and early standout musicians.  We hear the vocal origins of jazz instrumental styling in a prisoners’ work song and the sounds of New Orleans filtered through British and Australian ears.  It’ll be a fascinating hour.

20:00 - Found Underground (Eastside)

Presented by Tony Smythe from Eastside in Sydney, Found Underground is a weekly exploration of the vinyl library located at the bottom of the spiral stairs in Paddington Town Hall, the home of Eastside Radio 89.7FM. Much of the collection was bequeathed or donated to the station over many years by avid collectors and lovers of jazz. Expect to hear plenty of dusty grooves and warm crackles as the needle skips, bumps and glides its way through an eclectic set that spans the entire genre of jazz. 

21:00 - Dirt Music (2SER) 

Stuart Coupe takes IJD to take listeners to the fringes of Jazz: where rock, pop, blues, Afro-funk and punk intersect. Expect freejazz shamans covering ‘90s Indie rock, to the celestial Kamasi Washington, and the No Wave negation of the legendary James Chance. 

23:00 - The Breeze (4MBS)

Contemporary and modern jazz, as well as traditional New Orleans styles, mixing both instrumental and vocal tracks, giving a smooth sound with a touch of funk. After Dirt Music we’re bringing things back down to with John Diegan’s longstanding CRN/4MBS program The Breeze, where contemporary and modern jazz groove alongside traditional New Orleans styles. Call it a smooth sound with a touch of funk. And reminding us of the day we’re celebrating John will showcase tunes by the Australian artists featuring in International Jazz Day’s showcase event at Washington DC.


  • What's on the network before midnight on Friday night and after midnight on Saturday night? Regular CRN programming runs on CRN-2 besides Special broadcasts, Program Guide here.
  • Will some fill music (or something else) be inserted during the breaks for news? Yes, Jazz music fill and IDs will appear on the hour during the 4 minute NRN bulletins 6am-12pm (except for 8am bulletin).
  • Can our station access these files to play at different times? Yes, details below. Write to [email protected] for more information.

For CRN subscribers:

  • These specials will broadcast on CRN-2 (Channel 631 on your VAST receiver)
  • The channel can be changed with button press from the front panel of your VAST receiver unit
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