Tuesday, April 3, 2012

All That Jazz

By Annmarie Dean
How does one even define jazz? Music classified as “jazz” spans over 100 years and types include Ragtime, Dixieland, swing and bebop; each so very different and so very distinctive. Giants of the jazz scene like Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis continue to keep fans enthralled in their musical genius.
With the addition of Blues and exciting news programming to the airwaves, WBFO/AM-970 has new content on the HD2 channel, content that the Duke Ellington fan should be thrilled about. JazzWorks, a one-of-a-kind service in Western New York and Southern Ontario, has been added to the WNED family of public broadcasting. The channel not only offers classic recording by many of the legends of American music, but new music from emerging artists.

Listeners can find a familiar voice in Al Wallack, JazzWorks producer. Wallack spent almost 40 years at WNED, with 20 of them as radio host of “Jazz in the Nighttime.” “I’m looking forward to the possibility of localizing the format somewhat,” says Wallack. “The JazzWorks people are, at long last, allowing WBFO HD2/WBFO.com to put some very credible jazz into the Buffalo radio market and I’m very pleased to be part of it.”

JazzWorks can be heard through an HD radio on the WBFO HD2 channel, streaming online at wbfo.org/content/pages/listen or through WBFO’s smartphone app.
Have you tuned in to JazzWorks?  If so, what do you think?

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