Archive for December, 2007

theJazz: a revelation

How can I be so far behind the times? (And how come it is so long since my last post?) Yesterday I discovered a website called “theJazz“. I spent most of the afternoon at work with it playing through my headphones (although I wasn’t necessarily listening to them all the day), and it’s been on all of this afternoon now I’ve discovered how to play it through my Squeezebox. What a fantastic station! I admit I can’t listen to Latin Jazz for long so had to go out during the show this afternoon, but from what I’ve heard so far this is a fantastic station.

I was very upset when JazzFM shut down (I can’t believe that was a year and a half ago). It went down hill quite a bit in latter years, and the replacing SmoothFM was just dreadful - just like all the other (would be) main stream commercial radio stations out there - and in my opinion this has had a negative effect on the British Jazz Scene. Based on a sample of one (me), visits to jazz gigs have been down, as have CD purchases (big time).

The downside to theJazz is that the music quality isn’t brilliant. In fairness it’s better than I would have expected for an internet station (though playing it through my Squeezebox and amp certainly make it sound better than computer speakers), but you really notice the compression when you get some of the higher frequency tones. In fact earlier it sounded almost like white noise coming through my speakers!

Anyway, I’d much much much rather have this than nothing, so if you, like me, have been lamenting the demise of JazzFM then I urge you to tune into ‘theJazz’ and try it out for yourself. You can get it on DAB (so I understand), via your digital television, and via the internet.

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