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Live Jazz Happenings Around Town Today


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Friday 10am to 12pm
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Happy Birthday Django & Gary


Other Jazz Musicians born on
January 23rd


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Notable January Jazz Musician Birthdays

Jean Reinhardt (23 January 1910 – 16 May 1953), known by his stage name Django Reinhardt, was a Belgian-born Romani-French jazz guitarist and composer, regarded as one of the greatest musicians of the twentieth century. He was the first jazz talent to emerge from Europe and remains the most significant.

With violinist Stéphane Grappelli, Reinhardt formed the Paris-based Quintette du Hot Club de France in 1934. The group was among the first to play jazz that featured the guitar as a lead instrument. Reinhardt recorded in France with many visiting American musicians, including Coleman Hawkins and Benny Carter, and briefly toured the United States with Duke Ellington's orchestra in 1946.

Gary Burton (born January 23, 1943) is an American jazz vibraphonist, composer, and educator. Burton developed a pianistic style of four-mallet technique as an alternative to the prevailing two-mallet technique. This approach caused him to be heralded as an innovator, and his sound and technique are widely imitated. He is also known for pioneering fusion jazz and popularizing the duet format in jazz, as well as being a major figure in music education from his 30 years at the Berklee College of Music.

Burton was named Down Beat magazine's Jazzman of the Year in 1968 (the youngest to receive that title) and won his first Grammy Award in 1972. The following year Burton began a forty-year collaboration with pianist Chick Corea, recognized for popularizing the format of jazz duet performance. Their eight albums won Grammy Awards in 1979, 1981, 1997, 1999, 2009, and 2013.


Today's Jazz Happenings
Jazz Radio Takes Another Hit


Jazz Radio In Northern Ohio Ends
Cleveland's Smooth Jazz Station
Changes Format To Mod AC


“We love smooth jazz, but unfortunately the music has become a Pandora/Spotify format,” Rubber City Radio
owner Thom Mandel said in a release. “We found that
we were pushing a boulder uphill, and serving fewer and
fewer listeners. The station sounded fabulous, but
without enough listeners, we could no longer support it.”



Central Ohio's Jazz 98.5 FM
The ONLY 24 Hour Jazz Station In Ohio

We'd Rather Fight Than Switch!
Smooth, Straight Ahead and More!
Support Your Jazz Station, WSAX
For Jazz Brewed Just The Way You Like It.



  Jazz 98.5 FM wants to be your 
  regular go-to source for listening
  and enjoying jazz music, whether
  on the radio or online.  We play a
  wide selection of jazz styles from
  A to Z and everything in between.
  We brew jazz just the way you like
  it.  Watch with your ears.



One of Our Favorite Comments

" First there was WOSU with Jazz programs here and there that I’d listen to.  Then there was a rock
station
that featured Mike Island and Jazz fusion for 2 hours on Sunday morning.  Along came the
King, WBBY
104 fm. Jazz that went to all of the corners of Jazz music.  It was fabulous, while it lasted.
 
Then we had the Smooth-Jazz twins.  Nice, but a little too much Smooth and not enough other Jazz. 
It disappeared.  Now a breath of fresh air has entered our fair city …. WSAX-LP, I am grateful to be
able to
breathe fresh air once again. It is very difficult to believe that a metro city the size of Columbus, cannot hang onto a Jazz station.  One with varying types of Jazz from all corners of the musical
spectrum of Jazz. 


God Bless you folks at WSAX-LP, for you help me keep the groove in my groovin’ day!!!! "




A Crisis In Our Community
There's An Opioid Problem
In Our Communities

The Epidemic is Really Real

Ohioans continue to die from drug overdoses at a record-setting pace. Death from drug overdoses is now the leading cause of death in people ages 22-50. Ohio continues to be one of the nation's leaders in the death-toll rate.

Locally, Franklin County has realized a 343% increase in deaths between 2003-2016.

Whitehall, per capita, has been one of the hardest hit cities in the county with overdose rates five times higher than the Franklin County average.

 

Information above was taken from the City of Whitehall website at

www.whitehall-oh.us/426/Whitehalls-Help-for-Overdoses


Sax Says ...

"Join us in helping to make our community a better place to live, work and raise happy, responsible and safe children." Educate yourself about this problem.



Coming Up In 2020


February



Valentine's Day Celebration


March



Love The Locals Celebration



April





Jazz Appreciation Month





A Word About Our Programming

We asked listeners to play a role in selecting the types of jazz they like most.  In short, we asked how you'd like your jazz brewed.  There are over 30 different names given to describe jazz and the sub-genres that have grown out of the various styles that have developed over the years.  Listeners completed a survey selecting the various forms of jazz they would like for Jazz 98.5 to play and below are the results.

We gave listeners a choice of 30 styles to choose from with the ability to add a version not listed.  Although debated, from a novice's viewpoint, many styles closely resemble each other and because some names actually refer to describing the same sub-genre, we combined the styles into three basic groups.  We grouped the various styles together if we believed them to be somewhat similar.  The styles were grouped into what some refer to as CLASSIC JAZZ, SMOOTH/CONTEMPORARY JAZZ and the remaining styles into an OTHER JAZZ category.

More importantly, the survey helped confirm our idea to develop our Live Hosted jazz music shows and programming around the different sub-genres.  We invite and encourage you to tune into the different hosted shows throughout the week to enjoy jazz brewed just the way you like it and also tune into other shows to allow us to brew another style we're confident you'll discover and enjoy.

Our approach is not any more scientific than we've described.  In only one response we received, there was the suggestion that we not play a certain sub-genre ... Don't play this jazz or that jazz, etc.  We hope listeners will enjoy the whole jazz experience, be receptive to listening to other styles without condemning the others.


Here's the breakdown of what Columbus prefers


   Classic Jazz Styles


42%

   Smooth/Contemporary Jazz Styles


51%

   Other Jazz Styles Combined
 

7%

Do the results above mean that Columbus and Central Ohio is a Smooth/Contemporary Jazz kind of town?
You be the judge!
Don't worry, we play it all!

Thank you for discovering us and allowing us to come into your home, car and life.


Regards,

Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX





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