Step back in time with “Hit Parade of Yesterday” – Vintage music from the 20s & 30s, more precisely, 1926-1937, jazz, big bands, and some Australian bands, personalities and music from the movies are featured. Original recordings are used. A monthly special highlights a personality or a band or, perhaps, a type of music or dance. This program began in March 1978!
Every weekday afternoon it’s time for ArtSound FM’s dedicated team to accompany you with Disc Drive, our program of great music, arts interviews, reviews, and Arts Diary. The program features Australian Independent Radio News, weather bulletins on the hour and interviews with local community organisations.
Everyone has a favourite showtune. Sometimes we don’t even know a favourite song was originally a showtune! Len Power’s weekly program, The Broadway Musicals Yearbook is full of surprises like that.
Each week, he’ll play songs from Broadway musicals that opened in a particular year – the hit shows and the flops. There’ll be the songs you know and love and great songs you’ve never heard before. You’ll also be surprised to hear superb songs from shows that lasted only a few performances and would have disappeared if they had not been recorded.
You’ll hear behind the scenes anecdotes of treachery, bad luck, poor management and total incompetency. Did you know that in previews of House Of Flowers, every time Diahann Carroll had a success with a new song, jealous star, Pearl Bailey, demanded the song for herself? And what about the lyric writer of Hair, Gerome Ragni, asking for the release of 500 butterflies into the audience at the start of every performance of the disastrous Via Galactica?
Each program focusses on a different year chosen at random – this week it could be 2005, next week it could be 1928 or maybe 1964. You won’t know until you tune in. As Broadway music is a reflection of musical styles current at the time, you’ll always hear a rich, varied and entertaining program. It won’t be a history lesson or a collection of dusty old museum recordings – songs from the early shows will often be sung by modern artists with their own unique interpretations.
The show is written and presented by Len Power, a local theatre identity as well as Artsound’s theatre critic and a member of the Canberra Critics Circle.
‘The Broadway Musicals Yearbook’ plays weekly from Sunday 5th July at 5pm.
You can also catch a weekly repeat of the program from Tuesday 7th July at 11am.
The JAZZ MUSIC INSTITUTE STAFF BAND
The JMI Summer Jazz Clinics were in town for their second local incarnation in January and the The Jazz Music Institute Staff Band played on stage at Smiths on 25 January. They comprised Dan Quigley (trumpet), Paula Girvan (piano), John Mackey (tenor), Ben Hauptmann (guitar), Eric Ajaye (bass), James Hauptmann (drums).
The Jazz Music Institute is based in Brisbane and its clinics are a direct descendant of the Jamey Aebersold clinics that came to Australia in the 1970.
“The audience was generous; the playing was stunning; the authenticity and purpose of jazz was evident. Great night from a great set of players. Thrilling.” (Eric Pozza -canberrajazz.net)
Recorded by Eric Pozza; produced and presented by Chris Deacon OAM.
A lively and very different way to start the day, with a mix of quality music, commentary, arts news, interviews, information and features. The program features Australian Independent Radio News, Arts Diaries and weather bulletins on the hour.
Provides great weekend entertainment with a great mix of music including local recordings, reviews,interviews and Arts Diaries.
“Our musical bag is nostalgia” says Tom Parker in his trip down memory lane, showcasing the very best in jazz from New York and cities across the USA. All the great names are there, from the 40s through to the current era, remembered with stories and anecdotes contributed by Tom and his listeners. Cast yourself into a world of ‘late night’ American jazz clubs and be charmed for two hours by a man of style and eloquence who lives in New York but still calls Australia home.