New Online Radio Station Keeps the Jazz Coming
There's a new radio station on the Internet, playing classic and contemporary jazz, including recordings by artists based in or from Tallahassee, Florida. Jazzio.net plays "Jazz with a Tallahassee accent." The listening is easy and free, with no commercial content.
In addition to the music of classic jazz artists like Miles Davis and John Coltrane, and contemporary recordings by David Sanborn and SpyroGyra, Jazzio.net plays music by Tallahassee jazz artists. That includes musicians who currently call Tallahassee home, like Scotty Barnhart, Longineu Parsons, Richie Summa, and Marcus Roberts, and those who used to be a part of the local jazz scene until their careers took them elsewhere, such as Wycliffe Gordon, Nick Finzer, and Inga Swearingen. That explains the station's slogan, "Jazz with a Tallahassee accent."
Listening is easy and free. Just point the browser on your computer, tablet, or smart phone to the home page of Jazzio.net. Choose one of the four player buttons and start enjoying nonstop commercial-free jazz. You can also listen on Roku boxes and other similar devices. Just add the TuneIn channel and search for "Jazzio." Listening in your car is possible if it's equipped with Apple Car Play, Android Auto, or similar technologies.
"People are surprised to find out that Cannonball Adderley and his brother Nat Adderley lived and performed in Tallahassee in their early days before hitting it big," says Jeff Saulich, the voice and the ears behind Jazzio.net. "They often collaborated with Ray Charles, who played and sang in more of a jazz style in Tallahassee during the 1940s. This station is remembering the roots of these legends by playing their early recordings."
According to one of its regular announcements, the station plays jazz that is "...easy to listen to. So you can use it as background music for your store, office, or workplace. Or you can turn it up and really enjoy the jazz!"
Jazzio.net was inspired by the performances of local musicians from Florida State University and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.
"In Tallahassee, you can hear music by so many talented artists," Saulich says, "including faculty members like Bill Peterson, Lindsey Sarjeant, and Leon Anderson Jr., plus the young students of FSU's Jazz Studies Program, who play like they are journeyman musicians already, which they are!"
Those live performances in venues like B Sharp's Jazz Café and Blue Tavern inspired Saulich to make this music available to a wider audience.
"The bottom line is that Tallahassee just didn't have the kind of radio station that I really wanted to listen to," he says, "so I had to create it myself!"
Saulich has the know-how to make it happen because he was a radio broadcaster in Pensacola, FL, before moving to Tallahassee for a career in state government communications. Now semi-retired and working as a web designer, he is enjoying this opportunity to combine his radio skills with his love of the music.
The radio station is commercial-free because Saulich is counting on some of his listeners to become sustaining members and share the costs of hosting the station. The lion's share of those costs go toward paying royalties to the artists whose music is played on the station. Soon there will be several membership levels, with premium gifts for supporters at each level. A black baseball cap embroidered with the station's logo is already available. So are stickers for automobiles, which are free for the asking via the website.
Jazzio.net is a product of WebMaestro.us LLC, Saulich's web design firm. Visit Jazzio.net for more information and some absolutely great jazz!
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