JazzBird from JazzBoston:
The best jazz shows from stations around the globe
JazzBird®, the free jazz radio app from JazzBoston, provides access to hundreds of jazz radio shows streaming live from broadcast and Internet stations around the globe. In the crowded field of music streaming, it is the only app that delivers a listen-live-now experience anytime you “tune in,” anyplace you are, from anywhere in the world.
Officially launched in April 2013 at a party at Scullers jazz Club for representatives of music radio stations throughout Greater Boston, the app has both “lite” and full versions. JazzBird® LITE is free. The full version, which costs $2.99, lets you listen in the background while using other functions on your mobile device; it also has a sleep timer and a switch to turn off ads.
Among the app’s distinctive features:
- Each of the shows on JazzBird’s® up-to-the-minute schedules is hand-picked by a panel of JazzBoston curators that includes musicians, radio hosts, writers, and knowledgeable fans – all based in Boston, Massachusetts, one of the top jazz cities in the U.S. and a world center of jazz education.
- The curators make their decisions based on a set of objective guidelines that ensure that the entire range of jazz styles is represented and even the smallest stations have an opportunity to build national and international audiences. Because we believe radio is still the single most important portal to the music and someone who feels the music and knows the music is the best guide, hosted shows are given top priority, and no shows with computer-generated playlists are included.
- Shows created by stations in the Greater Boston area appear at the top of the list for each time slot and are marked with a “B” icon that signifies a “Boston, USA, show.” The app’s interface was designed this way to support the Greater Boston jazz community’s campaign to strengthen local jazz radio and fill the gap left by WGBH’s deep cut in jazz programming in mid- 2012.
- Live events with broad national or international interest and an available stream, such as the annual International Jazz Day concert and iconic Newport Jazz Festival, are added to the top of the app’s schedule when they occur. Live local events, like the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival, are occasionally featured as well.
With its potential to connect the world’s jazz community, JazzBird® is a natural extension of JazzBoston’s mission to connect, support, and promote the entire Greater Boston jazz scene. At the same time. JazzBird™ directly supports the efforts of MassJazz and the Massachusetts Office of Travel and Tourism to use jazz to increase the state's appeal to cultural tourists worldwide.
JazzBird® for iPhones and iPads has been available at the App Store from the beginning. An Android-compatible version was introduced in early 2014 and is available at Google Play. Click here to download the free version from the App Store. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The JazzBird® logo was designed by Clear Light Interactive Corp.