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Mondo Jazz - New radio program focused on international jazz

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Jazz is a language that originated in the US but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents and dialects, which make it a rich resource for rewarding sonic explorations.
Mondo Jazz, a new radio program hosted by Italian-turned-New Yorker Ludovico Granvassu (Editor-in-Chief of italia.allaboutjazz.com), with a mission of showcasing international jazz that's not readily available on American airwaves.

Starting on 15th of November, the show will broadcast on Wednesdays from 10 p.m. to midnight via Radio Free Brooklyn.

From the host...

“When I first moved to the United States I was surprised that, in the country where customers have unlimited choices, I could go to a supermarket and find 80 different brands of cereal, but in a record store the selection of jazz albums was much narrower than in record stores in Oslo, Tokyo, Brussels, London, Rome, Paris, etc. It was therefore not surprising that the playlists of the major radio stations was equally narrow," says host Granvassu. “How could it be that, in the land which gave birth to this music, jazz fans had fewer options than jazz fans from anywhere else in the world? I quickly realized that whereas record stores and radio stations abroad naturally featured albums from the US, they also included albums by international jazz musicians since there are thriving jazz scenes everywhere, which produce excellent artists. These foreign artists were virtually unknown in the US and absent from American airwaves."

“My mission with Mondo Jazz is to share some of my favorite international artists with US jazz fans to widen their listening options,” adds host Granvassu. “Needless to say there will be plenty of US jazz on my program, in an attempt to show the continuity that exists between the US and the international jazz scenes. Mondo Jazz is dedicated to the proposition that jazz is a language that originated in the US but is now spoken all over the world in various, at times very strong, accents and dialects, which make it a rich resource for rewarding sonic explorations. In the end, I hope to give a small contribution towards making barriers (across music-genres and nationalities) meaningless, and show that all that matters is people, the beauty of their music and the emotions it can generate."

About Radio Free Brooklyn

Radio Free Brooklyn is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to give a global voice to local artists, residents, community organizers and other non-profit institutions by providing a commercial-free freeform Internet Radio platform, streaming original content by the artists and residents of New York City’s most populous borough 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

November Schedule and Themes:

  • November 15: Episode 1: First Steps... Jazz Walking;
  • November 22: Episode 2: Jazz Travelling;
  • November 29: Episode 3: Film Noir Jazz Soundtracks.
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Visit the MondoJazz Facebook page to receive playlists in advance of the show.

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