Growing up in the Birthplace of Jazz, New Orleans, Mark was introduced to the greats of Jazz by his parents, both passionate lovers and collectors of quality music, which led to his building an extensive music library, not to mention mastering jazz guitar and starting several bands.
Radio was also an early passion and became his primary career for several years out of college.
Not one to shun adventure, Mark eventually became a successful airline captain with a major international carrier and remained there for 22 years.
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It was during this time that radio became “part of life” yet again.
Mark had been following radio from a distance for several decades. In particular the Smooth Jazz format (emerging under various names in the late ’70s/early ’80s).
After witnessing the final demise of Smooth Jazz on terrestrial radio in the early 2000s, he decided the time was right to start from the ashes and produce a syndicated Smooth Jazz radio show that was even better than the “original.”
In 2009, Mark began the globally-syndicated radio programme SoundTraxx, which quickly became the number one show at jazzmatrix.com, and grew exponentially from there, beyond all expectations.
“By learning from the mistakes of many terrestrial radio programmers, who abandoned a passionate base audience to pander to the lowest common denominator listener, we’ve created something really special”.
Utilizing Smooth Jazz album cuts as our palette. We have added the ideal mix of savoury Jazz-related ingredients, including Euro Lounge, Chill, Downtempo, Brazilian, Straight-Ahead, House, and R&B. The rise of the internet and internationally based FM’s has empowered producers like us to connect with the higher-end audience that was, for so long, marginalized by terrestrial radio gatekeepers.
It’s a pleasure and an honour to celebrate over 10 years building something that began so small. Something that has resonated with so many listeners across the globe.”
This is your invitation to join us for SoundTraxx, a diverse mix of Contemporary Jazz from established artists. The best of new, upcoming talent from the world scene.
Soundtraxx and Mark Stanley is indeed the Perfect Blend of All Things Jazz.