Welcome to SoundTraxx with Mark Stanley, a weekly 2-hour Jazz-Variety radio programme, exploring just about every sub-genre within Jazz. If you recall the original Smooth Jazz radio format from the late 80’s through early 2000’s, here you’ll find a listening experience even better than the original. We focus on the best music available from both popular and lesser-known artists, without the grinding repetition of “hot singles,” talk, and personalities found elsewhere. One listen will convince you that SoundTraxx is the best-produced, most innovative syndicated radio programme to emerge in recent memory.
On SoundTraxx, it’s all about the music … the perfect, high-end mood for the high-end listener. Why not take the musical journey with us, and enjoy a diverse mix of Contemporary Jazz from established artists and the best of new, upcoming talent from the world scene. Starting with a bedrock of Smooth Jazz, we add the ideal mix of Jazz ingredients, including R&B, Chill, House, and Soul.
Born and raised in the “Birthplace of Jazz” (New Orleans, Louisiana), Mark’s parents introduced him, early on, to the work of many of the jazz legends. Music from big band leaders Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, and vocalists Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Peggy Lee, were a few of the greats he teethed on. Birthday and holiday gifts were an “easy buy,” as Mark developed an insatiable appetite for “records, and more records” of “anything jazz,” from instrumentalists Charlie Byrd, Floyd Cramer and Wes Montgomery, as well as New Orleans legends Louis Armstrong, Pete Fountain and Al Hirt.
During the formative years, Mark followed the music of the great R&B performers, such as The Temptations, Booker T, The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Barry White, Tower of Power, and Otis Redding. As a band leader in his high school and college days, his was the only band playing the music of Gabor Szabo right alongside that of the Beatles, the Doors, and Hendrix. As time passed, a re-focus on jazz came together by hearing the vocal and instrumental music of Isaac Hayes.
Fresh out of school, Mark joined a local radio station as a newsman, but soon moved to “the other side of the glass” (as it was discovered that he had “too much personality” for news), and has since worked almost every musical format and time slot. His most memorable experience in radio was almost being fired for “slipping” Ronnie Laws, Donald Byrd, Hubert Laws, and BB King into the playlist at the rock station he worked for in the mid-70’s (although the ratings did improve .. go figure).
It was on to advertising and television, producing and directing live TV, and Mark spent some time as the staff announcer for a major U.S. cable network. After working in Smooth Jazz radio in its infancy, Mark has continued, through the years, to provide free-lance services in radio/TV consulting and work as a voice-over artist.
Staying faithful to his humble childhood beginnings, Mark continues to be an avid fan of Jazz, R&B, and soul music, and hosts “SoundTraxx With Mark Stanley,” a 2-hour weekly radio show heard on satellite, terrestrial FM, and internet radio stations across the globe. The worldwide audience continues to grow, and we invite you to tune in as SoundTraxx presents “The Perfect Blend of All Things Jazz.”
Join us for SoundTraxx, the Perfect Blend of All Things Jazz !
Hear the show on The RedTrain Express –
Tuesdays 3am ; 10am; 3pm & 10pm