AccuJazz.com, the Chicago-based Internet jazz radio station, has just launched a new Web site featuring twenty-four jazz channels catering to widely-varying tastes.
Listeners can choose from specific genres focused on style, instrument, region, composer and decade. Current offerings include "Big Band," "Cutting Edge," "Regions: New Orleans," "Ellington," "50s," and AccuJazz.com's most popular channel, "Piano Jazz." Channels are further customizable, allowing listeners to "deselect" artists they do not want to hear, or to pause or skip songs.
AccuJazz.com has the largest offering of jazz radio on the Internet with more than 24 stations playing over 15,000 tracks. Starting February 17, one new channel will be introduced per week for the next several weeks. Much-anticipated channels include such eclectic offerings as "Regions: Chicago," "Avant-Garde Jazz," "Organ Jazz," and "Women of Jazz."
The parent company of AccuJazz.com is AccuRadio, a leading webcaster with over 300 channels in genres ranging from classic rock to Celtic music to French pop. All channels are completely free to use.
Founded by radio professional Kurt Hanson, AccuRadio attracts hundreds of thousands of listeners from around the globe every month. It recently won the 2008 "People's Voice" Webby Award for Best Radio in the prestigious global competition.
AccuJazz.com is programmed by Lucas Gillan, a working musician and avid jazz fan.
"There are a lot of different types of jazz fans out there, and I know they don't all want to hear the same mix of music that a traditional FM station plays. I want to create a place where any jazz fan can find a channel they'll always love listening to, as well as make some new discoveries," Gillan said.