JAZZ.FM91(CJRT-FM) is a radio station airs Jazz music format, on 91.1 FM frequency, served the Greater Toronto Area. It is owned by CJRT-FM Inc. Was founded in 1949 by Ryerson Institute of Technology, to teach students who were running the radio station under the guidance of professionals. As a result of the conflict, in 2019 the composition of the radio participants, as well as its format, changed.

Language: English.

Format: Jazz.

First air date: 1949

Call sign: CJRT-FM

Owner: CJRT-FM Inc

Broadcast area Greater Toronto Area


Shows

  • Night & Day with JAZZ.FM91 Night & Day with JAZZ.FM91
  • The Nightfly The Nightfly
  • Music Mornings with JAZZ.FM91 Music Mornings with JAZZ.FM91
  • Breakfast Blend Breakfast Blend
  • Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show with Ian Shaw Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show with Ian Shaw
  • Jazzology Jazzology Heather Bambrick
  • The Heather Bambrick Show The Heather Bambrick Show Heather Bambrick
  • First Listen with Brad Barker First Listen with Brad Barker
  • Session Notes Session Notes
  • Jamie Cullum BBC Radio Show with Jamie Cullum Jamie Cullum BBC Radio Show with Jamie Cullum
  • Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli Jessica Molaskey Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli Jessica Molaskey
  • The Interval with Raina Hersh The Interval with Raina Hersh
  • All Request Hour with Raina Hersh All Request Hour with Raina Hersh
  • Saturday Afternoon Jazz with Walter Venafro Saturday Afternoon Jazz with Walter Venafro
  • Sunday Drive with Walter Venafro Sunday Drive with Walter Venafro
  • Afternoon Drive with Brad Barker Afternoon Drive with Brad Barker
  • Café Latino with Laura Fernandez Café Latino with Laura Fernandez
  • Sound of Jazz Sound of Jazz
  • Dinner Jazz with John Devenish Dinner Jazz with John Devenish
  • Joe’s Jazz with Joe Sealy Joe’s Jazz with Joe Sealy
  • Soul Nation with Bill and Jesse King Soul Nation with Bill and Jesse King
  • Jazz in the City with Jaymz Bee Jazz in the City with Jaymz Bee
  • Gumbo Kitchen with Ronnie Littlejohn Gumbo Kitchen with Ronnie Littlejohn
  • BLUZ.FM with Danny Marks BLUZ.FM with Danny Marks
  • The Big Band Show with Glen Woodcock The Big Band Show with Glen Woodcock
  • Host Your Own Radio Show with JAZZ.FM91 Host Your Own Radio Show with JAZZ.FM91

Hosts

  • Brad Barker Brad Barker Growing up in Nova Scotia, Brad attended St. Francis Xavier University and earned his degree in jazz studies as a bass major. This led to a 10-year career as a professional musician, spending six years recording and touring with The Pursuit of Happiness.
  • Danny Marks Danny Marks If there’s a popular song from 1900 to now, chances are Danny Marks has heard it, and can sing it. And maybe even put a new spin on it: Johnny Cash performing Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love, or Elvis launching into reggae. An aficionado of the great blues singers of the ’30s and ’40s, Danny was one of the first guitarists to incorporate blues roots into rock music. His big brother went out of his way to collect old recordings, and Danny grew up listening to rare blues, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll records few people heard in the Toronto area. His tastes – and guitar licks – grew as he encountered such widely diverse guitar talents as Chet Atkins, Chuck Berry, the King Family, Andres Segovia and Los Indios Tabajaras.
  • Bill King Bill King Bill King has been nominated for three Juno Awards, won new artist of the year with his Rockit 88 Band at the Maple Blues Awards, and has earned several honours and nominations from the National Jazz Awards and the Jazz Journalists Association. Bill can be heard on numerous recordings from Stan Rodgers, John Allan Cameron, The Rockit 88 Band, The Rhythm Express, The Saturday Nite Fish Fry and more, and has produced vocalists Liberty Silver, Sophie Milman, Shakura S’Aida, June Garber, Cornelia Luna, Kinga Hemming, and many others. Bill has worked in radio at Q 107, CIUT 89.5 FM, Newstalk 1010 and more. He published the Jazz Report Magazine from 1988 to 2006 and has been artistic director of the Beaches International Jazz Festival since its inception in 1988.
  • Jesse King Jesse King Jesse King has been on the music scene since 1987 working as musician, engineer, producer and radio host. The two-time Juno Award winner and eight-time Juno Award nominee has been involved in radio since 1993 working at Toronto’s CHUM as a producer and in the satellite department. Alongside host and co-producer Bill King, Jesse also produced and engineered content for Air Canada’s in-flight jazz programming. In the late 1990s, his company curated Canadian jazz content for distribution to Sam Goody’s, VH1, MTV, Bell Media and many more. Currently, Jesse hosts a syndicated radio program that is delivered to more than 20 stations across Canada, the U.S., the U.K., France, Africa and more.
  • David Basskin David Basskin Toronto native David Basskin is a lifelong jazz fan (and occasional sax player) who loves to feature “the best music you’ve never heard in your life.” He brings a lifetime’s enthusiasm and knowledge of jazz composers, musicians and history, highlighting artists you love in recordings you may not know, as well as a wealth of players that may be new to listeners. Trained as a lawyer, David headed up the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA), Canada’s largest music licensing agency, for more than two decades and now works as a consultant on copyright and technology issues and teaches business law at Ryerson.
  • Glen Woodcock Glen Woodcock Glen Woodcock, the current iron man of Toronto radio, grew up in the city and fell in love with big band music as a teenager, at the height of the rock ’n’ roll craze. He bought as many big band and jazz LPs as he could afford, first at Sam’s original store on College Street, then at Sam’s and A&A Records’ Yonge Street locations. He also frequented antique and junk stores where he would buy every 78 rpm big band record he could find.
  • Heather Bambrick Heather Bambrick Heather Bambrick is a Juno-nominated vocalist who has collaborated with Phil Nimmons, Fred Hirsch, Gene DiNovi, Guido Basso, Rob McConnell, Peter Appleyard, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and many others.
  • Ian Shaw Ian Shaw Award-winning jazz singer Ian Shaw is also an accomplished radio presenter. Ian has been hosting The Ronnie Scott’s Radio Show since 2012, bringing his knowledgeable, witty and engaging style to the show. Over the years Ian has made many appearances on radio including presenting on London’s Jazz FM, hosting Big Band Special, on the UK’s BBC Radio 2, and is a frequent Compére and host for broadcast events and award ceremonies.
  • Jamie Cullum Jamie Cullum Jamie Cullum’s willingness to defy convention has served him well during his lifelong pursuit of musical fulfillment. He began playing piano and guitar at the age of eight; in his mid teens, Cullum was in & out of rock bands playing guitar, drums and piano; he was also the drummer in a hip-hop combo, eventually finding his way back to jazz through the samples used in his favorite hip-hop recordings; and Cullum spent the end of his teen years living in Paris, where he honed his skills performing in local jazz clubs before going on to become the biggest-selling British jazz artist of all time. Cullum has won an enviable reputation as a magnetic live performer, playing freewheeling concerts that emphasize spontaneity and improvisation — and which rarely employ a set list.
  • Jaymz Bee Jaymz Bee Jaymz Bee is a bandleader, broadcaster, writer, tour guide and party planner. He’s been an on-air host with JAZZ.FM91 for more than 16 years and has spent well over a decade producing and hosting local and international jazz safaris. In his career Jaymz has hosted TV shows for most Canadian networks, curated an art gallery, run a nightclub and directed TV commercials, music videos and theatre productions. He has written two books of poetry and the best-seller Cocktail Parties for Dummies for IDG Books Worldwide. He is currently writing a musical and produces music for artists in various genres, mostly for Vesuvius Music Inc. Jaymz has a reputation for promoting the Toronto music scene with wild, joyous abandon and can usually be found in a nightclub or music hall. Bee hosts Jazz In the City on Thursdays from 9 pm to midnight and continues to produce and host jazz safaris and concerts for JAZZ.FM91.
  • Joe Sealy Joe Sealy For several years, Joe Sealy has enjoyed a successful career as a musician, actor, composer, music director and recording artist. He won a Dora Mavor Moore award for music direction in the Toronto production of Ain’t Misbehavin’. Joe has performed with a wide variety of notable performers such as Sammy Davis Jr., and John Candy, and with jazz greats, Joe Williams and Milt Jackson, and won a Juno Award for Africville Suite. More recently, Joe was the music director of the highly acclaimed Tonya Lee Williams Gospel Jubilee television special and a CBC Radio special called East Coasting.
  • John Devenish John Devenish John is a musician and actor with professional experience on stage, in film, on television and radio. John’s arts and music credits include attending one of the first Yamaha Music School programs and private lessons. Formal and formative music education includes attending a special music and arts program in high-school. John completed a four year tuition scholarship to the Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec (Hull), and a degree in musicology. He also attended acting workshops under George Luscombe at Toronto Workshop Productions.
  • John Pizzarelli John Pizzarelli John Pizzarelli, the world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer, was called “hip with a wink” by Town & Country, “madly creative” by the Los Angeles Times and “the genial genius of the guitar” by the Toronto Star. Performing with his wife, singer/actress Jessica Molaskey, and his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, they’ve been labeled “the First Family of Cool” by the San Francisco Chronicle and “the von Trapps on martinis” by The New Yorker. According to The New York Times, “the Pizzarelli-Molaskey duo are as good as it gets in any entertainment medium.”
  • Jessica Molaskey Jessica Molaskey Jessica Molaskey is a veteran of a dozen Broadway shows: A Man of No Importance at Lincoln Center written by Terrance McNally, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty; Parade, directed by Hal Prince; Dream; Tommy; Crazy for You, Les Misérables; City of Angels; Chess; Cats and Oklahoma! She has also performed off Broadway and regionally in dozens of productions. Jessica has premiered music written by Ricky Ian Gordon, Adam Guettel, Jason Robert Brown, Michael John LaChiusa and Stephen Sondheim and John Bucchino. She has written songs for almost a dozen recordings, including Greed, part of a commission for Audra McDonald’s The Seven Deadly Sins and Cradle and All.
  • Laura Fernandez Laura Fernandez Singer-songwriter and artist Laura Fernandez was born in Madrid, Spain, lived in Switzerland as a child, spent her youth in Calgary and now resides here in Toronto while travelling worldwide. True to her international roots, Laura writes songs in English and Spanish and her musical compositions are a reflection of her many influences. In 2013, she was named to the distinguished Steinway artist roster, becoming its 20th Canadian member. In 2015, she was named one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians at a Pan American Games ceremony.
  • Raina Hersh Raina Hersh Raina Hersh is a broadcaster and writer inspired by the way music builds community. She has been a contributing writer for a number of music websites, interviewing artists, reviewing albums, and encouraging readers to explore the vast musical landscape of our city. A graduate of the Humber College broadcasting program, Raina joins the JAZZ.FM91 team with 10 years of experience in the industry heard on various radio stations across the GTA. As a lover of jazz and blues with an affinity for improvisation and musical experimentation, Raina endeavours to create a welcoming atmosphere in which listeners can dive into the music together.
  • Ronnie Littlejohn Ronnie Littlejohn Ronnie Littlejohn has a long history in the Canadian music scene. For 15 years he fronted Planet Earth, one of Canada’s premier jazz/funk/soul bands. Planet Earth and Littlejohn’s Funk Embassy were touted as vanguards of the funk revival.
  • Walter Venafro Walter Venafro Born and raised in Toronto, Walter became interested in broadcasting when he received a transistor radio for Christmas at the age of 10. During morning recess, he would go to his perfect spot to sit and listen to the various on-air hosts, up and down the dial, fascinated by the voices and music. That passion has remained strong.

Radio frequencies

Radio JAZZ.FM91 broadcasts in the following cities on FM or AM:

  • Toronto 91.1

Contact to JAZZ.FM91

Reviews about JAZZ.FM91

  • Richard Bruder
    Heather Bambrick turned me on to the station very early one sunday morning years ago and listen between 830 and 9. thank you Heather