Toronto’s JAZZ FM91 Launches Jazz 101 The Beginners Guide to Jazz

Starting May 14th, JAZZ.FM91 will launch a new educational feature: “Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz”. Designed for jazz fans, this 6-week course is an interactive and engaging guide to the icons and innovators. Through engaging lectures, listening, demonstration, and discussion, participants will learn from jazz experts and gain a basic understanding of jazz. The series is $125 (includes all 6 lectures) and enrollment can be made online by visiting

Lecture objectives include: the basic structure and properties of jazz, instruments and styles; understanding the details about the history and development of jazz; an understanding of how musicians improvise and swing; and how to build a library of classic recordings, including the five most important Canadian recordings of all time.

Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz will be taught by Mark Micklethwaite, Community Engagement and Education Manager at JAZZ.FM91. Mark is a musician, educator, jazz historian and has designed this course in collaboration with CEO and President, Ross Porter.

“Our listening audience is a hybrid of jazz connoisseurs and jazz newcomers who share one special thing in common, a love of JAZZ.FM91.Whether or not you’re well versed on the genre, Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz has something for everyone. We wanted to give something back to our community of listeners and our goal is to make listening more compelling by offering this series of lectures. We put a lot of thought into each lecture and look forward to educating, inspiring and fostering the growth of a new generation of jazz authorities”, said Ross Porter, CEO and President, JAZZ.FM91.

For more information and to view the Jazz 101: The Beginners Guide to Jazz 6-week course outline and lecture topics, please visit:

JAZZ.FM91 is called “One of the most vibrant and versatile jazz stations on the planet” by Jazz Times. More than just a radio station, the JAZZ.FM91 enterprise is Canada’s only 24/7 jazz broadcaster and registered not-for-profit charitable arts organization dedicated to enriching the cultural, educational and community experience of their audience. Currently celebrating the 12th year as an all jazz station, JAZZ.FM91 is supported by thousands of listeners each year. In the last 12 years, JAZZ.FM91’s weekly audience has grown to almost half a million listeners.