“New Urban Jazz” Lounge with Bob Baldwin
New Urban Jazz is a fusion of Contemporary Jazz mixed with Urban and Brazilian Flavors, created in 2008 after fallout from the cancellation of over 30 commercial smooth jazz stations in the US in 24 months. Smooth jazz formats had taken a “generic” turn nationwide, and lost its audience.
THIS program hearkens back to the earlier, more robust smooth jazz formats when greats like Grover Washington, Jr., Ramsey Lewis, Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis, and Wayne Shorter populated the sound with new directions for their music.
Host Bob Baldwin
is a recording artist, jazz concert producer, and knowledgeable host, who brings you the living genre from an Artist’s perspective. Two Hours Weekly
The Roots of Smooth” with Bobby Jackson
… is a music program, that more broadly displays how music connects us to a global community. This hour-long series showcases artists playing their music, and the music of their influences both in and outside of the jazz world. You’ll hear the music of their peers, and the young artists they have influenced. It is an engaging smart blend. Hear the personal journeys of legends such as Grover Washington Jr. and Toots Theilemans as well as the latest generation of players including Esperanza Spaulding and Amina Figarova.
The Roots of Smooth puts a “human face” on the music, deepening listeners’ connection to artists who come from every corner of the globe, using their voices to share stories of how their life experiences and passions helped shape the music they make and enjoy. The show is a “Jazz Gumbo Lens”, drawing connections among all genres of music.
Multi-award winning Host/Producer Bobby Jackson, a 25-year veteran broadcaster says, “The Roots of Smooth” provides a platform for all music genres to organically coexist on the same program. The combination of music and commentary reveals music is an experience that speaks to us all. It is not smooth jazz. It is THE ROOTS of smooth. It is fun and THAT’S what makes it “smooth”(1 Hour Week).
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“Café Jazz’ with Gene Knight
Three hours of Big Band, Bebop and Beyond Café Jazz is a mix of original vinyl recordings with contemporary jazz releases on CD. The show is energetic, classic and classy. It is filled with lots of fulsome big band sounds, with horns that swing so hard you can almost see the suited gents moving in sync. The show also features the very best of the Bebop era and Straight Ahead jazz. It’s a feel-good program that is all about having a good time with the music.
Host and Producer Richard (Gene) Knight, has produced jazz programming since 1969, and he has amassed a mega-collection that enhances the show. Yet for all his knowledge, the Host avoids the academic approach to sharing jazz culture. He allows the music do the talking, and adds touches of history, humor, trivia, folklore and candid commentary for the audience’s entertainment. Café Jazz is produced from the studios of AAPRC Affiliate WVAS-FM 90.7 at Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama (Three Hour Week).
“Return to the Source” with Doug Turner
This is the mainstream jazz show we’ve been waiting for! “Café Jazz” (our first mainstream show) has been a tough act to follow… but we have finally found a companion show that is on par. “Return to the Source” provides the polished presentation and insightful selections that you would expect from a straight-ahead jazz show, and more. It is the real deal.
Host Doug Turner, a 25-year aficionado, does an exquisite job. From the first tune, you know that you can trust this host to deliver. He makes the classics trefreshing through his selection. He seems to know all the best tunes by all the great artists… including those you’ve forgotten about. And each week he devotes a portion of the show to featuring a particular artist’s music, with concrete information about the artist’s life and musical evolution.
“Return to the Source” is produced from the studios of AAPRC Affiliate WJAB-FM in Huntsville Alabama on the campus of Alabama A&M University (Two Hours Weekly).
jazz & soul
“The SOUL of Jazz” with Jamal Ahmad
This show has become a kind of cultural phenomena in Atlanta (not to mention a huge on-air fundraising success), and WCLK has graciously agreed to extend a weekend version to AAPRC Affiliate stations. It’s a part of our efforts to help stations broaden the reach of their music programming.
“The Soul of Jazz” combines the best in classic and contemporary soul/jazz, international rhythms, dance music and other gender-bending styles – and this mix has garnered fans from all over the world. Using jazz as the foundation, Ahmad has managed to create a sound that blurs the lines between style and category. Mixed with jazz, you’ll hear touches of new urban sounds from Brazil, Africa, and the U.K. It’s almost impossible to listen to the show without hearing a new tune that goes on your ipod “wish list”.
Host Jamal Ahmad has honed his craft for over 20 years, and has received local accolates including “Cultural Warrior Award” by the National Black Arts Festival,and Atlanta, Creative Loafing’s Best Radio DJ and voted Best Drivetime DJ by the readers of The Atlanta Journal Constitution(resulting in the biggest landslide victory in the papers history)..
“The SOUL of Jazz” is produced from the studios of AAPRC Affiliate WCLK-FM Atlanta, on the campus of Clark Atlanta University (Two Hours, Weekly).
“The Steve Edwards Soul Show”
Steve Edwards is from the U.K., and he knows soul and soul/jazz music worldwide. Working from a very wide palate, he’s able to mix together American soul, U.K. soul, Canadian soul, contemporary jazz, funk – and even pop into great music sets. The very first hour he produced for the Consortium included DeeDee Bridgewater, the Jackson 5, Miles Davis, Canadian soul artist soul Jeff Hendrick, the U.K soul band Virbraphonic covering a Stevie Wonder tune, contemporary jazz drummer Lennie White, Archie Bell (yes, from Archie Bell & the Drells), R&B crooner Carl Anderson, Donald Fagan (half of the Steely Dan duo) and Parliament Funkadelic!. And it worked!
Having begun his on-air career twenty years ago in London, Steve knows a LOT of artists… but he also knows the engineers, the writers, the studio musicians… He has immersed himself in this music for years, and listeners are the beneficiaries. People from the industry seem genuinely happy to be talking with him, because he understands their world. And artists seem to have lots of fun with their recorded shout-outs dropped into the show.
This ecclectic, textured, diverse, and informative take on soul music is everything that public radio listeners would expect. It surprises, teaches, and entertains – and we are impressed with how much the host knows, based on how few words he has to use to navigate the show. It is Artful. 2 Hours, Weekly.
“Friends of the Blues”
Hosts James “Skyy Dobro” Walker and D’Arcy “Shuffle Shoes” Ballinger
Friends of the Blues features legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Boy
Williamson; current “unknown” wailers like Kid Ramos and Too Slim and the Taildraggers; and
regional stand-outs like “Mondo” Cortez’s Chicago Blues Angels, and the Kilborn Alley Blues
The hosts are immersed in Blues culture, past and present. True aficionados, they know the
artists, the labels, the recordings, the band members – and they do a good amount of traveling
to live blues performances throughout the U.S.
Packing in about 15 cuts per hour, Shuffle Shoes and Sky Dobro allow the music to do the
talking. They’ve mastered the short and sweet back-announcement, with interpersonal banter…
And they still deliver loads information about the artists’ lives and careers. The duo’s hosting
style is “easy”. It’s two friends talking informally about the music they love, each with decades of
live performance experiences and background knowledge.
The show just works.
“Friends of the Blues” is produced from the studios of AAPRC Affiliate WKCC, on the
campus of Kankakee Community College, Illinois. (2 Hours, Weekly)
“Bonjour Africa” with Bouna Ndiaye
Bonjour Africa, Hosted by Bouna Ndiaye provides a rich and textured journey into the world of African music. Without the hype and with deep understanding of the evolution of modern African music, the Senegalese native provides listeners with a mix of the best contemporary and classic recordings from countries throughout the continent.
Ndiaye not only knows the music of various African countries (Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, etc.) but he also knows the musical styles that have come out of these countries such as High Life, Afro-Beat, Soukous, Hip-Life, Qwato, Mbalax, African Salsa and more. He has interviewed over 40 African recording artists. Some of the best known include Salif Keta (Mali), Youssou Ndour (Senegal), Hugh Masekela (South Africa), King Sunny Ade (Nigeria), Angelique Kidjoe (Benin) and Les Nubians (Cameroon) to name a few. The show is a beneficiary of this deep background, and occasionally we hear the voices of the artists themselves in the program.
Bouna has become a fixture in the African music world, and his relationship with the music is lifelong, and organic.
“Bonjour Africa” originated from the studios of WNCU at North Carolina Central in Durham NC (Two Hours, Weekly).
“New Inspiration for the Nation” with Host George Kilpatrick
This show celebrates the positive achievements of African-Americans from all walks of life. It’s about people who are standing up to the challenges in their lives, their families, their communities – and owning their power to make a change.
- Academy Award Winner Monique…
- Self-help author Iyanla Vanzant…
- Dr. Steve Perry, founder of Capital Prep Magnet School in Connecticut and author of “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking a Fight”…
- New York Times contributor and founder of Resistance Media, Sheila Rule talking straight about the criminal justice system…
This list goes on.
George is about having conversations that help us all figure out how to perform better in our communities and in our own lives
Each week the show explores current events issues relevant to listeners in their communities, and is fearless about discussing the difficult and most important topics. Regularly featured segments include success and motivation, financial advice, healthy lifestyles, community investment, education and entrepreneurship. The show bridges together news, community service, and entertainment.
Above all else – George Kilpatrick knows how to get his guests to share what they really think and feel, in ways that make the show always feel spontaneous and fresh. He is intimate and irreverent yet sophisticated about the way the world works – and he is on a mission to make each show a “teachable moment” for listeners (30 Minutes, Weekly).
“What’s the 411?” with Host, Sharon Kay
We’ve joined forces with AAPRC affiliate station WFSK in Nashville TN (Fisk University) to bring a new voice to public radio: “What’s the 411″ with Sharon Kay. A veteran broadcaster of twenty-five years, Ms. Kay (who is also the General Manager of WFSK) has produced “What’s the 411″ for over a decade for the Memphis and Detroit markets. The show has evolved with host, whose mission is to share thinkers, leaders, culturalists, authors, motivators, and entrepreneurs with the audience.
Sharon has an easy, familiar style on the air, and the show feels as if she’s invited us into her living room to meet a special visitor. Her guests are at ease, and easily talk about their experiences, opinions, and values. On the flip side, we clearly perceive that Sharon is very much an advocate and that she is informed on the issues – particularly those in the American south.
But her most focused objective is to motivate, empower, and encourage her listeners to pursue the best that life has to offer in terms of a life of quality and purpose. Through her guests, she highlights many personal philosophies, paths, and approaches to a self -fulfilled life.
1 Hour, Weekly. “What’s the 411″ is produced from the studios of WFSK, Fisk University.
This show has special meaning to us. For eight years we worked intensely with NPR to bring prominent African-American voices to public radio and develop shows that reflected a new kind of inclusion. Of the shows we created, this show remains on NPR. Michel is a passionate, smart journalist with a great sense of news and culture, and the discussions that are missing from the national conversation.
Michel shared her vision from the very beginning… “In this show instead of being invited to attend, I’m setting the table myself, and there will be people invited to sit down and join in that often don’t get a chance to speak.” Michel takes on the political and economic news of the day, but is equally at home with art, entertainment, lifestyle, and even fashion.
Capturing the headlines, issues and pleasures relevant to multicultural life in America, NPR’s Tell Me More focuses on the way we live, intersect and collide in a diverse world (1 hour, Daily) .
The Blue Note Sound modular package contains content building blocks (narrative and classic recordings) around which stations can create a special program or an on-air fundraising special. It includes 12 stand-alone program modules. Segments are 5-18 minutes long, featuring one or two classic recordings per module, with brief, insightful narrative. Hosted by Peabody Award winner, Jim Luce.
|2.||Dexter, Herbie:||“You’ve Changed”, “Driftin’”||15:34|
|4.||Hank Mobley:||“No Room for Squares”||7:47|
|6.||Herbie Hancock:||“Dolphin Dance”||6:53|
|7.||Freddie Hubbard||Horace Silver:||6:53|
|8.||Joe Henderson:||“El Barrio”||7.07|
|10.||Cannonball Adderly:||“One for Daddy-O”||6:34|
|12.||McCoy Tyner||“Passion Dance”||18:32|
“Louis Armstrong Centennial Radio Project” Modular Series
Hosted by Author and Music Critic, Stanley Crouch
The Louis Armstrong Centennial Radio Project, hosted by Stanley Crouch pushes aside
the veil that exists when looking at a man of a different era, to appreciate that he was
not trapped by the limitations of being black in America at that time, but a fully engaged
player and sovereign of his destiny. We bring you sixteen 3-minute segments created
by Producer Jim Luce, in which we hear the voices of Louis himself, Ella, Billie, Dizzy,
Louis Jordan and many, many more who bring to life the force of nature that was Louis
|1.||Billie Holiday Talks About Louis’ Influence|
|2.||Louis and Ella Fitzgerald Duets|
|3.||The Louis Armstrong All-Stars band|
|4.||Louis and Louie Jordan|
|5.||Louis Talks about Bessie Smith’s Influence|
|6.||Louis Flees to Europe and Take it by a Storm|
|7.||Louis as a Singer|
|8.||Louis as “King of the Zulus” – Mardi Gras 1949|
|9.||William Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist) Talks about Meeting Louis|
|10.||rmstrong Duets: Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, “Fatha” Hines, and Bing Crosby|
|11.||Louis Nurtured by King Oliver|
|12.||Joe Wilder (Trumpeter) Talks about Meeting his Idol, Louis Armstrong|
|13.||Arvelle Shaw (Bassist) Talks About Being a Member of the All-Star Band|
|14.||Harry Sweets Edison (Trumpeter) Talks about Inspiration from Louis|
|15.||Louis Talks About His Friendship with Dizzy Gillespie|
“Duke Ellington Centennial Radio Project” Modular Series
Hosted by Author and Music Critic, Stanley Crouch
Twenty (20) 5-minute
Special Programming Segments
Celebrating the Music and Life of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington
Produced by WBGO-FM Newark Public Radio
In Association with The Luce Group
“JAZZ TALK” Modular Series – Produced by Jim Luce
Featuring jazz artists talking about the music and the icons that influenced them.
Vocalist Andy Bey talks about Duke Ellington
|1.||Oscar Peterson – Pianist|
|2.||Junior Mance – Pianist|
|3.||Andy Bey – Vocalist|
|4.||Danilo Perez – Pianist|
|5.||Bobby Watson – Composer, Alto Saxophonist|
|6.||Helen Humes – Vocalist|
|7.||Stride Piano in 1920′s Harlem|
|8.||Steve Backer – Jazz Record Producer|
|9.||Cyrus Chestnut – Pianist|
|10.||Gil Evans – Arranger, Composer|
|11.||Gil Evans #2 – Arranger, Composer|
|12.||Aaron Goldberg – Pianist|
|13.||John Stetch – Pianist|
|14.||Jacky Terrasson (Pianist)|
|15.||Johnny Griffin – Tenor Saxophonist|
|16.||Mulgrew Miller – Pianist|
|17.||Horace Silver – Pianist, Composer|
|18.||Sam Jones – Bassist|
|19.||Jackie McLean – Saxophonist|
|20.||Red Garland – Pianist|
RETHINKING RELIGION: THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE
A Special 2-Part SeriesThis program is a work of art in which diligent producing, thorough research and an awe-inspiring topic all come together to the delight of the audience. “Rethinking Religion – The Harlem Renaissance” is about so much more than Harlem… or the Renaissance for that matter. It’s about that core within people of African descent that created improvisational music, and how it became the engine that gave birth to both Jazz and Gospel music.
Through a tapestry of music, narrative, and authentic voices this Black History Month special provides a lens on the indomitable and creative “souls of black folk”, and how their authentic connection to “the spirit” ignited one of the most important cornerstones of American music.
HOUR ONE : The influence of the Great Migration on Harlem, what it meant to be a “New Negro” in the 1920′s, the emergence of new artistic and religious forms in Harlem and spiritual connections between the blues and gospel music.
HOUR TWO : Guests discuss the emergence of the storefront church, improvisation in the music and in the church service, the Harlem rent party, and musicians’ roots in church.
Includes the music of: Mahalia Jackson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Ella Fitzgerald, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Joe Henderson, Count Basie, Sun Ra, Sidney Bechet, and more.
Includes the voices of: Rev.Calvin Butts, Langston Hughes, Zora Neal Hurston, Poet Sterling Brown, Singer Jose James, Writer Carl H. Rux, Writer Farah Griffin, Pianist Courtney Bryan, and more.
A Child is Born: Pianist Geri Allen Xmas Special
Prodigious jazz piano master Geri Allen has a special treat for music lovers this Holiday Season, in this absolutely beautiful radio special featuring Geri on multiple keyboard instruments with spoken word and voice. The one-hour program is Hosted by Peabody Award Winning Radio Veteran Jim Luce, President of LightSoundSpace Studios, and highlights the sentiment and music of her new holiday CD release, “A Child is Born” from Motema music.
HOUR ONE Featuring Geri on multiple keyboard instruments with spoken word and voice, she gives soul stirring renditions of Christmas classics. Each performance elicits the compelling feeling of hearing her in a concert hall… or a cathedral. Geri allows her awesome talent to take over, and takes us with her through prayer-like performances. We hear heartfelt comments from Geri herself about the significance of this music to her, as well as Rev. Dwight Andrews, Senior Minister, United Church of Christ, Atlanta, Georgia, Visual Artist Kabuya Pamela Bowens and other artists, producers and friends that speak to why Geri is so great in this genre.
Performances include “We Three Kings”, “Amazing Grace”, Oh Come, Oh Come Emmanuel”, a medley that includes “Away in a Manger/What Child is This/Silent Night”, the Thad Jones composition “A Child is Born” and more.
Produced by James Luce
President, LIGHTSOUNDSPACE Gallery and Studio
The Big Red Couch with Host Jim Luce
The Big Red Couch hosted by Peabody Award winning Producer Jim Luce is a nod to five
decades of black music that has shaped popular musical culture all over the world.
Luce mixes tunes like eclectic gemstones by musicians who have had a great impact on
music worldwide over the past fifty years. As an audiophile, Jim does not go for the low-
hanging fruit; he digs deeper into each artist’s discography to create a refreshing
Artists heard in this 3-hour special includes Joe Henderson, Curtis Mayfield, Duke Ellington,
Moacir Santos, John Hicks, Irma Thomas, Earth Wind & Fire, Albert King, Sly & the Family
Stone, Jackie McLean, Jimmy Cliff, Arthur Blythe, The Temptations, Michael Jackson, Dorothy
Coates & the Gospel Harmonettes, Luciana Souza, Donny Hathaway, War, Aretha Franklin,
Gregory Porter – and many more!
Producer & Host, Jim Luce
The Blue Note Sound – One Hour Special
So much of what we think of as straight ahead jazz was shaped by the Blue Note
recording label during the 1950′s and 1960′s. As Host Jim Luce Explains, in the mid-20th
century Producer Alfred Lyons brought a divers group of musicians into the studio to
conceive, compose and make jazz records without compromise. Working in Ruby Van
Gelder’s recording studio at his home in New Jersey, and fueled by an intense creative,
collaborative, risk-taking and “hip” culture among the artists- magic happened.
The hour provide a godd sampling of music that epitomized that period. featuring
poineering artists palying sometimes as leaders, other times as side men, then inculde
Horace Silver, J.J.Jhonson, Joe Henderson, Dexter Gordon, Freddle Hubbard, Woody
Shaw, Lee Morgan, Billy Cobham, Jackie Mclean and more.
The Bule Note Sound was some of the most imporatnt and historuc jazz ever recorded.
and the artists that created it were absolutely essential to the deveolpment of hard bop
and straight ahead jazz, as we know it today.
Music for Martin by Solo Pianist Luis Perdomo
In Honor of Dr. King Holiday (Recorded January 2013)
During the 2013 Martin Luther King Holiday, Venezuelan pianist Luis Perdomo
performed live at the Bank of America Plaza in downtown Los Angeles in
honor of Dr King. Producer Jim Luce shares the live recording of this sole
performance, mixed with Luis’ own comments about his introduction to th civil
Rights Movements and his own musical journey form his home in Caracas, to the
jazz capital of the world, New York City. (1 Hour)