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Sound Ideas (Jazz & Blues)

Series produced by Clay Ryder

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Sound Ideas explores the artistry of jazz, blues, and the spoken word. Hosted by Clay Ryder, each episode explores a different theme or genre of the jazz idiom through recorded performances pulled from more than eighty years of recorded art. The music is the focus. It is complemented by a few minutes of intelligent commentary to set the context and make the music understandable and personal for both the jazz aficionado and those who listen on the jazz periphery.

Each episode can air as a stand-alone or run in a series.

What is Sound Ideas?
More than just a jazz show, each episode presents some great story telling by jazz and blues musicians and spoken word artists. By exploring the many different genres within the Jazz idiom, the show appeals both to the jazz aficionado and those who listen on the jazz periphery. In both cases, listeners enjoy exposure to a broad cross-section of this creative art without the limitations of stylistic labels. Spoken word features reflect jazz sensitivities or the life of the jazz musician and offer a unique twist on the many colors and hues painted with a brush called jazz.

One aspect of Jazz that distinguishes the art form is its ability to engage the listener on different levels (intellectual, emotional, spiritual, etc.) simultaneously. Jazz is a musical oxymoron. Jazz is a classical music, a high art form that demands much from its performers and at times from its audience; yet jazz is as down home as fried chicken, baked beans, cornbread, and your favorite glass or beer or soda.

Jazz comes from toil in the fields reassured by the gospel on Sunday morning. Jazz oozes out from under the door frame at the late night rent party. Jazz emanates from a student practicing with his or her Jamey Aebersold play-along records. Jazz is created at the university in an advanced composition class. Jazz is created by tales spun by the stand-up comic. Jazz is about learning; it's about life experience.

Listening to jazz on the melodic level reveals one experience, listening on the harmonic, another. Listening to the stories that are embedded in the melodic and harmonic levels takes the listener to another plane of communication.

Jazz is a language, and as with all languages, if one doesn't know the vocabulary and the grammar, there isn't much to gain from the interaction. With practice, however, picking up a language enables communication; and with time, the subtle nuances, the play on words (or notes), and inclusion in the greater discussion can lead to a rich and very satisfying experience. Sound Ideas seeks to engage the listener and broaden his or her musical horizons.

When should Sound Ideas be aired?
While this program would fit well within any jazz formatted day part, its intention is to engage the listener and offer a path for musical exploration and deep understanding. It works equally well as a stand-alone program within a block format or as a lead-in to locally programmed music.

What is the format?
Sound Ideas is just under an hour. It features a cold opening so it can easily transition from top of the hour news segments or from other programming. It is self-contained without local cutaways; however, there is ample space for local promotions or other transitions at the beginning and end of the show.

What’s the show’s vibe? How does it sound?
Sound Ideas is conversational and informative with a laid-back vibe. While the performances are the focus of the program, details about musicians and where to find the music are key components of the programming. Each episode has a playlist plus additional information about its theme available on the jazzstreams.org web site.

What is the cost?
Sound Ideas is free of charge. Customized promotions for stations are available for a nominal fee.

Does the series have to run in order?
No. Each episode can stand alone or run in a series. Since each program is thematic, you may run them in any order at any pace you choose (limited only by the number of available shows). An obvious exception would be holiday-themed shows, which would make sense to run during the holiday season in question.

Does the show have its own web site?
Yes. Additional information about each episode and its theme is available at http://jazzstreams.org/soundideas Hide full description

What is Sound Ideas?More than just a jazz show, each episode presents some great story telling by jazz and blues musicians and spoken word artists. By exploring the many different genres within the Jazz idiom, the show appeals both to the jazz aficionado and those who listen on the jazz periphery. In both cases, listeners enjoy exposure to a broad cross-section of this creative art without the limitations of stylistic labels. Spoken word features reflect jazz sensitivities or the life of the jazz musician and offer a unique twist on the many colors and hues painted with a brush called jazz.One aspect of Jazz that distinguishes the art form is its ability to engage the listener on different levels (intellectual, emotional, spiritual, etc.) simultaneously. Jazz is a musical oxymoron. Jazz... Show full description


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Welcome to some well organized music, an exploration of the electric organ in the jazz idiom.

Bought by WOUB and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 21, 2018
  • Length: 57:19
  • Purchases: 2
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It's time once again to celebrate the darkest and brightest of the hues; yes indeed, let's get down with the blues.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), KHNS, WOUB, WLPR, and KSRQ


  • Added: Jan 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 5
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Life, or better yet, reality is what happens all around while you were planning for something else. In this hour, we will cycle through some of the...

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), KHNS, WLPR, WOUB and more


  • Added: Jan 06, 2018
  • Length: 56:43
  • Purchases: 7
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Our time here on earth is a limited quantity that seemingly slips away faster than ever anticipated. With each year the cycle of life continues its...

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WMOT, Delmarva Public Radio, WOUB, KSRQ and more


  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
  • Length: 57:00
  • Purchases: 6
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It's time again to celebrate this special season. Let's unwrap some of the hippest gifts to ever be found under the proverbial tree.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), Delmarva Public Radio, WLPR, and KSRQ


  • Added: Dec 20, 2017
  • Length: 02:57:45
  • Purchases: 4
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Once again as the calendar year draws to a close, it's time to pull out Yuletide gems with a serious blue or bebop tint to them. Get ready as yule ...

Bought by KSRQ, GCR (Global Community Radio), Delmarva Public Radio, WOUB, and WRST-FM Oshkosh


  • Added: Dec 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:31
  • Purchases: 5
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It's that time of year again. Welcome to an hour of Yuletide treats, i.e. jazz interpretations of Christmas and other holiday classics. Let the kid...

Bought by KHNS, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WLPR, KSRQ, GCR (Global Community Radio) and more


  • Added: Dec 09, 2017
  • Length: 57:27
  • Purchases: 7
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Welcome to some good vibes, the sound and role of the vibraphone in the jazz idiom.

Bought by GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR, WOUB, KHNS, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 03, 2017
  • Length: 56:17
  • Purchases: 6
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Life's hustle is seemingly difficult to escape, but no matter the pace of daily living, the blues always seems to stay caught up. It's time once ag...

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), KCMJ Community Radio, KSRQ, KHNS and more


  • Added: Nov 27, 2017
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 7
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In this hour we will reflect on the passing of autumn, examine a couple meanings of fall, and ponder the inevitable course of life that typically b...

Bought by WMOT, WLPR, KCMJ Community Radio, GCR (Global Community Radio), WOUB and more


  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 57:29
  • Purchases: 8
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There is a rich history of fairy tales that have become part and parcel of every child's early years. In this hour, we will dig the jazz sounds ins...

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), KHNS, WLPR, WOUB and more


  • Added: Nov 12, 2017
  • Length: 56:45
  • Purchases: 7
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In this hour we’ll dig some hip sounds all related to California or the West.

Bought by WMOT, KHNS, WLPR, GCR (Global Community Radio), WOUB and more


  • Added: Nov 05, 2017
  • Length: 56:00
  • Purchases: 7
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Welcome to an hour of top notch listening music. Thanks for stopping by.

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR, KSRQ, WOUB and more


  • Added: Oct 21, 2017
  • Length: 56:06
  • Purchases: 7
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Welcome to a rent party, an hour of food, drink, fun, and of course, swinging Jazz.

Bought by WLPR, GCR (Global Community Radio), WMOT, KHNS, WOUB and more


  • Added: Oct 29, 2017
  • Length: 56:15
  • Purchases: 7
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In this hour we will explore performances that deliver for the mind while bringing a smile to the face; in other words, happy time tunes.

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR, KHNS, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 15, 2017
  • Length: 57:30
  • Purchases: 7
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Welcome to an hour of relaxing Jazz, the kind found in a Jazz Oasis. Grab a beverage of your choice, put up your feet, and unwind.

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), KHNS, WLPR, WOUB and more


  • Added: Oct 08, 2017
  • Length: 55:52
  • Purchases: 7
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Welcome to an hour of Jazz Rock Fusion. Thanks for stopping by for an electric experience.

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), WOUB, WLPR, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Oct 01, 2017
  • Length: 57:48
  • Purchases: 6
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Jazz has many sub-genres or moods. This hour we will explore the cooler side of improvisation; we'll be taking things a tad chill. So grab your fav...

Bought by WMOT, WLPR, GCR (Global Community Radio), WOUB, KHNS and more


  • Added: Sep 24, 2017
  • Length: 56:40
  • Purchases: 7
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Beginning In the late 1970s, straight ahead jazz was buried beneath the thumping onslaught of funk, disco, fusion, and R&B. Few of jazz's stalwarts...

Bought by KHNS, WLPR, GCR (Global Community Radio), WOUB, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 17, 2017
  • Length: 58:02
  • Purchases: 6
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Jazz comes in many styles that are pulled from a colorful pallet of musical imperatives. But a common core of the jazz experience is found in the f...

Bought by WMOT, GCR (Global Community Radio), WLPR, WOUB, Delmarva Public Radio and more


  • Added: Sep 10, 2017
  • Length: 57:02
  • Purchases: 6