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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For many of us the daily grind can be just that, a series of activities that wears us down until the evening is upon us and we can hopefully find a...

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  • Added: Apr 15, 2018
  • Length: 57:00
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Welcome to an hour of magic, piano, and blues. Thanks for stopping by.

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  • Added: Apr 08, 2018
  • Length: 56:30
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As recorded jazz has passed the century mark, we continue our exploration of Second Century Jazz. Hip tunes, deep grooves, and a swingin' good time.

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2018
  • Length: 57:30
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Recorded jazz clipped the century mark this last year, which affords us the self indulgent yet highly rewarding opportunity to ask, "Has Jazz said ...

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  • Added: Mar 25, 2018
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Welcome to an hour of a longer cuts, and exploration and exposition on a form. None of these gems would ever fit on a "45".

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2018
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Welcome to an hour of Latin Jazz; music infused with the rhythm of Latin America and Afro-Cuban influences. The rhythm may be straight eighths but ...

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2018
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In this hour, we'll listen to some alternate takes of classic recordings and challenge ourselves to step outside of the well ingrained and rediscov...

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  • Added: Mar 04, 2018
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In this hour we will explore melodies and songs that are somehow describing change

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2018
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  • Added: Feb 19, 2018
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In this hour we will visit four clubs and listen to four performances that are live, long, and will bring you the edge of your seat.

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2018
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In many respects Jazz is a continuous feedback loop. This is not to say that it repeats itself ad nauseam, rather jazz and its purveyors are contin...

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  • Added: Feb 04, 2018
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If you are looking for a hip groove, you need not turn any further than the nearest Hammond organ. A quintessential part of post-WWII jazz scene, t...

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  • Added: Jan 28, 2018
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Welcome to some well organized music, an exploration of the electric organ in the jazz idiom.

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  • Added: Jan 21, 2018
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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.

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  • Added: Jan 13, 2018
  • Length: 58:00
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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...

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  • Added: Jan 06, 2018
  • Length: 56:43
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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...

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  • Added: Dec 31, 2017
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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.

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  • Added: Dec 17, 2017
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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...

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

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