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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Poetry and Jazz have much in common. One such Beat poet was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who passed away a few days ago at the age of 101. In this hour, ...

  • Added: Feb 28, 2021
  • Length: 57:48
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It's time once again to play the blues. This time we're going to explore the rich tapestry of sound derived from one part blues and one part jazz.

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  • Added: Feb 20, 2021
  • Length: 57:15
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Sadly, another Jazz great has left us. Armando Anthony Corea, better known as Chick Corea passed away a few days ago from a rare form of cancer tha...

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  • Added: Feb 14, 2021
  • Length: 57:57
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It is said that life is no walk in the park. While true, it often seems that life is full of challenges that are present simply to taunt us or othe...

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  • Added: Feb 07, 2021
  • Length: 57:31
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Happily, Blue Note Records is continuing with its high-quality reissue program selecting several additional classic dates to be reissued in its Ton...

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  • Added: Jan 31, 2021
  • Length: 57:20
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This hour is focused on an easy groove with just enough energy to keep us on stride but not get us too frazzled along the way. Stay tuned for some ...

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  • Added: Jan 24, 2021
  • Length: 57:58
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The human condition is cyclical. It seems that for every highlight there is a offsetting low point. While the past year has been marked by a conflu...

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  • Added: Jan 17, 2021
  • Length: 57:59
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Daydreaming about a tropical island getaway during the winter season can provide an often welcome respite from the daily temperature grind of the N...

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  • Added: Jan 10, 2021
  • Length: 57:43
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With the recent passing of a very challenging year, a harsh reality is that we lost so many gifted musicians of the jazz craft. This is the second ...

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  • Added: Jan 03, 2021
  • Length: 57:31
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With the passing of a very challenging year, a harsh reality is that we lost so many gifted musicians of the jazz craft. This is the second end-of-...

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  • Added: Dec 27, 2020
  • Length: 57:30
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Whether you are 8 or 108, get ready for a magic sleigh ride that will have you finger poppin' all the way.

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2020
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Christmas is a special time of year. Whether it is the religious celebration of the birth of Christ or the secular end-of-year break, the memories ...

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  • Added: Dec 11, 2020
  • Length: 57:37
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As the end of the calendar year approaches, it's time for another sampling of Christmas meets jazz improvisation.

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  • Added: Dec 05, 2020
  • Length: 57:30
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Welcome to an hour that steps beyond traditional boundaries of melody and harmony. This collage of sound is driven by the artistic quest to find wh...

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  • Added: Nov 29, 2020
  • Length: 57:59
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At times, being grateful and giving thanks can be harder to do than it would seem it should be. 2020 has proven to be a difficult year for most eve...

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  • Added: Nov 22, 2020
  • Length: 57:30
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The guitar has been a staple in the jazz continuum since the 1930s, although its role is at times up for debate. Is it a lead instrument or an acco...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2020
  • Length: 57:12
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Blue Note has reissued a select number of these classic dates in its Tone Poet series on vinyl featuring the highest quality production standards, ...

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  • Added: Nov 07, 2020
  • Length: 57:13
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Beginning in 2019 as part of its 80th anniversary recognition, Blue Note has reissued a select number of these classic dates in its Tone Poet serie...

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  • Added: Nov 01, 2020
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Once a year on a special evening a transformation of the normal everyday mundane into a sight worthy of taking notice even for the most jaunted obs...

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  • Added: Oct 24, 2020
  • Length: 57:59
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Smooth Jazz for many represented their entry point into the larger jazz continuum. Granted, many such recordings were flat-out commercial in orient...

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  • Added: Oct 19, 2020
  • Length: 58:00
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