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 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 to both 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 of beer or soda.

Jazz comes from toil in the fields reassured by the gospel on Sunday morning. Jazz oozes out from under the doorframe 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 runs 57:30 and features a cold opening so it can transition from top of the hour news segments or 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 available at http://jazzstreams.org/soundideas.

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. 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

What is the cost?
Sound Ideas is free of charge. Standard promotions are available with customized versions for stations as warranted.

How is Sound Ideas distributed?
Sound Ideas is distributed by Public Radio Exchange (PRX). The series download page can be found at https://exchange.prx.org/series/33632-sound-ideas-jazz-blues 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 to both 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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Sound Ideas, which began airing 12 years ago, has reached its 400th episode whereas I, who began longer ago than that, have reached my 61st birthda...

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In this hour, we will dig the sounds of those whose are looking to reflect on what has been with an eye, or perhaps more accurately, an ear for a m...

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In this hour, we will explore a playlist from my KCHO Sunday Nite show that aired 37 years ago this week.

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The journey through life is filled with emotions that run the gamit but one that seems to always cause reflection is the blue-hue. This hue can be ...

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In this hour, we will examine four tracks that seek to tell a longer tale; each with a 10:00 minute minimum. So grab your favorite beverage, sit ba...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2024
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The impact of Latin rhythms on Jazz cannot be underestimated. Whether they are from the Island of Cuba, the coast of the Brazil, or somewhere else ...

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It's time to play some blues, plain and simple. In this hour, we will explore the blue hue that under the covers colors so much of the music we cal...

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  • Added: May 26, 2024
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A few days ago, the music world lost one of its more well-known saxophonists, David Sanborn. In this hour, we will listen to a small portion of the...

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In this hour, we will explore some charts that swing hard, not necessarily fast, but always with a deep groove.

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Music and dance have been around since the beginning of recorded history. In most every culture, there are elements of both, some indigenous, and s...

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  • Added: May 04, 2024
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Finger poppin' is a phenomenon that harkens back to the birth time of jazz. A catchy rhythm or beat is all that's needed to get the audience snappi...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2024
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This is the three-hundred-ninety-second episode in a thematic series focused on jazz, blues, and spoken word.

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  • Added: Apr 20, 2024
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In this hour, we remember some of the contributions of Albert "Tootie" Heath.

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  • Added: Apr 07, 2024
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In this hour, we will continue our exploration of recently reissued recordings in Blue Note Tone Poet Series as well as the Contemporary Records Ac...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2024
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Ever since the first fusion of Cuban/Spanish sounds with Jazz there has been a vibrant Latin Jazz idiom. In this hour, we will sample a few tracks ...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2024
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In this hour, we will exercise our listening minds by diggin' some sounds that you may or may not have heard before.

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While the big band was king during the swing era of the 1930s and early 1940s, in the realm of jazz, the big band never completely disappeared. In ...

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In this hour, we will dig some great hard bop from the past and present.

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n this hour, we will dig the blue sounds that have and continue to influence the sound of jazz.

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Jazz Marches are few, probably because the march would seem to be the antithesis of a loose swingin' groove. However, creative types, especially in...

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