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 an hour that explores the Afro-Cuban influence in jazz.

Bought by KRPS, WLPR, WOUB, and Delmarva Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 23, 2019
  • Length: 57:32
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Welcome to an hour of music that "jumps". Time to put some groove in your shoes and let your fingers do the poppin'.

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


  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 57:41
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The saxophone has always played an important role in jazz. Whether it's a large ensemble or small group, with the exception of the piano/organ trio...

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  • Added: Jun 09, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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Jazz is a paradox in that it resides simultaneously in the past, present, and future. Without its rich history one cannot play jazz in the present,...

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2019
  • Length: 57:56
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Each day provides an aural background, if not soundtrack, to the events in which we find ourselves situated. At times one can see a theme or better...

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  • Added: May 26, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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This episode continues our exploration of the recordings that had a personal impact either as ones I played in various bands or celebrated some asp...

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  • Added: May 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:53
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Over the course of the next few episodes we will explore some of the recordings that had a personal impact either as ones I played in various bands...

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  • Added: May 12, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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This episode marks the two hundredth in the current series. We are also two years into the second century of recorded jazz. My jazz lifetime began ...

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  • Added: May 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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  • Added: Apr 27, 2019
  • Length: 57:59
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Jazz is the creative fusion of a century of the American experience as told by those living within and those whose lens studies us from the outside...

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  • Added: Apr 23, 2019
  • Length: 57:26
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Jazz is always a commentary on the current state of affairs, just listen to what the musicians say when they play. In this hour, we will hear some ...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2019
  • Length: 57:20
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Jazz performances come in all sizes from the solo act up to the mega big band. In this hour we will explore the sounds of the ubiquitous quintet, b...

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  • Added: Apr 06, 2019
  • Length: 57:52
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Jazz is an all encompassing mural painted upon a broad canvas. Across this creativity one can find many different stylistic and compositional aesth...

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  • Added: Mar 31, 2019
  • Length: 57:47
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While there are and have been many fabulous jazz musicians, there is an even more exalted tier of those who have had a lasting impact on this creat...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2019
  • Length: 57:56
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Welcome to an hour that celebrates one special Michael and the numbers 2 and 3. Buckle up for some soul, funk, swing, bop, and story telling.

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2019
  • Length: 56:11
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Welcome to an hour that travels to points past and present and circles back home.

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  • Added: Mar 10, 2019
  • Length: 57:16
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Great literary art doesn't happen by accident, it requires creative insight, organization, planning, strategy, and brilliant execution. Yet some of...

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  • Added: Mar 03, 2019
  • Length: 57:41
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Word Jazz, a combination of poetic improvisation mixed with other sounds and jazz was mastered by Ken Nordine. We recently lost Ken, aged 98, to un...

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  • Added: Feb 24, 2019
  • Length: 58:00
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When you have the right combination of tempo, feeling, and swing that all comes together, suddenly you find yourself amidst a finger poppin' realit...

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  • Added: Feb 17, 2019
  • Length: 57:10
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For many folks, the daily grind is usually not described as low key, easy going, and relaxing. So, after the end of the work day, we all seemingly ...

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  • Added: Feb 10, 2019
  • Length: 57:12
  • Purchases: 7