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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In this hour, we will explore a trio of satisfying grooves afforded by the electric organ, large ensembles, and the spice of Latin America.

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2019
  • Length: 57:56
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Artistic interpretation is always of the moment yet a culmination of all things leading up to said moment. In this hour we will explore the juxtapo...

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  • Added: Oct 15, 2019
  • Length: 57:59
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It's been awhile since we spoke with our musical ancestors and cousins. It's time for another shindig exploring our ever-changing moods and the ext...

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  • Added: Oct 05, 2019
  • Length: 57:59
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In the busyness that makes up daily life we all too often forgo, if not completely forget, one of the simplest yet most rewarding aspects of being ...

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  • Added: Sep 29, 2019
  • Length: 57:30
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The jazz standard has served as the starting point for many an improvisational journey as well as the career for many a jazz player. This same long...

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2019
  • Length: 57:28
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In this hour we will explore some great grooves along with some great guitars.

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2019
  • Length: 57:57
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In this hour we will explore some classic grooves by chillin' with some old friends.

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  • Added: Sep 06, 2019
  • Length: 57:59
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Jazz is without a doubt a 3-dimensional exploration of the timeline coalescing at the intersection of that which is known, being explored, and to b...

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  • Added: Aug 31, 2019
  • Length: 57:42
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Welcome to an hour focused on the art of improvisation. Each of these tracks is a great melody and a set of chord changes that have provided the ba...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2019
  • Length: 57:34
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Welcome to an hour of swingin' songs, tunes with great lyrics. It's easy to overlook the artistry of the human voice. So let's listen in to a colle...

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  • Added: Aug 18, 2019
  • Length: 57:40
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Welcome to an hour of the tracks in between the "hits" or better known performances on these albums. Every one is just as good as their better know...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2019
  • Length: 57:22
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Welcome to an hour of music to help you wind down without falling asleep. You'll still catch a groove, but just take your time.

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2019
  • Length: 57:09
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In this hour, we will explore some big bad bands and their tone, color, and impressions of musical form.

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2019
  • Length: 57:52
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This time we focus on the present with an exceptional cut that was "new" over three decades ago reexamining a tune that was more than two decades ...

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2019
  • Length: 57:25
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In this hour we explore memories, journeys, and change with a touch of Spain.

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2019
  • Length: 57:00
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There are keyboards aplenty in jazz, whether grand pianos, electric pianos or synthesizers they are heard in almost every sub-genre. But a keyboard...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2019
  • Length: 57:36
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The calendar is an amazingly consistent, constant reminder of when we are, no many where we are. With the recent summer solstice in the Northern He...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2019
  • Length: 57:50
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Welcome to an hour that explores the Afro-Cuban influence in jazz.

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  • 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'.

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  • 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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