MEET THE SOUND SPHERE PROGRAMMERS
JIM BYERS:ON 2 celebrates the classic and contemporary extensions of Mambo, Latin-jazz with an accent on the 'off-beat'. You are as apt to hear Tito Puente, John Santos or Arsenio, as you are Jimmy Luxury, Masters at Work and others who have sampled from the storied mambo playlist. The title "On 2" respects the masters of this fusion genre - universal in their understanding of the magic of allowing the music to find you dancing on its 'naturally-akimbo' 2nd beat.
A frequent lecturer on Latin-jazz for the Smithsonian Institution, Kennedy Center, etc, On 2 host Jim Byers also is the producer of the popular "Metro Mambo" Latin-jazz lecture/concert series, which he created for the Smithsonian in 2009. Since 1996, Byers has produced/hosted The Latin Flavor Classic Edition on WPFW 89.3 FM in Washington DC, about which the following was said by Eduardo Diaz, Director of the Smithsonian Latino Center: "If there is a more gifted or knowledgeable radio program host, I have yet to listen to him/her." (The Huffington Post, 10/04/12).
WILLARD JENKINS INTERSECTIONS- A program exploring the intersections between a broad range of music: Jazz, Blues, Hip Hop, Rock, World, Chamber, Classical and beyond…
CRAIG WILLIAMS: Straight, No Chaser - Host Craig Williams is a tinkering generalist, architect, chef, photographer, gardener, woodworker, Italophile, dog-lover, amp builder and fire-monkey. He is a lifelong music lover and neophyte internet radio programmer with a deep and abiding love of jazz - as well as many other music genres - that has been nurtured from an early age, onward to today and beyond. As Craig is a newcomer to programming Straight, No Chaser’s format will evolve as the journey unfolds. Bebop and straight-ahead jazz will provide the nucleus, with many tangents though other forms of jazz and related genres, as well as occasional departure toward further afield musical expressions. Initial shows will each feature a different instrument of the jazz pantheon. A portion of each program will feature two to three different interpretations of various songs by different artists in homage to the late, great Jerry Washington, “The ‘Bama.”
MIYUKI WILLIAMS: join Miyuki for some new releases and classics. Music to heal, inspire and evoke fond memories. W will speak to musicians, thespians and other artists.
JIM DOMBROUSKI:The Color of Jazz:- An eclectic mix of music from straight ahead jazz to the blues, from classical influences to the latest artist, from Miles Davis to Pink Martini. The Color of Jazz brings you America’s original music and its worldwide interpretations.
MILES WILLIS:Milestones features music from all styles and eras of jazz, from its earliest recordings to the most recent releases, accompanied by thoughtful commentary and information. The program's title refers to the host's namesake, Miles Davis, and cites the important signposts along the historical continuum of jazz that the show explores. To recognize his immeasurable contributions to the evolution of jazz, each weekly edition begins with a different selection by Davis.