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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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 5 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc.

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2015
  • Length: :30
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This is a 45 second promo for Sound Ideas.

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2015
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This is a 60 second promo for Sound Ideas with 12 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc.

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2015
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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 5 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc. This version has “Scenes in th...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 8 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc. This version has a bebop backg...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 7 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc. This version has a slow blues ...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 6 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc. This version has a jazz fusion...

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This is a 30 second promo for Sound Ideas with 6 seconds of music pad at the end for air date/time, station ID, etc. This version has a Latin Jazz ...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2017
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This hour is simply art at its best: creativity, wit, wisdom, and soul with expert execution.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 55:55
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This hour is all about soul, traffic congestion, transportation, and pedestrian movement as described by jazz music.

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  • Added: Mar 09, 2014
  • Length: 56:00
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This hour runs the circuit: swing, sing, big band, hard bop, cool, fusion, and of course hard drivin' organ combos.

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2014
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Jazz is big in San Francisco. This hour captures the feeling of cruising around one of the most photogenic cities in the world on a warm summer eve...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2014
  • Length: 56:24
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This hour is about feeling good. Not just happy good, but emotionally good. We'll explore the good feelings that jazz can convey when the performer...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2014
  • Length: 56:06
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This hour is an audio odyssey exploring a multitude of sounds: some cool, some hot, some electric, some swingin’, and some blue. We'll take an odys...

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  • Added: Mar 12, 2014
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This hour is a musical Tootsie Pop. Hard, crunchy, and swinging on the outside, but chewy, soulful, and contemplative on the inside. Join us for an...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
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This hour is about enjoying the present, the people around us, and remembering those who helped us along the way.Join us for the finger poppin' sou...

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  • Added: Mar 13, 2014
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Why a chair is a particular favorite rarely has a single reason, rather it's an amalgamation of feeling, memory, texture, specific events, etc. Whi...

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  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
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  • Added: Mar 16, 2014
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In day-to-day life, we all know that not everything and everyone are always at their best. So we'll get all those blue feelings dealt with, at leas...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2014
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Everyone who played in jazz bands during their high school and college years were learning the basics of musicianship.This hour features some of th...

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  • Added: Mar 23, 2014
  • Length: 55:48
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