[JPL] The R&B Chronicles

Bob Rogers rwsfin at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 31 14:01:13 EDT 2007


Congratulations on your success.  As you know, I've been listening to this 
show since its inception.  So while I'm delighted at your fundraising 
success, I'm not surprised about it.  For openers, it's not "in-the-box" 
programming that you, as jazz director of your station, would typically be 
expected to provide.  Indeed, in many format-obsessed stations, you would 
not even be permitted to provide it.

Because I believe that too many stations programming within their little 
"format" perimeters are really working within their own coffins, I regard 
any new music-based programs that are "outside the box" as worth checking 

PLUS, in the case of "The R&B Chronicles," I listen to it because it's a 
very well-crafted program that entertains me with music that is not 
over-exposed, and it adds to my knowledge of music in general.  In other 
words, for me it's value-added programming.

When you consistantly add value, you get paid.   It's that simple, and that 
refreshing.  Thaniks.

Bob Rogers
2816 Barmettler Street
Raleigh, NC 27607
WSHA - www.wshafm.org
Bouille & Rogers
email: rwsfin at hotmail.com
phone: (919) 413-4126

>From: Jae Sinnett <jaejazz at yahoo.com>
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>To: Jazz Programmers Mailing List <jazzproglist at jazzweek.com>
>Subject: [JPL] The R&B Chronicles
>Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2007 09:11:24 -0700 (PDT)
>This Week's JPL Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>At the beginning of the year I mentioned that my new show...."The R&B 
>Chronicles" would start. It's been just about three months now. The show 
>airs Friday evenings for one hour from 7pm-8pm EST. Last night was the 
>first time for pledging for the show. It brought in $3950 - in that one 
>hour! I was hoping to get at least $1500 for it. With this being the first 
>time for the drive I really didn't have any research to base figures on. It 
>exceeded everyones expectations in terms of money raised and new members. 
>What's also interesting is that I was offering the "Soul Spectacular" four 
>CD box set at the $200 level. I only had six boxes and they went in 15 
>minutes. I could have raised probably $3000 more if I had more of those 
>sets to offer but most of them pledged anyway....some at different amounts.
>   Usually the show features an artist or group but last night I decided to 
>play the music from the shows I've aired so no specific feature. I decided 
>to produce this show because one.... all the research tells us that 
>percentages of African American listeners for public radio is near a flat 
>line and two....I have a genuine passion for classic soul music. Few public 
>stations carry programming like this and I thought it would be a great way 
>to perhaps increase the AF numbers. It's working. Most of the folk that 
>pledged....never have before. Seventy percent of those that called last 
>night never pledged to public radio.
>   If any one in radio is interested in hearing one of the shows drop me a 
>note off list. Shows that have aired......EWF, James Brown, Sly, Aretha, 
>Luther, Marvin, Barry, Tower Of Power, Isley Brothers, Temptations and War. 
>Rufus with Chaka Khan is coming this Friday.
>   Jae Sinnett
>   Norfolk, VA
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>This Week's Sponsor: GRACE KELLY
>GRACE KELLY ''Every Road I Walked'':  Saxophonist/vocalist/composer GRACE 
>KELLY might only be 14 years old, but she kicks out the tunes like the 
>seasoned pro she is.  ''Every Road I Walked'' is her 3rd cd and features 
>Terri Lyne Carrington, John Lockwood and Doug Johnson, with special guests 
>Christian Scott, Adam Larrabee, Rick McLaughlin and Jordan Perlson.
>Ms. Kelly  won four 2006 Down Beat Magazine Student Music Awards: Jazz 
>Soloist, Original Composition (''Fast Metabolism''), Pop/Rock/Blues 
>soloist, and Jazz Vocalist - Outstanding Performance.
>Some other awards include:
>-Winner of 2007 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award (''Every Road I 
>-Top woodwind soloist and the top vocal alto soloist at the 2007 Lionel 
>Hampton Jazz Festival.
>-First place 2006 International Chamber Music Ensemble Competition.
>-Grace was the youngest participant at the invitation only  Brubeck Summer 
>Jazz Colony in 2006.
>-Grace has been selected to participate in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead 
>Residency Program in 2007 (Youngest) at Kennedy Center in Wash. D.C.
>-Selected for Massachusetts All-State Jazz Band 2007.
>She has been a student of New England Preparatory School since 2003.  Grace 
>is or has studied with Lee Konitz, Jerry Bergonzi, Cedar Walton, Phil 
>Woods, Allan Chase,  Rebecca Parris, James Merenda, and Jeremy Udden.
>''I first met Grace Kelly at the 2006 summer jazz program at Stanford 
>University. I was amazed at her precocity and talent. Recently she sat in 
>with me and the Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Band at the Pittsfield Jazz Fest. and 
>we jammed together through ''I'll Remember April.'' How did she sound? I 
>gave her my hat! That is how good she sounded! She is the first alto player 
>to get one. Hooray for the future of jazz and the alto sax!''
>.........Phil Woods
>This is Miss Kelly's 3rd CD, and it's a very nice one. Of course you know 
>Grace is 14 years on this planet, and is all ears and heart.  Beautiful 
>sound on her alto, and some lovely phrases to boot!
>Lester Young asked a young player after hearing a technical display, ''but 
>can you sing me a song?'' Grace can definitely do that.  Good rhythm, nice 
>arrangements, creative originals.  She sings like crazy!
>What more could we ask for?
>.....Lee Konitz
>Dear Grace,
>After hearing your project, I'm convinced that your talent is definitely 
>worthy of the attention of the Jazz community, and your future is genuinely 
>going to earn a high level of achievement.
>......Cedar Walton
>''The future of our music is in good hands.''
>.....Jimmy Heath.
>..........''the jazz world has another great reason to celebrate with the 
>arrival of Grace Kelly.  Her talent makes her a triple threat as a 
>brilliant saxophonist, a very gifted composer, and vocalist with great 
>feeling.  Her playing represents everything I love about jazz, swinging, 
>imagination, and the blues.  You must check out this Cd         
>...........Donald Brown
>''The best compliment I can give any player is that they are an improviser. 
>Grace is definitely an improviser. She does not play worked out lines or 
>get caught up in the latest fad. She plays and improvises in the present. 
>It's all about the music of the moment. She has an honest freedom about her 
>and she's connecting with the other musicians and having fun making the 
>music. That's why it feels free to me. Another great thing about Grace is 
>that she is comfortable and competent playing many different styles of 
>.....Jerry Bergonzi
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