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  • richardmitnick 7:44 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Jazz is Dying? Not at WPRB, Princeton 

    So, there is all of this dire stuff about Jazz just shrinking away. Nonsense.

    at WPRB, Princeton, NJ, I just discovered another really great Jazz program. On Wednesdays from 1:00PM-3:00Pm, Lemmy Caution has Jazz Planets and I love what he is doing.

    Of course, WPRB has for a long time had great Jazz with Dan Buskirk Mondays, Emmanuel Ferritis Tuesdays and Will Constantine Thursdays all from 11:00AM-1:00PM, and Jeannie Becker on Sundays 10:00AM-12:00PM.

    Lemmy’s program started last September, and it is my loss that I just caught up with it.

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  • richardmitnick 1:53 pm on January 11, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Nadia Sirota on Q2 every weekday 12:00-4:00 AM and PM 

    Nadia Sirota on Q2 every weekday 12:00-4:00 AM and PM

    I am supposed to be working, but this would just not wait. Nadia Sirota, the wonderful new violist on the New York City New Music scene, and a member of the group Acme will be hosting on the New WQXR’s 24/7 eclectic web stream Q2, every week day from 12:00-4:00 AM and PM.

    Nadia is the best thing to happen to serious music radio in New York City in a long long time. She was very involved in WNYC’s John Cage project, and also the recent Q2 project “Maximum Reich: A Celebration of Steve Reich

    Nadia is capable of mixing the new with the old. We will hear plenty of both.

     
  • richardmitnick 12:57 pm on January 3, 2010 Permalink | Reply
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    Classical Boston’s Little Secret 

    Classical Boston’s Little Secret

    On December 19, 2009, I posted about the differences and similarities of the WQXR takeover by WNYC and the WGBH takeover of WCRB.

    The subject of the events in Boston has been covered in a variety of places: Scanning the Dial, boston.com, and Doc Searle to mention the most salient.

    The debate about the events in Boston have been characterized by some of the negativity which we have experienced in New York. But one place where there has been no discussion is on the web site of WGBH. At WQXR’s web site, we have the advantage of “blogs” in which we can vent our spleens and insult each other. Instead, the Boston thing is being thrashed out at the sites listed above, and on some forums like The Good Sound Club and Hub Arts.

    In both Boston and New York, there have been many complaints about the diminished range of the transmitters. This is a serious problem. Listeners, and probably members, are being lost. Suggestions about listening on the computer have been dismissed by many.

    But, here is the topic that is most important to me and no one seems to be even aware of it.

    Of the ten on air hosts that one finds on the weekly schedule, fully seven of the hosts are actually Minnesota Public Radio people. You can find them listed at Classical24’s web site, just click on Host biographies.

    So, what this means is that the Classical music listenership and membership in Boston, one of the great cultural meccas of the world, is being fed the pabulum of Classical 24, a subscription service (read “rental”) offered by Minnesota Public Radio. One noted Classical music critic described services such as Classical 24 as “musical wallpaper” designed not to intrude.

    At Scanning the Dial, Marty Ronish posted about a meeting to discuss the whole situation. Checkout Marty’s post. I really like the line about “a Minneapolis syndicate”. Sounds sort of like The Mob.

    I am very thankful that things have not come to this in New York at WQXR. I hope that we can stay afloat without recourse to such happenings. I think that the listeners and members in Boston deserve better.

     
    • Larry Genola 10:01 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just found out about these changes! So WCRB is mostly just playing canned music? Taped music disguised as a live deejay? Did any Boston deejays loose their job when they started playing taped music from Minnesota?

      A quality community radio station would play music handpicked by local experts from that community. Someone familiar with the tastes of local listeners should be playing the music. How can a taped program from Minnesota understand what works in the Boston arts groups and venues? Force feeding the public generic music from Minnesota is below the standards Boston deserves. Why would this radio station, with it’s access to all the cultural resources of Boston, start acting like a podunk small station that doesn’t know how to program it’s own music and needs help from Minnesota doing it?

      We don’t need WCRB to hear that taped Minnesota show, that is already syndicated on other stations and can be streamed over the internet via computer at home or iPhone in your car. Why donate to WCRB for taped music that is already easily available to us elsewhere? WCRB needs to be providing the community something unique. Cut the canned music!

    • richardmitnick 10:27 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Well, Larry, I don’t know who you are or where you live. I don’t recognize your name from any of the forums where this has been discussed. But, you seem to be sincere. And, frankly, with the little reaction I have seen from ‘proper” Bostonians, I have no reason to doubt your sincerity.

      I suspect that WGBH is not oriented toward music. They seem to be oriented to squabbling over bragging rights with WBUR. So, not only does WGBH want all of its air time for talk, it also wants all of its money for talk. Taking Classical 24 from Minnesota Public Radio, described in Boston as ” a Minneapolis syndicate…” is saving them a lot of money.

      The only hint of Classical 24 on the 99.5 web page is that the shows in yellow on the weekly schedule are all MPR people. Local hosts are in blue.

      I looked around http://www.publicradiofan.com at other stations using Classical 24. Mostly what I found the stations using the service were not hiding it. So that is why I called this post “Boston’s Little Secret”.

      If you live in the Boston area, get angry and do something about it. Search on WCRB, find the forums, blogs, whatever, participate in the debate, try to get some sort of movement going to financially punish this offensive behavior.

    • richardmitnick 5:22 pm on January 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Larry Genola

      I just saw your post on the Boston Musical Intelligencer!! Great!!

    • Richard Buell 1:57 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      RM — “The Air This Week” (http://theairthisweek.blogspot.com/) deserves to be on your Blogroll. I say this shamelessly, as an interested party.

      • richardmitnick 7:47 am on January 15, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Nothing like shameless self-promotion. I did it in about three minutes. You provide a really valuable service.

  • richardmitnick 12:52 am on December 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Christmas Eve at Farley’s Bookshop 

    Christmas Eve at Farley’s Bookshop

    Last night, we made our annual Christmas Eve pilgrimage to Farley’s Bookshop in Hew Hope, PA. We have been doing this now for about fifteen years. On Christmas Eve, I need to say hello to Jim Farley, the proprietor.

    Farley’s is the best book store I have ever visited.

    On Christmas Eve, Farley’s is open late and is festive. There are always quite a few of Jim’s regulars there. We might be classed as the irregulars.

    Years ago, I started buying the works of John McPhee there, because Jim had his books on the shelf. Any other book store I visited looking for this author would tell me they could order up what I wanted.

    When I began studying Western Theology and Mysticism, Farley’s was the shop with the widest variety of the most important books in print.

    These days, I am buying books on Classical music and Jazz. Again, Farley’s is the right place to go.

    Jazz Loft Project

    Jim Farley has an engaging personality. He dreams of far away places and the finer aspects of a well lived life. But he knows that his heart is and always will be in New Hope.

    I hope that Jim has an alert set and might see this post.

     
    • Edward Sonner 2:23 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Yes… I have visited Farley’s Bookshop many times over the last three (plus) decades; including the times he was on Ferry Street. I believe it was called The New Delaware Bookstore or something like that Creeping Senility keeps me from being sure) It is the kind of shop that you can roam and discover books you never thought you wanted, but find out that you NEED them. It is amazing how many books he has managed to CRAM into such a small store. It is a New Hope institution that should not be missed.

    • richardmitnick 5:48 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Edward-
      I am extra glad for your reply. I too believe that it was the New Delaware Bookstore. No one else in 20 years has been able to confirm this to me. I have always called it “Farley’s New Delaware Bookstore”. So, senility be damned, both yours and mine. Do you remember the oldish codger who used to be at the counter? Nice enough fellow, if a bit crusty. Once when I said I did not need help, he replied, “…Yes, that’s right, we depend on our customers to be able to find their own stuff….” But, it was in a nice jokey way.

      I have loved the place for as long as I can remember.

      Thanks so much for sharing your history and your thoughts with me.

    • Sondra Flesch 6:25 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Farley’s is truly one of my favorite places to be….. I hope I can try it on Christmas Eve someday as you have. Each Farley, Jim, Nancy, Jennifer, and Rebekah have added their hearts to the atmosphere throw in the intelligence they all have and it makes a bookstore that’s a pleasure to walk in to.

    • Edward 6:29 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      That “oldish codger’ … I think his name was Christopher.. again… my mind is not as sharp as it was back then. He was a real card and I am sure it sounds like something he might say. I am not sure but i think I heard he is now joking with customers in that Great Bookstore in the Sky.

    • richardmitnick 7:35 pm on January 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I sent Jim Farley an email, asking him to look at us. I hope he sees us and that it warms a bit his January.

    • Michael 5:19 pm on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not sure if Jim will respond or not, but I wanted to let you all know that Jim has indeed been uplifted by all your comments, I’ve worked at the store since I was in 8th grade all through college and now while I work on my Master’s degree. It’s always nice to hear that people appreciate our store, we do seem to have a “charm” all our own. Thank you all for your kind comments, we hope to be here for many more years to come.

    • richardmitnick 5:48 pm on January 14, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Michael-

      Thanks so much for your comment. I guess we accomplished our goal, we let you guys know how much we appreciate what is much more than just a store with books.

      >>RSM

  • richardmitnick 2:39 pm on December 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    THIS IS A TEST 

    Well, I was not going to do this, but I see that Peter Hum’s Jazzblog.ca did it.

    Probably not for the same reason.

    I need to run a test. I need to see how long this post is going to take to get on my Facebook page. WordPress has not seen fit to give us a simple Facebook application like so many other sites. WordPress has several procedures for the owner of the weblog to put a Facebook thingy on the page. But they are all pretty technical. I write about PubRadio, Classical music, and Jazz. I do not do really technical stuff.

    WordPress is free. So are all of the other pages where the owners have seen fit to use the power of Facebook to spread their gospels by making it easy for us to get their stuff on our Facebook pages.

    Just today, Innova.mu put a notice in their Google Group that we could link to them so that their news would get out. Previously, when I got news of a release by an Innova artist, I would have to do it myself.

    WBGO also set up a similar thing.

    All kinds of my RSS feeds on news, tech, Jazz, computing, and Classical music have Facebook or “Share” blocks that contain Facebook as a choice.

    Even World Community Grid has come up with a Facebook link.

    This is not a WordPress problem as such. One of the procedures that gave us, putting a feed link into our Settings, does work. But it takes forever.

    So, now let’s see what happens…
    Wordpress could help us out with a real Facebook application.

     
  • richardmitnick 11:10 am on December 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Paul Winter Consort – Winter Solstice 2009 Concert 

    Paul Winter Consort – Winter Solstice 2009 Concert is now available for listening.

    This concert is given annually in New York City at The Cathedral of St John the Divine. This is the 29th year of this festival of international sound, a reunion for many of Paul Winter’s musical associates.

    The host, as usual, is none other than John Schaefer of WNYC New York Public Radio, where he hosts New Sounds and Soundcheck

    Give yourself a treat and listen to the two parts of this concert.

     
    • richardmitnick 2:56 pm on December 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Your reply was caught by our spam blocker. I saw no trace of anything bad, so I let your comment through. But, I would like to know just what it is that brings you to my weblog post.

      I need your reply to be in English.

      Thanks.

  • richardmitnick 1:36 am on December 19, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Boston and New York 

    Boston and New York

    Recently in Boston, WGBH took over the operations of WCRB, a commercial Classical Music station and shipped off to this outlet all of its musical programming.

    At first blush, this looks like a repeat of what has recently happened in New York City. WNYC purchased the operations of WQXR. To recap events in New York City, while certain music related programming like Soundcheck and New Sounds have remained at WNYC 93.9 FM and the 93.9 web stream, music qua music is aired at WQXR FM 105.9 and the 105.9 128kbit web stream. WNYC2, the 24/7 music web stream, has become Q2, streaming at 128kbit stereo, and has remained as eclectic as was WNYC2.

    Back to Boston. First, I cannot even find a link for WCRB, everything I try, including a search, brings me back to WGBH. Maybe someone can correct me on this, and give me a link to WCRB.

    Second, while we at WNYC/WQXR are able to express our opinions in comment pages provided by parent WNYC, I found no such facilitiy at the WBGH web site. Searching for comments on the changes in Boston, I wound up at boston.com, a service of the Boston Globe newspaper. I found nothing at WGBH. Maybe someone can point out the error in my search.

    At another weblog, someone wrote that the citizenry in Boston appeared to be less irritated than the citizenry of New York City. But that is not how the comments at the Boston.com article seemed to me. They were in the main negative, but, I must admit, without the vitriol of the comments I have read at WQXR.

    What needs to be understood is that these two situations are but the tip of the iceberg, examples in cities big enough to draw a crowd. This shipping off of Classical music programming to HD radio (for cars?) and the internet (generally the same stream as HD radio) is going on all over the country because of reduced listenership at commercial stations, reduced membership at PubRadio outlets, just an overall diminution of availability for a variety of reasons. A great place to read about this is in the archives at a great weblog, Scanning the Dial. There is nothing new in the Boston or New York situations.

    I am a Public Radio zealot, WNYC fanatic, and now a WQXR cheerleader. I think that we in New York City, and I have to say also, the Classical music listeners in Boston, are fortunate that our local institutions, WNYC and WBGH, have found ways to keep Classical music on FM. This is the hard choice, the choice which may or may not pay for itself. The easy choice, taken by so many of the outlets discussed over the passed year at Scanning the Dial, is the internet, with its obvious limitations of tethering to the house or office.

    I think that WQXR will be okay, and I certainly hope the same is true for WCRB.

     
    • Clarence 4:55 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Richard: Jeremy Eichler, the Boston Globe’s classical critic, wrote about WCRB on Dec. 18 and there are 73 comments, many of them echoing the signal complaints and music-playlist issues that greeted the WQXR changeover.

    • richardmitnick 5:11 pm on December 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Clarence-

      Yes, this is the article to which I referred above. But go to http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/doc/2009/07/26/why-wqxr-is-better-off-as-a-public-radio-station/comment-page-2/#comment-230863, and you will see a guy named Tom defending the whoole Boston thing as if it is far better than what has happened in New York wirh WQXR.

      I am a staunch WNYC fanatic, and I am a Q2 listener at WQXR. Q2 is the eclectic music web stream which was wnyc2. But I am a WQXR cheerleader because ZI want to see this adventure succeed. I canot accept the criticisms of WNYC leveled by Tom as being unjaundiced.

      Thanks for your comment.

  • richardmitnick 1:39 pm on December 17, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Search for Internet Radio Streaming Music 

    Search for Internet Radio Streaming Music

    Public Radio Program Directors Association presents a web site by which you can search for music being streamed on line in a variety of ways: Composer, genre, stations. Check it out.

    http://radiotuna.com/

     
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  • richardmitnick 11:54 am on December 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Two Great Radio Projects on New York Public Radio 

    Two Great Radio Projects on New York Public Radio

    Today is the first day of Eight Days of Steve, a celebration of the life and work of Steve Reich at Q2 on WQXR.
    Visit http://www.wqxr.org/blogs/q2-blog/2009/dec/10/maximum-reich-eight-days-steve/#z and also
    http://www.wqxr.org/articles/q2-music/2009/dec/10/maximum-reich-interviews/.
    You can listen on line at http://www.wqxr.org/q2/#z .

    I thought that Sequenza 21 might have picked up on this, but I have not seen anything. Maybe someone from that weblog can correct me.

    On parent station WNYC is the Jazz Loft Radio Project, which grows out of the Duke University Center for Documentary Studies Jazz Loft Project. In the radio project are a series of ten documentary episodes. At The Jazz Loft Project site is a great deal of text material.

    Learn and enjoy.

     
  • richardmitnick 9:08 pm on December 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Some really cool connections 

    Some really cool connections

    First, in the Jazz Loft Radio Project, at WNYC which is a partner of The Jazz Loft Project being managed by the Center for Documentary Studies, in Epsisode 2, Sara Fishko talks about the work of the photographer W Eugene Smith, who was responsible for the Jazz loft. One of the photos is of Smith’s son and daughter walking into what looks like a halo of summer light. The photo was used in Carl Sandburg’s book “The Family of Man”. It was the last photo in the book. I have the book. The photo was used by E.R. Squibb & Sons, my dad’s employer at the time, in a advertisement. I think the ad was titled “security”. My parents found and purchased an oil painting of the picture. I have the oil painting.

    [The Jazz Loft was organized and managed by Life photographer W.Eugene Smith in 1954. It lasted until about 1965. It was a loft in the Flower District in Manhattan. After about 1:00PM until about 3:00-4:00AM, this district is empty of people. So, Jazz musicians could congregate there after their club gigs and jam all night. Which they did.

    Smith set up sound equipment and reel-to-reel tape recorders and recorded thousands of hours and miles and miles of tape. The center piece of the radio series involves Thelonious Monk getting ready and rehearsing for his famous 1959 Town Hall project. But, for a Jazz fan, there is much much more,including a book, “The Jazz Loft Project: Photographs and Tapes of W. Eugene Smith from 821 Sixth Avenue, 1957-1965 [DECKLE EDGE] (Hardcover) .]

    jazz loft book

    Second, one of the major figures of the Jazz Loft was Hall Overton, by day a Classical Music faculty member at Julliard, but by night a Jazz pianist and teacher at the Jazz Loft. So, in one interview segment of Maximum Reich
    at WQXR’s Q2, a 1999 New Sounds program, Steve Reich describes Hall Overton as his “first teacher”.

    Third, on that same program is Mark Stewart, of the Bang On A Can All-Stars plays the single live part for the piece “Electric Counterpoint”, a piece for thirteen electric guitars written for Pat Metheny. Pat Metheny is on the twelve recorded tracks. Well, it is the same Mark Stewart who plays some lead guitar on Paul Simon’s 2000 Paris “You’re the One” concert

    You're the one

     
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