As we're working on finding someone to fill Charlie's shoes and drink mimosas with Deirdre on our Composer Channel hosted shows, I'm also thinking forward to new themes for shows once we bring them on board. Before the year is out, a lot of you will have the new Jazz and Big Band library, and I was hoping you'd share what kinds of music you'll apply it to. As I talk to potential hosts, I'll also be getting a feel for who might fit well with what types of shows.
Of course, there's a couple of obvious categories for JABB. We already have plans for a time travel 1940s style show (complete with tinny announcer microphones and banter of the times) ala Glen Miller's WWII era radio broadcasts, featuring covers or originals in the style of the swinging big bands of the 40s. For the record, this was Gary's brainstorming, and I love the idea. I just wish I could take the credit for it and get away with it since I love that era of music.
The next obvious offerings are jazz oriented. I'm not a jazz guy myself so I can't speak intelligently about the genre, but I know there's many different styles under the general heading of 'jazz', and depending on how much material we get, we might be able to do shows in all those directions. Please feel free to make suggestions on themes or vibe for the various shows.
Another thing that comes to mind is New Orleans style Dixieland jazz (another personal favorite). Perhaps we can bring that to you "live from Bourbon Street". Tom, you did put some Satchmo and Al Hirt patches in there, right?
Those are the obvious styles of music that I can think of for JABB, but I have a feeling that there's much more application than this.
So far, the Composer Channel has been mostly symphonic in nature, and due to scheduling constraints we haven't had near as many hosted shows as I'd like to see. However, between bringing in new talent and the wide variety of new musical styles sure to be embraced through JABB, we're going to expand to a much wider range of listeners.
The more variety and cool shows we can do, the bigger the audience for everyone! And so, the question - what styles of music will you compose with JABB?