Broadcast from the legendary Ansin Building of Emerson College on internet radio station WECB, Reeds & Deeds II is changing the market of jazz radio.
About Reeds & Deeds II: A Note From The Creator and Host
Before I even started at Emerson College in September 2010, I had the idea for a jazz radio show. I wanted something where I could explore my passion for jazz and other jazz lovers could do the same. A radio program seemed like the perfect outlet. I noticed the lack of jazz at Emerson as a whole- WERS, Emerson’s top rated radio station, no longer had jazz and the there wasn’t much of a presence on campus. I recognized the need and I knew that I had the ability to fulfill it. I wanted to start a program that showcased varying degrees of jazz. I wanted to play the real deal- real jazz like Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Eric Dolphy, etc… and also showcase the modern cats that were really doing it right. I also wanted to provide a platform for the young new talent that were seriously making statements. Through my close association at Berklee College of Music (you could say I’m a part-time student there) it became clear that the talent pool is overwhelming- there are so many amazing players that just need the exposure. I wanted something that could be a combination of these elements.
I’ve spent my entire life listening to jazz- when I was born (like literally, actually being born) my dad, saxophonist Dave Liebman, was playing ‘Crescent’ on a flute. Jazz basically defines my life. I felt that starting a radio program would be a great way to explore my passion for jazz and share that passion with others. Due to my unique position of being born so close to the music I realized I had access to things that the general jazz loving public did not. In my basement there were stacks of ancient Coltrane and Miles bootlegs, never before heard alternate takes and generally a ton of hidden gems. I wanted there to be an outlet for this material and thus, Reeds & Deeds II was born.
The title Reeds & Deeds II comes from my dad. When he was a student at NYU in the 60′s he had a radio program called Reeds & Deeds- which is titled after the Rahsaan Roland Kirk album of the same name. I decided that this could be a continuation of the show he had in college- sort of a carrying on the torch so to speak- and I added a II on to the same title. That’s how Reeds & Deeds II got its name.
The show is broadcast on WECB, Emerson College’s oldest radio station. It is internet based- which I think is fantastic because the entire world has access to it. WECB, which I am extremely proud to say I now run as General Manager, is run in a free form manner. We have shows varying in all genres and any Emerson College student can apply for a show. As of right now, Reeds & Deeds II is the only jazz program on WECB and in association with Emerson College as a whole.
Working on Reeds & Deeds II is my favorite job. I love everything about it whether its choosing what new music to play, designing the promotions, editing audio advertisements or even booking interviews- which those on the scene know can sometimes be a tedious job. I hope that you will enjoy listening to this radio program as much as I enjoy creating it for you every week.
Love in music,