Once in a great while, some magic happens in this business. That is, in the sharing of great stories with the readership of B on Hawaii. Here’s the latest example: Working on a story for a local publication, we recently caught up with legendary saxophone player, Gabe Baltazar. For those who don’t know: Baltazar was born in Hilo, reared between there and Honolulu, raised through the war torn early half of the 20th Century. His father was a performer; so it was a natural fit when Baltazar began playing for (and rather quickly, with) the biggest names in jazz that passed through Honolulu en route to war arenas to boost the spirits of troops. After being recruited into Stan Kenton’s band and touring the world alongside the likes of Gillespie, Parker and the rest, Baltazar returned home to cultivate the Hawaiian jazz scene.
Far more contemporarily, Jake Feinberg is a long-time aquaintance of B on Hawaii publisher Brian Berusch. Feinberg launched a radio show from his home base of Tucson, Ariz., last year, with the hopes of get some on-air time with his jazz idols. It should be said that Feinberg’s enthusiasm for all-things-music related is… unparalleled.
Rather quickly, Feinberg saw his show—or rather, the tack he felt inclined to steer his vessel towards during interviews—as the significance of race, sociology and leadership from some of the most significant (if also lesser known) names in the jazz-funk arena. Feinberg quickly found his early interviewees connecting him with names more widely appreciated.
Currently, Feinberg’s Tucson radio show is being broadcast (via the web) around the world, and garnering a bit of attention from the likes of the BBC, PBS and others interested in pushing the envelop. Watch out Ken Burns.
So, in short: We introduced Gabe Baltazer to Jake Feinberg, and here’s their interview, which went viral last weekend. Enjoy.
(direct link to the radio interview)
(The Jake Feinberg Radio Show)
We introduced Gabe Baltazer to Jake Feinberg, and here’s their interview, which went viral last weekend.