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Monday, April 12, 2010

Joey DeFrancesco Trio at the Blue Wisp 4/13/2010

Performing at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club.
Tues. 4/13/2010
2 shows 7pm & 9:15pm $20/show

Wade Baker at The Blue Wisp 8pm on 4/12

Performing at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club. Wade Baker at The Blue Wisp, Downtown Cincinnati - 8:00pm on 4/12/2010 - $5 cover

Monday, January 11, 2010

Do you shag? (Beach Music from Huber Heights, OH)

Carolina Beach Music is a genre that combines a little bit of everything. Big Band, Swing, Rockabilly, Jazz, and R&B I understand that it is available certain times on a station out of Dayton, - WSWO at 97.7 mHz with a translator at 101.1 - but I can't seem to pick it up in my surburban Cincinnati location. Does anyone receive this station in their location? Other links:

Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy new year from The Jazz Ark

We'll be doing new stuff in 2010, including:
- An easier listening experience
- More event listings

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Artificial Intelligence and Jazz

Jazz music has a long association with computer software and artificial intelligence.

NPR featured a segment on Shimon, a robot capable of analyzing music and playing in the style of Jazz greats such as Theloneus Monk.

NPR coverage:

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, Dec 18th 2009 - Oscar Treadwell events in Cincinnati

Visit the Cincinnati Public Library - Main branch at noon for the unveiling of the new CD artwork for the Oscar Treadwell CD "

Later, check out the CD release party at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club at 5pm.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

HR 894 - US House of Representatives recognizes "Kind of Blue" 50th anniversary

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) and his cosponsors got HR 894 passed in the House of Representatives.

This act of Congress recognizes the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue".

CD release party for Monika Herzig - Tuesday, Dec 15th

This event is at the Blue Wisp jazz club.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Experiments with radio Jazz: the HD2 WGUC signal

WGUC does broadcast 24 hour Jazz on their second HD channel, and it sounds pretty good.   You will need an HD radio receiver to get the signal, there doesn't appear to be internet streaming of the signal.

If you like what you hear on WGUC-HD2 (Jazz), they ask you to send an e-mail to them:

Please add your zip code in the body of the e-mail, so they can tell where you are receiving the signal.

I live 900 ft above sea level 20 miles east of downtown Cincinnati.

My receiver is sometimes on the fringe area of WGUC's HD2 signal, depending on the time of day and antenna placement.

I did my testing using a Sony XDRF1HD HD Radio Tuner with the supplied indoor FM Antenna:

  • Antenna elevated, 5-6 feet off the ground: No reception at 9:30pm.
  • Antenna in pile on floor: reception OK from 5:30AM until 8AM.
There was one noticeable dropout after 30 minutes, but the sound was solid unless I moved around the antenna too much.  An indoor antenna isn't as reliable as an outdoor one.  In both cases the receiver itself is next to a PC, and two Apples, so RF noise doesn't seem to affect the signal much.

The good:
  • The music is good mix of sounds
  • The reception is very clear
  • Non-commercial radio means minimal interruptions
The bad:
  • You need an HD radio to receive it
  • I miss the commercials
  • No playlist online or sent along with the HD program stream

Friday, October 30, 2009

Station Links updated

I changed the technology behind the Stations list, so that changes are reflected directly.  It takes a little bit longer to load, but they now jump directly to the music player, saving time.

Yahoo Pipes allowed creation of a more flexible list in about 30 minutes time.

Ask questions by leaving a comment.  Thanks.