This is Part 2 of John Job’s conversation with the seven programming hosts in WUOT’s jazz staff. Let’s call this half of the conversation “Message in a Bottle.”
Randy Fishman has been at WUOT for 25 years. “I think there’s something magical about being in a studio and doing a jazz show for people you don’t see and don’t know. It’s like being on a desert island and putting a message in a bottle. You throw it into the water, and every once in a while, something comes back. Every once in a while, you hear from a listener who lets you know you made a difference in their life, or their evening anyway, because they enjoyed something they heard.
“I like the more historical perspective on jazz. I like the Bebop Era the best, the ‘50s and ‘60s, and I always go back to that. If I do a show about a particular musician, I tend to emphasize that time, when jazz was in a Golden Age.”
Chris Woodhull: “I think the Golden Age is always what’s happening now. Right now, we’ve got some amazing trumpet players. Ambrose Akinmusine! Not just as technical players, but the music, what they’re saying! I just feel like we’re in a new Golden Era.”
Todd Steed: “Now is incredibly rich, and then was incredibly rich, and