Photo: Sheila Anderson.
The next show will air on Sunday, March 8, 2015 from 11:00 PM – 1:00 AM Monday Eastern Standard Time on WBAI, 99.5 FM in the NYC metro area or streaming online at wbai.org. This broadcast features an interview with radio host, writer, and promoter Sheila Anderson. You can hear a short preview below.
A native of Buffalo, NY, Sheila Anderson’s unique individual career path began in 1973 at the age of 16 when she was elected New York State Youth President of the NAACP, a position she held for four years under the regime of Roy Wilkins. She then continued on, in 1977, to become a member of the NAACP’s National Board of Directors, staying on until 1981. These fecund years in her young life set the precedent for the leadership and cultural and artistic awareness that she would later unveil in her present career status as a ground breaker in her field.
Anderson moved to New York City in the 1980s to complete a degree at Baruch College and began working in the book publishing field to support herself financially. She began volunteering at Newark, NJ-based WBGO radio, began to spend more time hanging out at the station, and got to meet the staff.
Looking to immerse herself further into Jazz culture, Anderson created “The Art of Jazz,” a weekly 30-minute TV program for Time Warner Cable in New York City. The show earned her a Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) Award for Community Media and featured Jazz luminaries like Ron Carter, Eric Reed, Russell Malone, Regina Carter, Mark Murphy, the late Leon Thomas, Javon Jackson, T. S. Monk, Monty Alexander and Benny Golson. Anderson produced approximately 60 shows during the show’s run.
In 1995, Anderson was hired as an on-air host at WBGO, where she currently hosts “Weekend Jazz After Hours,” airing from 1-6 AM on Saturdays and Sundays. For nine years she hosted “Sunday Morning Harmony” and then “Late Night Jazz” on Saturday evening. Anderson has learned from the musicians whom she plays, “I feel as though radio programming should function much like a live performance. For example one would not want to hear a performance where the group played all ballads. My best shows happen when I am feeling completely free to move with a certain flow and program according to my emotions,” Anderson explains.
Anderson also worked for the Newark Museum, where she worked on their long-running Jazz concert series. She has also been a consultant for Jazzmobile and became known as the emcee for their wildly popular Wednesday evening Grant’s Tomb concerts.
Anderson’s first book, The Quotable Musician: From Bach to Tupac (2003, Allworth Press) features more than one thousand quotations from both famous and obscure musicians from every genre of music, including classical, rock, Latin, country, blues, and hip hop. Special sections pay particular attention to the words of Ron Carter, T.S. Monk, the Beatles, and Benny Golson.
Anderson’s second book, How to Grow As A Musician: What all Musicians Must Know To Succeed (2005, Allworth Press), features interviews with musicians on five topics: personal growth, artistic growth, composing, performing, and the music business. Musicians interviewed include the late Oscar Brown, Jr., the late Ruth Brown, Al Jarreau, Dr. Billy Taylor, Michael Wolff and Eric Reed.
Anderson is on a fellowship at Columbia University in 2015 where she is developing her next book project on the culture and politics of the 1970s.
Show engineered, produced, hosted, and edited by Joyce Jones. Listen for our On the Bandstand segment with NYC metro area appearances of Suga’ guests at the end of the first hour with Associate Producer Hank Williams.
Anderson can be heard most weekends on the WBGO radio airwaves from 1-6 AM Saturday and Sunday mornings. She’ll also be appearing at the 92nd St. Y’s Latin on Lex event on March 12.