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.
The next show will air on Sunday, February 16th, 2013 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. During this membership/fund drive installment, Suga’ in My Bowl launches four weeks of Women’s History Month covering women in different areas of this music. We start with on-air radio host and producer Rhonda Hamilton Carvin.
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Rhonda Hamilton, a native New Yorker, is the host and producer of Midday Jazz which airs weekdays, 10AM – 2PM on WBGO/Jazz 88.3 FM in Newark, NJ.
Ms. Hamilton is a graduate of Boston University’s College of Communication. She also studied at the Actor’s Studio in Boston. Her career in radio began in 1975 as a jazz announcer/producer at WBUR-FM, Boston. She later became the music director of WBUR.
Returning to the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area in March 1979, Ms. Hamilton came to WBGO at the station’s inception and has played a key role in making Jazz 88 one of the finest and most listened to jazz stations in the world. Ms. Hamilton also helped to inaugurate the jazz programming on Sirius Satellite Radio where she hosted a daily program from 2001 until April 2009. Since 1980, she has had a regular presence on National Public Radio as the voice of numerous nationally syndicated programs including JazzSet and NPR’s annual New Year’s Eve broadcast, Toast of the Nation-Coast to Coast. She’s been honored by the Jazz Journalists Association and has received 2 consecutive New York Jazz Awards for Best Jazz DJ “in appreciation of a major contribution to the cultural life of our region.” Ms. Hamilton is also a recipient of The Ladies in Jazz Award from the Mayor of NYC and the Harlem Chamber of Commerce. Other honors include recognition from the Spelman College Alumni Association and the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity.
On-camera, Ms. Hamilton was a music reviewer and commentator on the public affairs program, Mzizi Roots on WBZ-TV in Boston and the host of a 36 program series on WNYC-TV called Brazil/New York which focused on various aspects of Brazilian culture. She was profiled on the Disney series Working and she’s been featured in interviews about jazz and WBGO for the New Jersey Public Television Network, WNBC, WNYW and WWOR in New York and NHK in Japan
Ms. Hamilton is also an accomplished voice-over artist with over three decades of experience in commercial and corporate voice-over.
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.
Show produced, engineered, edited, and hosted by Joyce Jones.