Jazz Player

Fountain Square is a neighborhood southeast of downtown Indianapolis.

I grew up on the far south side of Indianapolis and Fountain Square was the absolute hood in those days. But now, Fountain Square is the art, hip, music and trendy scene in the city.

It is amazing how things can change. One aspect of my recent life that has changed is my tastes in music. I haven grown tired of the flat CCM and Christian Talk offerings and sought something different to listen to while I drive from point A to point B.

I stumbled onto the public radio station from the University of Indianapolis, WICR. They play classical and jazz music. And, how refreshing.

I have never been much of a jazz music consumer, maybe because the options to listen have not been presented to me or I have not looked for them. And, I don’t know any of the musicians, buzz words, charts or anything else in the world of jazz music. So, I just stayed away. Also, being a Christian kind of limits my musical options as Lester Sumrall once said that jazz is the devil’s music.

Maybe a submerged reason to gravitate toward the public radio offering from the University of Indianapolis is that I worked as a ‘board op’ at WBST radio in my days of broadcast study at Ball State University in the mid 1980s. My shift covered the world of jazz programming on Sunday nights from 8pm to Midnight. I queued taped broadcasts so I was not a jazz music DJ. I passed the time by studying for classes while sitting at the analog board of sliders, dials and UV meters but also listened to the programming. Maybe there is some solidarity in that connection, public radio, jazz, university student radio stations. Maybe.

Saxophone player mural in Fountain Square, a neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. Nikon D600 photo taken by Dave O on September 20, 2014.
Saxophone player mural in Fountain Square, a trendy neighborhood of Indianapolis, Indiana. Nikon D600 photo taken by Dave O on September 20, 2014.

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