It’s been a great run here at Bop and Beyond but after three years on-line and over a decade on-air, I’ve decided to temporarily hang up my jazz cap and take a well-earned sabbatical.
Before I do though, I’d like to thank all the people who supported Bop and Beyond over the years, including the various radio stations that supported the program since its inception, particularly CJLO in Montreal where the show got its start; WRHO for temporarily hosting the program when it had no home; and WPIR where it lived its best life in terms of content and listenership. Thanks to all my loyal listeners all over the world, particularly Milo. I’d also like to thank WordPress for hosting this blog where Bop and Beyond found new life after going off the air and to all the people who read and commented on posts, spread the word, and linked to posts. Thank you!
Also, thanks to all the musicians, authors, and record label people who were so helpful to me over the years, particularly Scott Wenzel of Mosaic Records, Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records, Sharon Jones (thanks for singing to me over the phone, babe!), Richard Davis, Ben Ratliff, Joseph Perez, Robin D.G. Kelly (whose book on Thelonious Monk is the best jazz book I’ve ever read), and everyone at WKCR for answering my questions and exposing the world to such tremendous jazz.
Lastly, thanks to all the musicians everywhere who’ve made such timeless music. Jazz will never die even if it is time for Bop and Beyond to say goodbye. I’ll certainly miss doing the Crime Jazz Month features…
Speaking of which, those of you who’ll miss my writing, I’m still going to write crime (and other) film reviews for Movie Feast.