Percussionist Sammy Figueroa. Photo by Daniel Azoulay.
Before becoming a blog, Jazz With an Accent ® was a radio show, a 10-program series about global jazz for WDNA 88.9 FM, Miami, to be precise. I love radio, I had a great time being part of WDNA’s programming, truly the “Serious Jazz” radio station in Miami, and since that project ended I’ve been trying to figure out the right follow-up.
As it turns out, old friend and master percussionist Sammy Figueroa, who has had a successful parallel career as a broadcaster on WBAI 99.5 FM New York and has hosted a popular weekly program on WDNA for the past 12 years, was getting restless and looking to shake things up. Last week we talked and he generously invited me to join him on his show with the idea of developing a new radio project. The new show has no name yet but you can count on interesting music (and if you are reading this you know it will not be just jazz), a global perspective, good talk (Sammy is a very funny storyteller) and yes, improbable segues.
Listen every Monday at 11 am, Miami time, at https://www.wdna.org/how+to+listen/ and check this space afterward for our set list.