WBEZ | Vocalo http://www.wbez.org/tags/vocalo Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Reclaimed Soul Preview: 1960s Chicago Rock http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-18/reclaimed-soul-preview-1960s-chicago-rock-113832 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Normally when <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a> stops by the Morning Shift the focus is soul music. The name of her Thursday night show is called <a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a>, after all. But every now and again she puts on her rock and roll attitude. She brought us some Chicago 1960&rsquo;s rock not too long ago and decided to add another chapter due to the positive feedback the first time around.</p><p>Ayana shares a preview of what she&#39;ll be playing on her show tomorrow between 8 and 10 p.m. on our sister station <a href="http://vocalo.org/">Vocalo</a>.</p></p> Wed, 18 Nov 2015 10:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-18/reclaimed-soul-preview-1960s-chicago-rock-113832 My Life in Three Songs: Richard Steele http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-27/my-life-three-songs-richard-steele-113514 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/richard steele photo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We recently issued a challenge to our listeners and on-air guests: can you sum up your life in just three songs? It&rsquo;s not easy, but it can be very fun. You might pick three songs from different periods in your life. Or, you might choose three tracks that simply sum up who you are.</p><p>Longtime WBEZ host Richard Steele hosts <a href="http://barbershopshow.tumblr.com/">The Barbershop Show</a> on our sister station Vocalo. He shares his life in just three songs.</p><p>If you can tell us about your life in three songs, call our hotline: 855-848-5551.</p></p> Tue, 27 Oct 2015 10:38:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-27/my-life-three-songs-richard-steele-113514 Reclaimed Soul: Soul records that keep it all in the family http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/reclaimed-soul-soul-records-keep-it-all-family-113038 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras_1.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>After the segment on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/cultural-impact-fox%E2%80%99s-hip-hop-drama-%E2%80%9Cempire%E2%80%9D-113039">Empire&#39;s cultural impact</a>, we stick with the family in the music business theme.</p><p><a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a>&rsquo;s <a href="https://twitter.com/reclaimedsoul">Ayana Contreras</a> is back with some of her favorite vintage soul records that keep it all in the family: sisters, brothers, fathers, and more.</p></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-23/reclaimed-soul-soul-records-keep-it-all-family-113038 Reclaimed Soul: Favorites from Aretha Franklin http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-09/reclaimed-soul-favorites-aretha-franklin-112869 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/aretha franklin amazing grace web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Aretha Franklin continues to <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/09/04/437648259/aretha-franklin-blocks-premiere-of-concert-film-amazing-grace">make headlines</a> over a documentary about her called Amazing Grace. She had it pulled recently from Colorado&rsquo;s Telluride Film Festival...now organizers of the Toronto film Festival say they&rsquo;ve been told not to screen the film and folks at the Chicago International Film Festival have shelved its planned screening. Franklin sang Amazing Grace in 1972 at New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in L.A. The performance of the song cracked the top ten and won the 1972 Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance.</p><p>Of course there are many other great tunes by The Queen of Soul, which brings us to Ayana Contreras, host of <a href="http://vocaloreclaimedsoul.tumblr.com/">Reclaimed Soul</a> Thursday nights from 8-10 on our sister station Vocalo. She&rsquo;s back this week with some of her favorite Aretha Franklin tunes.</p></p> Wed, 09 Sep 2015 11:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-09/reclaimed-soul-favorites-aretha-franklin-112869 Reclaimed Soul: Music recorded in our nation's prisons http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-12/reclaimed-soul-music-recorded-our-nations-prisons-112629 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/reclaimed soul.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>45 years ago, BB King recorded his album &ldquo;Live in Cook County Jail.&rdquo; But that album is just a drop in the bucket of recordings made in American prisons. This week for our weekly shot of soul, Reclaimed Soul&rsquo;s Ayana Contreras brings us vintage music recorded in prisons, from gospel to blues, latin to soul. Ayana&rsquo;s show airs Thursday nights from 8-10 on our sister station Vocalo.</p></p> Wed, 12 Aug 2015 11:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-12/reclaimed-soul-music-recorded-our-nations-prisons-112629 Reclaimed Soul preview With Ayana Contreras http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/reclaimed-soul-preview-ayana-contreras-112503 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Reclaimed Soul&#39;s Ayana Contreras shares the music of McKinley Mitchell, a Chicago Soul artist that, despite consistently strong releases, never broke through to super-stardom.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jul 2015 13:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-29/reclaimed-soul-preview-ayana-contreras-112503 Reclaimed Soul host shares summertime soul music http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-15/reclaimed-soul-host-shares-summertime-soul-music-112391 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/reclaimedsoul.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214846470&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">There are few things more enjoyable in this world than rolling down the windows and crankin&rsquo; up your favorite tunes while riding up Lake Shore Drive in the summer. Maybe sitting in the backyard with your best friends grillin&#39; and chillin&#39; &mdash; again, with a great soundtrack floating over it all. Well, Ayana Contreras has dug up a batch of summertime soul music for us. Ayana is the host of Reclaimed Soul on our sister station Vocalo. The show airs 8-10 p.m. on Thursdays and we often get a sneak peak.</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 15 Jul 2015 11:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-15/reclaimed-soul-host-shares-summertime-soul-music-112391 How do you ring in the New Year? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/4013358422_b4e5d78b7a_z.jpg" style="height: 183px; width: 280px; float: right;" title="Flickr/Evonne" />For years (and because I&#39;m older than you think I am, I mean YEARS) I spent every New Year&#39;s Eve playing in a jazz band of one stripe or another. After that, I spent several years performing in a theater company as the years changed over. Even when I have merely been a patron somewhere on December 31, I have always seen that specific night as something special. In fact, I&#39;d say that New Year&#39;s Eve is my personal version of Valentine&#39;s Day.</div><p>Since coming to work producing events for Chicago Public Media, there have been two things missing from the tapestry of live experiences we put together for our loyal members: Jazz and a blow-out New Year&#39;s Eve party.</p><p>The party component is a strange omission from our annual experiences for the Chicago community of public radio die-hards. We host our <a href="https://www.chicagopublicmedia.org/event/annual-board-directors-meeting-0" target="_blank">Annual Board Meeting</a>, our Evening Inside the Broadcast Studio, and the WBEZ/Vocalo Open House. We&#39;ve produced the Chicago Chef Battle for seven years in a row and, after a year off, are revitalizing the Vocalo Winter Block Party for Chicago&#39;s Hip Hop Arts. It seems like a no-brainer to throw a bash to ring in the new year.</p><p>The jazz component is a little less obvious. In 2007, we went to an all-news format and replaced our regular late night jazz broadcasts with news and, for some, this was a betrayal and a travesty. To this day, I have members (and former members) come up to me at events still angry that we moved away from jazz. For them, we became the anti-jazz radio station. We are NOT anti-jazz nor have we ever been.&nbsp; Given that I was a professional jazz trumpet player for decades and have a Jazz History minor as a part of my Music Education Undergraduate degree, the decision to feature not only jazz but the Sunset Cafe (the heart of American jazz in Chicago for a quarter of the last century) was perfect.</p><p>How do you ring in the New Year? Resolutions? Dancing? A midnight kiss and a champagne toast? Do you curl up under the covers and watch the televised coverage? Go to the theater or a concert? Eat a huge meal? Go on a late night run?</p><p>This year, I&#39;ll be ringing in 2015 at the historic Victory Gardens Biograph Theater with hundreds of public radio fans, the Doug Peck Trio, <a href="http://darkjive.com/about/" target="_blank">DJ Ayana Contreras</a>, and my newlywed wife.&nbsp; I&#39;ll be listening to incredible jazz, eating some delicious hors d&#39;voures, having a few cocktails, dancing to jazz infused hip-hop and soul, and sealing the year with the first New Year&#39;s Eve kiss of my new marriage.</p><p>I hope to see you there (but you don&#39;t get to kiss my wife...)!</p><p><strong>Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year&rsquo;s Eve Party<br />Wednesday, December 31, 2014<br />9 p.m. - 2 a.m.<br />Victory Gardens Biograph Theater</strong></p><p>Get your tickets here...</p><p><a href="http://www.eventbrite.com/e/live-from-the-sunset-cafe-a-wbez-new-years-eve-party-tickets-13467984103?ref=ebtn" target="_blank"><img alt="Eventbrite - Live from the Sunset Cafe || A WBEZ New Year’s Eve Party" src="https://www.eventbrite.com/custombutton?eid=13467984103" /></a></p><p>For more info about WBEZ Events, go to <a href="http://www.wbez.org/events">wbez.org/events</a>, check out our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/wbez915">Facebook Page</a>, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/WBEZEvents">@WBEZEvents</a> on Twitter.</p></p> Wed, 05 Nov 2014 10:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/beyond-mic/2014-11/how-do-you-ring-new-year-111066 Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Spike Lee-Flickr- thomas.rome_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Kickstarter originally began as a way to get the average person&#39;s project out of the shadows, but now bigwigs are using it to fund their pet projects. Is this fair? Also, a chat with R&amp;B and blues artist Syleena Johnson.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-43" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Is it fair for established filmmakers to use Kickstarter?" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 08:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-14/morning-shift-it-fair-established-filmmakers-use Literacy and adult education in North Lawndale http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/IMG_0969.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On August 24, the Barber Shop Show joined forces with Front and Center to talk low literacy and adult education in North Lawndale.&nbsp;In the Great Lakes region, one third of adults are low-literate. This means they have trouble with ordinary tasks like filling out a job application.</p><p>When hard times hit the region, North Lawndale is hit harder. The unemployment rate in this neighborhood is about three times the city&rsquo;s average. Almost half of families here live below the poverty line.</p><p>When it comes to getting more North Lawndale residents employed and lifting their earning potential, the key may be improving literacy.&nbsp;Raising adult education levels seems like a clear-cut way to increase employment and earnings. But making it happen isn&rsquo;t easy.</p><p>To find out more, Richard Steele and Kimbriell Kelly spoke with Nicole Hicks, a woman who recently overcame her fear of being the oldest person in class to earn her GED at age forty.</p><p>Later in the show, we heard from employer Mark O&rsquo;Hara. A GED and solid reading and writing skills are a requirement at his company. We learned about his challenges finding workers with the skills to kill bugs, and how his company, Andersen Pest Solutions, aims to address the skills gap.</p><p>After that, we were joined by Darren Tillis and Tameeka Christian with the North Lawndale Community Action Council on Education. Darren and Tameeka are working to improve parent engagement in North Lawndale schools. Key to their strategy is increasing literacy.</p><p><em>Every Friday, Vocalo.org heads to Carter&#39;s Barber Shop in North Lawndale for the live broadcast of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.vocalo.org/barbershop-show/" target="_blank">The Barber Shop Show</a>. &nbsp;Hosted by the Chicago Reporter&#39;s Kimbriell Kelly and WBEZ&#39;s Richard Steele,&nbsp;The Barber Shop Show is a weekly dose of real talk, straight from the shop floor.</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Aug 2012 14:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/front-center/literacy-and-adult-education-north-lawndale-101983