WBEZ | Ayana Contreras http://www.wbez.org/tags/ayana-contreras Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Reclaimed Soul preview: mix of recently acquired music and some old favorites http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/reclaimed-soul-preview-mix-recently-acquired-music-and-some-old <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/ayana contreras_2.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>Most Wednesdays, Ayana Contreras comes in to give us a taste of the larger soul stew she&rsquo;s concocting for the two-hour show Reclaimed Soul that airs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays on our sister station Vocalo. This week, a mix of some recently acquired music and some old faves from Ayana&#39;s collection.</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:46:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/reclaimed-soul-preview-mix-recently-acquired-music-and-some-old Reclaimed Soul: Stax Records http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-19/reclaimed-soul-stax-records-112681 <p><p>Once again, we have our weekly dose of dusties. Ayana Contreras wears many hats around here...one of them is host of Reclaimed Soul on our sister station Vocalo. Each Thursday night from 8 to 10 p.m. she spins the rare, the funky, the groovy, the sweet and the slinky. She joins us for a preview of the Thursday night theme.</p></p> Wed, 19 Aug 2015 10:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-19/reclaimed-soul-stax-records-112681 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 Morning Shift: Dept. of Public Health addresses need for trauma care access http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-14/morning-shift-dept-public-health-addresses-need-trauma-care-access <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Pranav Bhatt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We check in with the Illinois Department of Public Health on recommendations for increasing access to trauma care on the South Side and beyond. We hear more public opinion on plans for the Obama Library. And,we get our weekly dose of Reclaimed Soul.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-130/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-130.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-130" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Dept. of Public Health addresses need for trauma care access" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 14 Jan 2015 08:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-01-14/morning-shift-dept-public-health-addresses-need-trauma-care-access 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 Practically Speaking http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/practically-speaking <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//Haiti_1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><em>Practically Speaking </em>is an hour-long program that explores the views and experiences of Chicagoans whose stories may be familiar, but whose perspectives are rarely heard.</p><p>In this episode, hosts Audra Wilson and Ayana Contreras take us on a journey through education, language, culture, and identity.</p><p>It's a journey that spans from Englewood to Haiti - with stories about the intersection of language and culture, the history and meaning of African-American baby names, the dreams of the Haitian diaspora, and the special principles of a Chicago Public School principal.&nbsp; Click on the audio link at the top of the page to listen.</p><p><em>Practically Speaking </em>is produced by Ayana Contreras and presented by WBEZ Chicago.</p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 18:37:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/practically-speaking