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5 Questions with Marty Friedman

Written by on February 22, 2021

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?

I am passionate about jazz, especially new material. I believe that jazz does not survive without nurturing the work of living artists, and that is one of my goals for the Sunday Jazz Brunch. If I can do that while at the same time providing listeners with a great musical experience, then I have done my job.

I had no background in radio, but I have a background in jazz ever since I got turned on to it when I was in high school. In college in NYC I was the arts editor for a 30,000-circulation newspaper, and that got me started getting to know musicians, producers, and other folk involved in the creation and distribution of the music.

What is your favorite WICN memory?

Hanging out with Joe Zupan during fund drives. It was always a blast.

FILL IN THE BLANK: The best concert I ever saw was ______________?

There is no one best, and besides, there are different genres that I am into. Here’s my list:

The ‘70s

Mahavishnu Orchestra Central Park NYC

King Crimson, Central Park NYC

Grateful Dead, Philadelphia

Johnny Griffin, Village Gate NYC

Barry Harris, Bradley’s NYC

BB King, Carnegie Hall NYC

More Recent

Steve Kuhn, Smoke NYC

Alan Broadbent, Small’s NYC

Stacey Kent Place, Des Arts Montreal

Many listeners don’t know that the majority of our hosts are volunteers that do this out of a personal passion. What do you/did you do professionally off the air?

Software engineer

Who are your favorite artists and/or albums of all time?

  • Steve Kuhn
  • Alan Broadbent
  • Gregory Porter
  • Stacey Kent
  • All the classic guys: Coleman Hawkins, Dizzy, Miles, Trane, Herbie, Chick, Bird, etc.
  • Chuck Loeb
  • Joao Gilberto

Man, this is getting ridiculous. I might as well put a playlist here!

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