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The Soul Show celebrates Marvin Gaye

The Soul Show celebrates Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” 50 years after its release. WYEP featured the album yesterday, and presented listener reflections all week. I’ll play some music from WGO, and you’ll hear several of those pre-recorded reflections. If you saw the CNN special, you’ll appreciate that we selected listeners who recalled their time as teenagers and young adults.

Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Adrian Younge continue their ‘Jazz Is Dead’ series. This time, it’s in collaboration with João Donation. I’ll introduce JID #7 on TSS this afternoon.

‘Three Rivers at Three’ will feature another track from Soulful Femme’s new full release. We’ll swing back around to George Heid’s world album. Also, something from Anita Levels on Dwayne Dolphin’s ‘Indigenous’ CD.

Have you checked out Vibin’ yet? It’s a new 90s-centric R&B program hosted by George T. He and I have produced the first few shows at his place. I inserted a short clip of the upcoming episode into TSS. Enjoy the sneak peek. It’s good to hear his George’s voice on the air again.


The syndicated Soul Show, distributed through the African American Public Radio Consortium, complements the WYEP program every week. Its content is more “evergreen,” meaning any episode can be played anytime, anywhere. If you listen this week, you’ll hear hints of the upcoming 80th Bob Dylan birthday (via Hendrix, and not explicitly stated) and of the Marvin Gaye anniversary. From the Sa-Roc album that I reviewed in City Paper, I debut a powerful piece called ‘Rocwell’s America.’ Daughter/father Syleena and Syl Johnson have back-to-back tracks. I return to Adrian Younge’s ‘The American Negro’ that was introduced in time for BHM 2021. We’ll close with an expansive track by Kamasi Washington from his second release, ‘Harmony of Difference.’ (Wow….does that exist?)

When ‘A Tuba to Cuba’ was released, I had the opportunity to interview Ben Jaffe of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. You’ll hear a track from that PHJB album, the culmination of a long project

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