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BreakThru Radio’s “the Jazz Hole” With Linus Wyrsch Ready For Season 7

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Linus Wyrsch
New York, NY - BreakThru Radio (BTR) is the world’s leading source for the best independent music on the internet using a unique on-demand programming approach.

The station’s jazz show “The Jazz Hole” comes out every other Sunday, while the monthly special “BTR The Jazz Hole Live” features a recorded live set on the second Thursday of each month. You can listen to new and past shows on breakthruradio.com, or go to linusmusic.com for archived direct links. Alternatively, you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

In early 2009, clarinetist and saxophonist Linus Wyrsch joined BTR’s team of DJs, entrusted with the task of reviving the station’s jazz show “The Jazz Hole”. Now approaching the end of his sixth year as producer and host of the hour-long show, Linus joyously conveys that “having a platform to introduce the music of up-and-coming jazz musicians to a wider audience never gets old.” The forthcoming seventh season opens up further opportunities to have the music of new talents from inside and outside the New Yorker circuit speak for itself on Linus’ internet radio show.

Not a talk show per se, Linus sporadically invites artists to talk about their new projects nonetheless. While the show often revolves around emerging performers, every once in a while he is able to sneak a major jazz artist into his program. Throughout the years he has interviewed such luminaries as John Clayton, Sue Mingus (the widow of Charles Mingus), Fred Hersch, Steve Gadd, Lew Tabackin, Helen Sung, Jojo Mayer, Gerald Clayton, Javon Jackson and George Klabin (the President of Resonance Records). “Sometimes I like the idea of drawing in listeners with a well-known name in order to also expose them to a handful of smaller artists,” discloses Linus.

Being a sought-after musician himself in the Big Apple, the Berklee-graduate embraces a unique relationship with musicians, consequently providing the listeners with a backstage pass to the New Yorker jazz scene. The music that Linus airs on “The Jazz Hole” has generally been recorded within the past ten years or so, though most of it tends to be brand new. “Making the show definitely pushes me to stay in the loop,” says Linus. He adds, however, that jazz is too broad of a term to please everybody during a one-hour show. “Stylistically, I try to vary as much as I can in order to keep listeners (and myself) interested. Maintaining a balance between tradition and innovation is important, but the direction a particular show can go into really varies.” His shows have indeed featured just about anything from mainstream jazz to the city’s underground sessions, from Latin and Brazilian jazz to European jazz, from Rock- and Soul-infused to Bluegrass-infused jazz and more.

With so much music out there to discover, be sure to tune in every other Sunday to the always entertaining show “The Jazz Hole”, with the big 6th anniversary show coming up on February 8th 2015.

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