Rafe Gomez Brings Americas First Jazz Mix Show To Sirius Satellite Radio


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(New York) Producer/mixer Rafe Gomez debuted his jazz-funk mix show, In The Mix, on Sirius Satellite Radio on March 1, 2003. It marked the first time that jazz music had been presented on American airwaves in a blended, club-style mixed format.

When you ask most people about what kind of jazz you can dance or party to, they usually say big band or swing, explains Gomez. But theres a tremendous selection of jazz and jazz-influenced music - such as jazz-funk, soul jazz, acid jazz, old school rare groove & funk, nu jazz, and European dancefloor jazz that can definitely get your butt moving. And thats the kind of jazz Im presenting and mixing.

Gomezs listeners are primarily jazz aficionados, but hell be seeking to woo fans of hip-hop as well. Because so many rap tracks are based on jazz samples and grooves, the tracks that I play will be instantly familiar to hip-hop heads, says Gomez. As far as the mixing techniques that Gomez uses, he treads a delicate line: I design transitions that are impressive to listeners who are used to hearing creative blending in clubs, but Im also tasteful so as to not alienate jazz enthusiasts, who are more interested in what I play rather than how I play it, Gomez says. Musicality, syncopation consistency, and key consistency are as important as BPMs in this kind of mixing.

Gomez plays a wide range of danceable jazz from both major and independent label artists with a special emphasis on artists whose music wouldnt otherwise receive exposure on American airwaves. Im aggressively programming artists on niche jazz, funk, soul, and re-issue/compilation labels from around the world, as well as unsigned artists that may only have their LPs available online as downloads, says Gomez. If their sound gels with the vibe Im trying to create, theyll get as much airplay and exposure as the more established artists that I play.

Along with supporting the artists he presents with airplay, Gomez will also be seeking to build their sales. Ill be making the playlists for all of my shows available online, with listings of artists, tracks, LPs, labels, and URLs where my listeners can learn more about the artists as well as purchase what they like, says Gomez. Its a great way for my listeners to be able to add the new music they hear to their collections as well as for me to support the artists and labels that are helping to create a unique show.

Gomez has been an active jazz d.j. since the mid-80s. Hes brought his mixing style to a number of clubs in the tri-state area and his studio skills to production/mixing projects for independent labels, including Digitalia and Jeep Jazz. His jazz mixes have been featured on leading Web radio stations, including Mixmeisters mmRadio.com, the hip-hop site soulstrut.com, the funk and soul site mr.soulsatisfaction.com, and the Netherlands-based jazz-funk site royalgroove.com.

In The Mix can be heard on Friday nights from midnight to 3 AM (EST) and on Saturday nights from midnight to 3 AM (EST) on Sirius Planet Jazz stream (#70).

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