This venture into the creation of my online radio program, Spotlight On Jazz and Poetry (SOJP), started in my mind almost nine years ago during the first week of April of 2006. It seemed only natural to blend two artistic genres that I love so much, Jazz and Poetry, together and present them in a way that would remind you of those smoked filled clubs back in the day where you'd hear a jazz combo grooving and a poet stepping up to the microphone to share a bit of themselves with an admiring audience. Afterall, i came from household with parents that loved both art forms and ran a speakeasy every weekend where friends of theirs listened to jazz, gambled and ate all night long. Therefore, I had to listen to this music and as I got old enough to handle my father's album collection, actually play the music on our stereo record player while they entertained. My love of jazz was born.
Fast forward to April 2006 and the creation of SOJP, which by the way was put together while tinkering with various recording programs the computers in the basement of my home. NO, I didn't have any formal engineering or audio production training, but I do possess two great ears, a fair speaking voice, a passion for the arts and oh yeah, a quiet basement.
In 2008 with the web design skills of poetess Donna Kirven aka Celestial Dancer, SOJPRadio.com was born and the train was rolling. Isn't the internet a wonderful thing? If used properly a program such as this can be heard all around the world. Judging from the emails and social media posts that SOJP has received from listeners over the years and the responses from artists whose music and poetry has been featured on the program, we're doing some wonderful things in those worldwide arts communities. Well known and not so well known artists from around the globe such as pianist Heikki Sarmanto from Finland, poetess Yuri Kageyama from Japan, saxophonist Ricardo Cavalli from Argentina, the late pianist Hotep Idris Galeta from South Africa and poetess Anushka Nagji from Dubai as well as artists from the U.S. such as the late pianist Joe Sample, saxophonists Odean Pope from Philadelphia and Houston Person from New York , poetess Nikki Giovanni from Virginia, poet Norman Woods from California and vocalist Carmen Lundy have all expressed their appreciation for what SOJP does. All of their features and interviews are posted on the SOJP website.
Now, as of January 18, 2015 we've redesigned our SOJP home with the help of Danny Bryant, I'm recording future programs on a daily basis more often than not, with a cup of coffee in hand and enjoying every minute of it. And guess what? It still feels good even after nine years of creating in my basement.
Clay Corley Sr.
My name is Clayton E. Corley, Sr. aka Big Trigger host and producer of an award winning internet program!