Dave Edwards was born and raised in Harlem, NY. “The first poem I remember was: “Harlem, nation within a city; you are judged daily”. Little did I know that I would gravitate toward music as an artistic form of expression.
I lived about six blocks away the world famous Apollo Theater and as I came of age I went to amateur night whenever I could sneak out of the house. Of course I was put on punishment for a month when I got home past curfewJ, but music has always captivated me. And I mean ALL types of music.
Growing up in the fledgling Motown era, I had the good fortune of seeing most of their artists perform live. I learned later that most performers at the Apollo may have traveled on what was called the T.O.B.A. [Theater Owners Booking Association] circuit for black performers.
I mention this because I had a habit of watching the musicians more than the vocalists. I was fascinated by the sounds created by these men and women. Eventually I learned that many of them were established jazz stars who were simply making a living.
Radio personalities promoted and served as MC’s at many of the shows and I was exposed to people like Symphony Sid Torin, Billy Taylor, Rocky G, Eddie O’Jay, the Dixie Drifter and Frankie Crocker among a host of others.
These folk knew so much about the artists and musicians that they introduced that it created an impression that I try to live up to. It is, in my opinion, the responsibility of a broadcaster, announcer, dj (whatever you want to call us) to educate, entertain and inform as we have fun doing the “GIG”.
After fifteen plus years of broadcasting experience in a variety of markets, in public as well as commercial radio, I still love music in general and jazz in particular. I am sometimes challenged because I agree with Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington and others who state: “There are only two types of music, good or bad.” But we live in a society where labels are often required.
I invite you to relax and enjoy “In A Mellow Tone”. If you wish to share comments or criticism feel free to send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.