Backstage at the hi hat podcast

Backstage at the hi hat is a conversational podcast series about all things jazz produced by the Akron Symphony Orchestra and co-hosted by Thomas Moore, Director of Marketing for the Symphony, and Theron Brown, an Akron-based jazz musician and Artistic Director of the Rubber City Jazz & Blues Festival.

Episode 8: One Love DEEZY

Theron and Tom hang out backstage with saxophone player Nathan-Paul Davis, talking about his music career, influences, writing, and his latest album, Aquarius Lofi DEEZY, which features beats by HR3. The episode includes a performance of Day 21, featuring HR3 and Joey Skoch, from Aquarius Lofi DEEZY. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 7: The NE Ohio Sound

Theron and Tom are kicking it backstage with vocalist Evelyn Wright, drummer Robert Hubbard Jr., and performer Reggie Kelly, talking about the soul of the Northeast Ohio sound, influential musicians from the area, how Gospel musicians express themselves through jazz, and the importance of not taking your art for granted in the second of a two-part series. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 6: An Akron Original

Theron and Tom are backstage with trumpeter and vocalist Tommy Lehman to talk about his music career, how he made the switch from accounting to music, the collaborative nature of local musicians, and his upcoming album, Faith > Fear. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 5: Reminiscing

Theron and Tom are backstage with vocalist Evelyn Wright and drummer Robert Hubbard Jr. talking about the rich history of jazz music in Akron and Cleveland in the first of a two-part series. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 4: Remembering a young lion

Theron and Tom sit down backstage to talk about the life and legacy of drummer Ralph Peterson Jr., as well as the art behind composing music. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 3: A lasting impact through music

Theron and Tom head backstage to talk with Chris Anderson, a musician and executive director of Open Tone Music in Akron, about performing in India, South Africa and other countries; the lasting impact of music education; and the growth of the Amistad Caribbean Arts Camp. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 2: The Essence of Jazz

Theron and Tom head backstage with Chris Coles, a musician, composer and educator from Cleveland, to talk about his career, dive into the entry points for exploring jazz music, and discuss his Nine Lives Project, which deals with the Charleston church shooting in 2015. (Click for full episode guide.)

Episode 1: Welcome to Backstage at the hi hat

In the debut of Backstage at the hi hat, co-hosts Tom and Theron discuss the origins of the podcast name, talk about the historic jazz entertainment district in downtown Akron, and reflect on the life of legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea. (Click for full episode guide.)

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