Music Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz
Charles Burchell (a.k.a. "Charlie B") began his radio career hosting a jazz show at Tulane University's WTUL as a relative youngster. Fascinated by the radio production process—and permanently in love with music as diverse as jazz, R&B, oldies, hip-hop, reggae, blues, classical, and soundtracks—Charlie continued in radio at Louisiana stations including WXOK, WJBO/WFMF and (the old) WGSO. He has also worked in television at WVLA (the former WRBT).
In 2004, Charlie began subbing as a show host at WWOZ. After the failure of the federal levees following Hurricane Katrina in 2005, both WWOZ and Charlie temporarily relocated to Baton Rouge; both returned to New Orleans soon after, and Charlie retained his jazz show, formally taking over the slot vacated by host Mike Gourier.
Charlie's musical tastes run the gamut, but he has particular interest in jazz, especially the classics like Ellington, Basie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, and Herbie Hancock. He also digs contemporary jazz from the likes of Robert Glasper, Donald Harrison, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Terence Blanchard and Esperanza Spalding- whether rooted in the masters of yesteryear or a completely new direction.
Charlie is active on Twitter and Facebook, and he loves connecting with the listeners whom he invites to share his amazing music on Jazz from the French Market each week.