K. Balewa

WWOZ Show Host K. Balewa
WWOZ Show Host K. Balewa

Music Genre(s): Contemporary Jazz

About K. Balewa


Three Questions with Long-time Wednesday "Morning Set" Host, K. Balewa


Best new CD you've heard outside the genre you play on your show on OZ?

I don't listen to much outside the jazz I play so I'll mention one you may not know: saxophonist Eric Alexander. He's a fine tenor player who has been around for a short while. He has recorded with Nicholas Payton, Cedar Walton and Ron Carter. I especially like his past recordings with soul-jazz organist Charles Earland. Alexander's new CD, Temple of Olympic Zeus (HighNote 717) is great, and all of the songs are originals.

Best thing you like/liked about doing a show on OZ?

I look forward to finding new jazz music and artists. I love that some of the older jazz is finally being reissued on CD. Best of all is the interaction with our listeners and talking to people all over the world about jazz.

Do you a have a favorite Jazz Fest memory?

I don't get out to Jazz Fest as much as I used to but I remember fondly a Pharoah Sanders concert from some years ago. It was a hell of a performance. It knocked me out.