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Mike Parlett on Solar Radio

Mike Parlett

Mike Parlett | Live from Los Angeles. An eclectic mix of Jazz, Funk, Fusion & Soul with a helping of Gospel.

This is Mike Parlett. You may know me from my regular long standing Sunday Jazz show 10pm – Midnight. Well, I’m here to tell you about my all-new offering.
For lovers of the organic, artistic and sometimes sophisticated sounds of Straight Ahead, contemporary and acoustic Jazz, fusion, Latin Jazz and world music, I’ll be bringing you this and much more on my new show on Sunday’s 12midnignt – 2am
The program is simply called “Straight Ahead “and will feature new and timeless work along with regular appearances from some legendary special guests like Patrice Rushen, Kenny Burrell and Bob Mintzer and occasional live performances from the studio.
There will be a selection of rare vinyl cuts and some special rare and deleted imports.
We encourage listeners to email in or contact us on facebook (Michael Parlett) during the show.
So join me Mike Parlett for the all-new show “Straight Ahead” after my regular spot every Sunday Midnight to 2 here on Solar Radio.

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Q1. What first attracted you to Soul Music, is this relevant today?

I was attracted to soul music originally because of the dance vibe, uplifting grooves and energy. I love the jazz influences and use of instrumentation in a way that makes the music different from any other. This still applies today.

Q2. What are your top 5 favourite soul tracks?

This is an impossible question.
Betcha By Golly Wow
Rainy Night in Georgia
Can’t Help It
One Hundred Ways.

Q3. What are your favourite three record labels?


Q4. Who are your favourite five artists?

Anita Baker
Michael Brecker
George Duke
David Sanborn
Donald Fagen

Q5. What are your top three soul clubs of all time?

The Electric Ballroom – Camden Town
Stage 3 – Leysdown
The Cats Whiskers – Streatham

Q6. What radio experience did you have before you joined Solar?

Playing for radio broadcasts and being interviewed.

Q7. What is/are your main criteria in choosing records for airplay?

Quality of musical production.
Melodic & Harmonic content.
Presentation of the overall package.

Q8. Why would you recommend Solar to a listener?

As a musician I would recommend that the listener should try stepping out of their comfort zone and check out different styles of music from what they normally listen to. I would also suggest people try to support the music they like by actually buying CDs and attending gigs and concerts of the artists they listen too.

Q9. Which other DJs do you admire and why?

Gary Spence – Because of his knowledge and informative shows along with his humor and presentation.
Tony Monson – Probably my all time favorite soul & Jazz DJ. Because of his resources, musical knowledge and experience in the radio industry
Mike Chadwick – Great selections and presentation.
Robbie Vincent – A legendary DJ with a wealth of experience and resources. Saw and enjoyed him at clubs I used to frequent growing up.

Q10. How would you like to be remembered by a listener?

As a DJ who provides information about the music I love and brings a different perspective to the listening experience from someone who is a professional artist and producer.

Q11. What do you do to relax?

Practice my sax/flute, play in big bands and small musical ensembles, watch TV, go to live gigs, walk my dog, go to the movie theatre, sleep.