Welcome to ALTERNATE TAKES!
Over the last decade, I have worked in the music industry focusing on jazz in numerous and various capacities including licensing, royalties, booking, marketing, public relations, radio and consulting, etc. I am a life-long lover, enthusiast and supporter of jazz. Interestingly enough, it is the popular reaction to this reality which is largely in-part the inspiration for this blog.
My youth, ethnicity and gender have been consistent curve balls to my associates throughout the years, creating both confusion and curiosity about me and jazz. I have experienced a range of emotion, from flattery to frustration as a result. As I evolve, the realization is that the conspicuous issue is the lack of diversity in the business of jazz. From recording, to producing, to journalism, the spectrum of people who document and present jazz is very narrow.
I should not be an anomaly of sorts. Consequently, I have become compelled to uncover the social and cultural relationship to the problem and have a dialogue in the process which you might not expect… “unlikely” topics from the “unlikely” fan.
I am The Improbable Aficionado.
Angelika Beener is an award winning producer and host. Having worked for Blue Note Records, Newark Public Radio- Jazz 88.3 FM, The Hit Factory, ASCAP and consulting for independent artists and non-profit organizations, she has won awards from The New York Association of Black Journalists and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Skillful and successful management of the recording projects of Charles Tolliver, Kenny Burrell, Ron Carter and Steve Kuhn are representative of the quality and magnitude of Angelika’s accomplishments and contributions to the world of jazz. The list of jazz artists with whom Ms. Beener has worked is long, distinguished and continues to grow… Andrew Hill, Randy Weston, Marcus Strickland, Aaron Parks, Dianne Reeves, Robert Glasper and many more. Angelika is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association and is a contributing writer for Nextbop.com.