Modern Soul Sauce (TIMKAT Entertainment)

The new Internet radio program's motto is "Old School with a Fresh Groove" and showcases retro-classic R&B, soul, jazz, and Latin jazz, recorded within the past few years.

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Kathryn Ballard Shut

Modern Soul Sauce logo by Lynne Menefee, Menefee Creative, Baltimore, MD, USA

In modern times, it may seem that the line between "soul" music and "hip-hop" has blurred. However, through a new Internet radio program called "MODERN SOUL SAUCE", the lines once again have sharpened.

The show's motto is "Old School with a Fresh Groove", focusing on independent artists that by and large write and produce original music that sometimes may defy category. As Steely Dan has never fit neatly into one specific style, so go the artists typically chosen for air on Modern Soul Sauce, crossing boundaries between rhythm and blues, smooth jazz, tight funk, deep house grooves, powerful horn lines, and any mix in between.

The show premiered on French Internet radio station Radio Kaos Caribou (RKC) on October 20, 2012, when station director Jerome Dumortier asked if Shut's company, TIMKAT Entertainment, could produce a podcast filled with some of her favorite grooves. The concept quickly evolved from a simple podcast and into a free platform whereby some of the world's best and brightest jazz-idiomatic composers could finally be featured, royalty-free, payola free, to the planet via the Internet.

And global is indeed the reach of this as yet tiny show. In its first week since the premiere on RKC, four additional Internet stations requested rights to broadcast the program: WDGP Radio (USA-Maryland); 40 Foot Hole Studios (USA-New Jersey); Jazzy Soul Radio (Australia); and Pop2Radio Group (USA-New Jersey), and expanded to 10 stations by the beginning of its second season in 2013. Each station coincidentally chose to broadcast the show on different days throughout the week following monthly premieres on RKC, in an effort to drive new listeners to their stations, as well as to promote world-class independent artistry. This is the one show where major label artists simply are not invited to play.

Finally, flagship station RKC was featured within two days of Modern Soul Sauce's premiere broadcast in a Central France newspaper, L'Yonne Republicaine, under its WEBRADIO current events section. The screen shot of RKC displayed Modern Soul Sauce's name.

Most of the content on Modern Soul Sauce recalls the beloved horn line styles of the 1960s and 1970s - but as the motto suggests - on new compositions and groups. However, the show remains eclectic in that raw talent takes center stage before any specific style.

The show currently airs monthly and the premiere from October 20 on RKC can be heard as a "stream-cast" at http://radio.kaos.caribou.free.fr/RKC_Podcast.php. No downloads of show content are currently allowed as a podcast due to royalty restrictions. Member stations and schedules, as well as a promotional video, can be found at http://www.reverbnation.com/modernsoulsauce.

The show also exhausts social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, ReverbNation (and now this blog on Jazz Times!) to get the word out. Artists and fans may email the show at modernsoulsauce@gmail.com.

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