Todd Steed

Director of Music, Host, Producer

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator. His role has expanded to include operations, heading up the music department, and host of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.

Prior to working at WUOT, Todd worked overseas in China, Lithuania and Indonesia. Upon returning to the states, he was a study abroad coordinator at UT's Center for International Education. He claims he is also a musician. 

Tamar Smithers, the Director of Education and Public Programs, talks with Todd Steed about the opening of the National Museum of African American Music in Nashville. 

 

Todd checks in with Keith Brown at his home in New Jersey.  They discuss his performance at Live at Lucilles, playing with Jazzmeia Horn, the retirment of his father Donald Brown and why he had to put his new record on hold. 

In the fith episode, Todd ventures to Memphis in search of what makes that city irrestiblle.  He talks with Malvin Massey about the mystery of why jazz seemed to leave Memphis.  Also, Donald Brown weighs in with some wonderful history. 

In this episode, Todd sends a love letter to trains, tea and good company.  How does blues fit into jazz?  Why is there an entire episode based in Yazoo City? The Poseidon Adventure, really? Find out all the answers here.

Melissa Cardona

In this episode, Todd gets out there with Byron Asher, Aurora Nealand and more.  This is the last New Orleans episode and it ends with a.... bang?

Todd Steed

In episode two, Todd meets with several local musicians to discuss the impact of hurricane Katrina on the New Orleans jazz scene and finds there are lessons from that disaster that could apply to today. 

In episode one, Todd Steed takes a train to New Orleans to explore the very history of jazz. Along the way, he talks to local legends, eats too much fabulous food, and finds himself opening up just enough to dance on the street.

Each of the individual interviews will posted online at the completion of the series. 

Original music performed by Daniel Kimbro, Hunter Deacon, John Harvey,  David Dayoub and Todd Steed. Recorded at Top Hat Recording in Knoxville.

Clara Prinston had the opportunity to speak with Nathalie Joachim and Doyle Armbrust of the Spektral Quartet to discuss their recent collaboration. Although they were scheduled to perform at this year's canceled Big Ears Festival, we have to decided share this and several Big Ears interviews.  Enjoy!

 

Petra Haden talks with Todd Steed about her upcoming visit to Knoxville and her latest project with her sisters, The Family Songbook.

Clara Prinston talks to Hillary Herndnon about the creation of a new database of  underrepresented composers. 

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