Modern Jazz Today Hosts:
Jeff Williams and Kari Gaffney
Founder, Producer and Co-Host of Modern Jazz Today, Jeff Williams began his career in music as well, a composer, 6, 7, 8 and 9-string guitarist, bassist (acoustic and electric), published author, and educator. Williams holds a bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music. As a freelance musician Williams performed throughout the United States also in the trenches with a multitude of jazz groups. In addition, he studied with master educator and jazz guru, Charlie Banacos. Williams’ compositions have been used by the US Government for their ensembles; he is hired by numerous entities for transcriptions, orchestrations, arrangements and is a published composer. His work has been featured on soundtracks for TV, promos and films.
“Music has changed me, it has altered my very DNA, so I am a Genetically Modified Organism BY music. Music is the most profound magical form of communication there is, it WILL change you!”
Co-Host, Kari Gaffney stops by once a week to sit and talk about jazz artists of today. A native Southern Californian, grew up surrounded by family and friends deeply involved in all aspects of the entertainment industry; many are famous performers, actors, songwriters, producers and sound engineers. In fact Gaffney’s paternal grandmother was a CBC radio actor in the 30s and 40s known for Children’s Scrapbook, Flying For Freedom, Solider’s Wife, Canada Marches On, L for Lanky, and Canadian Cavalcade, just to name a few. Gaffney herself has 3 pop albums, 2 jazz albums and has recorded numerous singles for various compilation CDs. This profound “in the trenches” approach gave Gaffney the foundation, that would then be built upon 29 years of #doing for other artists. This trend will be carried over to the jazz radio show Modern Jazz Today, presenting new music on a weekly basis to inform, entertain, and discover new jazz of today.
“Jazz is my go to place, a sound that transports me to a deeper place.”
What people are saying about Modern Jazz Today
“Modern Jazz Today” provides our station with jazz programming that explores artists and music that need to be heard, featuring talented musicians who are willing to go beyond the standards. Hosts Kari Gaffney and Jeff Williams have put together a well-produced, informative program that we hope to air for years to come!
-Bob Earle, Program Director, CHMR FM (Canada)
“We musicians rely on the support of passionate advocates for the music – such as you & Jeff – who actually know what they’re talking about and love the music. Thank you, again. I’ll make sure that we tune in each week and will spread the word for you.”
– Simon Lasky, pianist and fan – United Kingdom
“Kari and Jeff – this is really, truly great! I love how you provide the info and context for the artists!!!”
– Aimee Allen, jazz vocalist and fan NYC
“Great show Kari!!!! You and Jeff are just too hip. Loved it! Can’t wait to hear what you do next week!”
– Fred Hughes, master jazz pianist, Washington DC
“BIG Ups to Everyone at Modern Jazz Today (MJT)! You’re doing a phenomenal job of sharing the CURRENT state of Jazz productions with audiences who wouldn’t hear it otherwise. Keep up the Great work.”
-Sweet Lu Olutosin, Jazz Vocalist (USA)