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Midweek mix of funk, soul and smooth jazz

About Chris (CJ) Mann

I’m lucky. I heard jazz from a very early age. The broken rhythm of ‘Take Five’ was something I loved even though I couldn’t describe it. Organist Alan Haven's 'Haven for Sale' is a record that excited me at the age of 10 and still does

When I was an excitable 14-year old I heard ‘That Lady’ by the Isleys for thefirst time. It struck a chord with me, musically and lyrically

A couple of years later, I heard the intro to ‘P. Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)’ and there was no going back – I was a funkateer

Since then I’ve been drawn to the 70’s Blue Note vibe, to the best in ‘smooth jazz’, R&B, soul and jazz-rock. For me, the best hip-hop was made a long time ago but I’m always ready to be proved wrong. Some Latin music really does it for me too

It’s easy to get stuck in a time warp but I’m always looking for new music that has heart, soul and that indefinable GROOVE…

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Welcome to Wild & Peaceful. My aim is to bring you a constantly-updated mix of funk, soul and jazz. If you have been listening for a while you’ll know I like to bring you classics and also the best in new releases. If you’re a new listener – welcome!

This station is listed as a FUNK station – and there will always be funk here. You can count on that. My radio hero in the late 1970’s was Andy Peebles, and his Soul Train show really was the first (and probably only) place I could hear Stanley Clarke, Parliament and The O’Jays in the same few hours of FM broadcasting. My memory of listening to such a variety of great music on my Dad’s headphones in the night-time stays with me and it’s my encouragement to offer something similar

If this kind of music means as much to you as it does to me, I'd love to have your comments - as well as your company

Many thanks if you have added my station as a preset!