Ed Bell

Host, Producer, Announcer

Ed Bell produces and hosts South Florida Arts Beat, bringing over thirty years of experience and networking within the South Florida performing arts community to his exciting and informative show. There are few names in the media more supportive of South Florida's cultural arts organizations than Ed Bell.

He has been involved in the local music scene since getting his start on the air at the University of Miami's WVUM in 1971. In the years that followed, he co-produced Jazz legend "Symphony Sid" Torin's show on the all-jazz WBUS, Miami Beach. Bell hosted live broadcasts of Jazz concerts on WTMI from the Airliner Jazz Club and worked as a sound designer at the Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Since starting at WLRN 91.3 FM in 1977, Ed has spearheaded many initiatives in support of South Florida's jazz and blues artists, especially in his work as a promoter and concert series producer. One of Ed's most distinguished efforts as a jazz producer was his role as a principal co-founder of the Hollywood Jazz Festival. From 1983 to 1986, Ed turned the festival into a memorable weekend of television and live radio broadcasts of top locally, nationally and even internationally known jazz musicians.

In his first twenty years at the station, Ed was instrumental in making WLRN South Florida's premier jazz and blues station. Soon after coming to WLRN, he began his Lunchtime Miami program featuring a broad history of great American music, jazz, blues and R&B. Each Friday, he produced a half-hour segment called South Florida's Own that highlighted the work of the best local jazz, blues and R&B musicians. Interspersing his music presentations with intelligent interviews featuring international, national and local musicians and cultural arts leaders, the show became a unique presentation on the South Florida radio dial. In June, 1995, local news magazine New Times deemed Ed the Best Local Jazz Advocate in its best of South Florida issue.

He brought his broadcast production expertise in January, 1999, to a new program called Topical Currents broadening his radio presentations to include diverse cultural arts activities all over South Florida. That show is now called South Florida Arts Beat, broadcasting regionally to four counties in South Florida (from Jupiter to Key West) and worldwide on WLRN's Internet site every Friday at 1:00 pm, EST.

South Florida Arts Beat is a unique radio presentation on the South Florida airwaves featuring interviews, reviews and live musical performances. The show's executive producer is Adrienne Kennedy, special projects manager for WLRN. Contributors include humorist Buzz Fleischman (columnist for the Community Newspapers and The River Cities Gazette), Richard Pachter (book reviewer for The Miami Herald's Business Monday section), Leila Cobo (Miami/Latin American Desk for Billboard Magazine) and Chris DeAngelis (pop culture reviewer), Charles Greenfield and Judith Bishop among other fine producers. Each program wraps up with an entertainment calendar filled with arts events and features contributors associated with various arts councils from a four county region, Deborah Margol (Deputy Director of the Miami-Dade County Dept. of Cultural Affairs), Michael Aller (Chief of Protocol/Director of Tourism and Conventions for Miami Beach), Jody Horne-Leshinsky (Marketing Director for the Broward Cultural Division), Bill Nix (V.P./Chief Program Officer for the Palm Beach County Cultural Council) and Andy Newman (Fla. Keys and Key West Tourism Development Council).

The South Florida arts community is now being heard each week on a worldwide basis, and South Florida Arts Beat on WLRN is leading the way!

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Nicole Henry Performs Live

Nicole Henry, So Good, So Right
http://nicolehenry.com/

03/08/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat tune in for another live performance from our Miami studios. Catch the beloved Miami Beach Jazz-Pop-Soul singer, Nicole Henry, as she performs tunes from her latest recording “So Good, So Right” (Banister Records), which was recorded during her sold out shows last May at Feinstein’s in New York City.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

30th Annual Scottish Fest, Boca Festival of the Arts, Miami Int'l Film Fest & Broward Arts Calendar

30th Scottish Festival and Highland Games
www.sassf.org

03/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Nigel MacDonald and Bob Ritchie bring us the details about the 30th Annual Southeast Scottish Festival and Games, Saturday at Snyder Park

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Virginia Key Grassroots Fest, pianist Valentine Lisitsa, Oscar Preview and Friends of Chamber Music

(l-r) Donna The Buffalo, Inner Circele, Keith Frank, MC Yogi, Rusted Root
www.virginiakeygrassroots.com

02/22/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Johnno Potts describes music, art, dance and workshops coming to the Virginia Key Grassroots Festival this weekend. Classical pianist and YouTube sensation, Valentina Lisitsa, talks about her long career and her upcoming Festival of the Arts Boca performance.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Jazz Vocalist Paulette Dozier Performs Live

Paulette Dozier
http://www.paulettedozier.com/

02/15/13 -1pm - This renowned Jazz vocalist and stage actor has received acclaim for her recordings and live performances from New York to Italy and South Florida. She has received rave reviews of her stage presentations of Lanie Robertson’s “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” which will re-open at The Byron Carlyle Theatre 500 71st Street, Miami, March 8th though 24th. This is a role for which Ms. Dozier has received two Carbonell nominations. The show recounts the life of the legendary vocalist, Billie Holiday.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Allan Harris, Deering Estate Festival of Arts and Lee Schrager

Allan Harris
http://www.allanharris.com

02/08/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and composer, Allan Harris, talks about his long, esteemed career and his three up coming concerts at Arts Garage, The Deering Estate and The Broward Center.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Joan Cartwright, Andre Watts, Melton Mustafa and our Miami-Dade Arts Calendar

Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues.
http://www.joancartwright.com/

02/01/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Jazz vocalist and pianist, Joan Cartwright, shares her excitement about her Amazing Music Women concert telling the stories of women in Jazz and Blues. Charles Greenfield interviews renowned pianist Andre Watts about his career and his upcoming Arsht Center performance with The Philadelphia Orchestra.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Coral Gables Bluesfest, Annie Leibovitz and the Miami Jewish Film Festival

Coral Gables Bluesfest
http://www.bierhausblues.com/

01/25/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Harald Neuweg rocks the Gables with his 15th Annual Coral Gables Bluesfest. Get the lowdown. Our new contributor, Caroline Breder-Watts speaks with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz about her Norton Museum of Art exhibition.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Stephen Scott Quartet Performs Jazz Originals Live

Stephen Scott

01/18/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, you can enjoy another of our monthly studio performances. The Stephen Scott Quartet performs his original compositions and Jazz standards. With a career that spans decades, Mr. Scott has performed and/or recorded with Jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins, Freddie Hubbard, Bennie Golson, Dexter Gordon, Pieces of a Dream and Dr. John among other musical giants. He’ll be joined by bassist Jaime Ousley, Nathan Skinner on vibes and Erroll Cooper on drums.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Art Deco Weekend, Frost Art Museum, Sunshine Blues Festival and our Florida Keys calendar

Art Deco Weekend
http://www.artdecoweekend.com/

01/11/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Amanda Bush of The Miami Design Preservation League brings us the details about the 36th Annual Art Deco Weekend. Contributor, Judith Bishop, speaks with Klaudio Rodriguez about an exciting season of openings at the Frost Art Museum at FIU. Bob Weinberg previews the first Sunshine Blues Festival at Mizner Park.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

YoungArts, Chameleon Chamber Music Series and music from Aaron Lebos’ Reality

YoungArts
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01/04/13 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Executive Director of YoungArts, Paul Lehr, discusses expansive new development plans for this exciting arts organization. Iris van Eck speaks with Charles Greenfield about upcoming concerts for the Chameleon Chamber Music Series in Fort Lauderdale. Our flashback music segment features Aaron Lebos’ Reality. Catch the conversation, information and contemporary Jazz music on South Florida Arts Beat Friday at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:08 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Amernet String Quartet Performs Live (Rebroadcast)

12/28/12 - This week on South Florida Arts Beat you can enjoy an evergreen live performance from our Miami studios. FIU’s Ensemble-In-Residence, the Amernet String Quartet, performs works by Haydn, Mendelssohn, Dvorak and Elliott Carter. Advocates for neglected works of the past as well as committed to the music of our time, this quartet has been delighting and educating audiences of all ages since 1991.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Key Largo Food/Wine Festival, Ten Best Films, Author Bob Kealing, Broward Arts Cal

12/21/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, restaurateur Bobby Stokey, shares his excitement about the “Uncorked: Key Largo & Islamorada Food and Wine Festival,” now expanding to 10 days starting January 10th.  Film critic, Dan Hudak, delivers his year-end Top Ten Best Films of 2012. Author Bob Kealing talks about a Florida musical legend in his new book, Calling Me Home: Gram Parsons and the Roots of Country Rock. Our arts calendar features Jody Horne-Leshinsky with enticing Broward County events.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

Arthur Hanlon, South Florida Jazz and Palm Beach County Calendar

12/14/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Miami’s Latin Pop star, pianist and composer Arthur Hanlon, discusses his Public TV special, “Encanto Del Caribe” and his long career. Jazz and Blues contributor, Bob Weinberg, chats with Dr. Ron Weber about the exciting 21st anniversary season for the not-for-profit, South Florida Jazz. Our calendar features Bill Nix, Vice President of the Palm Beach County Cultural Council with enticing events for your consideration. Catch the conversation and information Friday on South Florida Arts Beat at 1:00pm.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

Seraphic Fire Performs Live

12/07/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, enjoy another performance from our studios in Miami. The renowned, two-time Grammy nominated choral group, Seraphic Fire, sings a program of holiday favorites in this Radio Flash Mob performance. Catch the beauty of Seraphic Fire in this world wide broadcast Friday at 1:00pm on South Florida Arts Beat.

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South Florida Arts Beat
1:00 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Art Basel, The Chopin Foundation, Key West Film Festival and a Miami Arts Calendar

Art Basel Miami Beach
http://www.facebook.com/artbaselmiamibeach

11/30/12 - Next time on South Florida Arts Beat, Bob Goodman talks about the huge economic engine that is Art Basel/Miami Beach and previews the excitement. Charles Greenfield covers The Chopin Foundation’s offerings for this season. The premiere of the Key West Film Festival is the subject for film critic Dan Hudak’s segment.

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