March 25, 2019

An interview with Ed Tankus

What is Blue Plate Radio? Blue Plate Radio is a commercial radio station broadcasting on the Internet 24/7 at  We’re better than the other Internet stations because we engage and involve our listeners through social media, enhanced and shared calendar listings, live interviews every Monday night, ticket and CD giveaways, and jazz concert and event […]

Blue Plate Radio

THE BLUE PLATE STORY I had been a freelance writer for a number of years and in August 2005 I was contacted by ( to interview Bradley Leighton (, a jazz flutist from San Diego, California.  I interviewed Leighton and the article was subsequently published online a short time later.  Almost two years later, […]

Cafe Nine: The Musicians Living Room

In 1972, jazz, blues, and soul enthusiast Michael Riechbart opened Bluebartz Bar at 250 State Street in New Haven.  From the beginning, the bar featured music every weekend.  The performers were primarily Riechbart’s friends, who were life-long musicians.  In 1991, Riechbart and his wife revamped the bar and changed the name to Cafe Nine.  They […]