Kevin Whitehead is the jazz critic for NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross.
Whitehead's articles on jazz and improvised music have appeared in such publications as Point of Departure, the Chicago Sun-Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, and the Dutch daily de Volkskrant.
He is the author of Why Jazz: A Concise Guide (2010), New Dutch Swing (1998), and (with photographer Ton Mijs) Instant Composers Pool Orchestra: You Have to See It (2011).
His essays have appeared in numerous anthologies including Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006, Discover Jazz and Traveling the Spaceways: Sun Ra, the Astro-Black and Other Solar Myths.
Whitehead has taught at Towson University, the University of Kansas and Goucher College. He lives near Baltimore.
Felix Contreras is a reporter and producer for NPR's Arts Desk specializing in coverage of jazz, world music, and Latino arts and culture. He is also the co-host of Alt.Latino, NPR's new web based program about Latin Alternative music.
As a producer and reporter for the NPR's Arts desk, Contreras has covered arts and technology issues; reported a series of stories on the financial challenges facing aging jazz musicians; and recently profiled a legendary Mexican singer for the "50 Great Voices" series. He once stood on the stage of the legendary jazz club The Village Vanguard after interviewing the club's owner and swears he felt the spirits of Coltrane and Monk walking through the room.
A part- time jazz musician, Contreras plays Afro Cuban percussion with various jazz and Latin bands. He is a recovering television journalist who has worked for both NBC and Univision.
Rob Maynard is a jack-of-all-trades for WCLK. He produces public affairs programs including The Local Take, Fulton Focus, CAU Now and others. He hosts Jazz After Hours overnight on Saturday mornings, playing traditional jazz music.
Rob also produces and schedules public service and promotional announcements and underwriting announcements on The Jazz Of The City.
Rob is a veteran Atlanta area broadcaster and syndicator with stops along the way to WCLK that have included WUOG, WRAS, WRFG, WGST, Georgia News Network, Braves Radio Network, Falcons Radio Network, and Georgia Public Broadcasting.
He also works as a media and content consultant with diverse clients ranging from Eddie's Attic to the Georgia Association of Broadcasters. When not working hard for WCLK, Rob lives in Marietta with his wife and daughter(and an undisclosed number of cats).