Broad­caster shares love of jazz on web show

The In­fi­dels, Rein­ert’s weekly hour-long broad­cast on Mix­cloud, is ad­dic­tive lis­ten­ing

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If you are a jazz mu­si­cian in Van­cou­ver or a jazz mu­sic fan, chances are you know, or know of, Tim Rein­ert.

A tire­less sup­porter of the genre and well-known to au­di­ences at the TD Van­cou­ver In­ter­na­tional Jazz Fes­ti­val as a stage MC, Rein­ert now puts his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge (and record col­lec­tion) to work to pro­duce a weekly pro­gram called The In­fi­dels. The hour-long show broad­casts on Mix­cloud and is up­dated “ev­ery Mon­day-ish!”

Episode 1 hit the Net-waves on July 22, 2019. Episode 39 went up this week.

“I have loved mu­sic since I was a child and, at one point, held vague as­pi­ra­tions of be­com­ing a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian,” Rein­ert said. “Then I even­tu­ally re­al­ized that, in or­der to be­come a pro­fes­sional mu­si­cian, you are re­quired to posses a mod­icum of tal­ent, which I didn’t. While I lis­ten to all kinds of mu­sic, jazz was some­thing I fell in love with at age 14 and it is al­ways go­ing to be my first love and the genre that I keep on com­ing back to.”

Like so many diehard mu­sic afi­ciona­dos, Rein­ert did time work­ing in record stores and other mu­sic-re­lated busi­nesses. A mega-fan, he never lost the love of seek­ing out spe­cial or­ders and putting in con­sid­er­able time to source sounds. If you’ve driven by one of Main Street’s many record stores and seen the long line­ups in front of them on Record Store Day, you’ve seen Rein­ert.

The In­fi­dels has been in the plan­ning stages for quite some time.

“I’ve been want­ing to do a vari­a­tion of the show I’m do­ing now for a long time, first host­ing a show for the folks on No Fun Ra­dio for about a year,” he said. “Un­for­tu­nately, they shut down a year later, but I re­al­ized I didn’t want to give it up. Thank­fully, the tech­nol­ogy ex­ists to do my own show just the way I wanted, so I do.”

Rein­ert has long pro­duced an­nual “best mu­sic of the year” com­pi­la­tions posted on­line that are phe­nom­e­nal in both con­tent and cu­ra­tion.

He brings that same level of metic­u­lous ex­per­tise to The In­fi­dels, of­ten fo­cus­ing in on a spe­cific topic. One such was the re­cent episode on March 23 ded­i­cated en­tirely to lo­cal jazz mu­si­cians and pro­mot­ing pur­chas­ing of the al­bums fea­tured on the pro­gram. For any­one with even a pass­ing in­ter­est in the lo­cal scene, the episode is a fan­tas­tic in­tro­duc­tion.

Rein­ert does a lot of re­search to ar­rive at the artists he deems to play on The In­fi­dels.

“On av­er­age, I go to 15 to 20 shows a month, some­times two or three in a night as it’s eas­ier to group them to­gether to go out fewer nights,” he said. “It has been a bit of a life­style change, for sure, but I’m not com­plain­ing be­cause I’m not one of the peo­ple who needs to make a liv­ing off of that. It’s so great that so many mu­si­cians have been able to per­form live streams, and I en­cour­age ev­ery­one who can to please do­nate some­thing to these tal­ented folks.”

With a voice that was made for ra­dio, he re­counts lit­tle-known facts, liner note minu­tiae and more to make his show both about lis­ten­ing and learn­ing. This is not one of those pro­grams that re­quires any­one to be the cool kid in school to fol­low, ei­ther. Rein­ert jokes that his wife’s ra­zor-sharp abil­ity to poke fun at his love of avant-garde and free jazz keeps him “hon­est.”

Ev­ery­one starts some­where, and cer­tain con­di­tions can push a lis­tener one way or an­other. For a long time, mu­sic with lyrics wasn’t al­lowed in his child­hood home. That gave jazz a big leg up.

“Mu­sic with lyrics or vo­cals was care­fully mon­i­tored, whereas jazz didn’t mat­ter be­cause the par­ents didn’t un­der­stand it,” he said. “So I be­gan my ed­u­ca­tion in earnest, I read books on the greats and by high school had prob­a­bly a 15-year-long pile of old back is­sues of Down­beat and I went through ev­ery one cover to cover. That was a big part of my early ed­u­ca­tion, as was play­ing in the school jazz band.”

It was on a tour with that band that he saw his first jazz show: Leg­endary swing drum­mer Louie Bell­son per­form­ing with hon­ours high school mu­si­cians. That’s a pretty good place to start. The In­fi­dels is a good place to start too. Rein­ert’s ex­cite­ment and thrill for jazz and the art of mu­si­cal im­pro­vi­sa­tion is ad­dic­tive lis­ten­ing.

Tim Rein­ert, a jazz lover since age 14, brings his metic­u­lous ex­per­tise to The In­fi­dels.

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