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Managing Editor, Music and Arts
In his position as Managing Editor, Music and Arts, Paul Conley has come full-circle at Capital Public Radio. Paul started as a music host in 1987. He moved into the news department in 2001 to serve as our first Arts Editor. Later came a transition to Senior Producer, News and Information, then Senior Editor For Innovation.
Now Paul oversees CapRadio's music formats on our terrestrial broadcast stations and digital streams, in conjunction with the Chief Content Officer. Paul works with and edits music hosts, reporters and digital staff as they create music/arts content for distribution across our digital and terrestrial platforms.
Paul helped develop and continues to work with CapRadio’s award-winning documentary unit The View From Here, which has explored such topics as food insecurity, family caregiving, the high school dropout crisis and autism through the intimate lens of first-person storytelling.
In 2006, Paul co-produced Dina's Diary, featuring Carmichael resident Dina Howard and her emotional journey through a year of breast cancer treatment. The powerful program continues to air on radio stations across the country.
From 1996 to 2002 Paul wrote and produced ten one-hour documentaries for "Jazz Profiles," the NPR series hosted by singer Nancy Wilson. Paul profiled Erroll Garner, George Shearing, Gerald Wilson, George Avakian, Kenny Burrell, Paul Desmond, Mel Tormé, Zoot Sims and Quincy Jones. His profile of Bobby Hutcherson earned him a Peabody Award in 2001.
Shorter NPR features Paul has produced include stories on The Monterey Jazz Festival, Dave Brubeck and Ansel Adams, Moby Grape, Eric von Essen, and composer Avner Dorman’s collaboration with the Stockton Symphony.
January 31, 2020
Balinese-born jazz piano player Joey Alexander has released 5 albums, been nominated for three Grammys, been profiled on 60 Minutes and has played top venues from the Newport Jazz Festival to a sold-out Carnegie Hall to NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert.
August 9, 2018
A year before the Dave Brubeck Quartet’s famous album Time Out was released with its now classic tunes "Take Five" and "Blue Rondo a la Turk," the group toured Eurasia, which profoundly affected Dave, international audiences and two of his sons.
June 3, 2018
The inaugural Roseville Jazz Day featured more than 30 performances at seven venues attracting enthusiastic audiences on Saturday, May 26th. The stylistically diverse festival carries on a long, local tradition of live jazz over Memorial Day weekend.
May 25, 2018
It’s been 10 years since The Manhattan Transfer released an album. On Saturday, the award-winning vocal ensemble will premiere their brand new recording, “The Junction,” as they headline the inaugural Roseville Jazz Day.
March 16, 2018
The late jazz pianist and popular NPR host Marian McPartland will be honored Monday in Sacramento with a concert featuring Bay Area pianist Laura Klein. Like countless other musicians, Klein was influenced, inspired and encouraged by McPartland.
January 18, 2018
Clarinet virtuoso Ken Peplowski headlines with the Sacramento Jazz Orchestra at a special concert honoring Benny Goodman.
December 19, 2017
Managing Editor Paul Conley and Jazz Music Director Gary Vercelli of CapRadio Music reflect on the Sacramento Music Festival, after it was announced the festival would be cancelled after 44 years.
August 4, 2017
Jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg was born in Canada and now lives in New York, but she's been playing and teaching in Sacramento since 2001. She’ll be doing both here this week, while also celebrating the release of her new CD, With A Twist.
July 19, 2017
Bay area vocalist Sandy Cressman loves Brazilian music. Her sensitive, studied approach has won praise from Brazilian musicians and has earned her invitations to perform in that country. This week Cressman performs in Sacramento, supporting a new CD.
May 26, 2017
There are many styles of music featured at the Sacramento Music Festival. But traditional, New Orleans-style jazz has been always been at the festival’s core. We asked musicians from different generations what attracts them to traditional jazz.