Jazz With An Accent: Miami Before the Sound Machine

By Fernando Gonzalez

DJ Le Spam, aka Andrew Yeomanson, led a fascinating listening session of Miami vinyl last night at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. Not sure how many people outside Miami are aware that back in the 1970s, and before, well before there was a Gloria and Emilio Estefan or a Miami Sound Machine, there was the legendary Henry Stone’s TK Records, and a soulful Miami sound.

DJ Le Spam (Andrew Yeomanson)

Yeomanson played some rare vinyl, both LPs and 45s, featuring music by artists such as Betty Wright, George McCrae, Timmy Thomas, and Clarence Reid, but also non TK artists such as The Spiritual Harmonizers and the, umm, idiosyncratic Lang Cook.

Stone, now in his 90s, once told me “TK was the Motown of the South. ”  I was new in Miami and at first dismissed it as hype. He wasn’t braggin’.  As they say in baseball, you can look it up.

Or in this case, listen. For starters check the DJ Le Spam website.   And if you are, or plan to be, in the Miami area, check the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Moca By Moonlight.

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