Larry Shind has been plenty busy with his job of late as a real estate, land use and zoning law attorney at Wellesley firm Kertzman & Weil. “This has been a particularly robust year for real estate in Wellesley and Metrowest, particularly for sellers, since prices have been on the upswing,” he says.
But Shind still finds time for a sweet side gig that he’s been doing for years: hosting a jazz show on WGBH 89.7 FM.
He’s a regular fill-in for Eric Jackson’s Eric in the Evening show, and has been for about 10 years.
“I love sharing the music with listeners and helping to promote one of America’s great art forms,” says Shind, who jazz fans can follow on Twitter at @jazzesq. “One of my favorite things about the show is I am responsible for selecting the music and talking about it.”
Prior to hosting on WGBH, Shind hosted a Sunday morning jazz show for years on WICN 90.5 FM in Worcester. Before that, he did some overnight jazz hosting on WBUR 90.9 FM.
Some of his jazz performers are the South African pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim, vocalists Kurt Elling and Dee Dee Bridgewater, saxophonist Eric Alexander, and the Mingus Big Band, “helping to keep the legacy of Charles Mingus alive.”
Shind catches jazz locally at venues such as Scullers, the Regattabar, the Amazing Things Art Center in Framingham and TCAN in Natick. “I also enjoy the great performances of our jazz groups in Wellesley High School and Middle School. Wellesley College also brings some great artists on campus, contributing to a vibrant music scene in Metrowest,” he says.
This big-time music fan has had plenty of opportunity to do jazz-like improvising himself as an attorney and participant in town government. Shind often represents individuals and developers before the Wellesley Zoning and Planning Boards. He also served for six years on the Board of Selectman, was a Chair of the Advisory Committee, and currently serve as a Town Meeting Member.
Shind’s next shows on WGBH 89.7 FM are on Saturday, Aug. 29 and Sunday, Aug. 30 from 9pm to midnight.