The Jazz Effect: A Conversation with Gigi Brooks

Gigi Brooks

When I think of women and their contributions to various industries, I feel an extreme sense of pride being a female myself.  We have had an enormous impact in our society and historically, been some of the most influential people who are in our history books. Some of the women in those books are Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and Sojourner Truth to name a few. These were powerful women who were on the move or contributing to a movement. They set an unparalleled precedent for those that followed. There are women on the move in today’s society who are everyday people whom you don’t hear about in the national news or in recent history books that should be recognized.

Women continue to have an impact in the home, workplace and community. We’ve take the music industry by storm with greats such as Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald and the list goes on. If we didn’t have supporting industries for these music queens, they possibly wouldn’t be as well known. Radio has spanned back numerous decades and has been a constant in people’s lives since its inception. As well, some female radio personalities have careers that have spanned over decades.

When I think of a female radio personality who truly has a love for what she does, I think of GiGi Brooks (Orlando, FL) who has been on the radio since she was 15 years old! She has produced, programmed and hosted the highest rated live Jazz radio show in the country and considered to be a well respected Jazz aficionado. I had the opportunity to interview GiGi Brooks and found out a little more about the Jazz enthusiast that I’d like to share with you:

OM: Why do you feel you gravitated to the Jazz genre of music as a young girl?
GiGi: As far back as I can remember, music was always in our home. My mother is a classically trained pianist and loves music and she played records in the house and we listened to it all of the time; even in the car. So as a little girl as young as three or four years old I began paying attention to the sounds of Motown, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Barbara Streisand and Broadway.

Read the full interview at Onyx Magazine.

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