Here’s one more in our series of blog posts that showcase some of our Music Analysts. Much of the musical output of Pandora staff doesn’t happen to be in our collection, but we thought you might like to know of some Pandora stations that feature the men and women who analyze all of the music you listen to! (click here for the first , second and third Analyst spotlights.)
Jeff Anthony, Pandora’s percussionist extraordinaire (pictured here), has quite the impressive resume. In addition to playing live with all manner of accomplished musicians, he shows up playing the drums on the following Pandora stations. Sheryl Crow: I think you may have heard of her? Jeff drums on her C’mon C’mon album, a personal favorite of mine. He also plays with the all-Pandora band Michael Zapruder’s Rain of Frogs, who just released a new CD (more on them next week). You can find him on the Dahlia station, which is an electronic duo, and on the Tom Varley and the Sun Dogs station, who describe themselves as “good ol’ fashion tiki bar music from Portland.”
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Jeff’s drumming can also be found on a Jenny Kerr station, which features roots & blues harmonica-driven Americana. He spent much of last year touring internationally with the Eric McFadden Trio, a brilliant, frighteningly unique psycho rock band that’s difficult not to love. (update: Jeff tells me that he also did a lot of touring internationally with Chuck Prophet last year.)
Evan Francis, who may well win the prize for Smilingest Music Analyst, shows up on several Pandora stations as well. He plays sax in The Ian Carey Quintet, which is jazz, and also with The Industrial Jazz Group. You can also hear him on Spaceheater radio, in the vein of instrumental hiphop/downtempo electronica.
Marina Garza, one of our newest hires, is one of our Latin Music Specialists. She plays with the Orquesta D’Soul, which she describes as Latin Salsa Pop. I notice that Pandora refers to their music as having “danceable grooves.” I concur.
Tom Griesser plays sax in the Brass Monkey Brass Band, a high-octane 8-piece ensemble in the style of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band and the ReBirth Brass Band, with a lineup of trumpets, trombones, saxophones, tuba, and drums. In addition to their fiery original compositions, their repertoire ranges from traditional New Orleans favorites such as “When The Saints Go Marching In” to renditions of tunes by Zappa and Led Zeppelin.

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  3. stacyhabkirk
    August 04, 2006 at 11:41am
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    August 06, 2006 at 2:42pm
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  6. Lynn
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    August 07, 2006 at 8:29am
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    August 07, 2006 at 1:02pm
    I would love to hear more Canadian East Coast artists!!!
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  9. Greg
    August 14, 2006 at 4:04pm
    Just hooked up w/your service for a test drive. Frankly, I don't see how you will be able to match my music tastes using some goofy formula... for example, I only like one song by ABBA, the rest suck. I only liked one song by Daryl Hall, the rest suck. I only like one song by Simply Red, the rest suck. One song by Basia, one song by James Taylor, one song by Foreigner, all the rest suck. See where I'm going with this? So far just about everything you've queued up for me just isn't cutting it...
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  10. Diana
    August 25, 2006 at 4:26pm
    This website is a godsend for me. It's always been difficult to find songs that I like, but this site has simplified it to a point of ridiculousness! LOVE IT! I have a few suggestions that I think would greatly improve your website. I think that having a "type" of music to choose from would be great to have. Especially for those who are new to this website and for people like me who would like to experience a completely different genre of music and are unsure where to start. I think that being able to choose which songs you don't like and then skipping to the next song without limits on how many you can skip in an hour would be highly beneficial to this site. It's sometimes a bit irritating having to listen to a song that you don't like. Also, when you base a radio station on a song, I think that the first thing that should play is the song you requested. It would be great if you could repeat songs that you really want to listen to again along with a way to keep the whole song on your personal profile. A way of being able to customize your personal profile (color, theme, etc.) would help put an emphasis on your theme of being able to customize the music you listen to. It would be cool if when you customize your profile you could decorate it with pictures, posters, and album covers of your favorite band(s). Keep up the great work! Many thanks!
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