Bad ass and blind is how my guest on QSO Today describes himself on his website and the release of his new jazz music album of the same name. Raul Midón, AE3RM, is also a long time and dedicated amateur radio operator, who takes his ham radio operation on his musical tours around the World. For those of us who think we are too busy to get on the air, Raul provides an answer to a busy schedule while sharing ham radio story on this QSO Today.
Raúl Midón and his brother were born prematurely and a medical error left them without vision when they were still in the incubator. This did not stop them from succeeding in their respective lives, both of them achieved their dreams.
Composer, performer, and multi-instrumentalist Raul Midón is a unique personality in the jazz world. Shirking genre expectations and carving his own distinct path, the 52 year-old artist has flourished with a special blend of genre-crossing tunes – everything from R&B to pop to Latin music infusions – blossoming from a Latin session player in the ‘90s to a prolific and acclaimed solo artist in New York over the last 15 years. His ninth and most recent album, Bad Ass and Blind, earned him his first Grammy nomination, for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
Raul Midón lives in a world of sound — blind since birth, Midón's interpretation of his surroundings is borderless. He sings with the passion of the best classic soul singers, and his instrumental chops stand along side the most accomplished jazz musicians.
Normally backed by a band that straddles styles just as well as he does, for his turn behind Bob Boilen's desk Midón stripped it down to just voice and guitar, the musical equivalent of tightrope walking without a net..