© 2024 Kansas City Public Radio
NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Firefighter By Day, Jazz Musician By Night

John Brewer talks about his double life of firefighter and jazz / electronica musician.

By Alex Smith


Kansas City, MO – The phrase: "Don't Quit Your Day Job" has been used as a put down for decades. If someone sings badly, that's what they're told. And yet, often it's the day job that provides the inspiration, material, or simply a structured schedule for the art.

Today in KCUR's new series, "Don't Quit Your Day Job," KCUR's Alex Smith talks to musician John Brewer about his day job and how it impacts his art.

For other stories in our series "Don't Quit Your Day Job," listen here to office assistant and visual artist Danny Gibson and here to visual artist and Hallmarker Mark Spencer AKA Johnny Naugahyde.

Download recent arts stories or subscribe to the KCUR Arts Podcast

As a health care reporter, I aim to empower my audience to take steps to improve health care and make informed decisions as consumers and voters. I tell human stories augmented with research and data to explain how our health care system works and sometimes fails us. Email me at alexs@kcur.org.
KCUR serves the Kansas City region with breaking news and award-winning podcasts.
Your donation helps keep nonprofit journalism free and available for everyone.