The Pitch Questionnaire: Jabulani Leffall

The local radio host talks schools, jazz and lost keys.




Occupation: Multimedia public nuisance. I stole that from Walt Bodine.

Hometown: Los Angeles

Current neighborhood: Plaza/Brookside

Who or what is your sidekick? My laptop

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Jazz musician/bootlegger in the Prohibition era, without the racism.

What was the last locally owned restaurant you patronized? YJ’s Snack Bar

Favorite arts organization: Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Favorite place to spend a significant portion of your paycheck: I’ll split it four ways: Prospero’s Books, Method men’s boutique, Brooks Brothers and Armani Exchange.

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Power & Light District

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? 18th and Vine. I brought my mom and my son and my dad to the Negro League and Jazz museums, and they thought they were stupendous. But they wondered where the traffic was at.

Finish this sentence: “Kansas City screwed up when it …” Let its school district go the way it went.

“Kansas City got it right when it ...” Invented bebop and barbecue.

What TV show are you embarrassed to admit you watch? Mob Wives

___________ take up a lot of space in my iTunes: Memories. What music does for me is take me to a sense of place. You remember where you were the first time you heard “Rapper’s Delight” or the first time you heard “Fuck tha Police” or “In a Sentimental Mood.”

What movie do you watch at least once a year? Casablanca. It’s got everything — literally everything — you could want in a movie.

Celebrity you’d like to take on a gondola ride: Esperanza Spalding

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: Political semantics

What subscription — print, digital, etc. — do you value most? It’s a tie between Netflix and The Atlantic.

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? A recurring theme in my dating career is losing my keys or wallet.

What was the most important thing you learned in school? That multitasking is a myth.

“People might be surprised to know that I ______” Care. Sometimes to my detriment.

Leffall hosts the KCUR 89.3 program Central Standard, which recently celebrated its first anniversary.

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