Atlanta Jazz Festival

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is proud to be a media partner of the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 27 - 29 at Piedmont Park.   The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual rite of Spring that takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend.  It is the entertainment gateway to Summer in Atlanta.  The festival features three separate stages of entertainment including local, international and main stage performances.

Executive Director of the City of Atlanta Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs Camille Russel Love stopped by WCLK and talked about it with Jamal Ahmad on The SOUL of Jazz.

Only a few seats remain on the Jazz 91.9 WCLK Steel City Jazz Express.  Join Contemporary Jazz Showcase Host, Mark Angel for a day-long excursion to the Steel City Jazz Festival in Birmingham, AL on Saturday, June 4.   Your donation to WCLK secures two (2) round trip seats on a luxury motor coach; breakfast;  and, admission for two to the festival for only $150.   Sit back, relax with friends and enjoy the ride to a great day of music featuring Jazz, Funk and Soul with performances by Maysa, BWB, Ken Ford, David Sanborn, and Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.  Just send  Joi John, membership manager, WCLK an email by clicking here.   Let her know you want to be on the Jazz 91.9 WCLK Steel City Jazz Express.

NEW MUSIC: Horizon Ahead By Benny Golson

Apr 29, 2016

Benny Golson is a Mainstream Jazz great on tenor sax who played with everyone you know, from John Coltrane to Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie to Lionel Hampton and Art Farmer. As a young man he moved from Bebop to Hard Bop, and he has composed Jazz music for longer than most of us have been alive.   Golson will lead his current band at the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival on the Main Stage on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz.

Raw Food and Vegan Options On The Local Take

Apr 29, 2016

We would like to recognize Jazz 91.9 WCLK Small Business Network Member, Tassili Maat, founder and owner of Tassili's Raw Reality, Atlanta's Raw Vegan Cafe, providing healthy options in a casual atmosphere in the Historic West End District of Atlanta.  Saturday, April 30 on The Local Take we spoke with Natasha Brewley, Chef Beee of Quiche and Tell and Jamile Norman, Farmer J of Patchwork City Farms about their upcoming Facebook challenge Spring Into The Raw.  What's an omnivore diet? What's a raw diet? Is your food more nutritious if you do not cook it? 

Spring Into The Raw is a social media challenge designed to introduce more fruits and vegetables into our diets.  As we learn more about the benefits of a diet rich in the nutrients that come from vegetables this allows us to experiment with a new way of eating.

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Join us Saturday, April 30 at 7:30 a.m.  for Dr. Judi, The People’s Advocate.   Social Worker, Dr. Judi Crocker Billingsley talks with Ari Berman of The Nation Institute.   His new book  Give Us the Ballot: The Modern Struggle for Voting Rights In America is a narrative history that charts the transformation of the American democracy under the Voting Rights Act and the current counter-revolution that has sought to limit voting rights.

As Jazz Appreciation Month in April moves into the 31 Days of Jazz in Atlanta in May, Do you have your 2016 WCLK T-Shirt yet? Artist Sam Burston provided this year's colorful image, guaranteed to liven up any jazz event or Springtime festival you visit. Just become a WCLK member today at the $91.90 level or above and you will be supporting Jazz Public Radio in Atlanta and you can wave your jazz flag wide and high wherever you're seen around town. A WCLK membership is a great Mother's Day gift, too.

April 30: C. T. Vivian Health Fair At The ITC

Apr 26, 2016

I was joined on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Saturday, April 23 by Civil Rights Legend, former SCLC Director and 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Honoree, Rev. C. T. Vivian. He joined us to discuss the upcoming C. T. Vivian Health Fair taking place on April 30th from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Interndenominational Theological Center(ITC) at 700 Martin Luther King Drive. Come out to join Dr. C. T. Vivian and your community for a free health screening with entertainment and family fun.  There will be information on health programs for every member of your family.

Sonny Rollins Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4

Apr 25, 2016

In his new album on Okeh, Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4, the legendary Tenor Saxophonist, Sonny Rollins reaches into his vast archives of concert recordings for eight astounding live cuts recorded between 1979 and 2012. The album reflects songs and styles touching on various aspects of his career. According to Rollins, "it's who I am, and the music represents just about every aspect of what I do." You can look forward to hearing cuts from Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK HD2 in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Azar Lawrence On Jazz Tones With Jay Edwards

Apr 23, 2016

Listen to Jazz Tones on Sunday, April 23 as I talk with Azar Lawrence about his incredible musical journey. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence's early exposure to music was by his mother Ima Jean Lawrence, an educator and classical pianist. As a high school student he began performing with the Horace Tapscott Pan African People's Arkestra. After high school he played with George Cables and Woody Shaw, and he had a regular gig at a Los Angeles club. Azar is a self proclaimed funkateer who  also performed with Ike and Tina Turner. He met Elvin Jones at the age of 20, which  radically changed his musical career. After few years playing with Elvin Jones he joined The McCoy Tyner Band. These priceless years with two-thirds of the classic John Coltrane Quartet made an indelible mark on Azar's life and music.

Jarrod Lawson Stops By The Soul of Jazz

Apr 23, 2016

Portland-based soul singer, Jarrod Lawson, has been making plenty of waves in the world of music since his eponymous 2014 debut. Since that release, the man has performed in over 17 countries and doesn't look like he's slowing down. He joined me during The S.O.U.L. Of Jazz on Friday, April 15 in advance of his Atlanta performance to catch up, and he even blessed the city with an exclusive intimate performance on the air, live from the WCLK studios. This is an interview that you most certainly want to hear asap!

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NEW MUSIC: Landscapes By Joe Chambers

Joe Chambers is a percussionist, composer and arranger who played with everyone from Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard to Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter. He was an original member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble M'Boom. He also has a long body of solo work that has been featured on Jazz 91.9 WCLK over the years. His new release on Savant is called Landscapes, and features a trio including Rick Germanson on piano and Ira Coleman on bass. Vibes are the focus on this record. You can hear cuts from Landscapes at various times on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
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April 20: Your Health Connection On Overcoming Cervical Cancer

Your Health Connection with JaQuitta Williams returns at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20 and features a look at diagnosing, treating and, surviving cervical and gynecologic cancer. Cervical cancer affects approximately 12,000 women each year in America and, the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) and Jazz 91.9 WCLK will feature a conversation you or the women in your life may be able to use to help bring about healthy outcomes in their lives. Host JaQuitta Williams...
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