Insights- Nicholas Payton

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Sunday afternoon on Jazz Tones on WCLK (3pm-7pm), I will interview multi-instrumentalist and Grammy award-winner Nicholas Payton.  It is  interesting to note that he rejects the word Jazz to describe his music, preferring Black American Music instead. Payton has played multiple instruments all along, taking advantage of his father's position as a school band instructor. A New Orleanian and admirer of Louis Armstrong, he did not unveil his multi-instrumentalism on record until later on such  albums as Nick@Night and Dear Louis , his 2001 Louis Armstrong tribute.

Insights-Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Feb 18, 2017
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Listen to Jazz Tones on WCLK Sunday afternoon 3pm-7pm as I interview Balé Folclórico da Bahia founder Walson Botelho. Botelho and Ninha Reis established Brazil's only professional folk dance company in 1988. This 38 member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers have a prestigious reputation globally under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba. Balé Folclórico da Bahia is a high- energy performance that draws from it's African cultural influences and will include  slave dances, capoeira ( a form of martial arts), samba, and elements that include Brazil's Carnival.

This week's edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry is going to be an exciting one.

Saahara Glaude, stage manager of the Orlando Jazz Festival is in the studio to give us all the DEETS on this year's inaugural festival which is taking place March 9-11 in beautiful Orlando, Florida. Artists scheduled to appear include Maysa, Boney James, Kirk Whalum, Norman Brown, David Sanborn, Ken Ford, Najee and many more. 

This week on The Local Take I speak with actors Tracy Bonner and Re, both appearing in the new True Colors Theatre Company production of EXIT STRATEGY.

The play speaks directly to the closing of schools and the impact not only on the teachers and students but on the community as a whole. The playwright, Ike Holter, was writing about school closings in Chicago, but this is happening to schools all over the country.

Hope Atlanta Delivers to Underserved Communities

Feb 18, 2017

This morning on The Local Take on WCLK I speak with Ed Powers and Chokel Taylor about Hope Atlanta.  Hope Atlanta evolved from an organization that started over 100 years ago, which evolved into Traveler's Aid and is now known as Hope Atlanta. Hope Atlanta Executive Director Ed Powers explains that the new name reflects the organization's mission to help underserved communities. 

WCLK’s Spring Membership Drive is just around the corner but we couldn’t wait to give you a special reason to donate early! From now thru March 1st, when you make an online donation to WCLK, you’re automatically entered into a random drawing to win one of five pair of passes to the Orlando Jazz Festival March 10th and 11th in sunny Orlando, Florida.

Saturday morning at 7:30am WCLK presents Dr. Judi, The People's Advocate, with a half hour of compelling conversation. Dr. Judi Crocker Billingsley talks with Sociologist and Social Activist Dr. Fleda Mask Jackson as they consider the meaning of Black History Month in 2017. They'll cover the beginnings of the Black History Movement with Carter G. Woodson's founding of the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History in 1915. They will also tease out the ideas and controversies surrounding Black History Month in the current era.

Mondays in February at City Winery Atlanta have been filled with a new music series—The Soul Cabaret Series. On Monday, February 20, the series features continues with the soulful piano stylings of Nick Rosen. Nick has become one of the most sought after Jazz musicians in the Southeast, traveling and performing all over the country and the world.   He’s played sideman to artists including: Russell Gunn, Dionne Farris, Jamison Ross, Tony Momrelle of Incognito, Jennifer Holliday, Roy Ayers, Nathan East, Curtis Fuller and Grant Green Jr., just to name a few.

Join us for the annual Morris Baxter Birthday Bash on Thursday, February 16 at Suite Food Lounge, 275 Luckie Street in Downtown Atlanta. Each year this celebration takes place with over 200 Atlanta Jazz lovers and mystery Jazz artists who set the atmosphere for the evening. This is your chance to wish the source of your Morning Motivations a Happy Birthday! We'll see you Thursday.


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