Jazz Tones Insights-Dr. Lonnie Smith

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Join me for Jazz Tones on WCLK Sunday at 3pm as I feature a rare opportunity to interview Dr. Lonnie Smith- organist,composer, arranger and vocalist. He is a native of Buffalo, New York, and is considered a living legend icon. Dr. Lonnie is a NEA Jazz Master 2017, the highest honor in Jazz.  He was also awarded  Organist/ Keyboardist Of The Year 2003-204 by the Jazz Journalist Association. As young artist he completely immersed himself into listening to the organists of the 1950's including Bill Doggett, Jimmy Smith, and Wild Bill Davis.

Check the out the trailer for the dramatic thriller Traffik. It opens in theaters this weekend and stars Paula Patton and Omar Epps.


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BET is putting a major spotlight on a few of our favorite 90s R&B and hip hop girl groups in a new unscripted series titled Ladies Night.  According to THR, the show is part of the network’s new lineup of programming that was announced during its recent upfront presentation.


This week’s edition of UPFRONT features actor Daveed Diggs from the new film Blindspotting. The former Hamilton star was in town recently for the Atlanta Film Festival and more. 

UPFRONT also caught up with actor Laz Alonso and director Deon Taylor to chat about their new film Traffik, which opens in theaters nationwide this weekend. The film also stars Paula Patton, Omar Epps and Roselyn Sanchez. 

Real life besties—Daveed Diggs and Rafael Casal—are confronting gentrification, racism, police brutality and classism in the new film Blindspotting. It opens in theaters nationwide this summer on July 27.


TNT has released a new trailer for its popular series CLAWS starring Niecy Nash. It returns to Sunday nights on June 10 at 9 p.m. EST.


This is Us star Sterling K. Brown and Atlanta actor Brian Tyree Henry are a few criminals who finds themselves in need of some emergency care in the new drama—Hotel Artemis.


Set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals. Rounding out the all-star cast is Sofia Boutella, Jeff Goldblum, Jenny Slate, Zachary Quinto, Charlie Day and Dave Bautista.


Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by St. James Live, presenting Saxophonist Jakiem Joyner on Sunday, April 22 at 7pm for one performance only. Joyner, also known as Lil Soul Man, has played with artists including Ronny Laws, George Duke, Najee, and Angela Bofill. His Billboard Contemporary Jazz Chart hits include Like I'm Waiting For You and Stay With Me Tonight. St. James Live is located at 3220 Butner Road in Atlanta. Ticket information is available here.

Insights- Vocalist René Marie

Apr 18, 2018
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Sunday afternoon on Jazz Tones on WCLK I had the opportunity to interview René Marie. She is a vocalist, arranger and composer. theatrical performer, and teacher. She was born in Warrenton, Virginia and neither of her parents were formally trained musicians but exposed her to Blues, R&B,classical, folk and bluegrass music. Part of René's musical philosophy has been focused on giving back. In  2010 she launched a series of vocal group sessions called Slam. Her lastest release was 2016's Sound of Red.  This was her first album of all orginal material.


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