New Music: Paul Taylor-Countdown

Jan 14, 2017

Saxophonist Paul Taylor has been one of the players defining contemporary smooth jazz since his first record On The Horn in 1995. On his new release on Peak Records/eOne, Countdown, he plays across a number of genres, including dance pop/EDM, trancelike neo-soul, electronica, folksy lite rock, reggaeton, even a touch of blues. You can hear cuts from Countdown at various times on WCLK, particularly during Serenade To The City Monday-Friday 10pm-2am.

More about Paul Taylor here.

Nat Hentoff Passes, Jazz Remembers

Jan 13, 2017
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Nat Hentoff-journalist, author, Jazz critic and civil libertarian-made his transition at age 91 on January 7 at his home in Manhattan. A self proclaimed trouble maker originally from Boston who resided in New York, Nat was  the first non-musician to be recognized as a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts. He wrote for the Village Voice for 50 years and contributed to the New Yorker,Washington Post, Down Beat, Jazz Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He published more than 35 books ranging from young adults to nonfiction titles.  Hentoff was a political reformer, political agitator, enemy of censors and an educational reformer.

January Premium: Jazz 91.9 WCLK Travel Mug

Jan 12, 2017

Click here to pick up your Jazz 91.9 WCLK travel mug for just $20 plus $5 shipping and handling. Let your Jazz flag fly as you drink your morning coffee, afternoon tea or evening smoothie.  Let everyone know you support Jazz 91.9 WCLK!  

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming comes from Arts At Tech, presenting Alonzo King Lines Ballet at the Ferst Center for The Arts on Saturday, January 14 at 8:00 p.m.   Alonzo King returns to his home state of Georgia for the first time with his dance company and, features works of deeply rooted cultural traditions and classic ballet. Ticket information is available at 404-894-9600 or by clicking here.

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In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day,  Jazz 91.9 WCLK will air special coverage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, January 16.   Beginning at 10:00 a.m. we will feature a simulcast of Fox 5 Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr. 49th Annual Commemorative Service coverage, live from the Horizon Sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church.   This year's keynote speaker will be Father Michael Pfleger.   U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders will deliver a special tribute.

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by the Suite Food Lounge at 375 Luckie Street in Downtown Atlanta, presenting Grammy-winning Saxophonist, Eric Marienthal for one night only Thursday, January 12. Marienthal has played with George Duke, Ramsey Lewis and The Rippingtons, among many others.

Information on tickets to Eric Marienthal's Thursday night appearance can be found here.

Entertainment Connections and City Winery present a Jazz & Blues Brunch on Sunday, January 15, featuring Atlanta's own Jazz Vocalists Theresa Hightower and Myrna Clayton; The Mose Davis Trio; and, Jazz Trumpeter Milkshake. This event will be hosted by WCLK's Debb Moore. Located at Ponce City Market, City Winery is Atlanta's exclusive operating winery, restaurant and live entertainment venue featuring culinary and cultural experiences under one roof. Doors open at noon, showtime at 1:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, a proud supporter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming, presents Jazz Vocalist Tammy McCann on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.   McCann will be joined by Tom Vaitsas on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and Clif Wallace on drums. “Classically trained but steeped in the sounds and rituals of Chicago jazz,” vocalist Tammy McCann finds “new tones and colors, fresh shadings and tints in an instrument that already ranks among the most alluring in jazz,” commanding a “luxuriant, supple, larger-than life” voice “that inspires wonder” (Chicago Tribune).

The first in a series of Jazz compilations from the historical catalog of Resonance Records, Jazz Haunts & Magic Vaults: The New Lost Classics of Resonance Records, Volume 1 features 14 selections of rare finds from some of the most iconic Jazz figures of all time such as:  Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Shirley Horn, Freddie Hubbard, Charles Lloyd, Sarah Vaughan, Wes Montgomery, Larry Young and others.  Resonance Records is doing a great job of unearthing lost Jazz classics.

Mahoghani Dawn

"The Golden Globe Awards" air tomorrow night at 8 p.m. on NBC and a record number of African-American actors have been nominated. “Insecure” star Issa Rae is up for  “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy” along with black-ish actress Tracee Ellis Ross. “Atlanta” actor Donald Glover and black-ish‘s Anthony Anderson are also in the running for “Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Musical or Comedy.”

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