Scotty Barnhart

Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, educator and author. He has put in over 20 years in the Count Basie Orchestra and is now its leader. He's in town this weekend playing Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27  at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta.   The performances are themed A Tribute To Miles Davis, an event featuring Barnhart and his combo's interpretation of great mid-period Miles Davis songs.  

Kiplyn Primus

Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I'll talk with Olympic Champion Brittney Reese, who won the silver medal in the women's long jump at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Reese won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Brittney spoke with us about the difference in performing at the Olympics compared with other track and field meets that she participates in throughout the year.  She spoke about serving your country through your abilities and being a positive representation for the nation. 

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK remembers the wide-ranging music of harmonica great Toots Thielemans, who passed away Monday, August 22 at the age of 94.  His was a singular talent on the harmonica which was not obviously a Jazz instrument.  Thielemans made his mark with a chromatic harmonica played in the style of his late 1940s inspirations, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  He's best known to millions around the world for his work in major film soundtracks and television in the 1960s - 70s, in particular the themes and soundtracks to Midnight Cowboy and Sesame Street.

Join us for the August edition of the Wednesday WindDown Centennial Park Concert Series featuring piano Jazz, fan favorites and great music featuring our friend Madoca on Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is only $5.  More info is available by clicking here.

Rickie Foster

I support First Tee Atlanta, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of Atlanta's young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  Thanks to everyone who came and said hello at John A. White Golf Course on their annual Community Day benefiting First Tee Atlanta on Saturday, August 20.   Great time, great weather, great cause and I played in the golf skills challenge and got in a round, too.  For more information about First Tee Atlanta and John A. White Golf Course, click here.

Check out the official trailer for the upcoming space drama “Hidden Figures” starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.  The film stars the trio as Mathematicians Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who served as the brains behind America’s race against Russia to put a man in space.

New Music: The Way We Play By Marquis Hill

Aug 22, 2016

Twenty nine year old Chicago trumpet player Marquis Hill pays homage to Jazz standards on his new Concord Jazz release The Way We Play. Hill won the 2014 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, and you can see why as you listen to this record's modern takes on songs played by all of the Jazz icons who have gone before.  Hill's ensemble includes:  Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride; Vibraphonist Justin Thomas; Drummer Makaya McCraven; and, Bassist Joshua Ramos.

Mark Fitton

Sunday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK you can hear Jazz Night In America from NPR Music, hosted by Christian McBride.  This week's program features the piano and voice duo of Cecile McLorin Salvant and Pianist Sullivan Fortner, recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center.  Find out more about Cecile McLorin Salvant here.

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Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  I will pay a special tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and his career.  Hutcherson, a Los Angeles native and accomplished vibraphonist, made his transition on August 15.   His career spanned over 50 years and 40 recordings.  Slipping free of the constraints of the  designs of Bebop, Hutcherson adapted his instrument to a freer post-bop language. Bobby played chords with a pair of mallets in each hand.

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Come one, come all--I'll be hosting Sunday, August 21, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Red Oak Church located at 4710 Washington Road in College Park, GA as Dr. Bill Freeman presents A Jazz Concert “The Music Of A Man.”   In 1973, Dr. Bill Freeman left the music scene to answer the call of ministry and the Gospel, but his passion for Jazz has always remained. Influenced by Pianists Art Tatum and Earl “Bud” Powell,  Dr. Freeman enjoys playing multiple instruments including guitar, organ, saxophone and piano.

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New Music: The Way We Play By Marquis Hill

Twenty nine year old Chicago trumpet player Marquis Hill pays homage to Jazz standards on his new Concord Jazz release The Way We Play. Hill won the 2014 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, and you can see why as you listen to this record's modern takes on songs played by all of the Jazz icons who have gone before. Hill's ensemble includes: Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride; Vibraphonist Justin Thomas; Drummer Makaya McCraven; and, Bassist Joshua Ramos. You can hear cuts from...
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The Local Take With Kiplyn Primus

The Local Take: Resources And Dignity For Homeless And Addicted Women In Atlanta At Gilgal House

Saturday, August 13 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK I talk with Val Cater the founder of Gilgal House in Atlanta. We are also joined by Barbara Jackson with Gilgal House. They talk about how this organization came from Cater's business profits that turned into investment in a home for Atlanta women who suffer from the ravages of addiction and homelessness. A strong Christian faith and mission undergirds their programs, which provide housing and programming to address the...
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July 20: Your Health Connection Talks Cutting Edge Cancer Research, Therapy

JaQuitta Williams is your host for Your Health Connection on Jazz 91.9 WCLK Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 p.m. This month we take a look back a the work done over the past year by the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University. JaQuitta's guests will include CCRTD Senior Research Research Scientist and Community Outreach Director, Dr. Kimberly Davis; CCRTD Associate Research Director, Dr. Valerie Odero-Marah; and, Doctoral Student, Mawiya Kimbrough...
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