Join me for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Sunday, August 13  from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Recently, Atlantan Sweet Lu Olutosin was a guest on Jazz Tones.  We discussed his third release as a leader, Meet Me At The Crossroads, a record that exhibits social consciousness with tracks such as Skin Game(Granny Said It) and How They Do That. He shared  that his grandmother taught him  that racism was an unnecessary game. A Joe Henderson tune, Don't Forget To Remember(Recorda Me),exhibits his lyrical versatility and homage to a respected legend.

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Dr. Courtney Shelton returns Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 a.m. with a compelling and, informative discussion about vaccination and immunization. Whether you are a parent of a child who requires vaccinations for school or if you just have question about your own immunization status we have you covered.

Dr. Shelton is joined by Georgia Goseer, Immunization Coordinator and Perinatal Hepatitis B Coordinator for the Fulton County Board of Health.  How are you at risk if you refuse to vaccinate your child, and what are the rules in Georgia? Tune in - Saturday, August 12 at 7:30 a.m.!

Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners know John Beasley well, as keyboardist on sides and tours with Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, George Duke, Marcus Miller and Stanley Clarke among others.  He's been through the station more than a time or two.  In recent years he has led a tight big band he calls the MONK'estra, playing and  arranging variations on songs from the master of variation himself Thelonius Monk.

Stone Mountain’s Sweet Potato won bragging rights as a finalist in Georgia’s Best Shrimp & Grits cooking competition. Their selection was based on public online voting and earned Chef Karen Patton the opportunity to represent Metro Atlanta at the 2017 Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival, Saturday, September 16. Sweet Potato Cafe will compete against restaurants representing the other eight regions of Georgia. Sweet Potato Café is a WCLK Business Member and has been a meal donor for volunteers for several of our membership campaigns. Congrats Chef Karen and all the best in bringing the award back home in September!

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by the Suite Food Lounge, located at 375 Luckie Street in Downtown Atlanta. The Suite Jazz Series presents Saxophonist Pamela Williams for one night only, Thursday, August 10. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner and Jazz at 7:30 p.m. For more information about the Suite Jazz Series including reservations, call 404-577-2500 or click here.

Georgia Association of Broadcasters

Jazz 91.9 WCLK was honored with a total of four 2017 GABBY awards presented by the Georgia Association of Broadcasters.  WCLK scored two 2017 GABBY Awards for excellence in broadcasting for:  Community Service and Best Use of Digital Platform – Social Media; and, two 2017 GABBY Merit Awards for:  Best Station Produced PSA and Best Use of Digital Platform – Website.  Jazz 91.9 WCLK was selected as an awards finalist from a pool of more than 520 entries comprised of radio and television stations across the state of Georgia.  WCLK Interim Program Director, Marquis Lofton, was presented the honors at the 55th Annual Gabby Awards at the Jekyll Island Convention Center.

Trane: The Atlantic Collection (VIDEO)

Aug 6, 2017

2017 has been a good year for John Coltrane fans.  First,  the John Scheinfeld film Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary revealed his life and music to new audiences (which WCLK screened May 2017 at Midtown Arts Cinemas as a member engagement activity).  Now, Rhino Records is re-releasing a number of Coltrane's Atlantic Records-era releases.

A complete box set preceded this compilation.   The set is a compelling collection that showcases some of Coltrane's most accessible music, recorded between 1959 and 1961, as he moved from legendary sideman to bandleader. You can hear cuts from Trane: The Atlantic Years at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in  particular during Serenade To The City from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

#UPFRONT had the pleasure of attending and covering this week’s Media and VIP Reception for the 2017 BronzeLens Film Festival (BLFF). The mixer was held at Davidoff of Geneva (The Shops Buckhead Atlanta) and was hosted by BLFF’s Executive Producer Kathleen Bertrand, Artistic Director Deidre McDonald and Chairman of the Board Tirrell Whitley of Liquid Soul.

 

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Take a look at my exclusive #UPFRONT interview with "Detroit" actor Leon Thomas III. The Grammy-winning performer talks about starring in the new film which chronicles the events that led up to the historic Detroit Riots of 1967 and the infamous Algiers Motel incident. Thomas also opens up about working alongside Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and his other TV and film projects. Thomas has appeared on the Broadway stage in productions of "The Lion King," "The Color Purple" and "Caroline or Change." 

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Check out the trailers below from a few new films that open in theaters this weekend. The first movie is "STEP" which follows the lives of an all-female step team from the mean streets of Baltimore, MD. The indie project, directed by Tony Award-winning Broadway producer Amanda Lipitz, follows three of the young steppers---Blessing Giraldo, Tayla Solomon and Cori Grainger---as they matriculate through the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Ladies. It is a heartwarming story that won an award at this year's Sundance Film Festival. 

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