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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

On the February 18 edition of The Local Take on  Jazz 91.9 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. 

Saturday, February 18 at 7:30 a.m., 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.

Join Host Pattie Walden for Your Health Connection on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Wednesday, February 15 at 6:00 p.m. as we talk about cancer and families.  Family members can be your support system and your advocate, but families are never under more stress than when a loved one is fighting the disease. We’ll talk about it with Shavonn Richardson from Blue Flowers, Annie McRae, and Latoya Brown - three women who fight this battle each day. We’ll take your calls and questions live on the air at (404) 880 - 9255.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK Remembers Al Jarreau 1940 - 2017

Feb 13, 2017
Shannon McCollum

Jazz 91.9 WCLK will be featuring the music of Al Jarreau throughout this week as a remembrance to an artist who has been a part of our radio DNA from the beginning.   What made Al Jarreau so unique was the fact that he was a male vocalist taking the influence of Betty Carter to higher heights and the pop world. I once interviewed him and asked him was there some portal in the universe that he would plug into when he performed.   He laughed and said he never thought of it like that but I was probably right.

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PNC Bank and Jazz 91.9 WCLK Celebrates Atlanta’s African American Business Leaders – Pat Lottier was born in Ohio in 1948. Lottier excelled in her studies and received a full scholarship to Johns Hopkins University in 1966. There she studied nursing and met her husband George Lottier. When the family moved to Atlanta, Lottier worked with the Dekalb County Health Department.

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Sunday, February 12 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.,  I'll talk with Grammy-nominated  Composer-Pianist, Vijay Iyer. He will be performing with his trio as part of the Arts At Tech program at the Robert Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech campus on Friday, February 17.  

Iyer's Trio consists of himself on piano, Tyshawn Sorels on drums and Stephan Crump on bass.  Iyer has been voted The Downbeat Magazine Artist Of The Year three times, and he  is a MacArthur Fellow and a former Doris Duke performing artist.  Iyer was recently appointed as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. His recent ECM release A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke is a collaboration  with long time colleague Wadada Leo Smith that the Los Angeles Times called "haunting, meditative and transportive."

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