June 14: Alex Bugnon At Suite Lounge

Jun 12, 2018

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCKL is made possible in part by the Suite Food Lounge, home of the Suite Jazz Series.  Thursday, June 14, Suite Jazz Series presents Pianist and Composer, Alex Bugnon.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with dinner and Jazz at 8:00 p.m.   More information about the Suite Jazz Series including tickets to this performance is available by calling 404-577-2500 or click here.   Suite Lounge is located in Downtown Atlanta at 375 Luckie Street.

This weekend's edition of UPFRONT was truly star-studded. It featured snippets of my one-on-one conversations with R&B/Jazz diva Regina Belle, Power actor Joseph Sikora and Marlon stars Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb. 

Belle is appearing on this weekend's edition of UNSUNG and stopped by to chat about that and her musical legacy. She also talked about what the rest of 2018 holds for her and much more. (Click here for the full conversation).

Check out my full conversation with Essence Atkins and Bresha Webb of NBC's hit comedy series Marlon.  The ladies were in Atlanta earlier this week to promote the show's second season and stopped by UPFRONT to dish about that and so much more. 

The hugely popular dramatic series Power returns to primetime this July and Starz is giving fans an opportuntiy to catch up. They're teaming up with Lionsgate for the complete DVD release of Season 4 on June 12.

Grammy Award-winning songstress Regina Belle is the subject of Sunday night's new episode of TV One's UNSUNG. The accomplished singer-songwriter and overall music diva opens up about her greatest accomplishments as well as some hurdles that could have totally altered her life and career. However, Belle was able to move past her obstacles and continues to mesmerize audiences today with her undeniable talent and showmanship. 

This week on The Local Take I talk with community experts about Rides To Wellness, a program that began with a grant from the Federal Transportation Administration to help strengthen the Affordable Care Act. My guests are Ben Limmer, Assistant General Manager for MARTA, Amanda Tyner, Rides To Wellness Coordinator with the Atlanta Regional Commission, and Sherard Polite, health educator at the Fulton-DeKalb Hospital Authority.

 

June 10: St. James Live Presents Brian Simpson

Jun 7, 2018

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by St. James Live, presenting Keyboardist and Composer Brian Simpson, one night only, Sunday June 10.   Simpson has played with George Duke, Gerald Albright and Boney James; and, toured with Janet Jackson and Teena Marie.   He wrote the R&B hit First Time for Surface.  Doors open for this exclusive performance at 6:00 p.m., with showtime at 7:00 p.m.   St.

This week on The Local Take I speak with Courtney Sykes from the Greater Atlanta Section of the National Council of Negro Women, Monica Pantoja from The nsoro Foundation and Riheem Jefferson, a foster care recipient.

NEW MUSIC: Riviera Nights By Blake Aaron

Jun 5, 2018

Southern-California based Guitarist Blake Aaron stopped by Jazz 91.9 WCLK to catch up when he was in town recently.  He's an unassuming Smooth Jazz virtuoso on guitar, and he's also composed multiple film and television soundtracks.  The list of artists he's played with includes: Bernie Worrell, Bill Laswell, Billy Bass, Bobby Womac, Carlos Santana, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, Fishbone, Hiroshima, Marion Meadows, Najee, Nelson Rangell, Shiela E and many more.  His latest release on Innervision Records is called Riviera Nights, and is a driving, Latin-inflected guitar song that you can he

Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners and members -- if you have some spare time to give back to your community, why not come spend a few hours with your favorite WCLK on-air personality? We need your volunteer help during the Jazz 91.9 WCLK fiscal year end membership campaign scheduled June 7 through 18.  You can hang out during your favorite show and help WCLK reach our financial goals by answering the phones. For more information on becoming a WCLK volunteer, call Joi John at 404-880-8280 or click here to email.

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