Grammy-winning Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is paying tribute to his music idol—Nat King Cole—in a new project titled, Nat King Cole & Me. The album will be released October 27, 2017 and features such classic Cole tunes as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy” and “L-O-V-E.”

 

Check out today's edition of #UPFRONT! This week, I talked exclusively to gospel singer-songwriter Paula Champion about being trapped in a Houston hotel during Hurricane Harvey. The Atlanta-based vocalist opens up about her life changing experience and what she’s planning to do for some of the families affected. 

Check out the new trailer for Dee Rees‘ epic story “Mudbound” starring “Straight Outta Compton” actor Jason Mitchell and Grammy winning superstar Mary J. Blige.

 

Saturday morning at 7am on The Local Take On WCLK, the Atlanta Fulton Public Library System stopped by to let the community know about National Library Sign up Month. 

I speak with Public Relations and Marketing Manager Claudia Strange about National Library Sign Up Month. She shares with listeners what they will need to receive a library card and all of the things beyond books that you can do with a the card.  From renting movies to receiving parking passes for Georgia State Parks or family tickets to Zoo Atlanta all you need is an Atlanta Fulton Public Library card. 

Carmen Bradford On Jazz Tones Sunday (VIDEO)

Sep 8, 2017
photo courtesy of Carmen Bradford

Sunday, September 10 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I will be joined by Jazz Vocalist Carmen Bradford.  Bradford was born  in Texas and raised in Altadena, Californa.  She grew up with music in her home and in her heart. It was only natural that she would follow in the footsteps of her great family legacy, being the daughter of legendary Drummer-Composer Bobby Bradford and world renowned Vocalist-Composer Melba Joyce. Carmen was discovered and hired by William Count Basie and was the featured vocalist in the legendary Count Basie Orchestra for nine years.

September 9: CHAMPS Men's Health Event At CAU

Sep 7, 2017

Clark Atlanta University and the Community Health And Men’s Promotion Summit, better known as CHAMPS, have joined forces to address health issues that disproportionately affect African American men. 

September 7: Suite Jazz Series Presents David Benoit

Sep 6, 2017

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 kicks off September with Keyboardist David Benoit. Benoit is one of the founding fathers of Contemporary Jazz, and for three decades has worked with an array of musicians including:  The Rippingtons, Alphonse Mouzon, Dave Koz, David Sanborn and Brian McKnight. See David Benoit live for one night only Thursday, September 7 at Suite Food Lounge. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner and Jazz at 7:30 p.m.

CAU, WCLK Supports Those Impacted By Harvey

Sep 5, 2017

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey  in Texas and Louisiana is real.  Join Jazz 91.9 WCLK and Clark Atlanta University as we collect donations for  those  whose lives and welfare have been impacted.  Please stop by the CAU Henderson Student Center – located at 223 James P. Brawley Drive, SW in Atlanta, 30314 with your donations today.   Collection items include:  bottled water; nonperishable food items; new or gently worn clothing; and, toiletries.  More information is available at  404-880-6379.

Charles Lloyd is one of Modern Jazz's great surviving sax legends, along with Sonny Rollins, Pharoah Sanders and Wayne Shorter. Lloyd's New Quartet includes Jason Moran on keys, Rueben Rogers on bass, and Eric Harland on drums. Lloyds recent release on Blue Note, Passin' Thru, features six original Lloyd compositions going back to 1963. Fans of Straight Ahead Jazz on WCLK can hear cuts from Passin' Thru Monday-Friday overnights 10pm-2am on Serenade To The City, and also on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards, Sunday afternoons 3pm-7pm.

Getty Images/Paras Griffin for BMI

#UPFRONT had the pleasure of attending and covering the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards Thursday evening. The VIP event took place at Atlanta’s Symphony Hall (Woodruff Art Center) and featured an all-star salute to music icon and Grammy-winning singer, song-writer, actress, author and philanthropist—Patti LaBelle.

 

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Gregory Porter Releases 'SMILE' From New CD 'Nat King Cole & Me' Album

Grammy-winning Jazz vocalist Gregory Porter is paying tribute to his music idol—Nat King Cole—in a new project titled, Nat King Cole & Me . The album will be released October 27, 2017 and features such classic Cole tunes as “Mona Lisa,” “Nature Boy” and “L-O-V-E.” According to JAZZCORNER.COM , Porter enlisted help for the recording from 6-time Grammy winning arranger Vince Mendoza along with pianist Christian Sands, bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Ulysses Owens + special guest Trumpeter...

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Join me Saturday morning at 7am for The Local Take on WCLK as we increase awareness about Sickle Cell Disease . I spoke with Milford Green, PhD, Director of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. Milford Greene spoke about the start of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia which took place before the National office opened in the DC/Baltimore area. This disease impacts 100,000 Americans. Dr. Greene shares with us how the disease is spread genetically and those that have the trait are 50%...

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