On the April 29 edition of The Local Take on WCLK, I spoke with former U. S. Ambassador to Venezuela Charles Shapiro about the World Affairs Council and their Sixth Annual Health Summit taking place in Atlanta on May 8.

I spoke last week on The Local Take on WCLK with Marilyn Winn of Women on the Rise about the new Marijuana Law #17-01152 in Atlanta.

This law seeks to eliminate prison and felony charges from being applied to citizens who are apprehended with small amounts of marijuana. Research conducted by the American Civil Liberties Union/ACLU shows that while Americans use marijuana at the same rates, black people are 3.73 times more likely to be arrested and charged for marijuana use. 

The Clark Atlanta School of Muisc will present their Sixth Annual International Jazz Day Concert on Sunday, April 30 at 7:00 p.m. in the Davage Auditorium located on the CAU Campus. The CAU Jazz Orchestra under the direction of James Hardy Patterson will celebrate the music of Big Sid Catlett, one of the most versatile drummers of the early Jazz era. More details are available at 404-880-8211.

This week’s edition of #UPFRONT is a very special one. I will be talking to the cast of Netflix’s “Dear White People,” which premiered on Friday (April 28).



The new series follows a group of Winchester University’s students of color as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and activism in the millennial age. My featured guests include creator, writer and executive producer Justin Simien, Atlanta’s own Logan Browning, Marque Richardson and John Patrick Amedori.


The African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), in association with Atlanta’s historic Auburn Avenue Research Library will commemorate the cinematic legacy of Prince with a screening of his iconic film, “Purple Rain,” on Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. EST.

The event will include the screening followed by a panel discussion that showcases his career in movies. During his lifetime, the iconic entertainer, starred in four films: “Under the Cherry Moon,” “Sign of the Times,” “Graffiti Bridge,” and the highly-lauded “Purple Rain.”

On Sunday, April 30 at Historic First Congregational Church, The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs presents Jazz Pianist Senri Oe as part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival 40 Days Of Jazz festivities.  Oe, an award - winning pianist, has been influential in the Japanese music scene as a lyricist, composer and arranger since 1983. He makes his Atlanta debut for the annual International Jazz Day concert that will close out Jazz Appreciation Month.  The performance is open to the public.  

He extended his talent in the TV and film industry, and flourished as an actor and TV personality as well. Among his major awards are: the Japan Gold Disc Grand Prix; Best Male Pop Artist of 1988 and FNS Pop Music Award; and, Best Song of The Year in 1989.  Recording on the Sony Music label, Senri Oe's international debut   Jazz album, "Boys Mature Slow," generated rave reviews from top music magazines including  Jazziz and Down Beat in NYC. "Boys Mature Slow" went on to earn Album of the Year in the New Star category for Nissan Presents Jazz Japan Awards in 2012. In addition to his own projects, Oe produces albums for other talented artists in NYC. 

New Music: Turn Up The Quiet By Diana Krall (VIDEO)

Apr 28, 2017

Five time Grammy-winning Jazz Vocalist, Diana Krall is back with a new record on Verve, Turn Up The Quiet. She works out the American Songbook and is produced by fellow Grammy-winner Tommy Lipuma. This new effort features more Jazz standards and, fewer Pop and Rock covers that she's favored on recent records. You can hear cuts from Turn Up The Quiet at various times on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.  For more about Dianna Krall, click here.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is the Official Station of the 40th Atlanta Jazz Festival which takes place May 26 - 28 at Piedmont Park.   Not only will we be at the park mingling with listeners, members and artist friends, you can stay tuned to 91.9 throughout Atlanta's 40 Days of Jazz for updates and event information.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta's Jazz Station and Atlanta's Jazz Festival -- bringing you the best in Jazz.   And, all the Atlanta Jazz Festival information you need.

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is sponsored in part by the Suite Food Lounge, located at 375 Luckie Street in Downtown Atlanta. The Suite Jazz Series presents Jazz Saxophonist, Everette Harp on Thursday, April 27. Harp Delvers a saxy blend of Contemporary Jazz and classic Soul influenced by artists he's performed with like: Aretha, Phil Perry, Natalie Cole and Herbie Hancock.  Doors open 6:30 p.m., dinner and Jazz at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz Singer and Pianist, Freddie Cole dropped by Midday Jazz with Rivablue to discuss the 40th Atlanta Jazz Festival and Atlanta's 40 Days of Jazz.   Freddie Cole plays the Legends Stage of the Atlanta Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park at 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28.


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