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June is Black Music Month and #UPFRONT will be celebrating all month long with exclusive interviews and music from today’s hitmakers. Saturday’s show will feature the daughters of three iconic music stars that blazed trails within the industry—-James Brown, Millie Jackson and Isaac Hayes. 

 

June 3: The Local Take Discusses The Opioid Epidemic

Jun 3, 2017
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Join us on The Local Take on 91.9 WCLK Saturday, June 3 at 7:00 a.m. as we discuss opioids. The opioid addiction crisis in America has been all over the news, from obituaries of average people to celebrities to overdose prevention measures by first responders. After attending last month's Opioid Prevention Summit hosted by Dekalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, I reached out to one of the presenters to share information with our listeners. Dr. Patrice Harris is the Chair of the Board of the American Medical Association. Dr.

June 1: Keiko Matsui At Suite Food Lounge

May 31, 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, with the Suite Jazz Series, this week featuring Composer Keyboardist, Keiko Matsui.  Her career spans four decades and over 20 record releases. Matsui appears live for the first time at Suite Food Lounge, Thursday night June 1.   Doors open at 6:30 p.m., dinner and Jazz begin at 7:30 p.m.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners knew about multi-talented Trombone Shorty (Troy Andrews) way before most people in Atlanta.  WCLK has played his music from the beginning of his recording career. His new release on Blue Note is called Parking Lot Symphony. Like all of his records it is full of horn-filled jams testifying to his Treme upbringing.

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Check out images of Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actress and record producer MACY GRAY from Saturday night’s Atlanta Jazz Festival. The raspy-voiced vocalist, whose rose to fame in the early 2000s, performed about a 90-minute set of her hits before a packed crowd of hundreds on the western lawn of historic Piedmont Park. The show was emceed by WCLK 91.9’s  “Morning Jazz” radio personality and author—Morris Baxter.

 

 

Comedienne and actress Leslie Jones has been tapped to host this year’s highly anticipated #BETAwards. The network made the announcement on Wednesday (5/24) that the SNL writer and star will be making her debut as the host of a major award show and will join a long list of stand-up comics who have hosted the ceremony in the past including Chris Rock, Mo’Nique, Kevin Hart and Chris Tucker.

 

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TV, film and stage actress and star of “Tyler Perry’s The Have and the Have Nots” Crystal Fox is teaming up with Act to Impact Global for “Dance for Diversity” on Saturday, June 24 from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Atlanta’s historic Adair Park II.

 

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is the Official Station of the 40th Atlanta Jazz Festival which takes place Memorial Day weekend at Piedmont Park.  A highlight of this year’s festival is the Late Night Jazz Jam at Park Tavern featuring Drummer Lil John Roberts and The All Star Band in a powerful tribute to Jazz legend, Miles Davis.   Featured in the band is Trumpeter Russell Gunn & French musician Mino Cinélu.   Cinélu is known primarily for his work as a Jazz percussionist.

Dr. Joy Harden Bradford, Director of Counseling and Disability Services at Clark Atlanta University, joins us to speak about mental health awareness month. Dr. Joy created TherapyForBlackGirls.com to encourage mental wellness for Black women and girls. 

Don’t forget to check out the May 27 edition of #UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry. In this week’s show, I got a chance to catch up with singer, actress and photographer, Brenda Nicole Moorer. She opens up about new album, Brand New Heart and about her performance Sunday afternoon at the Atlanta Jazz Festival. 

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New Music: Treblemaker By Ragan Whiteside

Ragan Whiteside's Jazz flute stylings bring to mind such contemporary giants as the late Dave Valentin or Najee in his early work. Jazz 91.9 WCLK always features her work, because it is outstanding as well she has chosen to make Atlanta her home when she's not touring. She's been in our studio and at our events for years. Treblemaker features a who's-who of accompanists, including: Bob Baldwin, J-Fly, Kim Waters, Marion Meadows, Tom Browne, The PR Experience and Frank McComb, among others. You can hear cuts from Treblemaker 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.

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Saturday, June 17 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, I speak with Dr. Aaron Anderson and Dr. Monica Parker from the Emory Healthy Aging and Emory Brain Health Centers. Dr. Aaron Anderson, Asst. Professor of Neurology at the Emory University College of Medicine speaks about healthy aging and using research to understand what factors can be intervened for better outcomes.

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