Gwen Hughes Featured On Jazz Tones Sunday Afternoon

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Sunday afternoon between 3pm and 7pm on Jazz Tones, I will feature music from Gwen Hughes'  new release Native Land Tour,  a record that demonstrates her diversity as a vocalist and lyricist.  Atlanta-area resident Hughes is a versatile artist with a fresh and distinctive voice. Native Land Tour features a mix of original and cover songs, and takes the listener on a passionate, heartfelt journey about relationships and life. You On My Mind illustrates  Gwen is in touch with her muse and mate and injects a swinging upbeat tempo which captivates your soul. Honorable mention to Lyin  Eyes, Fragile Faith,These Years and This Is A Love Song are more than supporting tracks. Kudos to Gwen and her producers on a release that embraces the listeners and their passion for music that sings to our life and hearts.

Make sure you all tune into my new arts & entertainment radio program, “UPFRONT Inside Atlanta’s Entertainment Industry.” It airs THIS MORNING at 9 a.m. 

This week’s guests include actor Lamman Rucker from OWN’s hit series “Greenleaf.” He will be on to chat about the show and his new film, “Service to Man,” which premieres during TODAY's BronzeLens Film Festival.

Dennis Matheson

Saturday morning on The Local Take on WCLK I talked with Dan Carroll about this year's Dragon Con event, running Thursday through Sunday Labor Day weekend September 2-5 in Downtown Atlanta.  For the first time the  famous Dragon Con Parade will be televised live at 10am next Saturday, September 3, on  CW Network WUPA 69. This year's star attendee is William Shatner, the original Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise and many others, including the stars of IZombie.

Join teacher and social worker Dr. Judi Crocker-Billingsley Saturday morning at  7:30 on WCLK for Dr. Judi, The People’s Advocate. This month, she’s joined by Internal Medicine Dr. Courtney Shelton for a conversation about the silent epidemics that wreak such havoc in our communities,

From diabetes and high blood pressure to asymptomatic diseases and sleep apnea, if we don’t look out for ourselves we can fall victim to them. Find out how to be pro-active with your healthcare and that of the ones you love.

Scotty Barnhart

Scotty Barnhart is an acclaimed Jazz trumpeter, leader, composer, educator and author. He has put in over 20 years in the Count Basie Orchestra and is now its leader. He's in town this weekend playing Friday, August 26 and Saturday, August 27  at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta.   The performances are themed A Tribute To Miles Davis, an event featuring Barnhart and his combo's interpretation of great mid-period Miles Davis songs.  

Kiplyn Primus

Saturday, August 27 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I'll talk with Olympic Champion Brittney Reese, who won the silver medal in the women's long jump at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Reese won the gold medal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Brittney spoke with us about the difference in performing at the Olympics compared with other track and field meets that she participates in throughout the year.  She spoke about serving your country through your abilities and being a positive representation for the nation. 


Jazz 91.9 WCLK remembers the wide-ranging music of harmonica great Toots Thielemans, who passed away Monday, August 22 at the age of 94.  His was a singular talent on the harmonica which was not obviously a Jazz instrument.  Thielemans made his mark with a chromatic harmonica played in the style of his late 1940s inspirations, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  He's best known to millions around the world for his work in major film soundtracks and television in the 1960s - 70s, in particular the themes and soundtracks to Midnight Cowboy and Sesame Street.

Join us for the August edition of the Wednesday WindDown Centennial Park Concert Series featuring piano Jazz, fan favorites and great music featuring our friend Madoca on Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is only $5.  More info is available by clicking here.

Rickie Foster

I support First Tee Atlanta, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of Atlanta's young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  Thanks to everyone who came and said hello at John A. White Golf Course on their annual Community Day benefiting First Tee Atlanta on Saturday, August 20.   Great time, great weather, great cause and I played in the golf skills challenge and got in a round, too.  For more information about First Tee Atlanta and John A. White Golf Course, click here.

Check out the official trailer for the upcoming space drama “Hidden Figures” starring Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson and Octavia Spencer.  The film stars the trio as Mathematicians Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson, who served as the brains behind America’s race against Russia to put a man in space.