Kiplyn Primus continues her look on The Local Take on WCLK into the issues facing young African American men in the turbulent, early days of the 21st Century. This week she welcomes Norma Joy Barnes from the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta, who is hosting a Workshop Saturday at the Auburn Avenue Research Library. They are joined by Levi, a young black man struggling to learn the skills and gain the acceptance required in a tough above-ground economy. Hear the local take at 7:30am Saturday before Tavis and on demand below.
The 6th Annual Bessie Smith Heritage Festival goes down this weekend in the heart of Chattanooga, and features two days of Blues, Jazz, Neo Soul and R&B. ATL's own (and friend of WCLK) Joey Sommerville will be blowing his horn there, too. Joey stopped by to talk a little with Mark Angel about this weekend's festival, just a hop, skip and jump up I-75 to celebrate the life of American Blues original Bessie Smith, a native of Chattanooga.
Ethnomusicologist Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., wrote a moving piece on the importance of George Duke, in which he writes about listening to Jamal Ahmad's Soul of Jazz show Tuesday on WCLK, which was a tribute to Duke.
Guthrie is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter at @DrGuyMusiqology and Musiqology.com Click here to read the post.
The summer heat is rising and flames are flying high in this fantastical whodunit set in 1996 Alabama. Wrapped in combustible comedy and the sweat-soaked music of the Deep South, intergenerational stories of loss and redemption collide. Gardley blends ancient myth and magical realism with the local TV news to create a fiery theatrical furnace in which some will be saved, some will be purged, and the truth cannot escape.
Cast-members Victor Love, Deborah Bowman, and Minka Wiltz dropped by WCLK and talked about Marcus Gardley's play with Jamal Ahmad.
The passing of George Duke hits all of us hard at The Jazz of The City. WCLK has played his music from day one, and it was a joy to bring him to our members and listeners for last Spring's WCLK benefit concert. WCLK's announcers will be playing a lot of his music today and in the days to come, remembering that part of George Duke that will never die, his music.
Join WCLK on our Facebook or on twitter to let us know your favorite George Duke memories and songs.
PEACE stands for Partnerships In Education And Community Enrichment.
Operation P.E.A.C.E was founded in 1995 when Edna Moffett and 25 college students residing at Bedford Pine in Atlanta met to discuss how to improve the lives of the children in this low income community.
Their first step was to develop an innovative after-school program, with the help of Wingate Management and HUD.
Since then, Operation P.E.A.C.E has expanded to include a youth summer academy, adult computer and job search training, and seniors programs.
India Arie is busy right now, with her new record SongVersation dropping and a tour coming up that will take her coast to coast, including a stop at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre on October 18.
But that doesn't mean she was too busy to stop by WCLK and hang with Jamal Ahmad and talk about it all, interspersed with cuts of her music. After all, we've played her music all along, unlike anyone else in the city. You heard the interview on The SOUL of Jazz, here's your chance to hear it again if you missed it.
Earlier this week cast members Chandra Curelly and Latrice Pace dropped by the S.O.U.L of Jazz to talk about the world premiere of David H. Bell's Shakin' The Rafters, and why Atlantans who care about theatre, gospel music, and the African American Experience owe it to themselves come out to the 14th Street Playhouse to see this play before its run concludes August 4.
Sax man Kim Waters dropped by The S.O.U.L. of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad to talk about his music and his current tour, which brings him to Atlanta and the Variety Playhouse Saturday night for the Winds & Strings Show featuring Karen Briggs and Jon Parks.
Veteran saxophonist Kim Waters isn’t known among fans and peers as “the King of Smooth Urban Jazz” for nothing. Over the course of 17 albums, including over a decade’s worth with Shanachie, he’s been consistent and impeccable in delivering an infectious mix of romantic ballads and funky, thumping dance tunes.
Fulton County is your county at your service. WCLK and Fulton County Communications present our monthly program "Fulton Focus." This month's edition features news and information about the new Fulton County Veterans Court, an accountability court designed to keep troubled vets out of jail and on a path to productivity. We talk with Fulton County Superior Court Judge Todd Markle.