Jazz Tones

Sundays from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM
  • Hosted by Jay Edwards

Jazz Tones with your host Jay Edwards features legendary and emerging artists  of mainstream, Latin and Brazilian Jazz.   Jay's goal for his audience is education and entertainment better known as "edu-tainment."  He achieves this during Jazz Tones with  interviews with composers, instumentalists, and vocalists.

Jazz Tones is an ongoing musical journey you can join every Sunday afternoon from three until seven.

Tom Lellis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a singer, composer, and lyricist and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Brooklyn. Tom has been singing professionally since age 15,  and by 21  he was working with Ray Charles and Gregory Hines with a 15 piece band.

Freddy Cole Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Apr 1, 2016

The Legendary Vocalist and Pianist Freddy Cole has a  new release He Was The King, featuring the music of his brother Nat King Cole.  Two songs that Nat never sang, It's Easy To Remember But So Hard To Forget, and He was The King are featured and intended as testimonials to his big brother.  This new release is evidence that  the voice of Freddy Cole continues to transcend time and entertain a global audience. I'll interview Freddy Cole live on Jazz Tones this Sunday, April 3 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Join Jay Edwards For Jazz Tones Sundays At 3:00 PM

Feb 27, 2016

If you miss Jazz Tones, Sundays from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, you miss a lot.  Last Sunday, February 21,  I featured an interview with Dee Daniels,  a versatile Jazz, Blues and Symphonic pop vocalist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a four octave range and has released  several top Jazz and Blues records.  Dee's  recent release is Intimate Conversations. I first became aware of Dee Daniels when she was featured on  a compilation from the Woman In Jazz of South Florida compilation.

Ariane Rousselier

Cyrille Aimee is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-performer-chanteuse of French  and Dominican ethnic extraction who cannot be neatly pigeonholed. She interprets tunes from Stephen Sondheim to Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser.  Cyrille won the vocal contest at the  Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007 and her singing has been influenced by Gypsy music such as Django Reinhardt. Her recent release is "Let's Get Lost." I will interview Cyrille Aimee on Jazz Tones on Sunday, February 14 in advance of her Saturday, February 20 appearance at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is the sparkling ambassador for Jazz Music. She made her phenomenal New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist with Mel Lewis and Thad Jones in one of the premier Jazz orchestras of the time.  She has won multiple awards across categories, including three Grammys; the Laurence Olivier Award in 1987 for Best Actress in the musical Lady Day;  and, a Tony Award.   Dee Dee also joined the battle against world hunger and was named Ambassador to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in 1999.

Arturo Sandoval Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Nov 21, 2015

Join me on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK ,  Saturday,  November 21 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.    I'm joined by Arturo Sandoval.   Sandoval was born in Cuba and is now a citizen of the United States.  

Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 19 times.  He has received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy.   He is a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient.   Sandoval is one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

This Saturday on Jazz Tones, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.,  I will be interviewing Ron Aprea.   Aprea is an extremely accomplished saxophonist who has remained under the radar.   He grew up in Astoria, Queens playing  the clarinet.   He started playing the alto saxophone at 16 years old, taking lessons across the street from Radio City Music Hall.   Being a frequent visitor to Birdland Jazz Club, he was inspired by Big Band and Jazz legends including Count Basie and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.   He befriended Frank Foster, who arranged and played for Count Basie.

Expansive Jazz Vocalist, Aimee Allen was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has embraced and had an interest in Jazz since childhood.   Aimee's fourth and most recently released CD Matter of Time debuted in May.   The album is an exciting collection of Aimee's new compositions and unconventional interpretations of standards.   The CD features Romero Lubambo on guitar;  Francios Moutin  on bass;  Toru Dodo on piano; and,  Jacob Melchior on drums.

This past July she performed in Paris where she started her first vocal group, La Bossa Novice, after graduating from The Sorbonne.

Brian Callahan

I caught up  with Mack Avenue recording artist Christian McBride following his Labor Day Weekend performance at the Detroit  Jazz Festival 2015, and we talked on JazzTones.  Christian was performing with The Mack Avenue Super Band an  All Star Ensemble of Bandleaders. He expressed that he was elated to perform with the Super Band and musicians including Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, Alto Sax Tia Fuller, Sax Kirk Whalum, Vibraphonist Gary Burton, Drummer Carl Allen and Christian as the Musical Director and Bassist.

Joe Winchester

Join Jay Edwards for Jazz Tones on WCLK Saturdays from 2p-6p as he creates the mainstream and latin jazz soundtrack to your afternoon. Jay is joined this week by Master Percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

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