Serenade to the City

Weekdays from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM
  • Hosted by Aaron Cohen

Serenade to the City with Aaron Cohen, weekdays from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM with a mix of Contemporary, Classic and Mainstream Jazz.  Serenade to the City with Aaron Cohen weekdays from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM.

New Music: 360 By Ed Calle

Sep 26, 2016

Saxophonist Ed Calle hails from Miami and is a Latin Grammy-Award Winner.  His latest record on Mojito Records is called 360 and features more Contemporary and Mainstream Jazz.  The takes spotlights a smaller combination of players which includes Arturo Sandoval.  This combination is more straightforward Latin Jazz.  You can hear cuts from 360 at various times on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular on Sundays from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards; and, during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Vocalist, Guitarist and Composer Allan Harris is back with his 11th album, Nobody's Gonna Love You BetterNobody's Gonna Love You Better is a follow up to the acclaimed Black Bar Jukebox record in 2015.  Harlem-born Harris' baritone vocals have been compared to the great Johnny Hartman.  Nobody's Gonna Love You Better (Love Production Records) includes four Harris originals.  As well, the album includes cover interpretations of songs from artists as diverse as Jimi Hendrix, Steely Dan and Spiral Staircase.

New Music: In My Room By Jacob Collier (VIDEO)

Sep 15, 2016

London's Jacob Collier is a 22-year-old multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer who's video mash-ups of classic soul songs became viral videos.  This digital sharing led to collaborations with Quincy Jones on live and recorded projects.  Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners may best know Jacob from his work with Snarky Puppy.  In My Room is his debut on Membran Entertainment Group.  At his best he reminds me of Sly Stone, an artist who blends styles to create an entirely new sound.

New Music: Apache By Aaron Neville

Sep 5, 2016
Tell It Records

Aaron Neville shows no sign of losing his vocal or musical edge at age 75.  His new Tell It Records release Apache comes following several releases in recent years paying homage to formative music from his past, including records taking in Soul, Gospel and, early R&B and Doo-Wop Classics.  Apache stakes out a more contemporary sound and features Neville's original songs about love, life, longing and being nice to your mom. Its tenor and tone evokes some of his great mid-period work with The Neville Brothers.

New Music: Journey To The Heart By Keiko Matsui

Aug 30, 2016

Pianist and Composer, Keiko Matsui celebrates 30 years of recordings with her new release on Shanachie Entertainment, Journey To The Heart. This record has a more acoustic sound than previous releases, and includes a strong Cuban influences with Bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and Drummer Jimmy Branly. You can hear cuts from Journey To The Heart 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.

NPR

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.

New Music: The Way We Play By Marquis Hill

Aug 22, 2016

Twenty nine year old Chicago trumpet player Marquis Hill pays homage to Jazz standards on his new Concord Jazz release The Way We Play. Hill won the 2014 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, and you can see why as you listen to this record's modern takes on songs played by all of the Jazz icons who have gone before.  Hill's ensemble includes:  Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride; Vibraphonist Justin Thomas; Drummer Makaya McCraven; and, Bassist Joshua Ramos.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is back in a collaboration with Vocalist Kurt Elling on Upward Spiral on Okeh Records.  This meeting of ensemble and vocal artist was recorded in New Orleans, and features American Songbook Classics, Jazz Standards and, other pieces from a variety of composers from Sonny Rollins to Marsalis and Elling themselves.  Along with Elling, Saxophonist Marsalis is joined as always by Joey Calderazzo on keyboards, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. You can hear cuts from Upward Spiral 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.

New Music: DIS 1. 4. RAF by Andy Narell

Jul 31, 2016

Since 1979 Andy Narell has been playing steel pans in the Jazz Milieu.  Among many stops along the way, Narell played for a stint with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. His latest record  from Listen 2 Entertainment Group is called DIS 1. 4. RAF and features Janysett McPherson on piano, Thierry Fanfant on bass, Inor Sotolongo on congas and percussion, and Gregory Louis on drums.  You can hear cuts from DIS 1. 4. RAF on Jazz 91.9 WCLK at various times in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Sony Pictures Classics

Frank Zappa’s contribution to the world of Jazz is immense. It was through Frank Zappa that the world discovered Pianist George Duke, Violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Saxophonist Ian Underwood among others. In conjunction with Sony Pictures Classics movie release of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, we'll take a longer look at his lasting legacy during  Serenade To The City on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Saturday, July 30 at 1:00 a.m.   The showcase will also include commentary from Zappa's many collaborators about his cultural impact.

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