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: Wanted by Gregoire Maret

Apr 5, 2016

Swiss-born Harmonica Player Gregoire Maret plays his instrument in a way that has critics comparing him to Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder.  On Wanted, his new release on Sunnyside, he collaborates with a series of notable talents, including Teri Lynne Carrington, who plays drums and co-produced the record.  You can hear cuts featuring Maret's distinctive harp throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

NEW MUSIC: Cohearance by the Yellowjackets

Mar 28, 2016

Yellowjackets are one of the enduring Jazz groups of the era, playing together now for over 35 years. They have always straddled the worlds of Straight-Ahead and Contemporary Jazz styles, all the while putting out music that has always found an outlet on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.   Their new release Cohearance, on Mack Avenue Records, reminds the careful listener that they're all that, a great Fusion band and a band that can carry off Coltrane-inflected Swing.

Esperanza Spalding is a shining star of the current generation of Jazz innovators.  And,  Jazz 91.9 WCLK has played her music from the very beginning of her career. Her new release is gaining critical and audience acclaim and is called EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION.   You can hear cuts off of the record throughout the day on WCLK, Rest In Pleasure, particularly.  You can hear me Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Serenade To The City.   Want to find out  more about EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION?

NEW MUSIC: Moments of Change By The JT Project

Mar 17, 2016

Jacob Webb on keyboards and bass and, Todd Schefflin on saxophone lead The JT Project.  They front a musical collective that incorporates many Jazz and Soul musicians in New York City.  Members of this collective have toured and recorded with Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller, among others. Their latest release is called Moments of Change. You can hear cuts from The JT Project at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Philadelphia's own Kenny Barron is a pianist, composer and 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.   He has a new record out on Impulse! called Book Of Intuition.  You can hear cuts from it throughout the day on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:oo p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   Barron's current trio includes Kiyoshi Kitigawa on double bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

NEW MUSIC: Blue Monday By Letizia Gambi

Mar 7, 2016

Letizia Gambi is a Napolese Jazz vocalist who has picked up a series of major fans over recent years, including Sting and legendary Drummer Lenny White (Return To Forever), who has collaborated with her on two records, the latest of which is called Blue Monday.  Blue Monday  includes White and legendary Bassist Ron Carter. The songs are the record include originals and Jazz classics from the likes of Miles Davis, as well as Jazz standards like Sweet Georgia Brown and But Not For Me.

Snarky Puppy, fresh from winning the  GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental for the Silva EP, is out with Family Dinner Volume Two, a long live set that includes guests as diverse as Salif Keita and David Crosby.  They also work out with New Orleans musicians including Terrence Blanchard, Ivan Neville and Jason Marsalis, among others. This music also exists as a documentary film of the performances by the same name.

NEW MUSIC: Shift By Logan Richardson

Feb 23, 2016

Alto Saxophonist Logan Richardson makes his debut recording, Shift, on the Blue Note Records Label.  Richardson assembled an all star band that included:   Guitarist Pat Metheny, Pianist Jason Moran, Bassist Harish Raghavan and Drummer Nasheet Waits. 

You can hear cuts from this vital new Straight Ahead Jazz release 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: New Direction by Drummer, Herling Riley

Feb 18, 2016

Crescent City Drummer, Herlin Riley has worked as part of accomplished ensembles with Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis, among others. He plays a mixture of the Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Blues, and Martial Music that have always epitomized the New Orleans beat.  His first release for Mack Avenue is called New Direction and features a number of cuts you can hear on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, particularly during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

NEW MUSIC: Written In The Rocks By Renee Rosnes

Feb 16, 2016

Canadian Jazz Pianist Renee Rosnes is an original member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective who has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians including Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody and Ron Carter.   She's part of Carter's current quartet.   She's just released Written In The Rocks, featuring a quintet that includes vibes, sax-flute, bass and drums. I'll be playing various cuts on Jazz 91.9 WCLK including the title track, in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m.

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