SOUL of Jazz

Weekdays from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM; Saturdays from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM
  • Hosted by Jamal Ahmad

Experience Sounds Of Universal Love on the SOUL of Jazz weekdays from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with Jamal Ahmad, voted best afternoon drive time DJ in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal - Constitution.   Music that feeds your soul and soothes your mind - SOUL of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad, weekdays from 2:00 PM until 6:00 PM and Saturdays from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) earned a 2016 Trumpet Award for her long career as an activist for change inside and outside of the system. She called in to SOUL of Jazz  on Monday, January 25 to talk about the award.  She also discussed the issues that she sees as important to all of us as we head into a nation-changing election year. Like all true leaders, Lee has been fearless about her positions on issues regardless of their popularity at the time.

Patty McGuire

Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King brings his one-man show to the Robert Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech Campus, Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16.   History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from the harsh glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman and, reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present.

Grammy Award winning Jazz Guitarist, Norman Brown stopped by Jazz 91.9 WCLK during SOUL of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad on December 16 to discuss his upcoming Atlanta engagement.   Brown will take part in A Gospel According to Jazz on Saturday, December 19, 8:00 p.m. at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church, 407 Auburn Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.  He talked about this special performance, his guitar history and provided advice for young musicians.

Support for  Jazz 91.9 WCLK comes from the Urban League of Greater Atlanta, presenting the 54th Annual Equal Opportunity Day Dinner on Saturday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. This event recognizes and celebrates long-standing corporate citizenship, civic engagement and academic achievement.

U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Congressman Hank Johnson are among the honorees.

For the past decade, New York based Keyboardist/Arranger/Engineer, Jesse Fischer, has been quietly keeping the tradition of Jazz-Funk/Fusion with his band Soul Cycle.  On his latest effort, Daydreamer, he takes a different musical route whilst keeping the sound foundation of his past group alive and well.  

WCLK Honors Wilton Felder Of The Crusaders

Sep 29, 2015
MCA Records

The world of Jazz lost another great artist with news that Wilton Felder passed over the weekend. He was 75 years old. WCLK  has been playing the music of the Crusaders for the past 41 years and we will continue to play the music of Joe Sample, Wayne Henderson, Wilton Felder and Stix Hooper. We will honor Wilton throughout the week. Please pay special attention the the mix of Jamal Ahmad on the Saturday Night Soul of Jazz 6pm to 9pm ET as he will honor Wilton Felder's massive works.

Back in the mid-90's, British DJ/Pundit Tony Minvielle spent a brief spell in Atlanta and served as a UK correspondent for Jazz 91.9fm WCLK. He turned the city on to so many modern musical styles like drum 'n' bass, trip-hop and even classic Brazilian offerings, rare groove and so much more. I was honored when he asked me to write the liner notes for this sublime collection of great tunes.

Texas-born keyboardist, producer, and arranger Shaun Martin has spent many fruitful years playing with Kirk Franklin's God's Property, Erykah Badu, and Snarky Puppy. and now he's taking the spotlight with his solo release, 7 Summers. As a product of the fertile musical ground which is the Dallas music scene, Martin has turned into one of the most in demand musicians in popular music. Fresh from playing on BET's Sundays Best in Atlanta, he joined me in our WCLK studios to talk about his legacy, how fear can paralyze musicians and being in Johannesburg when Nelson Mandela passed away.

In the world of modern jazz, there is always the omnipresent mission by many in the genre to keep it palatable for this current generation of young listeners. Meghan Stabile and the crew over at Revive Music/Blue Note Records are leading the way into the this new era of jazz with their stunning new compilation, Supreme Sonacy Vol.1, featuring the cream of the new school jazz crop like Igmar Thomas, Marcus Strickland, Kris Bowers, Brandee Younger, Raymond Angry and many more.

The National Black Arts Festival continues its 2015 program with a Spotlight Series Performance from Step Afrika! on Saturday, August 29 at 6 p.m. at Atlanta's Center Stage.  Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Step Afrika!, a Washington DC-based company, has paved the way as the first professional company in the world dedicated to the African-derived tradition of stepping, popularized in films like “Drumline” (2002) and “Stomp the Yard” (2007).

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