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NEW MUSIC: Nihil Novi By Marcus Strickland

Jun 27, 2016

Miami-born, NYC based 37 year old Tenor Saxophonist, Marcus Strickland creates dense soundscapes on his debut recording for Blue Note/Revive, entitled Nihil Novi, which is Latin for nothing new. The literal title belies the music, which is memorizing at times, reflecting modern sampling and sensibilities wrapped around straight-ahead horn playing. Strickland's Twi-Life includes his Producer and Collaborator, Bassist Me'Shell Ndege Ochello.

NEW MUSIC: Do Your Dance by Kenny Garrett

Jun 20, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

Straight-Ahead Jazz fans know that Kenny Garrett is one of the great sax players of his generation. He's been named the Downbeat Reader Poll Alto Jazz Player of the Year NINE times.  On Do Your Dance, his fourth release for Mack Avenue Records, Garrett is joined by Drummers  Ronald Bruner and McLenty Hunter and Percussionist Rudy Bird, Keyboardist Vernell Brown, Jr., and Bassist Corcoran Holt.   Producer Arthur Brown is a one-time member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has been producing Garrett and playing sessions with him since 1990.

New Music: Convergence By Warren Wolf

Jun 5, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star Vibraphonist/Composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern Jazz for Convergence, his third recording for Mack Avenue Records.   Along with Bassist Christian McBride, the rhythm section is rounded out by master Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and esteemed Pianist Brad Mehldau.   Legendary Guitarist John Scofield is a featured soloist on two tracks.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK is playing cuts from Convergence throughout the day in particular  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. 

New Music: Sound of Red By René Marie

May 24, 2016

Virginia-born Songwriter and Jazz Vocalist, Rene Marie started her professional career relatively late in life, only beginning to record music after being discovered singing in Blues Alley in Washington, DC in 1999.  She has since released a series of albums that include largely original music and compositions. She's also been up front in writing and singing about issues as diverse as sexual assault, racism and homelessness; and, a tendency for club owners not to like singers who write their own Jazz songs.  

New Music: Culcha Vulcha By Snarky Puppy

May 20, 2016

Anyone who has experienced Snarky Puppy in concert this year already knows a new record has dropped.  During their recent shows, they have debuted several cuts off their latest album, Culcha Vulcha.   It's hard to believe it's their eleventh album already. This one actually marks their first studio record in two years; and, was recorded in El Paso, TX and Brooklyn, NY.

New Music: American Beauty By Andy Snitzer

May 16, 2016

Andy Snitzer is a sax player and composer of note, and we've featured his music for years on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. His latest release on Goose Song Music is called American Beauty, and features strikingly original Contemporary Jazz.  Paul Simon fans know that Snitzer has helped anchor the horn section in his band for a while, and he put in a virtuoso performance earlier this month at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. You can hear cuts from American Beauty at various times during the day on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

New Music: Escape Velocity By Theo Croker

May 12, 2016

No sophomore slump from up and coming straight-ahead horn man Theo Croker, who brings genre bending style and spiritual searching in his exhilarating second album release Escape Velocity.   Croker's new release features his band DVRK FUNK, which includes Anthony Ware on tenor saxophone and flute, Pianist Michael King, Guitarist Ben Eunson, Bassist Eric Wheeler and Drummer Kassa Overall.

New Music: The Vienna Affair By Kevin Mahogany

May 9, 2016

Fans of classic Jazz baritone vocals in the Johnny Hartman mode already know Kevin Mahogany.  If you are new to the party, check out his new release on Cracked Anegg, The Vienna Affair.   This record features a number of original compositions by this Kansas City native, some of which you can hear 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.

Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m WCLK celebrates Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz by featuring a radio documentary all about Miles Ahead, the new film in current release fictionalizing the life of Miles Davis starring and directed by Don Cheadle. This special includes music from the soundtrack to the movie featuring contemporary interpretations of Miles' music from an A list of cutting edge Jazz artists. The Miles Ahead Radio Special includes discussions with Don Cheadle, Robert Glasper, and Miles' son Erin Davis and his nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr.

wyntonmarsalis.org

In 2008, Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to produce a piece of music honoring the 200th Anniversary of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. The resulting sacred celebration included the full Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as a 70 piece gospel choir. In 2013, Damian Speed and his Chorale Le Chateau toured the country with Marsalis and the LCO, playing the piece to mesmerize audiences. This music has finally been released on Blue Engine Records, and I will be featuring assorted cuts on Serenade To The City on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   

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