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Brian Simpson: Persuasion

Jul 18, 2018

Illinois-born pianist Brian Simpson was influenced by Oscar Peterson as he grew up listening to jazz music, but his music over a career including seven albums has fit into a contemporary groove that you hear on WCLK. On his latest release Persuasion(Shanachie), he brings funk and jazz with help from musicians including Peter White and Boney James. You can hear cuts from Persuasion on WCLK at various times, particularly during Serenade To The City, Monday-Fridays overnight 10pm-2am.

NEW MUSIC: Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975

Jul 10, 2018

Straight-ahead Jazz fans are in for a treat with the new release from Elemental Music -- Dexter Gordon Quartet Tokyo 1975.  Elemental Music continues their great work on re-issues and archival releases with a complete previously unissued quartet performance by the great Dexter Gordon. This astonishing concert marked Gordon's first appearance ever in Japan, backed by an all-star rhythm section consisting of Kenny Drew on piano, Niels-Henning Orsted Pedersen on bass, and Albert Tootie Heath on drums.

Dave Koz And Friends: Summer Horns II From A To Z

Jul 4, 2018

Dave Koz recently brought his Summer Horns Tour through Atlanta for a well-attended live appearance at Wolf Creek Ampitheater. Concord Records has now released the album featuring the same performers, including Gerald Albright, Rick Braun, Richard Elliot and Aubrey Logan. Dave Koz and Friends: Summer Horns II from A-Z features contemporary takes on classic songs from everyone from Duke Ellington to Paul Simon. You can hear cuts from 'Summer Horns II' on WCLK at various times, particularly their cover of the Crusaders classic Keep That Same Old Feeling.

Michael Franks has been a leading contemporary Jazz vocalist since the days of his 1975 collaboration with the Crusaders, The Art of Tea.  He's released his first record in eight years, The Music In My Head(Shanachie).  The record features 10 original songs produced by Gil Goldstein, who has produced recent records for Jill Scott, Esperanza Spalding and Chris Botti.

NEW MUSIC: Go Time Brooklyn By Grace Kelly

Jun 20, 2018

Korean-American-Bostonian Jazz Saxophonist and Vocalist, Grace Kelly has a new record out called Go Time Brooklyn, on Pazz.   Kelly is considered at top millennial Jazz player, and after eight years straight of being named in the Downbeat Critics Poll, she was also named 2016 'Rising Star-Alto Saxophone.' Her latest record features her unmistakeable vocals, horn solos and a choice of material that ranges from the Rolling Stones to Duke Ellington.

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