Aaron Cohen

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.

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

Jul 27, 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.

New Music: Clockwork By Victor Gould

Jul 20, 2016
Fresh Sounds Records

Up and coming Pianist Victor Gould did his time at Berklee and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.  He's worked as sideman with such straight-ahead figures as Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Louis Hayes and others.  On his debut record on Fresh Sounds Records, Clockwork, Gould plays with a combo including flute, violin, viola and cello, along with standard bass-dum-horn configurations. All cuts on the album are Gould's compositions except for a cover of Wayne Shorter's The Return.

New Music: True Stories By The Rippingtons

Jul 16, 2016

Russ Freeman's band The Rippingtons has been defining and crossing musical boundries in Jazz since their founding in 1985.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK has featured the music of  The Rippingtons nearly every step of the way.   We are featuring their new release on Peak called True Stories. You can hear cuts from True Stories 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: Rhythm And Romance By Kim Waters

Jul 11, 2016

Saxophonist Kim Waters has helped define Smooth Jazz in over 20 years of touring and performing.  We're happy to have him as an Atlanta resident when he's not on tour. His new release on Shanachie is called Rhythm and Romance, and includes interpretations of songs from Janet Jackson, DeBarge and Sam Smith. You can hear cuts from Rhythm and Romance throughout the day 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: Soul Eyes by Kandace Springs

Jul 3, 2016
Mathieu Bitton

Twenty seven year old Nashville born Singer, Songwriter and Pianist, Kandace Springs counts among her influences and, inspirations such performers as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones.  On her Blue Note debut Soul Eyes, Springs charts a course all her own.  The album features her alto vocal range, her own compositions and, a spacious sound that melds both Jazz and her Nashville upbringing.  You can hear cuts from  Soul Eyes on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Fridays from 10:00 p.m.

NEW MUSIC: Do Your Dance by Kenny Garrett

Jul 1, 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: 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: 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.  

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