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The nominations for the “90th Academy Awards” were announced by actors Tiffany Haddish and Andy Serkis this week and we are so excited for Mary J. Blige, Jordan Peele, Octavia Spencer, Daniel Kaluuya and Denzel Washington.

Blige and Spencer will go toe-to-toe in the category for “Best Supporting Actress” for their roles in “Mudbound” and “The Shape of Water.” Blige’s “Mighty River” is also nominated for “Best Original Song,” along with co-writers Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. 

The life and music of legendary Jazz Saxophonist John Coltrane is coming to U.S. theaters via a new documentary film titled, “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.”  Written and directed by acclaimed documentary filmmaker, John Scheinfield, “Chasing Trane” is an extraordinary project about one of the most iconic Jazz musicians of all time, John Coltrane and is told by those artists who knew him the best and admired him the most.

 

East African vocalist and songwriter Somi embarks on a short tour next month, introducing her new record The Lagos Music Salon, which features Angelique Kidjo and Common.

She spoke with Jay Edwards about it on Jazz Tones on WCLK Saturday afternoon, August 16.

Read Somi's bio here.

You can sample and buy The Lagos Music Salon and support public radio jazz on WCLK at the same time by clicking on the image below.  Thank you.