Jamal Ahmad

Jazz Passages: Dave Valentin 1952-2017

Mar 9, 2017

The passing of legendary flautist, Dave Valentin, sent shock waves in the Jazz and Latin music communities. His sound was an indelible fixture in the burgeoning world of Jazz/Latin fusion and he had that uncanny ability to bring those two worlds together. I first heard Mr. Valentin's work on the seminal, dance floor Jazz classic "Land Of The Third Eye" and then of course his collaborations with the likes of Patti Austin, Angela Bofill, Noel Pointer, Nuyorican Soul and many more. He was the very first artist signed to what many people site as one of the leading labels in Contemporary Jazz, GRP Records. His sound was distinctive, soulful and unforgettable.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK Remembers Al Jarreau 1940 - 2017

Feb 13, 2017
Shannon McCollum

Jazz 91.9 WCLK will be featuring the music of Al Jarreau throughout this week as a remembrance to an artist who has been a part of our radio DNA from the beginning.   What made Al Jarreau so unique was the fact that he was a male vocalist taking the influence of Betty Carter to higher heights and the pop world. I once interviewed him and asked him was there some portal in the universe that he would plug into when he performed.   He laughed and said he never thought of it like that but I was probably right.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Atlanta Jazz Festival.  New this year are 40 Days of Jazz (an expansion of the traditional 31 days), a Jazz Appreciation Month concert at Chastain Park and the February 11 benefit concert—Put on Your Red Dress, Baby: An Evening of Jazz & Romance featuring Vincent Ingala. Ingala, best known for his award-winning saxophone skills is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer.

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Don't forget to check out today's special edition of "UPFRONT Inside Atlanta's Entertainment Industry."

I'll be counting down some of the biggest entertainment, music and pop culture news stories of 2016 with my media friends---radio personality and musician Jamal Ahmad (WCLK's Soul of Jazz), celebrity blogger and theater maven Yalanda Lattimore (DryerBuzz.com) and celebrity photographer and CAU Alumni Freddy (FreddyO.com). 

Dave Koz is bringing his annual "Christmas Tour" to Atlanta's Cobb Energy Center tonight at 8 p.m. The show features the award winning-jazz saxophonist along with special guests jazz guitarist and vocalist Jonathan Butler, R&B crooner Kenny Lattimore and legendary singer-songwriter Valerie Simpson of Ashford & Simpson. Check out what he had to say about the highly anticipated production as well as his new music projects and more.

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