Jamal Ahmad

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.

Legendary Vocalist, Patti Austin called in to the SOUL of Jazz and I have to say, it was one of the most refreshing interviews I've done in my 21 years in radio.  She was so humble, funny and graceful.   Atlanta, you got to see her live on 11/17 at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre along with Spyro Gyra at the Jazz 91.9 WCLK Benefit Concert. It's like seeing one of your favorite stand-up comedians, who also just so happens to sing. Think Eddie Murphy in reverse.

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It is with immense sadness that we, the Jazz 91.9 WCLK family, send our condolences to the family of legendary Jazz Bassist, Bob Cranshaw.   He passed away November 2, 2016.   I was extremely blessed to be able to speak to the man on the air about his life and legacy. His work with legends like Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Ella Fitzgerald, Sonny Rollins and so many more, simply can't be ignored by anyone who claims to be a fan of this music.

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