Jamal Ahmad

Clark Atlanta University President Carlton E. Brown is leaving CAU at the end of June after seven years at the helm of one of America's great HBCUs. Dr. Brown has been a friend of WCLK from the beginning, and we wish he and his bride the very best for the times to come.

We plan to welcome incoming President Dr. Ronald A. Johnson to the WCLK microphone when the time is right, but we wanted to chat with Dr. Brown and have him pause and reflect on his time at the AUC.  He joined Jamal Ahmad on The Soul of Jazz to talk about it, and to enjoy some well-played Coltrane by Jamal.

Join us Saturday and Sunday, April 11 and 12 at Piedmont Park for the 79th Atlanta Dogwood Festival Presented by PNC Bank. WCLK will be broadcasting live both days along with plenty of giveaways, on-air interviews and more. This year's festival includes art, music, a new 5k run and a barbecue tasting event.

Atlanta Dogwood Festival Board of Directors Co-Chairperson Leslie Frappier stopped by WCLK to talk with Jamal Ahmad about it.

For more information on the 79th Atlanta Dogwood Festival Presented by PNC Bank, click here.

Actor's Express Theatre presents Marcus; or the Secret of Sweet through April 26. As an epic storm gathers in the distance, the currents of young Marcus’ life swirl toward a passage of self-discovery. As he comes to grips with his own burgeoning sexual identity, Marcus must look to the secrets of his family’s past to understand his future. From the staggeringly talented playwright of Choir Boy and In the Red and Brown Water, this uncommonly magical play will draw you into a world like nothing you’ve ever seen on the AE stage.

Incognito returns to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center Thursday, March 26 at 8pm on their Amplified Soul Tour.  This time around the band is re-joined by Maysa. Special guests includ Khari Cabral Simmons and Chatae Cann  Tickets are still available, and can be purchased by clicking here.

Maysa checked in with Jamal Ahmad during The Soul of Jazz to show her support for WCLK's Spring Membership Campaign and talk about her work with Incognito.

Kenny Leon's True Colors Theatre is a beacon of art and African American Culture and also a friend of WCLK.  Their latest production of Dominique Morriseau's Detroit '67 runs through March 8 at the Southwest Arts Center and is a story about life and growing up in the middle of Motown and the riots of 1967.

Actors Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Enoch King stopped by the station to talk with Jamal Ahmad about this play, which asks some hard questions about what we learned from the 1960s and where we're headed.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle stopped by to talk with Jamal Ahmad in advance of performances by the group at Atlanta's Fabulous Fox Theatre February 11-15.

This visit during Black History Month will celebrate the inspiring legacy of Alvin Ailey and the inspiring life of civil rights icons in a rotating series of performances.

For ticket information about these performances and more information about The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, click here.

Friday Night Music Remix at Atlanta's High Museum this month features The Laura Coyle Quintet, with WCLK's Jamal Ahmad as your host.  Admission also includes access to the High's permanent collection and all exhibitions, including Cezanne And The Modern, with works from Van Gogh, Manet, Degas, and Pisarro.  The event takes place Friday evening, November 21 from 5pm until 10pm.

Laura Coyle dropped by WCLK to talk with Jamal about this event.

Jason Orr presents the Funk Jazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival 20th Anniversary Celebration Part Two on Saturday, October 25 at 9pm at the Tabernacle downtown.  This festival rolls into a second decade with another night of surprise musical performances and themed interactive suites.

Funk Jazz Kafe Founder Jason Orr stopped by WCLK to talk about it with Mark Angel.

For more information or tickets, click here.

Tavis Smiley is everywhere you look or listen or read these days.  You can hear his public radio show Saturdays from 8a-10a on WCLK.  He's in Atlanta briefly for a book signing and appearance, and stopped by his Atlanta flagship station to chat with Jamal Ahmad about his new book Death of A King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s Final Year.

Atlanta's ONE Musicfest comes by once a year, featuring some of contemporary hip hop and R&B's leading lights.  This year's headliners include Nas and Kendrick Lamar, along with many other acts on different stages, including a DJ stage, kicking off around noon on Saturday, September 13 at Aaron's Ampitheatre at Lakewood.

Jamal Ahmad took time away from The Soul of Jazz to talk with ONE Musicfest Founder Jay Carter, about the music and about one of Atlanta's unique days of entertainment.

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