George Duke and Gerald Albright will be in ATL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on April 3 for WCLK's 39th Anniversary Benefit Concert. Duke himself called in this week to catch up with Jamal Ahmad during The S.O.U.L. of Jazz. It was a meeting of like minds, as the conversation covered a whole lot of funk, among other things.
J-Fly and Joey Sommerville are two key members of the Atlanta Jazz Family, and they always take time to drop by WCLK when they are playing in town. Today they joined Jamal Ahmad during The S.O.U.L. Of Jazz, heard weekdays 2p-6p on The Jazz of The City.
Friday night February 1 will find J-Fly & The Fly Trap accompanied by Joey Sommerville and special guest Donnie at Acoustix, on Marietta Street. They caught up with Jamal on a stormy hump-day afternoon, telling tales of musical derring-do from around the world and right here at home.
Jamal Ahmad(The S.O.U.L. of Jazz) was joined by young lions drummer Terreon Gully, trombonist Andre Hayward & pianist Marc Cary to talk about their involvement in the Jazz Education Network Conference and also to discuss the future of jazz music. Collectively, the three have played with the likes of Sting, Dianne Reeves, Abbey Lincoln, Betty Carter, Lauryn Hill and many others. It was a conversation that shed light on the perspectives of active jazz musicians and the changes that need to be made to ensure this music thrives in the 21st century.