Ethnomusicologist Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., wrote a moving piece on the importance of George Duke, in which he writes about listening to Jamal Ahmad's Soul of Jazz show Tuesday on WCLK, which was a tribute to Duke.
Guthrie is the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music and Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. Follow him on Twitter at @DrGuyMusiqology and Musiqology.com Click here to read the post.
Earlier this week cast members Chandra Curelly and Latrice Pace dropped by the S.O.U.L of Jazz to talk about the world premiere of David H. Bell's Shakin' The Rafters, and why Atlantans who care about theatre, gospel music, and the African American Experience owe it to themselves come out to the 14th Street Playhouse to see this play before its run concludes August 4.
Sax man Kim Waters dropped by The S.O.U.L. of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad to talk about his music and his current tour, which brings him to Atlanta and the Variety Playhouse Saturday night for the Winds & Strings Show featuring Karen Briggs and Jon Parks.
Veteran saxophonist Kim Waters isn’t known among fans and peers as “the King of Smooth Urban Jazz” for nothing. Over the course of 17 albums, including over a decade’s worth with Shanachie, he’s been consistent and impeccable in delivering an infectious mix of romantic ballads and funky, thumping dance tunes.
Jamal Ahmad is having a soulful Tuesday, not the least of which was a visit from Swing Out Sister Chanteuse Corinne Drewery. She stopped by The Soul of Jazz in advance of tonight's performance at The Variety Playhouse to talk about Swing Out Sister's music past, present and future. She and Jamal talked about everything from the group's inter-generational fan base to the Icelandic volcano eruption that canceled their last scheduled Atlanta Appearance.
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WCLK will be celebrating MARTA's Destination Campaign with a special edition of The S.O.U.L of Jazz, live from the College Park MARTA Station. Stop by to win giveaways, play prize games, and meet Jazz 91.9 personalities, including Jamal Ahmad. It all happens starting at 2:00pm Thursday, March 28.
Jazz 91.9 WCLK @ MARTA College Park Rail Station for Destination Campaign 2013. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.