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Guitarist Mark Whitfield On Jazz Tones

Jan 21, 2017

Join me Sunday, January 22 for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  I will be interviewing Guitarist Mark Whitfield.  Whitfield is a native of New  Jersey who attended Boston's prestigious Berklee  College of Music. After graduation he did not waste anytime launching his career in Jazz. He has collaborated with many  legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Art Blakey and Ray Charles.

Jazz Education Network Conference 2017

Jan 18, 2017

The Eighth Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference celebrated 100 years of recorded Jazz in New Orleans, January 4-7.   JEN President, Caleb Chapman stated that the conference provides clinics, panels, exhibits and lectures including conference performances.   The purpose of this Jazz organization is to forge Jazz advocacy and Jazz education for this generation and those that follow.

A litany of Jazz elite attended including:  Carmen Bradford, vocalist; Professor James Patterson of Clark Atlanta University; Kirk Whalum; Sean Jones, trumpeter;  Dr. Trieniece Robinson- Martin, executive  director of The African American Jazz Caucus;  and, Branford, Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis, to name a few.

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, a proud supporter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming, presents Jazz Vocalist Tammy McCann on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.   McCann will be joined by Tom Vaitsas on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and Clif Wallace on drums. “Classically trained but steeped in the sounds and rituals of Chicago jazz,” vocalist Tammy McCann finds “new tones and colors, fresh shadings and tints in an instrument that already ranks among the most alluring in jazz,” commanding a “luxuriant, supple, larger-than life” voice “that inspires wonder” (Chicago Tribune).

Nat Hentoff Passes, Jazz Remembers

Jan 13, 2017
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Nat Hentoff, journalist, author, Jazz critic and civil libertarian-made his transition at age 91 on January 7 at his home in Manhattan. A self proclaimed trouble maker originally from Boston who resided in New York, Nat was  the first non-musician to be recognized as a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts. He wrote for the Village Voice for 50 years and contributed to the New Yorker,Washington Post, Down Beat, Jazz Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He published more than 35 books ranging from young adults to nonfiction titles.  Hentoff was a political reformer, political agitator, enemy of censors and an educational reformer.

Avichai Ornoy On Jazz Tones

Dec 19, 2016

Sunday December 18 on Jazz Tones on WCLK I interviewed Avichai Ornoy, a flautist from Israel. His international journey in classical music included Assistant Principal Flute of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Zubin Mehta. He has made solo appearances at the Radio France Festival, Rolandseck and is a National Flute Association Prize Winner. Avichai has only been on the scene a few years and has established himself as one of Israel's leading jazz artists. He has  worked with Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Eli Degibri and others. He performs regularly in Europe  with world renowned contemporary  Klezmer band Kolsimcha. Avichai currently leads his own quartet  and performs music  influenced by ethnic Mediterranean styles,traditional hard bop jazz, and modern jazz.

Join me Sunday, December 4 on Jazz Tones from 3pm-7pm. I'll be joined Dr. Dwight  Andrews and Keith David Williams.  Dr. Dwight Andrews is a composer, musician,educator and minister. He is also an Associate Professor of Music Theory and African Music at Emory University and Senior Minister of First Congregational United Church of Christ of Atlanta.

November 20: Jazz Tones Features Lori Williams

Nov 19, 2016
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On the November 20 edition of Jazz Tones from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I will be interviewing Lori  Williams.   She's a native Washingtonian and is a vocalist, clinician and vocal Jazz educator. She is the former Director of Programs-National Jazz Choir Director for the Best Friends Foundation. Lori is also the director of vocal music at D.C.'s Woodrow Wilson High School. She has been the lead, background, and shared the stage with Vocalist Oleta Adams, Will Downing,  Blackbyrds, Freddie Hubbard and many others.

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK Programming comes from Arts At Tech, presenting Jazz Pianist Hiromi on November 4 at 8:00 p.m. at the Ferst Center For The Arts. This Contemporary Jazz concert features Anthony Jackson on bass and the legendary Simon Phillips on drums.  Jay Edwards, host of Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK will emcee the show.  Ticket information is available at 404-894-9600 or by clicking here.

jayhoggard.com

Join me Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 p.m. for Jazz Tones.   I'll catch up with Vibrophonist and Composer, Jay Hoggard.   Hoggard is  also an alumnus and professor of music at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.   Born in Washington, DC and raised in  Mt. Vernon, Jay was taught piano by his mother and played saxophone and vibes as a teenager.   His performance repertoire  represents the three B's in Jazz  tradition Blues, Bop and Ballads.    He has recorded 22 releases and over 50 as a collaborator. 

Frank Stewart/Jazz At Lincoln Center

Grammy-nominated, multi-instrumentalist, Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Member, Ted Nash joins me Sunday, September 18  on Jazz Tones beginning at 3:00 p.m.   Nash comes from a musical family.   He is a composer, performer, arranger and educator.   A Los Angeles native, his father  Dick Nash and Uncle Ted Nash were both well known studio Jazz  musicians. Ted started playing piano at age seven. By the time he turned 12 he had started playing clarinet, and a year later he picked up the alto sax.  He moved to New York City at 18 and is best known for performing with The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis.

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