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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. Andrews served as music director for the Broadway's Productions of August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom,Joe Turner's Come and Gone, Fences, The Pianos and Seven Guitars.

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.

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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. 

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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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Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  I will pay a special tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and his career.  Hutcherson, a Los Angeles native and accomplished vibraphonist, made his transition on August 15.   His career spanned over 50 years and 40 recordings.  Slipping free of the constraints of the  designs of Bebop, Hutcherson adapted his instrument to a freer post-bop language. Bobby played chords with a pair of mallets in each hand.

John Beasley is a pianist, composer and arranger who reintroduces the world to Thelonius Sphere Monk through The MONK'estra, a 15 piece Big Band.  Big Bands have not ceased to exist as a contemporary force, as illustrated by MONK'estra Vol 1, on Mack Avenue Records.  Beasley's band re-imagines Monk's music with off beat melodies, strange beauty and unbounded swing.  Beasley has worked with Miles Davis, Dianne Reeves, Freddie Hubbard and Steely Dan.

Happy Fourth of July to all of our Jazz 91.9 WCLK friends, partners and financial supporters. Join us for a special holiday edition of Jazz Tones Sunday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. as Jay Edwards steps aside and we feature a three hour special program from the United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note.  Featured guest artists include Stefon Harris, Marvin Stamm & Bill Mays and, Walt Weiskopf.  We hope you enjoy these big band arrangements and take the time to remember those in uniform serving our country.

In advance of his June 10 performance at The Velvet Note, legendary Trombonist, Sea-Shell Virtuoso, Arranger, Composer and Educator, Steve Turre chatted with Jay Edwards about his life, his art and what people can expect at the June 10 concert.  

Want information on reservations and ticketing to this and other performances at The Velvet Note in Alpharetta?  Click here.

Savvy Atlanta Jazz fans are looking forward to the sharp rhythm instincts and engaging vocals of Eugenie Jones at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Main Stage on Sunday May 29,  3:00 PM.  Jones is a West Virginia native now based in Seattle, WA.   She's a vocalist and songwriter who is a latecomer to the Jazz scene. She is an Earshot Jazz Golden Year Award-winner.  Eugenie's first release Black Lace Blue Tears was "full of  passion and raw emotion" as stated by Critical Jazz.

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