Jay Edwards

Insights - Christian Sands

Jun 6, 2017

On Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Sunday June 4, 2017, I interviewed Christian Sands, a five-time Grammy-nominated pianist and renowned musician whose versatility is showcased in his new release, Reach.  "The collection here is about reaching new ideas and reaching new music", said Sands, who blends a range of styles including Afro-Cuban rhythms, Hip-Hop Beats and Dirty Blues in this latest work, which features  Christian McBride as a special guest.  A musician since age four, Sands composed his first piece of music at age five and was nurtured by Dr. Billy Taylor as  a teenager .  

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Check out images of Grammy winning singer-songwriter, actress and record producer MACY GRAY from Saturday night’s Atlanta Jazz Festival. The raspy-voiced vocalist, whose rose to fame in the early 2000s, performed about a 90-minute set of her hits before a packed crowd of hundreds on the western lawn of historic Piedmont Park. The show was emceed by WCLK 91.9’s  “Morning Jazz” radio personality and author—Morris Baxter.

 

 

Laila Biali (VIDEO)

May 7, 2017
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Laila Biali is an award-winning Canadian pianist and vocalist who is earning accolades for her distinctive Jazz vocals.Laila's growing world recognition includes performances at the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, as well as Carnegie Hall. She's recorded with Sting and toured with Chris Botti and Paula Cole. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, garnered a Juno nomination in 2011 for Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her follow-up album, Live in Concert, earned a four-star review and was named one of The Best Albums of 2013 by Downbeat magazine. Laila has just premiered the video for her new release, Love. Learn more at Lailabiali.com

Sunday, March 26 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., I will interview Eddie Palmieri.   He is a composer and arranger of Salsa and Latin Jazz. His playing skillfully fuses the rhythm of his Puerto Rican heritage with the complexity of Jazz influences: Thelonious Monk, Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner as well as his older brother, Charlie Palmieri.Palmieri was born in  Spanish Harlem and raised in the Bronx.  You can read about his honored career by visiting Palmieri Music here.

Insights - Nate Smith On Jazz Tones Sunday

Mar 10, 2017
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Sunday, March 12 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK , I will interview Nate Smith -- drummer, composer and producer.   Smith, a native of Norfolk, Virginia, will share insights into his recent release on Water Baby Music, Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere.  According to Smith "In conceiving this project, I wanted to focus on creating the material with very few ingredients; just improvising at the drums or piano singing ideas into a voice recorder, focusing primarily on rhythm and melody. I want to see what other ingredients the players or singers would bring to the material. I am interested in a true band sound."

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