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Join WCLK's Jay Edwards tonight for the Ferst Center's premiere of trumpeter and singer---Spencer Ludwig.

The twenty-something-year-old jazz artist merges the classic music genre with pop sounds for a style that simmers and swaggers with soul. Following three years as lead trumpet with indie pop act Capital Cities, the release of the song Diggy in a Target commercial catapulted his career. He recently released his solo debut album with Warner Bros. Records, showcasing both his trumpet talents and dynamic, diverse vocals.

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Join me on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK Sunday, September 16 from 3:00 p.m.until 7:00 p.m. I will feature an interview with Katie Thiroux. Thiroux, a bass player, hails from a musical family in Los Angeles, she has always been surrounded by music. Katie began violin lessons at age four then switched to acoustic bass at age eight. She has explored both classical and vocal styles.  She studied under Tierney Sutton at the age 12 and was awarded  the Phil Ramone Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Join me for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Sunday, August 13  from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Recently, Atlantan Sweet Lu Olutosin was a guest on Jazz Tones.  We discussed his third release as a leader, Meet Me At The Crossroads, a record that exhibits social consciousness with tracks such as Skin Game(Granny Said It) and How They Do That. He shared  that his grandmother taught him  that racism was an unnecessary game. A Joe Henderson tune, Don't Forget To Remember(Recorda Me),exhibits his lyrical versatility and homage to a respected legend.

Jazz Tones Insights - Jazzmeia Horn (VIDEO)

Jul 28, 2017
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Join me for Jazz Tones, Sunday, July 30 from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on WCLK.  I'll be joined by Jazzmeia Horn who is the 2015 winner of the Thelonius Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition. Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Jazzmeia has been a rising star in New York performing with Winard Harper, Billy Harper, Bernard Linnette, Johnny O'Neal and Peter Bernstein.  She is also a teaching artist at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) Wells Fargo Jazz for Teens Program.  A Social Call is her most recent release on Prestige and has been number one on the Jazzweek Charts for two weeks.

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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