Jay Edwards

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.

Bob Mintzer Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

May 14, 2016
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Sunday, May 16 on Jazz Tones at 4:00 p.m., I'll be joined by Bob Mintzer.   Mintzer is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator; and, is a founding member of the Yellowjackets.  He writes for orchestras, concert bands and big bands.  Mintzer  has over 200 charts to his credit.   Bob is proponent of Jazz education and has written over 20 books as part of the curriculum  worldwide.   Some of his accomplishments include written works for:   The National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of The Netherlands and the WDR Big Band in Cologne.

Azar Lawrence On Jazz Tones With Jay Edwards

Apr 23, 2016

Listen to Jazz Tones on Sunday, April 23 as I talk with Azar Lawrence about his incredible musical journey. Saxophonist Azar Lawrence's early exposure to music was by his mother Ima Jean Lawrence, an educator and classical pianist. As a high school student he began performing with the Horace Tapscott Pan African People's Arkestra. After high school he played with George Cables and Woody Shaw, and he had a regular gig at a Los Angeles club. Azar is a self proclaimed funkateer who  also performed with Ike and Tina Turner. He met Elvin Jones at the age of 20, which  radically changed his musical career. After few years playing with Elvin Jones he joined The McCoy Tyner Band. These priceless years with two-thirds of the classic John Coltrane Quartet made an indelible mark on Azar's life and music.

On the Sunday, April 17 edition of Jazz Tones I will interview Cecile McLorin Salvant, who will be playing live at Rialto Center for Arts at Georgia State on Saturday, April 23.   Salvant won the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition.   She was born and raised in Miami.   Cecile's ethnicity stems from a Haitian  father and French mother.  She lived in France and studied law as well as classical and baroque voice at the Darius Milhaud Conservatory.  Cecile performs her own unique interpretations of unknown and scarcely recorded Jazz and Blues compositions.

Tom Lellis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a singer, composer, and lyricist and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Brooklyn. Tom has been singing professionally since age 15,  and by 21  he was working with Ray Charles and Gregory Hines with a 15 piece band.

Freddy Cole Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Apr 1, 2016

The Legendary Vocalist and Pianist Freddy Cole has a  new release He Was The King, featuring the music of his brother Nat King Cole.  Two songs that Nat never sang, It's Easy To Remember But So Hard To Forget, and He was The King are featured and intended as testimonials to his big brother.  This new release is evidence that  the voice of Freddy Cole continues to transcend time and entertain a global audience. I'll interview Freddy Cole live on Jazz Tones this Sunday, April 3 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Join Jay Edwards For Jazz Tones Sundays At 3:00 PM

Feb 27, 2016

If you miss Jazz Tones, Sundays from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, you miss a lot.  Last Sunday, February 21,  I featured an interview with Dee Daniels,  a versatile Jazz, Blues and Symphonic pop vocalist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a four octave range and has released  several top Jazz and Blues records.  Dee's  recent release is Intimate Conversations. I first became aware of Dee Daniels when she was featured on  a compilation from the Woman In Jazz of South Florida compilation.

Ariane Rousselier

Cyrille Aimee is a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter-performer-chanteuse of French  and Dominican ethnic extraction who cannot be neatly pigeonholed. She interprets tunes from Stephen Sondheim to Jimmy McHugh and Frank Loesser.  Cyrille won the vocal contest at the  Montreux Jazz Festival in 2007 and her singing has been influenced by Gypsy music such as Django Reinhardt. Her recent release is "Let's Get Lost." I will interview Cyrille Aimee on Jazz Tones on Sunday, February 14 in advance of her Saturday, February 20 appearance at the Ferst Center for the Arts at Georgia Tech.

Enjoy a great mix of Contemporary Jazz , Saturday afternoons  with the addition of two new programs on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Catch The Flo with Marcus Johnson at 2:00 p.m. features the  Jazz keyboardist riffing on his favorite music, which includes Contemporary Jazz, Latin grooves,urban instrumentals, Southern jam bands, soulful vocalists and more.   You'll hear classic artists who were the progenitors of Smooth Jazz along with new artists on the horizon.

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