Jay Edwards


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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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.  

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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.