Jay Edwards

Insights - Nicholas Payton

Feb 19, 2017
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Sunday, February 19  on Jazz Tones on WCLK (3P - 7P EST), I will interview multi-instrumentalist and Grammy award-winner, Nicholas Payton.  It is  interesting to note that he rejects the word Jazz to describe his music, preferring Black American Music instead. P ayton has played multiple instruments all along, taking advantage of his father's position as a school band instructor.

Insights - Balé Folclórico da Bahia

Feb 18, 2017
FAS Arts Management

Listen to Jazz Tones on WCLK, Sunday, February 19  bwetween  3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. EST as I interview Balé Folclórico da Bahia Founder Walson Botelho.   Botelho and Ninha Reis established Brazil's only professional folk dance company in 1988.   This 38 member troupe of dancers, musicians and singers have a prestigious reputation globally under the artistic direction of José Carlos Arandiba.

Lena Adasheva

Sunday, February 12 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.,  I'll talk with Grammy-nominated  Composer-Pianist, Vijay Iyer. He will be performing with his trio as part of the Arts At Tech program at the Robert Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech campus on Friday, February 17.  

Iyer's Trio consists of himself on piano, Tyshawn Sorels on drums and Stephan Crump on bass.  Iyer has been voted The Downbeat Magazine Artist Of The Year three times, and he  is a MacArthur Fellow and a former Doris Duke performing artist.  Iyer was recently appointed as the Franklin D. and Florence Rosenblatt Professor of the Arts in the Department of Music at Harvard University. His recent ECM release A Cosmic Rhythm With Each Stroke is a collaboration  with long time colleague Wadada Leo Smith that the Los Angeles Times called "haunting, meditative and transportive."

Guitarist Mark Whitfield On Jazz Tones

Jan 21, 2017

Join me Sunday, January 22 for Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.  I will be interviewing Guitarist Mark Whitfield.  Whitfield is a native of New  Jersey who attended Boston's prestigious Berklee  College of Music. After graduation he did not waste anytime launching his career in Jazz. He has collaborated with many  legendary artists including Dizzy Gillespie, Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, Carmen McRae, Gladys Knight, Art Blakey and Ray Charles.

Jazz Education Network Conference 2017

Jan 18, 2017

The Eighth Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference celebrated 100 years of recorded Jazz in New Orleans, January 4-7.   JEN President, Caleb Chapman stated that the conference provides clinics, panels, exhibits and lectures including conference performances.   The purpose of this Jazz organization is to forge Jazz advocacy and Jazz education for this generation and those that follow.

A litany of Jazz elite attended including:  Carmen Bradford, vocalist; Professor James Patterson of Clark Atlanta University; Kirk Whalum; Sean Jones, trumpeter;  Dr. Trieniece Robinson- Martin, executive  director of The African American Jazz Caucus;  and, Branford, Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis, to name a few.

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, a proud supporter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming, presents Jazz Vocalist Tammy McCann on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.   McCann will be joined by Tom Vaitsas on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and Clif Wallace on drums. “Classically trained but steeped in the sounds and rituals of Chicago jazz,” vocalist Tammy McCann finds “new tones and colors, fresh shadings and tints in an instrument that already ranks among the most alluring in jazz,” commanding a “luxuriant, supple, larger-than life” voice “that inspires wonder” (Chicago Tribune).

Nat Hentoff Passes, Jazz Remembers

Jan 13, 2017
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Nat Hentoff, journalist, author, Jazz critic and civil libertarian-made his transition at age 91 on January 7 at his home in Manhattan. A self proclaimed trouble maker originally from Boston who resided in New York, Nat was  the first non-musician to be recognized as a Jazz Master by The National Endowment for the Arts. He wrote for the Village Voice for 50 years and contributed to the New Yorker,Washington Post, Down Beat, Jazz Times, and the Wall Street Journal. He published more than 35 books ranging from young adults to nonfiction titles.  Hentoff was a political reformer, political agitator, enemy of censors and an educational reformer.

Avichai Ornoy On Jazz Tones

Dec 19, 2016

Sunday December 18 on Jazz Tones on WCLK I interviewed Avichai Ornoy, a flautist from Israel. His international journey in classical music included Assistant Principal Flute of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Zubin Mehta. He has made solo appearances at the Radio France Festival, Rolandseck and is a National Flute Association Prize Winner. Avichai has only been on the scene a few years and has established himself as one of Israel's leading jazz artists. He has  worked with Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Eli Degibri and others. He performs regularly in Europe  with world renowned contemporary  Klezmer band Kolsimcha. Avichai currently leads his own quartet  and performs music  influenced by ethnic Mediterranean styles,traditional hard bop jazz, and modern jazz.

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.

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.

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