Jay Edwards

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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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

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