Jay Edwards

Rufus Reid is a bass player, composer, and educator whose career has endured since the mid 1970s on sides as diverse as Nancy Wilson, the Thad Jones and Mel Louis Jazz Orchestra, Dexter Gordon, Stan Getz, Kenny Barron and many, many others.

His current project is the Grammy nominated song-cycle Quiet Pride, The Elizabeth Catlett Project, dedicated to the African American sculptor.  Be sure to listen in to Jazz Tones on WCLK, Saturday from 2p-6p to hear Jay Edwards' conversation with Reid about his art and the continuing relevance of jazz orchestral pieces.

Vocalist Carmen Lundy is familiar to WCLK listeners and members.  We're playing her new release Soul To Soul throughout the day.  This afternoon on Jazz Tones host Jay Edwards will talk with Lundy about her music and her muse.  Tune in to Jazz Tones for Carmen Lundy and all of the Brazilian, Afro-Cuban and straight ahead jazz that you can handle.

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The Ferst Center For The Arts at Georgia Tech presents an evening of New Orleans Jazz on Friday, November 7 featuring Allen Toussaint and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band.  Toussaint, a musician, songwriter, and producer, is one of the most influential figures New Orleans R&B.

Tune in to Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards Saturday afternoon as he talks with Toussaint about his career, his music, and the upcoming performance at the Ferst Center.

Amina Figorava Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Sep 27, 2014
Erik Jacobs for NPR

Azerbaijani pianist and composer Amina Fiorava studied classical music at Baku conservatory, and studied jazz at Rotterdam and Berklee.  Her jazz compositions and tight knit ensembles have been mainstays at Newport and major jazz events worldwide.

Amina checks in with Jay Edwards on Jazz Tones Saturday, September 27  to discuss her music, her new release, and her take on our original American idiom, jazz.

Hear more Amina Fiorava from NPR music, click here.

East African vocalist and songwriter Somi embarks on a short tour next month, introducing her new record The Lagos Music Salon, which features Angelique Kidjo and Common.

She spoke with Jay Edwards about it on Jazz Tones on WCLK Saturday afternoon, August 16.

Read Somi's bio here.

You can sample and buy The Lagos Music Salon and support public radio jazz on WCLK at the same time by clicking on the image below.  Thank you.

Jay Edwards was joined on Jazz Tones July 12 by both the legendary Lenny White and Letizia Gambi.

Here's what Gambi's website says by way of introduction:

INTRODUCING LETIZIA GAMBI" is the title of the debut recording by vocalist Letizia Gambi, a project conceived and developed with one of the most acclaimed musicians recording today, jazz drummer, producer, and multi Grammy Award winner, Lenny White.

Legendary drummer Joe Chambers fronts the latest iteration of Max Roach's  amazing percussion ensemble called M'Boom, appearing 6/14@8p at the Rich Theatre at the Woodruff Arts Center at 8pm.

Jay Edwards on Joe Chambers:

Joe Chambers-- drummer, composer, vibraphonist and educator has performed with numerous icons in Jazz.  A native of Philadelphia and former drummer with Max Roach, Chambers appears in M'Boom. 

Jay Edwards Talks With Ahmad Jamal

May 17, 2014

Ahmad Jamal makes a much-anticipated return to Atlanta headlining the 2014 Jazz Festival in Piedmont Park Sunday night, May 25.  His most recent release Saturday Morning shows him to be as relevant, rhythmic and melodic as ever over the course of a career that goes back five decades.

Jamal spoke with Jay Edwards on Jazz Tones Saturday afternoon to catch up with Atlanta and talk about his upcoming Memorial Day Weekend performance.

Jay's biographical notes on Ahmad Jamal go as follows:

From Jazz Tones' Jay Edwards comes words--"Dave Bass is an extraordinary individual who has co-branded himself as  Deputy State Attorney General of California and a Jazz Pianist who leaves a indelible footprint in Jazz, Latin Jazz and Blues. He attended Berklee School of Music in Boston and left after few months to study with the famed Madame Margaret Charloff. He also studied composition with George Russell." 

Jay Edwards and Dave Bass will talk on Jazz Tones today about his career in jazz and as California Deputy Attorney General in Civil Rights Enforcement. 

Guitarist Earl Klugh returns to the Ferst Center For The Arts at Georgia Tech on Saturday, April 12, with a Night Of Guitars that includes solo, duo and trio performances with fellow guitarists Chuck Loeb and Norman Brown.

Klugh's latest record is Handpicked, a collection of his favorite cover songs.  Klugh and WCLK's Jay Edwards chatted recently about the record, the upcoming Atlanta performance, and his role as an artist inside and outside of jazz.