Jay Edwards

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.

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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.

Beginning January 23, Jazz 91.9 WCLK will debut new Contemporary Jazz programming on Saturday and a full spectrum of Mainstream, Straight-Ahead Jazz  on Sundays.   

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m. we will present a new show Catch The Flo with Marcus Johnson.   Catch the Flo  features Contemporary Jazz music, 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.

Dee Dee Bridgewater is the sparkling ambassador for Jazz Music. She made her phenomenal New York debut in 1970 as the lead vocalist with Mel Lewis and Thad Jones in one of the premier Jazz orchestras of the time.  She has won multiple awards across categories, including three Grammys; the Laurence Olivier Award in 1987 for Best Actress in the musical Lady Day;  and, a Tony Award.   Dee Dee also joined the battle against world hunger and was named Ambassador to the UN Food and Agricultural Organization in 1999.

Arturo Sandoval Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Nov 21, 2015

Join me on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK ,  Saturday,  November 21 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.    I'm joined by Arturo Sandoval.   Sandoval was born in Cuba and is now a citizen of the United States.  

Sandoval has won 10 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 19 times.  He has received six Billboard Awards and an Emmy.   He is a 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient.   Sandoval is one of the world's most acknowledged guardians of Jazz trumpet and flugelhorn, as well as a renowned classical artist, pianist and composer.

Norman Connors Live On Jazz Tones

Oct 30, 2015

Drummer, Norman Connors is a native Philadelphian and a true Jazz improviser who was formally trained at Juilliard.   He is a pioneer in the emergence of the progressive fusion R&B and Jazz.   Connors created a fusion that appealed to romantics and intellectuals alike.   He was trained and playing drums at age five.  And, he was already writing his own music as a young man.   During his early career he was a sideman for Billy Paul, Jackie McLean and Charles Earland.  Archie Sheep used Connors for his 1967 Impulse! session "Magic of Julu".

This Saturday on Jazz Tones, 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.,  I will be interviewing Ron Aprea.   Aprea is an extremely accomplished saxophonist who has remained under the radar.   He grew up in Astoria, Queens playing  the clarinet.   He started playing the alto saxophone at 16 years old, taking lessons across the street from Radio City Music Hall.   Being a frequent visitor to Birdland Jazz Club, he was inspired by Big Band and Jazz legends including Count Basie and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers.   He befriended Frank Foster, who arranged and played for Count Basie.

Expansive Jazz Vocalist, Aimee Allen was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.  She has embraced and had an interest in Jazz since childhood.   Aimee's fourth and most recently released CD Matter of Time debuted in May.   The album is an exciting collection of Aimee's new compositions and unconventional interpretations of standards.   The CD features Romero Lubambo on guitar;  Francios Moutin  on bass;  Toru Dodo on piano; and,  Jacob Melchior on drums.

This past July she performed in Paris where she started her first vocal group, La Bossa Novice, after graduating from The Sorbonne.

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