Jay Edwards

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.

Brian Callahan

I caught up  with Mack Avenue recording artist Christian McBride following his Labor Day Weekend performance at the Detroit  Jazz Festival 2015, and we talked on JazzTones.  Christian was performing with The Mack Avenue Super Band an  All Star Ensemble of Bandleaders. He expressed that he was elated to perform with the Super Band and musicians including Trumpeter Freddie Hendrix, Alto Sax Tia Fuller, Sax Kirk Whalum, Vibraphonist Gary Burton, Drummer Carl Allen and Christian as the Musical Director and Bassist.

Joe Winchester

Join Jay Edwards for Jazz Tones on WCLK Saturdays from 2p-6p as he creates the mainstream and latin jazz soundtrack to your afternoon. Jay is joined this week by Master Percussionist Sammy Figueroa.

Jay Edwards is your host for the best in mainstream jazz and latin-influenced music on Jazz Tones on WCLK, Saturday afternoons from 2p-6p. Jay will be joined Saturday by vocalist Eugenie Jones to talk about her music and her career.

For more information about Eugenie Jones, click here.

Jay Edwards chats with vocalist and actor Gloria Reuben on Jazz Tones, Saturday at 3pm on 91.9 WCLK.

Do you dig Latin Jazz like we do at WCLK? Drummer and composer Dafnis Prieto has an album out with his sextet, Triangles and Circles.  You can expect to hear it on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards Saturday afternoons 2p-6p, and Program Director Aaron Cohen will also be giving it a few spins throughout the week on WCLK.

You can purchase Triangles and Circles from Amazon at the link below and a portion of the proceeds will support the continued non-commercial operation of WCLK. Gracias.

Rene McLean learned alto sax from his stepfather, the legendary Jackie McLean.  This legacy hard bop jazz artist checks in with WCLK's Jay Edwards during Jazz Tones Saturday afternoon between 2p and 6p.  Don't miss the hard bop, and don't miss this interview.

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.

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