Jay Edwards

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.

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