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Jazz 91.9 WCLK remembers the wide-ranging music of harmonica great Toots Thielemans, who passed away Monday, August 22 at the age of 94.  His was a singular talent on the harmonica which was not obviously a Jazz instrument.  Thielemans made his mark with a chromatic harmonica played in the style of his late 1940s inspirations, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  He's best known to millions around the world for his work in major film soundtracks and television in the 1960s - 70s, in particular the themes and soundtracks to Midnight Cowboy and Sesame Street.

Join us for the August edition of the Wednesday WindDown Centennial Park Concert Series featuring piano Jazz, fan favorites and great music featuring our friend Madoca on Wednesday August 24 at 5:30 p.m. Admission is only $5.  More info is available by clicking here.

Rickie Foster

I support First Tee Atlanta, whose mission is to positively impact the lives of Atlanta's young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life enhancing values, and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.  Thanks to everyone who came and said hello at John A. White Golf Course on their annual Community Day benefiting First Tee Atlanta on Saturday, August 20.   Great time, great weather, great cause and I played in the golf skills challenge and got in a round, too.  For more information about First Tee Atlanta and John A. White Golf Course, click here.

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Sunday, August 21 at 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK you can hear Jazz Night In America from NPR Music, hosted by Christian McBride.  This week's program features the piano and voice duo of Cecile McLorin Salvant and Pianist Sullivan Fortner, recorded live at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center.  Find out more about Cecile McLorin Salvant here.

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Sunday, August 21 at 3:00 p.m. on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  I will pay a special tribute to Bobby Hutcherson and his career.  Hutcherson, a Los Angeles native and accomplished vibraphonist, made his transition on August 15.   His career spanned over 50 years and 40 recordings.  Slipping free of the constraints of the  designs of Bebop, Hutcherson adapted his instrument to a freer post-bop language. Bobby played chords with a pair of mallets in each hand.

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Come one, come all--I'll be hosting Sunday, August 21, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Red Oak Church located at 4710 Washington Road in College Park, GA as Dr. Bill Freeman presents A Jazz Concert “The Music Of A Man.”   In 1973, Dr. Bill Freeman left the music scene to answer the call of ministry and the Gospel, but his passion for Jazz has always remained. Influenced by Pianists Art Tatum and Earl “Bud” Powell,  Dr. Freeman enjoys playing multiple instruments including guitar, organ, saxophone and piano.

Does what we eat impact our chances of developing cancer in our lifetime? Do certain foods protect us while others hurt us? Join us for the re-broadcast of a 'best of' edition of Your Health Connection, Wednesday, August 17 at 6:00 p.m. as we explore the links.   JaQuitta Williams was joined in studio by Registered Dietician Kiki Smalley-Frazier. 

If we are what we eat, can you eat in a way to avoid cancer?  What if you or a loved one is a cancer survivor? How and why should you watch your nutrition carefully?

John Beasley is a pianist, composer and arranger who reintroduces the world to Thelonius Sphere Monk through The MONK'estra, a 15 piece Big Band.  Big Bands have not ceased to exist as a contemporary force, as illustrated by MONK'estra Vol 1, on Mack Avenue Records.  Beasley's band re-imagines Monk's music with off beat melodies, strange beauty and unbounded swing.  Beasley has worked with Miles Davis, Dianne Reeves, Freddie Hubbard and Steely Dan.

Jon B is a talented singer, songwriter and producer who over the years has worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Color Me Badd and Babyface.  He's appearing as part of the Wade Ford Hot Fun In The Summertime Concert on Saturday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre.  He will share the stage with Marion Meadows and Nick Colionne.  Jon B rang up WCLK's Rivablue to talk about it.

For more information about Jon B, click here.

Historic Norcross, a proud underwriter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK, presents it's second of four Summer 2016 Live Outdoor Jazz Concert Series featuring Saxophonist Eric Thomas and Elevate The Quest, on Saturday, August 13 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in Downtown Historic Norcross at Betty Mauldin Park, 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross GA 30071. More information about this performance is available at (404) 514-1656 or online by clicking here.

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