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New Music: Convergence By Warren Wolf

Jun 5, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star Vibraphonist/Composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern Jazz for Convergence, his third recording for Mack Avenue Records.   Along with Bassist Christian McBride, the rhythm section is rounded out by master Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and esteemed Pianist Brad Mehldau.   Legendary Guitarist John Scofield is a featured soloist on two tracks.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK is playing cuts from Convergence throughout the day in particular  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. 

Robert Drozd

Jazz 91.9 WCLK has played Jeff Lorber's music for as long as Jeff Lorber has played and performed using Yamaha instruments - for over 30 years.   Lorber will be introducing the new standard in Yamaha synthesizers, The Montage, at clinics in Atlanta area Ken Stanton Music locations, Tuesday, May 31 through Thursday, June 2.   Yamaha Product Specialist, Tony Escueta will also be on hand at each event to answer questions about the new Montage.

Steel City Jazz Festival 2016 is upon us, three days of amazing music in Linn Park in Birmingham, AL.  The performance line up will include a list of artists you hear all the time on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Atlanta's Jazz Station.

Mark Angel, host, Saturday Afternoon Jazz is conductor on the WCLK Steel City Express, taking a group of Jazz 91.9 WCLK supporters to experience the festival on Saturday, June 4. One of Saturday's featured artists is Maysa Leak.   Maysa took time out to talk about her upcoming Steel City performance with Rivablue.  Listen to the interview by clicking the play icon below:

Keith Foster

Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Jazz 91.9 WCLK tent at the 39th Atlanta Jazz Festival over Memorial Day weekend.  We saw old friends and made new ones.   Great job by the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs,  public safety officials and volunteers;  and, some great sets of music throughout Piedmont Park.  Stay with Jazz 91.9 WCLK throughout the year to hear the artists you got to know better at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.  It's always 31 Days of Jazz at Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Savvy Atlanta Jazz fans are looking forward to the sharp rhythm instincts and engaging vocals of Eugenie Jones at the Atlanta Jazz Festival, Main Stage on Sunday May 29,  3:00 PM.  Jones is a West Virginia native now based in Seattle, WA.   She's a vocalist and songwriter who is a latecomer to the Jazz scene. She is an Earshot Jazz Golden Year Award-winner.  Eugenie's first release Black Lace Blue Tears was "full of  passion and raw emotion" as stated by Critical Jazz.

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Join us Saturday morning, May 28, 7:00 a.m. for Dr. Judi, The People’s Advocate.   Social Worker Dr. Judi Crocker Billingsley helps us observe Memorial Day Weekend by talking in depth about veterans’ services at the Atlanta VA Medical Center.

Eliane Elias headlines the 39th Atlanta Jazz Festival International Stage Sunday, May 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Piedmont Park.   Most Atlantans know about Elias from hearing her music on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK, in particular, Made In Brazil, her 2015 release featuring her song Driving Ambition.  The New York-based, Brazilian born Elias is a producer, lyricist, vocalist, pianist, arranger, composer and artist.  She checked in with  Jamal Ahmad, host, SOUL of Jazz, recently to talk about her music, Bossa Nova and her upcoming performance in Piedmont Park.

New Music: Sound of Red By René Marie

May 24, 2016

Virginia-born Songwriter and Jazz Vocalist, Rene Marie started her professional career relatively late in life, only beginning to record music after being discovered singing in Blues Alley in Washington, DC in 1999.  She has since released a series of albums that include largely original music and compositions. She's also been up front in writing and singing about issues as diverse as sexual assault, racism and homelessness; and, a tendency for club owners not to like singers who write their own Jazz songs.  

The Local Take on WCLK talks about the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing Program with James Alexander, Housing Policy and Development Director for the 'Beltline.  Last year this program provided down payment assistance to 17 families seeking housing adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline. Each area of the Atlanta Beltline will have its own flavor including the newly expanded West End Trail which connects several neighborhoods including Westview, Mozley Park and the Historic West End.

New Music: Culcha Vulcha By Snarky Puppy

May 20, 2016

Anyone who has experienced Snarky Puppy in concert this year already knows a new record has dropped.  During their recent shows, they have debuted several cuts off their latest album, Culcha Vulcha.   It's hard to believe it's their eleventh album already. This one actually marks their first studio record in two years; and, was recorded in El Paso, TX and Brooklyn, NY.

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