Jazz 91.9 WCLK Atlanta's Jazz Station


Jan 18, 2016

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has blown through sets and sides in Jazz since his days with the Mingus Big Band. He's played horn on recordings from a diverse group of collaborators that stretch from Ravi Coltrane and Cedar Walton to the Skatalites and Nancy Wilson. On his new High Note Records release #JIVECULTURE, Pelt finally plays along with one of Jazz music's greatest bass players, Ron Carter. #JIVECULTURE features original Pelt compositions, standards and even one of Ron Carter's original compositions, Einbahnstrasse.

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK is your home for Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride, produced by WBGO Newark and NPR Music. You can hear the program on Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on WCLK. This week's program features Steve Turre and Bright Moments covering the music of the innovative Jazz horn genius Rahsaan Roland Kirk.

WCLK is your home for NPR Jazz and Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride, Sundays at 7:00 p.m. End your weekend with the best live Jazz on radio.


Jazz 91.9 WCLK  will provide special coverage of the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, January 18.  Join us after Morning Jazz as we feature a simulcast of Fox 5 Atlanta, Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Commemorative Service coverage, live from the Horizon Sanctuary of Ebenezer Baptist Church.   Following the service coverage, WCLK will air a new documentary The Power of Nonviolence: The Spirituality of Peacemaking, a project by David Freudberg, produced in association with WGBH Boston.

In the run up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, January 18, we're looking for common ground this week on The Local Take.  I spoke with Beatrice and Larry Soublet, founders of ERACE  Atlanta.  Beatrice and Larry explain the history of ERACE.   The organization began in New Orleans after the Times Picayune published a series "Together Apart/The Myth of Race," and readers responded with fear and hate.  A conversation between Rhoda Faust and Brenda Thompson led to the founding of  ERACE and the slogan ERACISM.

Latin Jazz has informed our culture at least since Dizzie Gillespie's Afro-Cuban musical excursions of the late 1940s.   Contemporary Latin Jazz is vibrant and ever present in the larger culture and on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, especially on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards.   You can hear cuts from Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars new release on Savant, called Heart Beat at various times during the broadcast day, including during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from  10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

 Jazz 91.9 WCLK has always played the Jazz musicians that you know and love.   We play a dynamic blend of major and independent label artists.   Bill McGee is a Richmond, Virginia born horn player who attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta in the 1970s.  He got his early break in the music business playing with classmates in Brick.   This led to side performances with artists including The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Evelyn Champagne King and The Sugar Hill Gang.

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Stride Pianist, James P. Johnson is one of Jazz music’s originators.   Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride from NPR Music features the music of Johnson with live performances from Jazz At Lincoln Center including Kkeyboardists Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson and Marc Carey.

Also featured will be the James P. Johnson Collection at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

You can hear Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride from NPR Music on Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. exclusively on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

On the Saturday, January 9, 7:00 a.m. edition of The Local Take, we take a look at the Year In Review.    I am joined in the Jazz 91.9 WCLK talk studio by Clark Atlanta University Political Science Professor Dr. William Boone and former Fulton County Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.    Judge Reynolds is a former prosecutor, speaker and author.   She handled cases on the television program, Family Court With Judge Penny between 2008 - 2010.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, Saxophonist, Charles Lloyd is joined by Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson among others, on his new release from Blue Note I Long To See You.  Lloyd is one of my favorites, and has stood the test of time in Jazz.  He has played as a sideman with everyone from Howlin' Wolf and B. B. King to Cannonball Adderley, where he was a member of that legendary sextet.

All In - Pieces Of A Dream On Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Dec 30, 2015

Pieces of a Dream originated in Philadelphia as high school Jazz heads.  The Contemporary Jazz band was discovered by the late great Grover Washington, Jr., originally.   All In marks their 21st album in a long and successful career that has allowed them  to play the world;  sell hundreds of thousands of albums;  and, have a place as a legacy artist on any list of Smooth Jazz greats. You can hear cuts from All In on Jazz 91.9 WCLK throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m.