Jazz 91.9 WCLK Atlanta's Jazz Station

New Music: Apache By Aaron Neville

Sep 5, 2016
Tell It Records

Aaron Neville shows no sign of losing his vocal or musical edge at age 75.  His new Tell It Records release Apache comes following several releases in recent years paying homage to formative music from his past, including records taking in Soul, Gospel and, early R&B and Doo-Wop Classics.  Apache stakes out a more contemporary sound and features Neville's original songs about love, life, longing and being nice to your mom. Its tenor and tone evokes some of his great mid-period work with The Neville Brothers.


Listen Sunday, September 4 at 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK as Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride from NPR Music presents a tribute to legendary Jazz recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder.   As well, the evening will pay homepage to the 65th birthday celebration for Prestige Records. This event took place at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz At Lincoln Center in 2014 and features Jamison Ross, drums; Yasushi Nakamura, bass; Chris Pattishall, piano & special guests Mike Rodriguez, trumpet and Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone.

Lenna Davis Photography

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by Entertainment Connections, presenting the Sunday Jazz Brunch at City Winery Atlanta on Sunday, September 4.   Featured performers include Theresa Hightower, Mose Davis, Zaib Khan and Derwin Daniels. This event will be hosted by Jazz At Sundown and Sunday Jazz Suite Host Debb Moore. Doors open at Noon, performances begin at 1:00 p.m.

On the Saturday, September 3 edition of The Local Take we speak with La Detra White about her book  This is My Story, But It Is Not My Life.  The book is an anthology that offers real-life personal accounts authored by those who have overcome challenging, life-changing tragedies; broken and abusive childhoods; and, traumatic hardships to reach success. 

Ms. White shares with us how this book came about and, the participants who shared their stories of "faith" to overcome setbacks and reach their goals.

WCLK Hosts Najee Talks Wolf Creek Jazz Festival

Sep 2, 2016

Friend of Jazz 91.9 WCLK and all around Jazz Saxophone and Flute Virtuoso, Najee stopped by the WCLK Studios to chat with Jamal Ahmad on the SOUL of Jazz.  Jamal talked with Najee about his musical journey and his appearance Saturday, September 3 during day two of three amazing days of Contemporary Jazz at the Wolf Creek Jazz Festival.  The Festival culminates on Sunday, September 4.  

New Music: Journey To The Heart By Keiko Matsui

Aug 30, 2016

Pianist and Composer, Keiko Matsui celebrates 30 years of recordings with her new release on Shanachie Entertainment, Journey To The Heart. This record has a more acoustic sound than previous releases, and includes a strong Cuban influences with Bassist Carlitos Del Puerto and Drummer Jimmy Branly. You can hear cuts from Journey To The Heart at various times on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.


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.

Mark Fitton

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.