Jazz 91.9 WCLK Atlanta's Jazz Station


JaQuitta Williams is your host for Your Health Connection on Jazz 91.9 WCLK Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00 p.m.   This month we take a look back a the work done over the past year by the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University.  JaQuitta's guests will include CCRTD Senior Research Research Scientist and Community Outreach Director, Dr. Kimberly Davis; CCRTD Associate Research Director, Dr. Valerie Odero-Marah; and, Doctoral Student, Mawiya Kimbrough-Allah.

New Music: True Stories By The Rippingtons

Jul 16, 2016

Russ Freeman's band The Rippingtons has been defining and crossing musical boundries in Jazz since their founding in 1985.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK has featured the music of  The Rippingtons nearly every step of the way.   We are featuring their new release on Peak called True Stories. You can hear cuts from True Stories at various times during the day on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK comes from Wade Ford Concert Series presenting Smooth Summer Nights on Saturday, July 16, 6:00 p.m. at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre.  The Smooth Summer Nights concert will feature performances by:  Kim Waters, Ben Tankard, Brian Simpson, Eric Darius and Steve Cole.  The show will be hosted by WCLK's Morris Baxter.  Ticket information is available here.

Saturday, July 16 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take, I speak with the newly appointed Rainbow PUSH Executive Director for the Southern Region, Calvin Vismale. 

Vismale, a graduate of Morehouse College, shares with us his family background and the history of Rainbow PUSH, the beginning of which was created in 1971 by Rev. Jessie Jackson.  Vismale has a finance background and previously worked with Merrill Lynch and Lehman Bros.  He shares his thoughts on why this makes him an excellent person to lead the organization at this time.

Support  for Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming comes from the High Museum of Art, featuring Friday Jazz, July 15 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m., featuring Trumpeter and Vocalist, Joe Gransden.   Attendees will also be able to check out the High Museum exhibitions on view: The Rise of Sneaker Culture and Walker Evans: Depth of Field.   Friday Jazz At The High will be hosted by WCLK's Jamal Ahmad.  If you would like to join us, click here for ticket information.

Clark Atlanta University 2016 YALI Fellows

Jul 12, 2016

The Local Take on WCLK welcomes this year's Clark Atlanta University Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellows to share their experiences with our listeners. We have covered this annual summer forum for three years running. This year I spoke with three dynamic YALI fellows:

New Music: Rhythm And Romance By Kim Waters

Jul 11, 2016

Saxophonist Kim Waters has helped define Smooth Jazz in over 20 years of touring and performing.  We're happy to have him as an Atlanta resident when he's not on tour. His new release on Shanachie is called Rhythm and Romance, and includes interpretations of songs from Janet Jackson, DeBarge and Sam Smith. You can hear cuts from Rhythm and Romance throughout the day 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.  

NEW MUSIC: Soul Eyes by Kandace Springs

Jul 3, 2016
Mathieu Bitton

Twenty seven year old Nashville born Singer, Songwriter and Pianist, Kandace Springs counts among her influences and, inspirations such performers as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones.  On her Blue Note debut Soul Eyes, Springs charts a course all her own.  The album features her alto vocal range, her own compositions and, a spacious sound that melds both Jazz and her Nashville upbringing.  You can hear cuts from  Soul Eyes on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Fridays from 10:00 p.m.

Happy Fourth of July to all of our Jazz 91.9 WCLK friends, partners and financial supporters. Join us for a special holiday edition of Jazz Tones Sunday, July 3 at 3:00 p.m. as Jay Edwards steps aside and we feature a three hour special program from the United States Air Force Band, Airmen of Note.  Featured guest artists include Stefon Harris, Marvin Stamm & Bill Mays and, Walt Weiskopf.  We hope you enjoy these big band arrangements and take the time to remember those in uniform serving our country.

NEW MUSIC: Do Your Dance by Kenny Garrett

Jul 1, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

Straight-Ahead Jazz fans know that Kenny Garrett is one of the great sax players of his generation. He's been named the Downbeat Reader Poll Alto Jazz Player of the Year NINE times.  On Do Your Dance, his fourth release for Mack Avenue Records, Garrett is joined by Drummers  Ronald Bruner and McLenty Hunter and Percussionist Rudy Bird, Keyboardist Vernell Brown, Jr., and Bassist Corcoran Holt.   Producer Arthur Brown is a one-time member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has been producing Garrett and playing sessions with him since 1990.