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NEW MUSIC: Landscapes By Joe Chambers

Apr 19, 2016

Joe Chambers is a percussionist, composer and arranger who played with everyone from Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard to Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter.  He was an original member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble M'Boom.  He also has a long body of solo work that has been featured on Jazz 91.9 WCLK over the years. His new release on Savant is called Landscapes, and features a trio including Rick Germanson on piano and Ira Coleman on bass. Vibes are the focus on this record. You can hear cuts from Landscapes at various times on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Marcus Johnson

Not only is Marcus Johnson an amazing composer, producer and keyboardist, he's the latest addition to Jazz 91.9 WCLK's incredible Saturday afternoon line-up.  Meet Marcus Johnson this Sunday, April 17 at our Jazz Appreciation Month Dinner Concert at one of Atlanta's hottest new music venues, Venkman's in Old Fourth Ward.  Tickets are still available for this intimate reservations-only pre-fixe dinner and full concert that includes delectable items like cast-iron fried chicken with hot honey sauce, smoked pork shoulder, braised greens and more! Dinner and a show comes as a package -- just $40 (per person).   There are no walk-up admissions and seating is limited.  Make your reservation by clicking here today.

I spoke with Winnie Watts-Hemphill, president, Southview Cemetery Association during the April 9 edition of The Local Take about their upcoming event on April 30. The event will raise funds to continue the preservation and maintenance of South-View Cemetery.  Hemphill talks her family's connection to this historic cemetery where many of Atlanta's African American leaders are interred. 

Some of the people there include:   Alonzo Herndon (1858-1927), Geneva Haugabrooks (1888-1977), John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961), Charles L. Harper (1875-1955) and, the parents of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Rev. Martin L.  King Sr (1899-1984) and Alberta King (1904 - 1974).  

D. B. King

Jazz 91.9 WCLK proudly presents Second Wednesdays: Shades of Blue at Cafe 290, 290 Hilderbrand Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30328.    I'll be your host for the evening as I'm joined by some of Atlanta's most incredible musicians and vocalists.  Wednesday night, April 13, as part of Jazz Appreciation Month we're presenting a tribute to Natalie Cole, featuring Toni Byrd, Sierra Natalie, Karen Bryant, Tony Hightower and yours truly.

The Office of Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and the Princeton Review will host the 19th semi-annual College Prep Series beginning  Saturday, April 16 at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.   There is no charge for participating Greater Atlanta students, Grades 7 through 12.  Registrants  will have the opportunity to take SAT, ACT and PSAT college admission practice tests.  

NEW MUSIC: Spark by Hiromi

Apr 10, 2016

There is a long list of compelling Japanese Jazz pianists over the years.  One of the current artists from that land making an impact on Jazz is Hiromi.  Her 10th release is entitled Spark, and features her Trio Project, which includes Contrabass Guitarist, Anthony Jackson and Drummer, Simon Philips. We'll be featuring cuts from Spark throughout the day on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday from Friday 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is celebrating April as Jazz Appreciation Month in a big way as we bring Marcus Johnson to Venkman's in Atlanta's Historic Old Fourth Ward, Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Venkman's has announced the menu to be served before the live performance:

PRIX FIXE MENU OFFERINGS:
 Cast Iron Fried Chicken 

    w/ Hot Sauce Honey, Fried Herbs, Pimento Cheese & Shells

Crispy Tofu Salad

     w/ Arugula, Sugar Snap & Parmesan

Smoked Pork Shoulder

     w/ Yellow Grits, Braised Greens & Chow Chow

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

Apr 7, 2016
William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA.   For Billie, music was a part of her life and about her life.  Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her collaborator Lester Young, she failed an audition at Smalls Jazz Club in Harlem as a teenager because she didn't know in which key to sing. "Just pick one," she said.  Her vocal style was unlike any other -- slow, sexual and improvisational. She would not sing a song the same way twice, often changing tempos.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is proud to be a media partner of the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 27 - 29 at Piedmont Park.   The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual rite of Spring that takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend.  It is the entertainment gateway to Summer in Atlanta.  The festival features three separate stages of entertainment including local, international and main stage performances.

NEW MUSIC: Wanted by Gregoire Maret

Apr 5, 2016

Swiss-born Harmonica Player Gregoire Maret plays his instrument in a way that has critics comparing him to Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder.  On Wanted, his new release on Sunnyside, he collaborates with a series of notable talents, including Teri Lynne Carrington, who plays drums and co-produced the record.  You can hear cuts featuring Maret's distinctive harp throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

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