Jazz Tones

Sunday, February 12 on Jazz Tones on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, I will interview Brandi Disterheft, a contrabassist and vocalist who sings in French and English.  Disterheft was lauded by the late Oscar Peterson, who said "she is what we call serious." A Canadian who has captivated audiences globally and has played Carnegie Hall, Brandi began performing in her teens with her mother, a pianist and Hammond B-3  organist from Chicago.  

Jazz Education Network Conference 2017

Jan 18, 2017

The Eighth Annual Jazz Education Network (JEN) Conference celebrated 100 years of recorded Jazz in New Orleans, January 4-7.   JEN President, Caleb Chapman stated that the conference provides clinics, panels, exhibits and lectures including conference performances.   The purpose of this Jazz organization is to forge Jazz advocacy and Jazz education for this generation and those that follow.

A litany of Jazz elite attended including:  Carmen Bradford, vocalist; Professor James Patterson of Clark Atlanta University; Kirk Whalum; Sean Jones, trumpeter;  Dr. Trieniece Robinson- Martin, executive  director of The African American Jazz Caucus;  and, Branford, Delfeayo and Ellis Marsalis, to name a few.

Spivey Hall at Clayton State University, a proud supporter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming, presents Jazz Vocalist Tammy McCann on Saturday, January 21 at 7:30 p.m.   McCann will be joined by Tom Vaitsas on piano, Mimi Jones on bass, and Clif Wallace on drums. “Classically trained but steeped in the sounds and rituals of Chicago jazz,” vocalist Tammy McCann finds “new tones and colors, fresh shadings and tints in an instrument that already ranks among the most alluring in jazz,” commanding a “luxuriant, supple, larger-than life” voice “that inspires wonder” (Chicago Tribune).

Avichai Ornoy On Jazz Tones

Dec 19, 2016

Sunday December 18 on Jazz Tones on WCLK I interviewed Avichai Ornoy, a flautist from Israel. His international journey in classical music included Assistant Principal Flute of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra with conductor Zubin Mehta. He has made solo appearances at the Radio France Festival, Rolandseck and is a National Flute Association Prize Winner. Avichai has only been on the scene a few years and has established himself as one of Israel's leading jazz artists. He has  worked with Branford Marsalis, Eric Revis, Eli Degibri and others. He performs regularly in Europe  with world renowned contemporary  Klezmer band Kolsimcha. Avichai currently leads his own quartet  and performs music  influenced by ethnic Mediterranean styles,traditional hard bop jazz, and modern jazz.

Join me on Jazz Tones on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK Sunday, December 11 at  3:00 PM.  I will feature the  music of Brian Lynch.  Brian Lynch grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and attended Nicolet High School; and, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He apprenticed with Buddy Montgomery and Organist Melvin Rhyne.  He also worked with alto master Charles McPherson.   Lynch moved to New York in 1981 and recorded and performed with Kirchner's nonet.  He was also a member of Horace Silver"s Quintet ( 1982- 1985 ) and the  Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra  ( 1982 -!988 ).

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