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Breman Museum

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK comes from the Breman Museum, celebrating Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz by featuring The King of Swing: A Night of Benny Goodman.  The Sunday, May 15 concert will feature Joe Gransden's Big Band and a special guest,  Clarinetist Allan Vaché, bringing to life Benny Goodman's crowd-pleasing hits. 

Clark Atlanta University Guild will present the 23rd Annual Jazz Under The Stars featuring Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz Vocalist Maysa Leak, the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra and the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Vocal Ensemble on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.   (Gates open at 6:00 p.m. • Rain or Shine). Maysa Leak checked in with Rivablue this morning on Midday Jazz on WCLK to talk about this upcoming performance, and her career and influences.

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.

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.

Come hear and experience the sounds of Afro Jazz with YemiConga and friends at Cafe 290 Wednesday, March 9 at 8:00 p.m. for the latest edition of Shades of Blue.  I'll host a musical tribute to Hugh Masekela and Miriam Makeba . It’s an Afro Jazz Explosion with percussive sounds and voices.  

In the 1950’s Hugh Masekela co –led a  group with Pianist Abdullah Ibrahim and Saxophonist Kippie Maeketsi. Together they fused the sounds of Africa with Be-bop. Masekela wrote many songs in protest of apartheid and poverty in South Africa.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK presents Shades of Blue with Rivablue, second Wednesdays, 7:00 p.m. at Cafe 290.  Rivablue will host an evening of Jazz fused with her musical interludes and feature performances by some of Atlanta's most incredible musicians.  On Wednesday, February 10, Jazz Vocalist Cinnamon Denise will perform.  

Cinnamon Denise stopped by Jazz 91.9 WCLK to talk about her artistic journey.

Enjoy a great mix of Contemporary Jazz , Saturday afternoons  with the addition of two new programs on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Catch The Flo with Marcus Johnson at 2:00 p.m. features the  Jazz keyboardist riffing on his favorite music, which includes Contemporary Jazz, Latin grooves,urban instrumentals, Southern jam bands, soulful vocalists and more.   You'll hear classic artists who were the progenitors of Smooth Jazz along with new artists on the horizon.

 The music of Jazz Legends like Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and others come alive as the Unity Jazz Foundation celebrates its second anniversary with a tribute called Lush Life.   The evening will include Ed Jaxon with the amazing Neo-Renaissance Jazz Orchestra along with  Vocalists Toni Byrd, Dia Scott, Alvin Stone Maddox and Lutalo “Sweet Lu” Olutosin.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK's Rivablue will also sing at this event.

Beginning January 23, Jazz 91.9 WCLK will debut new Contemporary Jazz programming on Saturday and a full spectrum of Mainstream, Straight-Ahead Jazz  on Sundays.   

On Saturday at 2:00 p.m. we will present a new show Catch The Flo with Marcus Johnson.   Catch the Flo  features Contemporary Jazz music, Latin grooves, Urban Instrumentals, Southern Jam Bands, soulful vocalists and more.   You'll hear classic artists who were the progenitors of Smooth Jazz along with new artists on the horizon.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle stopped by Jazz 91.9 WCLK to talk with Jamal Ahmad about the famed troup's upcoming Atlanta performances at the Fox Theatre, February 10 - 14.

Click the audio file  icon below to hear the interview:  

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