Serenade To The City

Atlanta-based Jazz Rennaissance Man Joe Gransden has a new record out on Cafe 290 Records, Go Getta. The title track comes courtesy of Friend of  Jazz 91.9 WCLK Kipper Jones, and features a solo turn from Kenny G.   

Gransden has wanted to lead his own big band since his youthful days as fourth trumpet in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. On Go Getta he brings together his big band, seen live locally by many ATL Jazz fans, for a tight, swinging set of 14 songs. 

NEW MUSIC: Play By Nils

May 4, 2018

You can hear new music on Jazz 91.9 WCLK from Contemporary Jazz Guitarist, Nils. His new record is called Play (Baja Records) and, is composed, produced, performed and engineered by this German guitarist who has been making music in California since the 1980s -  first as a session player for the Temptations, George Benson and Rick Braun, then on his own as a solo artist. 

NEW MUSIC: Metaphors by Alphonso Johnson

Feb 14, 2018

Alphonso Johnson has brought the fretless bass-line for generations of important groups and artists, including recording and touring with:  Weather Report, George Duke, Santana, Wayne Shorter, Pat Metheny, Sonny Rollins, Bob Weir and Phil Collins.   His new record out on Embamba is called Metaphors. Metaphors features the late great Ndugu Chancler, Patrice Rushen, Airto Moreira and others. His sound is unmistakable.

New Music: Blood Moon By Dave Bennett

Jan 7, 2018

Dave Bennett is a multi-instrumentalist and clarinet prodigy who has been playing in combos and bigger bands since he was asked by legendary Trumpeter Doc Cheatham to play from the bandstand at New York's Sweet Basil's when he was 12 years old.   Blood Moon is his second record on Mack Avenue, and features a mix of original and cover songs.   

Amsterdam Connection features the Netherlands duo of Tim ‘Harmony’ Welvaars (Jazz harmonica & piano) and Naomi ‘Smile’ Adriaansz (tenor and alto sax).   Their new release on Harmony Music is called Isn't She Lovely, and is a tribute to the music of Stevie Wonder.   You can hear cuts from the new release including Creepin', featuring Paul Brown, on Jazz 91.9 WCLK at various times in particular during Serenade to the City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   

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