Serenade To The City

NEW MUSIC: Horizon Ahead By Benny Golson

Apr 29, 2016

Benny Golson is a Mainstream Jazz great on tenor sax who played with everyone you know, from John Coltrane to Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie to Lionel Hampton and Art Farmer. As a young man he moved from Bebop to Hard Bop, and he has composed Jazz music for longer than most of us have been alive.   Golson will lead his current band at the 2016 Atlanta Jazz Festival on the Main Stage on Sunday, May 29 at 7:00 p.m. as part of Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz.

Sonny Rollins Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4

Apr 25, 2016

In his new album on Okeh, Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4, the legendary Tenor Saxophonist, Sonny Rollins reaches into his vast archives of concert recordings for eight astounding live cuts recorded between 1979 and 2012. The album reflects songs and styles touching on various aspects of his career. According to Rollins, "it's who I am, and the music represents just about every aspect of what I do." You can look forward to hearing cuts from Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4 at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK and WCLK HD2 in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

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.

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.

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.

NEW MUSIC: Cohearance by the Yellowjackets

Mar 28, 2016

Yellowjackets are one of the enduring Jazz groups of the era, playing together now for over 35 years. They have always straddled the worlds of Straight-Ahead and Contemporary Jazz styles, all the while putting out music that has always found an outlet on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.   Their new release Cohearance, on Mack Avenue Records, reminds the careful listener that they're all that, a great Fusion band and a band that can carry off Coltrane-inflected Swing.

Esperanza Spalding is a shining star of the current generation of Jazz innovators.  And,  Jazz 91.9 WCLK has played her music from the very beginning of her career. Her new release is gaining critical and audience acclaim and is called EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION.   You can hear cuts off of the record throughout the day on WCLK, Rest In Pleasure, particularly.  You can hear me Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Serenade To The City.   Want to find out  more about EMILY'S D+EVOLUTION?

NEW MUSIC: Moments of Change By The JT Project

Mar 17, 2016

Jacob Webb on keyboards and bass and, Todd Schefflin on saxophone lead The JT Project.  They front a musical collective that incorporates many Jazz and Soul musicians in New York City.  Members of this collective have toured and recorded with Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Kenny Garrett and Mulgrew Miller, among others. Their latest release is called Moments of Change. You can hear cuts from The JT Project at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Philadelphia's own Kenny Barron is a pianist, composer and 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master.   He has a new record out on Impulse! called Book Of Intuition.  You can hear cuts from it throughout the day on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:oo p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   Barron's current trio includes Kiyoshi Kitigawa on double bass and Johnathan Blake on drums.

NEW MUSIC: Blue Monday By Letizia Gambi

Mar 7, 2016

Letizia Gambi is a Napolese Jazz vocalist who has picked up a series of major fans over recent years, including Sting and legendary Drummer Lenny White (Return To Forever), who has collaborated with her on two records, the latest of which is called Blue Monday.  Blue Monday  includes White and legendary Bassist Ron Carter. The songs are the record include originals and Jazz classics from the likes of Miles Davis, as well as Jazz standards like Sweet Georgia Brown and But Not For Me.

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