Serenade To The City

New Jazz On WCLK-Bob Mintzer Big Band-Get Up!

Oct 6, 2015
MCG Jazz Records

Most of us are used to hearing Bob Mintzer playing sax with the group the YellowJackets.  MCG Jazz Records has just released something new from the Bob Mintzer Big Band titled 'Get Up!'. I really like this record! Bob covered the song I Thank You by David Porter & Isaac Hayes, with Scott Wendholt on trumpet and he does a fabulous job. Bob also covered one of my favorites from Sly Stone with Sing A Simple Song featuring the great Ray Obiedo on guitar and also on this record Wayne Shorter's Elegant People with soloist Bob Malach  smoking on Tenor!

New Jazz Music On WCLK Lee Ritenour- A Twist Of Rit

Sep 21, 2015

Guitarist Lee Ritenour has a new release on Concord Records titled A Twist Of Rit. Lee has assembled a Who's Who of jazz musicans for this record with the likes of Patrice Rushen, Ernie Watts,David T. Walker, Dave Grusin, Dave Weckl, Makoto Ozone, Wah Wah Watson and Paulihno Da Costa just to name a few. WCLK is currently playing several tracks, Wild Rice, Ooh Yeah, Countdown and the title track A Twist Of Rit. Check out Ernie Watts on the title track! Love his work... This is another great jazz selection that should be included in your jazz collection.

New Music On WCLK From Dee Dee Bridgewater

Aug 24, 2015

Dee Dee Bridgewater's new release on Okeh is titled Dee Dee's Feathers and she has teamed up with one of my favorite New Orleans trumpeters, Irvin Mayfield & The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. The record is a wonderful combination of Dee Dee's voice on top of that awesome New Orleans sound. Listen to WCLK and you will hear a wonderful arrangement of Saint James Infirmary, Big Chief- featuring Dr. John, Come Sunday, Congo Square and the Treme song/Do Whatcha Wanna. This is another great work of art that is a must for anyone's jazz collection.

New Jazz Music On WCLK-Teri Lyne Carrington

Aug 13, 2015

Master drummer and vocalist Terri Lyne Carrington has just released a new CD titled the Mosaic Project: Love & Soul. Ms. Carrington has surrounded herself with some of the finest vocalist in the world of Jazz and R&B. The likes of Natalie Cole, Nancy Wilson, Chaka Khan and Liz Wright to name a few. WCLK is currently playing Come Sunday featuring Natalie Cole and When I Found You featuring Liz Wright. This beautiful piece of work can be heard daily on WCLK 91.9FM and streaming right here.

WCLK listeners who have missed hearing Dee Dee Bridgewater hosting Jazz Set, the late, great NPR show, will be happy to know that she's back with a new record on Okeh featuring Irvin Mayfield and The New Orleans Jazz Orchestra. Dee Dee's Feathers. WCLK PD Aaron Cohen has added this record and you can hear it at various times during the day and overnight, particularly during Serenade To The City, Monday-Friday 10p-2a.

If you listen overnights on WCLK to Serenade To The City with Aaron Cohen, you'll be hearing cuts off of the new Impulse! release Tokyo Adagio, featuring bassist Haden and Cuban pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba. They collaborated on several recordings but this 2005 live date at Blue Note Tokyo is considered their very best together.

You can purchase Tokyo Adagio from Amazon at the link below and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the continued non-commercial operation of WCLK.

Saxophonist Chico Freeman and Guitarist George Freeman have never recorded together before All In The Family, released on the Chicago-based Southport, an independent label out of Sparrow Sound Design Recording Studios.

This is traditional acoustic jazz with George's signature electric jazz guitar and vintage amp, featuring all original compositions that remind many of us here at WCLK of everything from Getz to Hancock to Montgomery, while remaining wholly new.

Offering features the music of Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson as interpreted by vocalist and composer Charenee Wade. Artists appearing on Offering include Christian McBride, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Lakecia Benjamin, Stefon Harris, Marcus Miller. WCLK PD Aaron Cohen will be featuring this record throughout the day on WCLK and particularly during Serenade To The City overnight weeknights, as the music and messages passed on by Gil Scott-Heron in the 1960s and 1970s resonate all to loudly in 2015.


Jeff Riedel

Arranger and Composer Maria Schneider is back with her orchestra and her first release in eight years. The Thompson Fields reflects the power of nature and art to create moods that transport the listener. WCLK's Aaron Cohen has added cuts from The Thompson Fields overnight on WCLK during Serenade To The City.

Terence Blanchard, jazz trumpeter, bandleader and composer is out Breathless on Blue Note Records. According to Blue Note PR, ...with his new quintet, The E-Collective, Blanchard journeys into an exciting zone of grooved fusion teeming with funk, R&B and blues colors. The album is a statement piece with the title referencing  “I can’t breathe,” the words of Eric Garner that have since echoed across the country in protest of discrimination.