Serenade To The City

NEW MUSIC: Nihil Novi By Marcus Strickland

Jun 27, 2016

Miami-born, NYC based 37 year old Tenor Saxophonist, Marcus Strickland creates dense soundscapes on his debut recording for Blue Note/Revive, entitled Nihil Novi, which is Latin for nothing new. The literal title belies the music, which is memorizing at times, reflecting modern sampling and sensibilities wrapped around straight-ahead horn playing. Strickland's Twi-Life includes his Producer and Collaborator, Bassist Me'Shell Ndege Ochello.

NEW MUSIC: Do Your Dance by Kenny Garrett

Jun 20, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

Straight-Ahead Jazz fans know that Kenny Garrett is one of the great sax players of his generation. He's been named the Downbeat Reader Poll Alto Jazz Player of the Year NINE times.  On Do Your Dance, his fourth release for Mack Avenue Records, Garrett is joined by Drummers  Ronald Bruner and McLenty Hunter and Percussionist Rudy Bird, Keyboardist Vernell Brown, Jr., and Bassist Corcoran Holt.   Producer Arthur Brown is a one-time member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers, and has been producing Garrett and playing sessions with him since 1990.

New Music: Convergence By Warren Wolf

Jun 5, 2016
Mack Avenue Records

For a follow-up to his superb sophomore release Wolfgang, rising star Vibraphonist/Composer Warren Wolf finds himself alongside some of the biggest names in modern Jazz for Convergence, his third recording for Mack Avenue Records.   Along with Bassist Christian McBride, the rhythm section is rounded out by master Drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and esteemed Pianist Brad Mehldau.   Legendary Guitarist John Scofield is a featured soloist on two tracks.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK is playing cuts from Convergence throughout the day in particular  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. 

New Music: Sound of Red By René Marie

May 24, 2016

Virginia-born Songwriter and Jazz Vocalist, Rene Marie started her professional career relatively late in life, only beginning to record music after being discovered singing in Blues Alley in Washington, DC in 1999.  She has since released a series of albums that include largely original music and compositions. She's also been up front in writing and singing about issues as diverse as sexual assault, racism and homelessness; and, a tendency for club owners not to like singers who write their own Jazz songs.  

New Music: Culcha Vulcha By Snarky Puppy

May 20, 2016

Anyone who has experienced Snarky Puppy in concert this year already knows a new record has dropped.  During their recent shows, they have debuted several cuts off their latest album, Culcha Vulcha.   It's hard to believe it's their eleventh album already. This one actually marks their first studio record in two years; and, was recorded in El Paso, TX and Brooklyn, NY.

New Music: American Beauty By Andy Snitzer

May 16, 2016

Andy Snitzer is a sax player and composer of note, and we've featured his music for years on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. His latest release on Goose Song Music is called American Beauty, and features strikingly original Contemporary Jazz.  Paul Simon fans know that Snitzer has helped anchor the horn section in his band for a while, and he put in a virtuoso performance earlier this month at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. You can hear cuts from American Beauty at various times during the day on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

New Music: Escape Velocity By Theo Croker

May 12, 2016

No sophomore slump from up and coming straight-ahead horn man Theo Croker, who brings genre bending style and spiritual searching in his exhilarating second album release Escape Velocity.   Croker's new release features his band DVRK FUNK, which includes Anthony Ware on tenor saxophone and flute, Pianist Michael King, Guitarist Ben Eunson, Bassist Eric Wheeler and Drummer Kassa Overall.

New Music: The Vienna Affair By Kevin Mahogany

May 9, 2016

Fans of classic Jazz baritone vocals in the Johnny Hartman mode already know Kevin Mahogany.  If you are new to the party, check out his new release on Cracked Anegg, The Vienna Affair.   This record features a number of original compositions by this Kansas City native, some of which you can hear on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

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.

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