Serenade To The City

NEW MUSIC: Dr. Um And The Lost Pages

Feb 3, 2016

Peter Erskine has played drums for Weather Report and Steps Ahead.   On his new release Dr. UM And The Lost Pages, he brings his drum savvy and tight group on a series of original compositions and pieces by Joe Zawinul, John Beasley, Gary McFarland, Vince Mendoza and Gustav Mahler.   If you like Weather Report, you will like Dr.Um And The Lost Pages. You can hear Lost Pages on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK, in particualr during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from  10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The late great Guitarist Wes Montgomery laid the foundation for all great Jazz guitarists who followed him. His tone, collaborations and choice of material has influenced generations of Jazz players you hear on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, regularly.   One Night In Indy is out now on Resonance Records and I'll be playing it on Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday  from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   The CD represents the only recording of Montgomery playing with legendary Jazz Pianist Eddie Higgins, and was recorded in 1959 at the Indianapolis Jazz Club.

Dr. Lonnie Smith is the ranking Jazz maestro of the Hammond B3 Organ, in particular since the loss of the great Jimmy Smith in 2005.   Dr. Lonnie Smith returns with his first release on Blue Note in 45 years, Evolution.   In his first go-round on Blue Note he cut sides with the great sax man Lou Donaldson, among others.

NEW MUSIC: #JIVECULTURE - Jeremy Pelt

Jan 18, 2016

Trumpeter Jeremy Pelt has blown through sets and sides in Jazz since his days with the Mingus Big Band. He's played horn on recordings from a diverse group of collaborators that stretch from Ravi Coltrane and Cedar Walton to the Skatalites and Nancy Wilson. On his new High Note Records release #JIVECULTURE, Pelt finally plays along with one of Jazz music's greatest bass players, Ron Carter. #JIVECULTURE features original Pelt compositions, standards and even one of Ron Carter's original compositions, Einbahnstrasse.

Latin Jazz has informed our culture at least since Dizzie Gillespie's Afro-Cuban musical excursions of the late 1940s.   Contemporary Latin Jazz is vibrant and ever present in the larger culture and on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, especially on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards.   You can hear cuts from Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars new release on Savant, called Heart Beat at various times during the broadcast day, including during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from  10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

 Jazz 91.9 WCLK has always played the Jazz musicians that you know and love.   We play a dynamic blend of major and independent label artists.   Bill McGee is a Richmond, Virginia born horn player who attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta in the 1970s.  He got his early break in the music business playing with classmates in Brick.   This led to side performances with artists including The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Evelyn Champagne King and The Sugar Hill Gang.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, Saxophonist, Charles Lloyd is joined by Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson among others, on his new release from Blue Note I Long To See You.  Lloyd is one of my favorites, and has stood the test of time in Jazz.  He has played as a sideman with everyone from Howlin' Wolf and B. B. King to Cannonball Adderley, where he was a member of that legendary sextet.

All In - Pieces Of A Dream On Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Dec 30, 2015

Pieces of a Dream originated in Philadelphia as high school Jazz heads.  The Contemporary Jazz band was discovered by the late great Grover Washington, Jr., originally.   All In marks their 21st album in a long and successful career that has allowed them  to play the world;  sell hundreds of thousands of albums;  and, have a place as a legacy artist on any list of Smooth Jazz greats. You can hear cuts from All In on Jazz 91.9 WCLK throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m.

Marcus Johnson Live & Direct On WCLK

Dec 26, 2015

Keyboardist, Marcus Johnson returns to the air on Jazz 91.9 WCLK with the release of Live & Direct, featuring the Urban Jam Band.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners have heard Summertime Flo' and Right Now on WCLK.  

Johnson, a native of Ohio, grew up in DC and attended Howard University.   He is a keyboardist, producer and also an entrepreneur.   Enjoy this record and keep your ears open for Marcus, who you will probably hear more from on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in 2016, including on Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

The new CD, BrotherLee Love by New York based Trumpeter, Terell Stafford  is a celebration of trumpet titan, Lee Morgan.   You can hear cuts from the disc 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.   This record features Stafford leading a quintet that includes:   Saxophonist, Tim Warfield;  Pianist, Bruce Barth;  Bassist, Peter Washington;  and, Drummer, Dana Hall.

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