Serenade To The City on WCLK

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Jazz 91.9 WCLK remembers the wide-ranging music of harmonica great Toots Thielemans, who passed away Monday, August 22 at the age of 94.  His was a singular talent on the harmonica which was not obviously a Jazz instrument.  Thielemans made his mark with a chromatic harmonica played in the style of his late 1940s inspirations, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie.  He's best known to millions around the world for his work in major film soundtracks and television in the 1960s - 70s, in particular the themes and soundtracks to Midnight Cowboy and Sesame Street.

New Music: The Way We Play By Marquis Hill

Aug 22, 2016

Twenty nine year old Chicago trumpet player Marquis Hill pays homage to Jazz standards on his new Concord Jazz release The Way We Play. Hill won the 2014 Thelonius Monk International Jazz Competition, and you can see why as you listen to this record's modern takes on songs played by all of the Jazz icons who have gone before.  Hill's ensemble includes:  Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride; Vibraphonist Justin Thomas; Drummer Makaya McCraven; and, Bassist Joshua Ramos.

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is back in a collaboration with Vocalist Kurt Elling on Upward Spiral on Okeh Records.  This meeting of ensemble and vocal artist was recorded in New Orleans, and features American Songbook Classics, Jazz Standards and, other pieces from a variety of composers from Sonny Rollins to Marsalis and Elling themselves.  Along with Elling, Saxophonist Marsalis is joined as always by Joey Calderazzo on keyboards, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. You can hear cuts from Upward Spiral at various times 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: DIS 1. 4. RAF by Andy Narell

Jul 31, 2016

Since 1979 Andy Narell has been playing steel pans in the Jazz Milieu.  Among many stops along the way, Narell played for a stint with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. His latest record  from Listen 2 Entertainment Group is called DIS 1. 4. RAF and features Janysett McPherson on piano, Thierry Fanfant on bass, Inor Sotolongo on congas and percussion, and Gregory Louis on drums.  You can hear cuts from DIS 1. 4. RAF 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.

Sony Pictures Classics

Frank Zappa’s contribution to the world of Jazz is immense. It was through Frank Zappa that the world discovered Pianist George Duke, Violinist Jean Luc Ponty and Saxophonist Ian Underwood among others. In conjunction with Sony Pictures Classics movie release of Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words, we'll take a longer look at his lasting legacy during  Serenade To The City on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Saturday, July 30 at 1:00 a.m.   The showcase will also include commentary from Zappa's many collaborators about his cultural impact.

New Music: Clockwork By Victor Gould

Jul 20, 2016
Fresh Sounds Records

Up and coming Pianist Victor Gould did his time at Berklee and the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz.  He's worked as sideman with such straight-ahead figures as Wallace Roney, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Louis Hayes and others.  On his debut record on Fresh Sounds Records, Clockwork, Gould plays with a combo including flute, violin, viola and cello, along with standard bass-dum-horn configurations. All cuts on the album are Gould's compositions except for a cover of Wayne Shorter's The Return.

New Music: True Stories By The Rippingtons

Jul 16, 2016

Russ Freeman's band The Rippingtons has been defining and crossing musical boundries in Jazz since their founding in 1985.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK has featured the music of  The Rippingtons nearly every step of the way.   We are featuring their new release on Peak called True Stories. You can hear cuts from True Stories 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: Rhythm And Romance By Kim Waters

Jul 11, 2016

Saxophonist Kim Waters has helped define Smooth Jazz in over 20 years of touring and performing.  We're happy to have him as an Atlanta resident when he's not on tour. His new release on Shanachie is called Rhythm and Romance, and includes interpretations of songs from Janet Jackson, DeBarge and Sam Smith. You can hear cuts from Rhythm and Romance throughout the day 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: Soul Eyes by Kandace Springs

Jul 3, 2016
Mathieu Bitton

Twenty seven year old Nashville born Singer, Songwriter and Pianist, Kandace Springs counts among her influences and, inspirations such performers as Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones.  On her Blue Note debut Soul Eyes, Springs charts a course all her own.  The album features her alto vocal range, her own compositions and, a spacious sound that melds both Jazz and her Nashville upbringing.  You can hear cuts from  Soul Eyes on Jazz 91.9 WCLK  during Serenade To The City, Monday through Fridays from 10:00 p.m.

NEW MUSIC: Do Your Dance by Kenny Garrett

Jul 1, 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.

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