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Michael Franks has been a leading contemporary Jazz vocalist since the days of his 1975 collaboration with the Crusaders, The Art of Tea.  He's released his first record in eight years, The Music In My Head(Shanachie).  The record features 10 original songs produced by Gil Goldstein, who has produced recent records for Jill Scott, Esperanza Spalding and Chris Botti.

NEW MUSIC: Go Time Brooklyn By Grace Kelly

Jun 20, 2018

Korean-American-Bostonian Jazz Saxophonist and Vocalist, Grace Kelly has a new record out called Go Time Brooklyn, on Pazz.   Kelly is considered at top millennial Jazz player, and after eight years straight of being named in the Downbeat Critics Poll, she was also named 2016 'Rising Star-Alto Saxophone.' Her latest record features her unmistakeable vocals, horn solos and a choice of material that ranges from the Rolling Stones to Duke Ellington.

Atlanta-based Jazz Rennaissance Man Joe Gransden has a new record out on Cafe 290 Records, Go Getta. The title track comes courtesy of Friend of  Jazz 91.9 WCLK Kipper Jones, and features a solo turn from Kenny G.   

Gransden has wanted to lead his own big band since his youthful days as fourth trumpet in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. On Go Getta he brings together his big band, seen live locally by many ATL Jazz fans, for a tight, swinging set of 14 songs. 

Pianist Benito Gonzalez has been on the Jazz radar globally since winning the 2005 Great American Jazz Piano Competition.  Over the years Benito has accompanied: Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton and Jackie Mclean. 

NEW MUSIC: Play By Nils

May 4, 2018

You can hear new music on Jazz 91.9 WCLK from Contemporary Jazz Guitarist, Nils. His new record is called Play (Baja Records) and, is composed, produced, performed and engineered by this German guitarist who has been making music in California since the 1980s -  first as a session player for the Temptations, George Benson and Rick Braun, then on his own as a solo artist. 

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