The S.O.U.L. Of Jazz

Jazz 91.9 WCLK Remembers Al Jarreau 1940 - 2017

Feb 13, 2017
Shannon McCollum

Jazz 91.9 WCLK will be featuring the music of Al Jarreau throughout this week as a remembrance to an artist who has been a part of our radio DNA from the beginning.   What made Al Jarreau so unique was the fact that he was a male vocalist taking the influence of Betty Carter to higher heights and the pop world. I once interviewed him and asked him was there some portal in the universe that he would plug into when he performed.   He laughed and said he never thought of it like that but I was probably right.

Platinum-selling South African singer/model/actress Lira has already conquered South Africa and much of Europe with her irresistible blend of R&B, Jazz and African styles.  She appears tonight in Atlanta at Vinyl at Center Stage as part of a short East-West Coast U.S. tour.

Lira dropped by to chat with Jamal Ahmad on The Soul of Jazz, and left us all entranced.

You can purchase Lira's lates record Rise Again from Amazon via the link below and support WCLK at the same time:

Regina Carter and her Quartet are appearing at acoustically perfect Spivey Hall at Clayton State University Saturday night at 8:15pm.  Carter, one of the pre-eminent jazz violinists of her era.

Her mixtures of classical jazz and international music stylings have attracted listeners and admirers the world over, she received a Macarthur Foundation Genius Grant in 2006.

Her quartet for the Atlanta performance includes Xavier Davis on piano, Jesse Murphy on bass, and Alvester Garnett on drums.

Earlier this week cast members Chandra Curelly and Latrice Pace dropped by the S.O.U.L of Jazz to talk about the world premiere of David H. Bell's Shakin' The Rafters, and why Atlantans who care about theatre, gospel music, and the African American Experience owe it to themselves come out to the 14th Street Playhouse to see this play before its run concludes August 4.

Sax man Kim Waters dropped by The S.O.U.L. of Jazz with Jamal Ahmad to talk about his music and his current tour, which brings him to Atlanta and the Variety Playhouse Saturday night for the Winds & Strings Show featuring Karen Briggs and Jon Parks.

Veteran saxophonist Kim Waters isn’t known among fans and peers as “the King of Smooth Urban Jazz” for nothing. Over the course of 17 albums, including over a decade’s worth with Shanachie, he’s been consistent and impeccable in delivering an infectious mix of romantic ballads and funky, thumping dance tunes.

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