Jason Orr presents the Funk Jazz Kafe Arts & Music Festival 20th Anniversary Celebration Part Two on Saturday, October 25 at 9pm at the Tabernacle downtown. This festival rolls into a second decade with another night of surprise musical performances and themed interactive suites.
Funk Jazz Kafe Founder Jason Orr stopped by WCLK to talk about it with Mark Angel.
Atlanta's ONE Musicfest comes by once a year, featuring some of contemporary hip hop and R&B's leading lights. This year's headliners include Nas and Kendrick Lamar, along with many other acts on different stages, including a DJ stage, kicking off around noon on Saturday, September 13 at Aaron's Ampitheatre at Lakewood.
Jamal Ahmad took time away from The Soul of Jazz to talk with ONE Musicfest Founder Jay Carter, about the music and about one of Atlanta's unique days of entertainment.
WCLK thanks our supporters at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival, in Atlanta August 7-10 at the legendary Plaza Theatre at the corner of Ponce and Highland intown. Over 50 new black films from around the U.S. and the world will be shown including Erroll Garner: No One Can Hear Me Read, Brother's Hypnotic and The Case of The Three Sided Dream.
PAFF Founder Ayuko Babu stopped by during The Soul of Jazz on WCLK and talked with Jamal Ahmad about this year's festival.
Jose James is considered by many to be the greatest contemporary jazz vocalist. He plays live in ATL tonight at The Variety Playhouse. Of course he stopped by WCLK to talk with Jamal Ahmad on the Soul of Jazz, and helped Jamal and Mark Angel during our Fiscal Year End Membership Campaign. Because that's the kind of guy he is.
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Jazz vocalist of note Laura Coyle and her Quintet provide the musical soundtrack to Friday Jazz At The High Museum this week. WCLK's Jamal Ahmad will be your emcee at this event, and he sat down to chat with Coyle in advance of her performance. Friday Jazz this week will also serve as the kickoff of WCLK's 40th Anniversary Celebration. We hope to see you there.
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.
Jamal Ahmad is having a soulful Tuesday, not the least of which was a visit from Swing Out Sister Chanteuse Corinne Drewery. She stopped by The Soul of Jazz in advance of tonight's performance at The Variety Playhouse to talk about Swing Out Sister's music past, present and future. She and Jamal talked about everything from the group's inter-generational fan base to the Icelandic volcano eruption that canceled their last scheduled Atlanta Appearance.
Their current record is called Private View. You can buy the record and support WCLK at the same time by clicking on this link:
George Duke and Gerald Albright will be in ATL at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center on April 3 for WCLK's 39th Anniversary Benefit Concert. Duke himself called in this week to catch up with Jamal Ahmad during The S.O.U.L. of Jazz. It was a meeting of like minds, as the conversation covered a whole lot of funk, among other things.