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Bob Mintzer Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

May 14, 2016
Andreas Lawen, Fotandi

Sunday, May 16 on Jazz Tones at 4:00 p.m., I'll be joined by Bob Mintzer.   Mintzer is a saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator; and, is a founding member of the Yellowjackets.  He writes for orchestras, concert bands and big bands.  Mintzer  has over 200 charts to his credit.   Bob is proponent of Jazz education and has written over 20 books as part of the curriculum  worldwide.   Some of his accomplishments include written works for:   The National Symphony Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra of The Netherlands and the WDR Big Band in Cologne.

Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

May 13, 2016

 Jazz 91.9 WCLK congratulates Clark Atlanta University graduates, their families, mentors and loved ones as they are celebrated at the Baccalaureate Service on Sunday May 15 at 10:00 a.m. in Epps Gymnasium, and Commencement on Monday, May 16, 8:00 a.m. at Panther Stadium.  

The 2016 Commencement Convocation orator is Mae Jemison, MD, physician, astronaut, engineer and educator.  Jemison was the first African American female to conduct a space mission.   During the ceremony, the University will award four honorary doctorate degrees to the following individuals:  Clark College Alumnus and renowned Musician, Hamilton Bohannon; Musician, Educator and Arranger, Roland Carter; Congressman John Conyers (D-MI); and Georgia's Fourth District Congressional Representative Hank Johnson (CC, '76).

New Music: Escape Velocity By Theo Croker

May 12, 2016

No sophomore slump from up and coming straight-ahead horn man Theo Croker, who brings genre bending style and spiritual searching in his exhilarating second album release Escape Velocity.   Croker's new release features his band DVRK FUNK, which includes Anthony Ware on tenor saxophone and flute, Pianist Michael King, Guitarist Ben Eunson, Bassist Eric Wheeler and Drummer Kassa Overall.

On the Saturday,  May 14, 7:00 a.m. edition of The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, I speak with Dean Dorcas Bowles from the Whitney M. Young, Jr. School of Social Work at Clark Atlanta University and CAU Alumna Atasha Murray.  Murray received her  Master of Social Work (MSW) degree under the leadership of Dr. Bowles.   Bowles helped her obtain a scholarship when she was on the verge of having to quit her degree for financial reasons. Her desire to provide the same opportunities to current students caused Atasha Murray to reach out to Dean Bowles when she received a life changing opportunity.

Breman Museum

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK comes from the Breman Museum, celebrating Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz by featuring The King of Swing: A Night of Benny Goodman.  The Sunday, May 15 concert will feature Joe Gransden's Big Band and a special guest,  Clarinetist Allan Vaché, bringing to life Benny Goodman's crowd-pleasing hits. 

New Music: The Vienna Affair By Kevin Mahogany

May 9, 2016

Fans of classic Jazz baritone vocals in the Johnny Hartman mode already know Kevin Mahogany.  If you are new to the party, check out his new release on Cracked Anegg, The Vienna Affair.   This record features a number of original compositions by this Kansas City native, some of which you can hear 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.

The Local Take on 91.9 WCLK would like to join others in the Atlanta area in recognizing the work of Dr. William Boone.  We regularly feature Dr. Boone as a guest expert on community, Georgia and, national political and policy topics.The Georgia House of Representatives recognized CAU Political Science Professor and Atlanta University Alumnus, William H. Boone, Ph.D., for his long record of activism, community advocacy, outreach and contributions to the academy. 

Sunday, May 8 at 3:00 p.m WCLK celebrates Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz by featuring a radio documentary all about Miles Ahead, the new film in current release fictionalizing the life of Miles Davis starring and directed by Don Cheadle. This special includes music from the soundtrack to the movie featuring contemporary interpretations of Miles' music from an A list of cutting edge Jazz artists. The Miles Ahead Radio Special includes discussions with Don Cheadle, Robert Glasper, and Miles' son Erin Davis and his nephew Vince Wilburn, Jr.

Clark Atlanta University Guild will present the 23rd Annual Jazz Under The Stars featuring Grammy-nominated Soul/Jazz Vocalist Maysa Leak, the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Orchestra and the Clark Atlanta University Jazz Vocal Ensemble on Saturday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m.   (Gates open at 6:00 p.m. • Rain or Shine). Maysa Leak checked in with Rivablue this morning on Midday Jazz on WCLK to talk about this upcoming performance, and her career and influences.

wyntonmarsalis.org

In 2008, Wynton Marsalis was commissioned to produce a piece of music honoring the 200th Anniversary of Harlem's Abyssinian Baptist Church. The resulting sacred celebration included the full Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra as well as a 70 piece gospel choir. In 2013, Damian Speed and his Chorale Le Chateau toured the country with Marsalis and the LCO, playing the piece to mesmerize audiences. This music has finally been released on Blue Engine Records, and I will be featuring assorted cuts on Serenade To The City on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.   

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