Atlanta's own Rhonda Thomas can be heard throughout the year on WCLK, but we love to play her Christmas music. You can hear her duet with Alex Lattimore, a cover of the soul classic Baby, It's Cold Outside during the holiday season on Atlanta's Jazz Station. That cut comes from her Christmas album Little Drummer Girl
WCLK and all of our listeners and members fondly recall the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Smiley and West devoted their December 7 program to memories of Mandela, including conversations with Ron Dellums, Maxine Waters, and Afre Woodard.
You can listen to that program on demand by clicking here.
WCLK is there for you every night, every day. In the overnight hours PD Aaron Cohen likes to mix things up and that includes Christmas Music. You'll be hearing some from New York Voices/Let It Snow throughout the holiday season.
Fulton Focus For November featured wide ranging discussions on Fulton Juvenile Court's observance of World Adoption Day, the Fulton Youth Commission's Christmas For Kids event, new rules in Fulton County for Body Art and Tattooists, and a visit from the Safe Sex Lady and a discussion of cooperation between Fulton and Dekalb County around World AIDS Day December 1.
From Jamal Ahmad, who hosted this edition of WCLK's ongoing Jazz Education series. "...Had a wonderful time hosting the Jazz Roots educational series this morning at North Atlanta High School w/ legendary South African singer/guitarist, Jonathan Butler! It was so inspiring to see him jam with a quartet that was comprised of students! They jammed Charlie Parker's "Now is the time" and Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar" and even played a traditional South African tune with him! Don't count the kids out good people! There is still hope!"
Ahmad Jamal is one of jazz music's great innovators going back to the days of Miles and 'Trane. But don't lose sight of the fact that his current record Saturday Morning: La Buissonne Studio Sessions sounds as contemporary as any release you can name. This record features a razor sharp quartet playing bass, drums and percussion along with Ahmad on keys that played on Jamal's last record Blue Moon.
WCLK has just added the new release from Hiroshima called J-Town Beat. The group, led by Dan Kuramoto, continues to make their own East Meets West contemporary jazz.
From the band's website:
STORIES BEHIND THE SONGS-- J-TOWN BEAT
We generally like to start a new CD with a concept. Some notion, vibe, title that creates a ‘through line’ through the project. J-Town Beat, was really a concept conceived by our friend, Duane Ebata. He was the driving force of the Japan America Theater in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo (J-Town) until his tragic passing from cancer.
Stay outta that traffic jam and swing by Atlanta's High Museum for the latest edition of Friday Jazz At The High. This month's event features the Steve Dancz Sextet and your emcee Jamal Ahmad. You can stroll current exhibits in the Wieland Pavillion Galleries and get your live jazz on at the same time.
Najee's latest release is entitled The Morning After. WCLK has brought his music to you from the very beginning. We've literally brought him to Atlanta as well, as he opened our benefit concert featuring George Duke a while back.
WCLK is playing Champs Elysees and San Tropez from the new record, as well as Shinjuku, which is Najee's memorial for his old friend and collaborator George Duke.
Fulton County is your county at your service. Fulton Focus is a monthly program on WCLK that is a partnership between Fulton County and Atlanta's Jazz Station that brings the community useful information about Fulton County services, programs, and initiatives.