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New Music: Sound of Red By René Marie

May 24, 2016

Virginia-born Songwriter and Jazz Vocalist, Rene Marie started her professional career relatively late in life, only beginning to record music after being discovered singing in Blues Alley in Washington, DC in 1999.  She has since released a series of albums that include largely original music and compositions. She's also been up front in writing and singing about issues as diverse as sexual assault, racism and homelessness; and, a tendency for club owners not to like singers who write their own Jazz songs.  

The Local Take on WCLK talks about the Atlanta Beltline Affordable Housing Program with James Alexander, Housing Policy and Development Director for the 'Beltline.  Last year this program provided down payment assistance to 17 families seeking housing adjacent to the Atlanta Beltline. Each area of the Atlanta Beltline will have its own flavor including the newly expanded West End Trail which connects several neighborhoods including Westview, Mozley Park and the Historic West End.

New Music: Culcha Vulcha By Snarky Puppy

May 20, 2016

Anyone who has experienced Snarky Puppy in concert this year already knows a new record has dropped.  During their recent shows, they have debuted several cuts off their latest album, Culcha Vulcha.   It's hard to believe it's their eleventh album already. This one actually marks their first studio record in two years; and, was recorded in El Paso, TX and Brooklyn, NY.

May 20: Friday Jazz Featuring MASTERY

May 18, 2016

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK comes from our partners at the High Museum of Art featuring Friday Jazz as part of Atlanta's 31 Days of Jazz, May 20 from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  Come hear The Mastery Jazz Quintet. Attendees can also see the exhibition Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks, before it closes on May 29.  Friday Jazz at the High will be hosted by our own, Jamal Ahmad.  Want more info? Click here.

May 18: Cancer In College On Your Health Connection

May 17, 2016
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Join  JaQuitta Williams Wednesday, May 18 at 6:00 p.m. for Your Health Connection on 91.9 WCLK as we present a special program focusing on cancer and the college experience.  What happens when young people in the most exciting years of their young lives are faced with a cancer diagnosis?  JaQuitta will be joined by Clinical Psychologist, Kourney D. Carter LCSW,OSW-C and Cancer Survivor, Alaina Tarver. They will take your calls and questions, live at (404) 880 - 9255.

New Music: American Beauty By Andy Snitzer

May 16, 2016

Andy Snitzer is a sax player and composer of note, and we've featured his music for years on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. His latest release on Goose Song Music is called American Beauty, and features strikingly original Contemporary Jazz.  Paul Simon fans know that Snitzer has helped anchor the horn section in his band for a while, and he put in a virtuoso performance earlier this month at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta. You can hear cuts from American Beauty at various times during the day on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Bob Mintzer Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

May 14, 2016
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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.

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