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AUC Robert W Woodruff Library

Start Something: Activism and the Atlanta Student Movement records how students from Atlanta University, Clark College (now Clark Atlanta University), The Interdenominational Theological Center, Morris Brown College, Morehouse College and Spelman College joined forces to create the Atlanta Student Movement.  These students developed nonviolent boycotts, sit ins, picket lines and, marches that left Atlanta officials with no choice except to desegregate stores and public facilities.

Happy Birthday Billie Holiday

Apr 7, 2016
William Gottlieb/Library of Congress

Billie Holiday was born Eleanora Fagan April 7, 1915 in Philadelphia, PA.   For Billie, music was a part of her life and about her life.  Nicknamed "Lady Day" by her collaborator Lester Young, she failed an audition at Smalls Jazz Club in Harlem as a teenager because she didn't know in which key to sing. "Just pick one," she said.  Her vocal style was unlike any other -- slow, sexual and improvisational. She would not sing a song the same way twice, often changing tempos.

Atlanta Jazz Festival

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is proud to be a media partner of the 39th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, May 27 - 29 at Piedmont Park.   The Atlanta Jazz Festival is an annual rite of Spring that takes place over the Memorial Day Weekend.  It is the entertainment gateway to Summer in Atlanta.  The festival features three separate stages of entertainment including local, international and main stage performances.

NEW MUSIC: Wanted by Gregoire Maret

Apr 5, 2016

Swiss-born Harmonica Player Gregoire Maret plays his instrument in a way that has critics comparing him to Toots Thielemans and Stevie Wonder.  On Wanted, his new release on Sunnyside, he collaborates with a series of notable talents, including Teri Lynne Carrington, who plays drums and co-produced the record.  You can hear cuts featuring Maret's distinctive harp throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Mondays through Fridays from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by our partners at the Tanner Health System West Georgia Jazz Festival, Saturday, April 23 from 4:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. at The MILL Amphitheater in Historic Downtown Villa Rica.   The event features a full day of live jazz performances including Madman Brass Band, The 4 Korners, Gloria Banister, the 24K Band and more.   Food and beverages will be available on site, coolers or outside food and beverages are not permitted.  Admission is free. We'll see you in Villa Rica on April 23!

Freddy Cole Joins Jay Edwards On Jazz Tones

Apr 1, 2016

The Legendary Vocalist and Pianist Freddy Cole has a  new release He Was The King, featuring the music of his brother Nat King Cole.  Two songs that Nat never sang, It's Easy To Remember But So Hard To Forget, and He was The King are featured and intended as testimonials to his big brother.  This new release is evidence that  the voice of Freddy Cole continues to transcend time and entertain a global audience. I'll interview Freddy Cole live on Jazz Tones this Sunday, April 3 on Jazz Tones, 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Saturday morning, April 2 at 7:00 on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, I'll feature a discussion with Clark Atlanta University Political Science Professor Dr. William Boone and Historian Hermina Glass-Hill.

Than you to everyone for your support of Jazz 91.9 WCLK during our recent Spring Membership Campaign.   Your support keeps Jazz public radio alive in Atlanta and around the globe via WCLK.com.

NEW MUSIC: Cohearance by the Yellowjackets

Mar 28, 2016

Yellowjackets are one of the enduring Jazz groups of the era, playing together now for over 35 years. They have always straddled the worlds of Straight-Ahead and Contemporary Jazz styles, all the while putting out music that has always found an outlet on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.   Their new release Cohearance, on Mack Avenue Records, reminds the careful listener that they're all that, a great Fusion band and a band that can carry off Coltrane-inflected Swing.

April 17: See Marcus Johnson Live At Venkman's

Mar 24, 2016

Enjoy an evening with your friends at Jazz 91.9 WCLK on Sunday, April 17  as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month and welcome Marcus Johnson as our newest member of the WCLK family!  This exclusive event at Venkman's in Atlanta's Historic Old Fourth Ward is our way of showing our appreciation for the music we’re known for around the nation and a way to provide Marcus an intimate platform for showcasing his unique talent. The evening includes a delightful prix fixe dinner, complimentary parking and a show for just $40 per person.

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