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On the April 16 edition of Local Take I spoke with with Freddie Ashley, Tinashe Kajese-Bolden and Gilbert Glenn Brown about their new Actor's Express production Serial Blackface. Playwright, Janine Nabers turns her focus to Atlanta during the 1979 - 1981 period when the series of children and, young men's murders gripped the city and the African American community. Twenty-eight African American men and young boys were first missing then found murdered.  A 23 year old, Wayne Williams was convicted of the last two murders and authorities closed the remaining cases.

Marcus Johnson

Not only is Marcus Johnson an amazing composer, producer and keyboardist, he's the latest addition to Jazz 91.9 WCLK's incredible Saturday afternoon line-up.  Meet Marcus Johnson this Sunday, April 17 at our Jazz Appreciation Month Dinner Concert at one of Atlanta's hottest new music venues, Venkman's in Old Fourth Ward.  Tickets are still available for this intimate reservations-only pre-fixe dinner and full concert that includes delectable items like cast-iron fried chicken with hot honey sauce, smoked pork shoulder, braised greens and more! Dinner and a show comes as a package -- just $40 (per person).   There are no walk-up admissions and seating is limited.  Make your reservation by clicking here today.

I spoke with Winnie Watts-Hemphill, president, Southview Cemetery Association during the April 9 edition of The Local Take about their upcoming event on April 30. The event will raise funds to continue the preservation and maintenance of South-View Cemetery.  Hemphill talks her family's connection to this historic cemetery where many of Atlanta's African American leaders are interred. 

Some of the people there include:   Alonzo Herndon (1858-1927), Geneva Haugabrooks (1888-1977), John Wesley Dobbs (1882-1961), Charles L. Harper (1875-1955) and, the parents of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Rev. Martin L.  King Sr (1899-1984) and Alberta King (1904 - 1974).  

D. B. King

Jazz 91.9 WCLK proudly presents Second Wednesdays: Shades of Blue at Cafe 290, 290 Hilderbrand Drive Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30328.    I'll be your host for the evening as I'm joined by some of Atlanta's most incredible musicians and vocalists.  Wednesday night, April 13, as part of Jazz Appreciation Month we're presenting a tribute to Natalie Cole, featuring Toni Byrd, Sierra Natalie, Karen Bryant, Tony Hightower and yours truly.

The Office of Atlanta City Council President Ceasar Mitchell and the Princeton Review will host the 19th semi-annual College Prep Series beginning  Saturday, April 16 at Atlanta Metropolitan State College.   There is no charge for participating Greater Atlanta students, Grades 7 through 12.  Registrants  will have the opportunity to take SAT, ACT and PSAT college admission practice tests.  

NEW MUSIC: Spark by Hiromi

Apr 10, 2016

There is a long list of compelling Japanese Jazz pianists over the years.  One of the current artists from that land making an impact on Jazz is Hiromi.  Her 10th release is entitled Spark, and features her Trio Project, which includes Contrabass Guitarist, Anthony Jackson and Drummer, Simon Philips. We'll be featuring cuts from Spark throughout the day on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday from Friday 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

Tom Lellis is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and a singer, composer, and lyricist and multi-instrumentalist who resides in Brooklyn. Tom has been singing professionally since age 15,  and by 21  he was working with Ray Charles and Gregory Hines with a 15 piece band.

Join me Saturday, April 10 at 7:00 a.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK for The Local Take.  Communities throughout Atlanta are changing rapidly.  The areas surrounding the Atlanta University Center are changing and are disrupted with the building of the Mercedes Benz Dome.

There are over 25 projects being considered for Memorial Drive intown.  The Westside Beltline is open and you can only wonder if it will bring development similar to the Eastside Beltline.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is celebrating April as Jazz Appreciation Month in a big way as we bring Marcus Johnson to Venkman's in Atlanta's Historic Old Fourth Ward, Sunday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m.

Venkman's has announced the menu to be served before the live performance:

PRIX FIXE MENU OFFERINGS:
 Cast Iron Fried Chicken 

    w/ Hot Sauce Honey, Fried Herbs, Pimento Cheese & Shells

Crispy Tofu Salad

     w/ Arugula, Sugar Snap & Parmesan

Smoked Pork Shoulder

     w/ Yellow Grits, Braised Greens & Chow Chow

Atlanta welcomes Spring each year with the Dogwood Festival at Piedmont Park, and Jazz 91.9 WCLK will be there Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10 to meet and greet our listeners and members.   Come by our booth to find out more about Atlanta's Jazz Station and meet some of the personalities you hear on the air each day.

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