John Beasley is a pianist, composer and arranger who reintroduces the world to Thelonius Sphere Monk through The MONK'estra, a 15 piece Big Band.  Big Bands have not ceased to exist as a contemporary force, as illustrated by MONK'estra Vol 1, on Mack Avenue Records.  Beasley's band re-imagines Monk's music with off beat melodies, strange beauty and unbounded swing.  Beasley has worked with Miles Davis, Dianne Reeves, Freddie Hubbard and Steely Dan.

Jon B is a talented singer, songwriter and producer who over the years has worked with artists including Michael Jackson, Toni Braxton, Color Me Badd and Babyface.  He's appearing as part of the Wade Ford Hot Fun In The Summertime Concert on Saturday, August 13, 6:00 p.m. at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre.  He will share the stage with Marion Meadows and Nick Colionne.  Jon B rang up WCLK's Rivablue to talk about it.

For more information about Jon B, click here.

Historic Norcross, a proud underwriter of Jazz 91.9 WCLK, presents it's second of four Summer 2016 Live Outdoor Jazz Concert Series featuring Saxophonist Eric Thomas and Elevate The Quest, on Saturday, August 13 from 7:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. in Downtown Historic Norcross at Betty Mauldin Park, 65 Lawrenceville Street, Norcross GA 30071. More information about this performance is available at (404) 514-1656 or online by clicking here.

Marion Meadows

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by Wade Ford, presenting Hot Fun In The Summertime, a live performance on Saturday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Mable House Barnes Ampitheatre. Artists appearing live include Marion Meadows, Nick Colionne and Jon B. You hear them on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  Here's a chance to hear them live at one of Greater Atlanta's outdoor venues.   Ticket information here. This show will be hosted by Morris 'In The Morning' Baxter.

Rivablue presents 2nd Wednesdays at Cafe 290 in Sandy Springs. The August edition of 2nd Wednesdays will be August 10, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.  We are paying tribute to the Blues with live performances featuring:   The fiery and sultry sounds of recording artist "Maleke O'Ney," Psychedelic Blues Guitarist "HottSoss" and yours truly, Rivablue accompanied by special guest [and John Lee Hooker protege] Leroy Redding!

The Branford Marsalis Quartet is back in a collaboration with Vocalist Kurt Elling on Upward Spiral on Okeh Records.  This meeting of ensemble and vocal artist was recorded in New Orleans, and features American Songbook Classics, Jazz Standards and, other pieces from a variety of composers from Sonny Rollins to Marsalis and Elling themselves.  Along with Elling, Saxophonist Marsalis is joined as always by Joey Calderazzo on keyboards, Eric Revis on bass and Justin Faulkner on drums. You can hear cuts from Upward Spiral at various times 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.

Saturday, August 6 at 7:00 a.m. on The Local Take on Jazz 91.9 WCLK,  I talk with Ira Foster of Georgia Legal Services about student rights and what parents need to know with children returning to school. This is part of our ongoing discussion about the issues surrounding the school to prison pipeline that leads disproportionate numbers of minority kids into incarceration.

Support for Jazz 91.9 WCLK programming comes from Next Level Events, presenting An Evening With Chaka Khan on Friday, August 5, 8:00 p.m. at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.  Khan returns to the stage in Atlanta for one night only at a great venue.  Ticket information available here.

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is always proud to partner with Kenny Leon and True Colors Theatre Company, presenting Smart People now through August 7 at Southwest Arts Center.   Four professionals are on the quest for love, achievement and identity in this romantic comedy by playwright Lydia Diamond.  Danielle Deadwyler stopped by the WCLK Studio to talk with Kiplyn Primus about Smart People during The Local Take.

New Music: DIS 1. 4. RAF by Andy Narell

Jul 31, 2016

Since 1979 Andy Narell has been playing steel pans in the Jazz Milieu.  Among many stops along the way, Narell played for a stint with Bela Fleck and The Flecktones. His latest record  from Listen 2 Entertainment Group is called DIS 1. 4. RAF and features Janysett McPherson on piano, Thierry Fanfant on bass, Inor Sotolongo on congas and percussion, and Gregory Louis on drums.  You can hear cuts from DIS 1. 4. RAF on Jazz 91.9 WCLK at various times in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.