Patty McGuire

Roger Guenveur Smith: Rodney King brings his one-man show to the Robert Ferst Center on the Georgia Tech Campus, Friday and Saturday, January 15 and 16.   History, poetry and tragedy collide when Roger Guenveur Smith tackles the thorny odyssey of Rodney King from the harsh glare of the national spotlight as the victim of police brutality to his lonely death at the bottom of a swimming pool. In this riveting performance, Smith captures the story of a flawed, good-hearted everyman and, reveals America’s endlessly complicated relationship with its racial past and present.

In the run up to the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service on Monday, January 18, we're looking for common ground this week on The Local Take.  I spoke with Beatrice and Larry Soublet, founders of ERACE  Atlanta.  Beatrice and Larry explain the history of ERACE.   The organization began in New Orleans after the Times Picayune published a series "Together Apart/The Myth of Race," and readers responded with fear and hate.  A conversation between Rhoda Faust and Brenda Thompson led to the founding of  ERACE and the slogan ERACISM.

Latin Jazz has informed our culture at least since Dizzie Gillespie's Afro-Cuban musical excursions of the late 1940s.   Contemporary Latin Jazz is vibrant and ever present in the larger culture and on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, especially on Jazz Tones with Jay Edwards.   You can hear cuts from Bill O'Connell and the Latin Jazz All-Stars new release on Savant, called Heart Beat at various times during the broadcast day, including during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from  10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

 Jazz 91.9 WCLK has always played the Jazz musicians that you know and love.   We play a dynamic blend of major and independent label artists.   Bill McGee is a Richmond, Virginia born horn player who attended Morris Brown College in Atlanta in the 1970s.  He got his early break in the music business playing with classmates in Brick.   This led to side performances with artists including The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Evelyn Champagne King and The Sugar Hill Gang.

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Stride Pianist, James P. Johnson is one of Jazz music’s originators.   Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride from NPR Music features the music of Johnson with live performances from Jazz At Lincoln Center including Kkeyboardists Aaron Diehl, Ethan Iverson and Marc Carey.

Also featured will be the James P. Johnson Collection at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

You can hear Jazz Night In America with Christian McBride from NPR Music on Sunday, January 10 at 7:00 p.m. exclusively on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

On the Saturday, January 9, 7:00 a.m. edition of The Local Take, we take a look at the Year In Review.    I am joined in the Jazz 91.9 WCLK talk studio by Clark Atlanta University Political Science Professor Dr. William Boone and former Fulton County Judge Penny Brown Reynolds.    Judge Reynolds is a former prosecutor, speaker and author.   She handled cases on the television program, Family Court With Judge Penny between 2008 - 2010.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, Saxophonist, Charles Lloyd is joined by Bill Frisell, Norah Jones and Willie Nelson among others, on his new release from Blue Note I Long To See You.  Lloyd is one of my favorites, and has stood the test of time in Jazz.  He has played as a sideman with everyone from Howlin' Wolf and B. B. King to Cannonball Adderley, where he was a member of that legendary sextet.

All In - Pieces Of A Dream On Jazz 91.9 WCLK

Dec 30, 2015

Pieces of a Dream originated in Philadelphia as high school Jazz heads.  The Contemporary Jazz band was discovered by the late great Grover Washington, Jr., originally.   All In marks their 21st album in a long and successful career that has allowed them  to play the world;  sell hundreds of thousands of albums;  and, have a place as a legacy artist on any list of Smooth Jazz greats. You can hear cuts from All In on Jazz 91.9 WCLK throughout the day, in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m.

Support WCLK As Part Of Your Year-End Giving

Dec 28, 2015

As you look forward to a New Year of amazing Jazz music, concerts and informative content from Jazz 91.9 WCLK, we will keep working to help so many great organizations in our community fulfill their missions by giving them access to our airwaves.

As the curtain closes on 2015, we know tax preparation may be the most dreaded part of the New Year. Perhaps WCLK can help make that process a little less painful by providing you with another tax deduction without you ever having to leave your home!

Marcus Johnson Live & Direct On WCLK

Dec 26, 2015

Keyboardist, Marcus Johnson returns to the air on Jazz 91.9 WCLK with the release of Live & Direct, featuring the Urban Jam Band.   Jazz 91.9 WCLK listeners have heard Summertime Flo' and Right Now on WCLK.  

Johnson, a native of Ohio, grew up in DC and attended Howard University.   He is a keyboardist, producer and also an entrepreneur.   Enjoy this record and keep your ears open for Marcus, who you will probably hear more from on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in 2016, including on Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.