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Georgia and Atlanta will hold a General Primary Election, Non-Partisan General Election, and a Special Runoff Election on Tuesday, May 24. The deadline to register to vote in the May 24 election is Tuesday, April 26th.  Saturday morning at 7am on The Local Take on WCLK  I'll talk with Karlise Grier from The League of Women Voters Atlanta-Fulton County. They are celebrating 95 years in support of informed voting.  When women were granted the right to vote, the League of Women Voters was formed to educate women about their rights and inform them about candidates and legislation. Today The League of Women Voters is still very active, providing registration opportunities and election guides to all people.  

Join WCLK's Mark Angel Saturday night, April 23 at Spivey Hall for The Julian Lage Trio. Lage along with Jorge Roeber on bass and Kenny Wollsen on percussion will play original music as well as standards of the American jazz and folk traditions.  

The Trio draws influence from modern jazz guitar trio of Jim Hall as well as operating as sonic laboratory for exploring the integration of acoustic and electric instruments in an improvising context. 

Join Jamal Ahmad for a live broadcast of The SOUL of Jazz on Friday, April 22 from 2pm-6pm at the MARTA Five Points Station downtown, as MARTA celebrates Customer Appreciation Day with entertainment, activities, and giveaways.

Morris Baxter is your emcee, and admission is FREE to 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.  Did we say admission is free?

NEW MUSIC: Landscapes By Joe Chambers

Apr 19, 2016

Joe Chambers is a percussionist, composer and arranger who played with everyone from Eric Dolphy and Freddie Hubbard to Bobby Hutcherson, Joe Henderson and Wayne Shorter.  He was an original member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble M'Boom.  He also has a long body of solo work that has been featured on Jazz 91.9 WCLK over the years. His new release on Savant is called Landscapes, and features a trio including Rick Germanson on piano and Ira Coleman on bass. Vibes are the focus on this record. You can hear cuts from Landscapes at various times on WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

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.  

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