Snarky Puppy, fresh from winning the  GRAMMY for Best Contemporary Instrumental for the Silva EP, is out with Family Dinner Volume Two, a long live set that includes guests as diverse as Salif Keita and David Crosby.  They also work out with New Orleans musicians including Terrence Blanchard, Ivan Neville and Jason Marsalis, among others. This music also exists as a documentary film of the performances by the same name.

NPR Music

Dallas, Texas' own Snarky Puppy continues to garner Grammy Awards and accolades, playing a series of shows and collaborating with artists as interesting and diverse as Metropole Orkest and David Crosby. Before they head to Atlanta to play the Tabernacle April 30, they will be featured this weekend on NPR's Jazz Night In America, hosted by Christian McBride. Jazz Night In America airs Sunday nights at 7pm on WCLK. The performance on the show features the band live at the home venue, The Door in Dallas.

Join Jay Edwards For Jazz Tones Sundays At 3:00 PM

Feb 27, 2016

If you miss Jazz Tones, Sundays from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, you miss a lot.  Last Sunday, February 21,  I featured an interview with Dee Daniels,  a versatile Jazz, Blues and Symphonic pop vocalist who resides in Vancouver, British Columbia. She has a four octave range and has released  several top Jazz and Blues records.  Dee's  recent release is Intimate Conversations. I first became aware of Dee Daniels when she was featured on  a compilation from the Woman In Jazz of South Florida compilation.

Georgia-born Songstress, Lizz Wright, has been wooing audiences for over 13 years since her debut "Salt". Her soulful, bluesy and sometimes Contemporary Folk sound has set her apart from many of her contemporaries and her fifth studio release "Freedom & Surrender" stays true to form.  She will be gracing the Atlanta stage with a rare performance on Sunday, February 28 at The Buckhead Theatre.   She came by Jazz 91.9 WCLK studios to speak with me about music, life and dancing alone.

Democracy Now

Join Social Worker Dr. Judi Crocker-Billingsley on Saturday morning, February 27 at 7:30  for a new program on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Dr. Judi, The People’s Advocate will investigate important issues in the community at the intersection of The System and Real Life.   This Saturday, February 17,  Dr. Judi talks with Anthony Ray Hinton, a man who spent  30 years on Alabama’s Death Row for a crime he did not commit. Hinton is the 152th person exonerated from Death Row since 1983.

NEW MUSIC: Shift By Logan Richardson

Feb 23, 2016

Alto Saxophonist Logan Richardson makes his debut recording, Shift, on the Blue Note Records Label.  Richardson assembled an all star band that included:   Guitarist Pat Metheny, Pianist Jason Moran, Bassist Harish Raghavan and Drummer Nasheet Waits. 

You can hear cuts from this vital new Straight Ahead Jazz release 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.   

Jazz 91.9 WCLK is Panther proud to join Clark Atlanta University officials, stakeholders and dignitaries at the Georgia State Capitol for CAU DAY during the 2016 Georgia Legislative Session.   We met old friends, and made some new ones.  We even added new Jazz 91.9 WCLK members!   And, added a dose of Jazz preservation to the agenda for the day under the Gold Dome.   Mark Angel called in and talked about the afternoon of activities with Jamal Ahmad during the SOUL of Jazz.

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NEW MUSIC: New Direction by Drummer, Herling Riley

Feb 18, 2016

Crescent City Drummer, Herlin Riley has worked as part of accomplished ensembles with Ahmad Jamal and Wynton Marsalis, among others. He plays a mixture of the Afro-Cuban, Jazz, Blues, and Martial Music that have always epitomized the New Orleans beat.  His first release for Mack Avenue is called New Direction and features a number of cuts you can hear on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, particularly during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.

NEW MUSIC: Written In The Rocks By Renee Rosnes

Feb 16, 2016

Canadian Jazz Pianist Renee Rosnes is an original member of the San Francisco Jazz Collective who has collaborated with a diverse group of musicians including Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter, JJ Johnson, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody and Ron Carter.   She's part of Carter's current quartet.   She's just released Written In The Rocks, featuring a quintet that includes vibes, sax-flute, bass and drums. I'll be playing various cuts on Jazz 91.9 WCLK including the title track, in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m.

Join JaQuitta Williams for the February edition of Your Health Connection on  Jazz 91.9 WCLK, Wednesday, February 17  at 6:00 p.m.   We will be talking about potentially life-saving transplants involved in cancer treatment, including bone marrow, stem cell   and blood transplants.

Our guest expert is Hematology and Oncology Associate Professor, Dr. Sanjay Jain from the Morehouse School of Medicine, as well as Kalimah Jenkins, a cancer survivor who has experienced transplant therapy.