Rhythm Jets: Rhythm Island

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Atlanta's own Rhythm Jets are back with their fourth record called Rhythm Island on Infinity Jazz Records. Their Jazz and world beat inflected music leads with saxaphone and rhythm, led by tenor and alto sax man and leader Vance Kelly. The new record includes turns by Trammell Starks and John Patti, as well as a Carribbean arrangement of Michael Jackson's Human Nature. You can hear cuts from Rhythm Island on WCLK at various times, including overnights 10pm-2am on Serenade To The City.

Programming on Jazz 91.9 WCLK is made possible in part by Warren Hill's Cancun Jazz Festival, October 4-7 at the Hard Rock Hotel in Rivera Maya, Mexico. Headliners include Boney James, the Dave Koz Summer Horns including Gerlad Albright-Rick Braun-Richard Elliott-Aubrey Logan, Kem, Michael McDonald, Kirk Whalum, Peter White, Pieces of a Dream and more. Additional information is available at 805-491-5299 or click here. Use the code WCLK 2018 and receive $200 off of any package.

This weekend’s edition of UPFRONT features my exclusive interviews with the cast of Crazy Rich Asians - Awkwafina, Ronny Chieng and Nico Santos. It’s the first US film in 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast and director. 

Acclaimed stage actress Dr. Yvonne Miranda Singh stops by to chat about her role in Horizon Theatre’s How Black Mothers Say I Love You. The show was written by Trey Anthony and is directed by the one and only Thomas W. Jones II. It’s playing now through August 26. 

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The Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at City Springs presents the one and only Branford Marsalis Quartet this Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m. EST. NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award®-winning saxophonist, and Tony Award® nominee Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time.

I am absolutely thrilled to announce that I will be moderating this year’s Sunday Brunch with the Brothers at the 2018 BronzeLens Film Festival.  It takes place Sunday, August 26 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

Check out the trailer for the new film "Crazy Rich Asians." It opens in theaters nationwide beginning August 15. 

From the creator of the popular ‘da Kink in my Hair comes a powerful and touching tale of immigration, family, and sacrifice. Hard-working Daphne left her two young daughters in Jamaica for six years to create a better life for them in America.  Now thirty years later, proud and private, Daphne is relying on church and her nearby dutiful daughter to face a health crisis.  But when feisty activist Claudette arrives unexpectedly from far away to help out, her arrival stirs up the buried past, family ghosts and the burning desire for unconditional love before it’s too late.

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime.

Programming on WCLK is made possible in part by St. James Live. St. James Live presents Smooth Sundays with Urban Jazz, Neo Soul and Gospel Saxophonist Nate Myers for one performance only on Sunday, August 12. Myers has performed with Donnie McClurkin, Mary Mary, and Fantasia. Doors open at 6pm with showtime at 7pm. St. James Live is located at 3220 Butner Road in Atlanta(30331). Ticket reservations can be made by clicking here.

This week on The Local Take on WCLK we feature conversations from an event I attended in June--the Atlanta Braves Hank Aaron Heritage Week and press conference  held at the Center for Civil and Human Rights. The 2018 honorees included former US Attorney General Eric Holder, Sports Reporter Emeritus at NBC Bob Costas and the Man himself Hammering Hank Aaron along with the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico Carmen Yulin Cruz.

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