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Bob James Trio: Rocket Man


Bob James has been delighting fans for decades going back to his early days in Marshall, Missouri. Discovered by Quincy Jones at the Notre Dame Jazz Festival in 1963, Bob recorded his first solo album Bold Conceptions the same year for Mercury Records where Q was a A&R executive. The rest is history. James has done it all and worked with the biggest names like Hank Crawford and Grover Washington. He’s owned his own label Tappan Zee Records, also the name of one his big hits. I had the pleasure of being at Warner Bros Records when he teamed with Harvey Mason, Nathan East, and Lee Ritenour to form the group FourPlay. This Grammy award winner is still at it with his latest a take on Elton John’s classic Rocket Man, from his current, late-period Jazz trio album Feel Like Making Live. Now I must admit when I first heard it I said “it’s okay,” being a fan of the original recording. Then I let the music do its thing and I found myself lost in a real mellow mood and I said “Bob has captured the essence of this song without a word!” I’m sure you’ll appreciate Bob James’ take of the Rocket Man as you relax listening to Serenade to The City with Rick Joyner, nightly on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

David C Linton is WCLK's Program Director. Since assuming the position in 2018, he's led Jazz 91.9 WCLK to record-setting ratings and expanded its listening audience. Linton's expertise in both NPR & commercial radio has benefited WCLK. He views WCLK as more than an Atlanta institution but a global media outlet for Jazz. He's enhanced the stations weekend line up by developing Saturdays with Ragan Whiteside and adding producer Bob Baldwin's Nu Urban Jazz Lounge to the Saturday afternoon line up. He reshuffled the Sunday Jazz offerings to provide a unique Mainstream Jazz listening experience on Sundays including the addition of Mainstream and Modern hosted by Rob Maynard. He also added Broadcast Hall of Famer Rick Joyner to the weekday line up as host of Serenade to the The City. He also programs WCLK's HD2 channel which offers Mainstream Jazz 24/7, available at wclk.com