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July 9: Jazz At The Strand presents The Jazz Legacy Project feat. Cleveland P. Jones with The Music of Nat King Cole

 L-R Wesley Prince, Oscar Moore, Nat King Cole, Nat King Cole Trio at Zanzibar Cafe, NYC July 1946
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L-R Wesley Prince, Oscar Moore, Nat King Cole

Support for WCLK is made possible by the Manely Firm PC, presenting Jazz At The Strand on Sunday, July 9 at 4pm at the historic Strand Theatre on the Marietta Square. This performance features The Jazz Legacy Project with Vocalist Cleveland P. Jones featuring The Music of Nat King Cole. Tickets are available at earlsmithstrand.org.

The Jazz at The Strand Series is presented in partnership with the Jazz Legacy Project and sponsored by The Manely Firm, P.C.


Created in 2015 after an epiphany Justin Varnes had while teaching Jazz History at Georgia State University, the JLP has an ongoing residency at the Velvet Note jazz club in Atlanta, where they have been selling out their performances for 6 years and counting. Ditching a traditional textbook in favor of playing records and telling stories about the artists to college kids who knew little or nothing about jazz proved to be a big success. It turned out that performing the artist's music and telling their stories in between proved to be an even bigger success.

But it's more than just offering insight into what to listen for when listening to jazz, it's also woven into American history - as jazz itself is. Many movements in jazz are a direct result of cultural shifts in America, and connecting an artist's music to a time or an event in history can open up a new world when listening to it.

Rob Maynard is WCLK Operations Manager and produces various public affairs programs for WCLK, including The Local Take With Kiplyn Primus, CAU Connects, and Drive Time With Dr. Douglass. He also hosts Mainstream and Modern on Sunday nights 8pm-11pm.