Saxophonist Sonny Simmons left an indelible impression on fellow alto player Steve Lehman, who vividly remembers the first time he heard Simmons live: It was 1997, Lehman was assisting drummer Pheeroan akLaff – on the faculty at Wesleyan University at the time, where Lehman was a student – who had a gig with Simmons that Lehman attended. The impact was immediate.

Derrick "Hott Soss" Cummings is a world renowned guitarist who has played with artists such as Patti Labelle and Brian McKnight. Born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Hott Soss began to play guitar at the age of 13 and quickly realized that he had found his love. After years of traveling around the world and playing for various artists from a wide range of musical genres, Hott Soss began his commercial music career when he played for major recording artists such as Brian McKnight and Patti Labelle from 1998-2013.

Saturday on WCLK's The Local Take, I speak with Ryan Wilson, The Atlanta Business League Chair-Elect, about their upcoming 14th Annual Congress on the State of Black Business in Metro Atlanta.

Wilson shares that the series will begin on Tuesday, April 13th; the program will continue every Tuesday from 9AM through until May 11th.

Dee Brown is following up his 2020 hit The Prize with another strong effort that on the first listen reminds me of a ConFunkShun song.  ConFunkShun was one of the great funk bands of the 80’s. On Love You Too, from his third album Deep Secrets(Innervision), Dee takes a quick turn to deliver another gem for today’s new school of Jazz lovers.  The song is up-tempo with a cool bridge and Dee’s playing some of his best guitar.

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), we hear from author Chris Gardner about his new book Permission to Dream. Gardner wrote about his early life in the New York Times bestseller The Pursuit of Happyness, which became a hit movie starring Will Smith. He joins WCLK's The Local Take for an entertaining and compelling conversation about dreams.

Join us Saturday at 8:30am for Life Love and Legacy with Dione Traci Duckett on WCLK.  Atlanta Attorney Dione Traci Duckett focuses her practice in the areas of Estate Planning and Elder Law. She works through important things we need to attend to, whether it's protecting our assets or insuring that our wishes are respected when it comes to healthcare or estate planning. On the April edition of Life Love and Legacy, Dione talks about what happens when we lose a loved one. Grief and business decisions end up mingling, and it can be a very difficult time unless you make plans in advance.

Join us Wednesday evening at 6pm for the April edition of Drive Time With Dr. Douglass. Adrian C. Douglass, MD FACP, will be talking about Auto Immune disorders, in particular Rheumatoid Arthritis. This painful condition affects over 1.3 million Americans each day. Dr. Douglass will be joined by Piedmont Healthcare Rheumatologist Dr. Rattandeep Singh to discuss how best to deal with an R.A. diagnosis, and how to live your best life with the condition. They will take your calls and question, live. Drive Time With Dr. Douglass is made possible by the support of MDVIP.

On the last edition of Play It Forward, All Things Considered's chain of musical gratitude, Devonté Hynes – the English singer-songwriter, producer, director and genre-spanning creative force behind Blood Orange – spoke about experimental jazz artist Angel Bat Dawid's atmospheric track "London."

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), I reached out to Wholesome Wave Georgia about their partnership to present our community with Plant To Plate.  I participated in this program last year with my Dad. We got Green Leaf Lettuce, Scallions, and a Cabbage plants.  We ate from the lettuce and scallion plants all fall and winter.  My sister's scallions are still growing strong.  This morning we're speaking with Susan Desmond, the Development manager with Wholesome Wave Georgia.

This week on WCLK's The Local Take(Saturdays 8am), we're continuing our coverage of outstanding women in our community. I reached out to an up-and-coming designer, Rochelle Porter.  Ms. Porter is a textile designer who creates fabrics for use in the home. Her products can be found in home décor shops like West Elm. She has created a lifestyle brand inspired by West African weavers, the Caribbean's beauty, and the magic found in Black Girls.

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