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WCLK teams up with Jazz Roots for Jazz in the Classroom featuring Janis Siegel

Ray Cornelius

Hillgrove High School students participated in Jazz in the Classroom yesterday featuring jazz vocalist Janis Siegel. The two-hour program chronicles Jazz history and its significance to pop, R&B and hip-hop music. The assembly was presented on behalf of Cobb Energy Centre’s Foundation ArtsBridge program and Atlanta’s jazz station, Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Siegel, a member of the Grammy-winning group Manhattan Transfer, is in town for tonight’s Jazz Roots concert honoring such greats Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams and Count Basie. The show, which is sponsored by KIA, also features Kevin Mahogany and the Count Basie Orchestra, which is under the new direction of Atlanta native, Scotty Barnhart.

WCLK’s midday personality, RivaBlue, served as the event’s host and recalls the students being genuinely interested in Siegel and her musical journey. “The Hillgrove High School students were certainly in good company with the eight-time Grammy vocalist. In fact, they had so many questions that we didn’t get to all of them,” says Blue, who is also an accomplished singer in her own right.

For more information about the Jazz Roots Series presented by KIA and tickets for tonight’s show, please log onto www.cobbenergycentre.com.