Host, Jazz At Sundown

Gwen Redding, aka Rivablue, has hosted and produced jazz radio programs for more than 30 years.  Starting first in Washington DC in the early 1980s, she established work on the air and behind the scenes that helped define jazz radio in the District.

"I still receive calls from people who listened to me then and tell me about how the music got them through school, or from artists who played on records we put on the air back then."  Over the years Redding has trained interns who are now professionals, worked in studio and remotely, raised funds for jazz public radio, and worked as a production manager.

Redding has hosted jazz cruises, conducted jazz lectures for all ages, and has even lectured in front of inmates as part of prison outreach efforts.

Outside of the jazz realm she has worked as a journalist and producer in both DC and on a trip to Angola during the height of that country's civil war.

Over the years she has spoken with and interviewed on air some of the giants of jazz music, including Joe Williams, Wynton Marsalis, Dizzy Gillespie, Harry Connick Jr., Lionel Hampton, George Benson, Shirley Horn, Marlena Shaw, Al Jarreau and many others.

In recent years she has discovered her own jazz voice and appears regularly around Atlanta's jazz scene as a vocalist, working with such local artists as Danny and Terry Harper, Julie Dexter, Maria Howell, Joe Gransden, Russell Gunn, Philip Harper and others.

Since 2006 WCLK listeners have heard the multi-talented Gwen Redding as Rivablue on Jazz 91.9 WCLK's Jazz At Sundown, playing her unique mix of the music she's loved throughout her life, Monday through Friday from 7pm until 10pm.

Join us in a Salute to Rita Graham at Cafe 290 on Wednesday, September 12. Rita Graham’s career as a jazz vocalist was jump-started when Ray Charles produced an album of lush standards for her in 1969. The album, ‘Rita Graham Vibrations’ is the only album project that Ray Charles personally produced for a single female artist on his own Tangerine Record Label.

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Come one, come all--I'll be hosting Sunday, August 21, 6:00 p.m. at First Baptist Red Oak Church located at 4710 Washington Road in College Park, GA as Dr. Bill Freeman presents A Jazz Concert “The Music Of A Man.”   In 1973, Dr. Bill Freeman left the music scene to answer the call of ministry and the Gospel, but his passion for Jazz has always remained. Influenced by Pianists Art Tatum and Earl “Bud” Powell,  Dr. Freeman enjoys playing multiple instruments including guitar, organ, saxophone and piano.