Rivablue

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.

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Join me Wednesday, September 17 at 1pm on Midday Jazz as I talk with Black Voters Matter @BlackVotersMtr Co-Founder and Good Troublemaker LaTosha Brown.  We'll be talking about upcoming elections on Jazz 91.9 WCLK as part of the Black Radio United For The Vote initiative in conjunction with The Urban League

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I recently spoke with Stan Bryant on Midday Jazz on Jazz 91.9 WCLK. Stan L. Bryant formed the Unity Jazz Foundation in 2014. It's a 501c3 nonprofit organization offering endowments, scholarships and awards to students seeking a career in the arts. As part of their work, Unity Jazz Foundation promotes concerts that have featured local and world renowned musicians including pianist, organist Doug Carn, vocalist Julie Dexter, Kam Showers, The Neo Renaissance Jazz Orchestra, Cedric Young and the Westlake Jazz Ensemble.

YemiConga is a professional percussionist, composer and session musician. Born in Lagos, Nigeria, he is a self-taught musician. He played regularly in  the church choir and by the age of 17, YemiConga moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked with Lira, Zonke Dikana and many others. YemiConga studied the business of music through an online course with The Berklee School of Music.

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.