Atlanta-based Jazz Rennaissance Man Joe Gransden has a new record out on Cafe 290 Records, Go Getta. The title track comes courtesy of Friend of Jazz 91.9 WCLK Kipper Jones, and features a solo turn from Kenny G.
Gransden has wanted to lead his own big band since his youthful days as fourth trumpet in the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. On Go Getta he brings together his big band, seen live locally by many ATL Jazz fans, for a tight, swinging set of 14 songs.
Saxaphonist and multi-instrumentalist, Vincent Ingala is out with his fifth record. Personal Touch (Shanachie) features Ingala playing, performing and producing across all tracks on the record. He's still in his twenties and is a rising star in Contemporary Jazz, with a string of top 10 Billboard hit songs.
You can hear cuts from Personal Touch at various times on Jazz 91.9 WCLK in particular during Serenade To The City, Monday through Friday from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m.
Pianist Benito Gonzalez has been on the Jazz radar globally since winning the 2005 Great American Jazz Piano Competition. Over the years Benito has accompanied: Curtis Fuller, Pharaoh Sanders, Bobby Hutcherson, Christian McBride, Ignacio Berroa, Roy Hargrove, Rene McLean, Steve Turre, Hamiet Bluiett, Antonio Sanchez, T.K. Blue, Nicholas Payton and Jackie Mclean.
You can hear new music on Jazz 91.9 WCLK from Contemporary Jazz Guitarist, Nils. His new record is called Play (Baja Records) and, is composed, produced, performed and engineered by this German guitarist who has been making music in California since the 1980s - first as a session player for the Temptations, George Benson and Rick Braun, then on his own as a solo artist.
Michelle is the only daughter of John and Alice Coltrane. She was born in Paris and experienced her formative years as a DJ in Japan, where she began to do voiceover work and then began singing. Her new release on BluJazz Productions is called Awakening.